The Political Science program offers several scholarships annually to on-campus and e-campus Political Science majors. Students wishing to apply for any or all of these Political Science scholarships must meet individual scholarship criteria and submit completed application materials.

Please direct any questions about the application process to the Political Science advisor, Andy Edwards, at Andrew.Edwards@oregonstate.edu.

In the 2020-21 academic year, there will be two rounds for awarding scholarships. One PS scholarship was awarded in Fall 2020, and three will be awarded in Spring 2021.

Application packets must be turned in to the Political Science program, e-mailed as an attachment to Lena Cottam at lena.cottam@oregonstate.edu no later than the due date specified for each award.

SPRING 2021 AWARDS

(You are encouraged to apply for all three scholarships in one application.)

Political Science Centennial Scholarship ($1000)

This scholarship is for OSU undergraduate students majoring in Political Science. Recipient must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA (documented by an unofficial transcript). This scholarship is to be used for tuition, fees and/or books.

A complete application consists of:

  1. Applicant’s contact information
  2. An unofficial transcript
  3. An essay of 1-2 single-spaced pages that addresses the following: Events in the real world often shape one’s academic interests. Discuss the event or trend that triggered your interest in political science and explain how you plan to use your political science expertise to serve the public at the local, regional, or global community after you leave OSU. As part of this essay, if relevant, please explain how your accomplishments and career goals reflect the preferred criteria for this scholarship.
  4. A paper previously submitted for a Political Science course that demonstrates student’s academic abilities.

Due Date: Application materials are due no later than April 30, 2021.

Sherman Dixon Bloomer Political Science Scholarship ($1000)

This scholarship is for OSU undergraduate students majoring in Political Science. The scholarship is to assist the education of an undergraduate Political Science major who intends to pursue a career of public service and the development of public policy that promotes the public good.  The goal of the award is to help a student who might otherwise have difficulty completing his or her education and to encourage the pursuit of public service as a career path.

Recipients must have a stated intention to pursue a career in public service through governmental or other agencies, and they must demonstrate record of prior community service or engagement. Recipients must have a completed FAFSA application (which the Awards Committee will verify).

A complete application consists of:

  1. Applicant’s contact information
  2. An unofficial transcript
  3. An essay of 1-2 single-spaced pages that addresses the following: Events in the real world often shape one’s academic interests. Discuss the event or trend that triggered your interest in political science and explain how you plan to use your political science expertise to serve the public at the local, regional, or global community after you leave OSU. As part of this essay, if relevant, please explain how your accomplishments and career goals reflect the preferred criteria for this scholarship.
  4. A 1-page single-spaced narrative explaining your financial need.

Due Date: Application materials are due no later than April 30, 2021.

Tony and Cindi Williams Political Science Scholarship ($1,500)

This scholarship is for OSU undergraduate students majoring in Political Science, with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA (documented by an unofficial transcript). Recipients must also be a graduate of an Oregon high school (documented by a transcript or other verifiable means).

All are encouraged to apply, though preference will be given to: a) applicants who have previous, current, or future plans to participate in an internship relating to public service or with an expressed desire to work in the field of public service (government service, NGOs with a public service bent, or politics); and b) applicants interested in conservative causes.

A complete application consists of:

  1. Applicant’s contact information (name, e-mail, phone number)
  2. An unofficial transcript
  3. An essay of 1-2 single-spaced pages that addresses the following: Events in the real world often shape one’s academic interests. Discuss the event or trend that triggered your interest in political science and explain how you plan to use your political science expertise to serve the public at the local, regional, or global community after you leave OSU. As part of this essay, if relevant, please explain how your accomplishments and career goals reflect the preferred criteria for this scholarship.
  4.  Verification of graduation from an Oregon high school (transcript or other means)

WIC Culture of Writing Award ($100)

This scholarship is for OSU undergraduate students majoring in Political Science. The WIC Culture of Writing Award is awarded to the best paper produced in our WIC course, PS 300. Faculty nominate the best paper from each WIC class (students do not apply for this award). The PS awards committee then selects the best paper from those nominated.