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 (one set per scholarship application).

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. Three PS scholarships will be awarded in Fall 2020, and the others 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.

FALL 2020 AWARDS

Jennifer and Michael Mayers Political Science Scholarship ($1000)

This scholarship is for OSU undergraduate students majoring in Political Science.

A complete application consists of:

  1. Applicant’s contact information
  2. An unofficial transcript
  3. Two writing samples: 
    • A paper previously submitted for a Political Science course that demonstrates student’s academic abilities.
    • 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 contribute to the local, regional, or global community after you leave OSU.

Due Date: Application materials are due no later than December 4, 2020.

David and Stormy Barrow Political Science Scholarship ($1000)

This scholarship is for OSU undergraduate students majoring in Political Science. Recipients must have demonstrated a personal commitment to their community and the democratic process via affirming that they have served in one of the following – US military, law enforcement, emergency services, campus wide or public elected office, or worked or interned for a governmental entity (local, state or federal).  Recipients must be from Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Montana or Wyoming.

To apply, please submit the following information:

  1. Applicant’s contact information
  2. An unofficial transcript
  3. A statement of 1-2 pages that affirms the student meets the award criteria, and discusses their involvement in public service (military, law enforcement, government, internship, etc.) and how this service has impacted their interest in Political Science and politics.

Due Date: Application materials are due no later than December 4, 2020.

Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship ($2,500)

The Oregon Consular Corps (OCC) is an organization consisting of consuls general and honorary consuls who represent or have represented governments of foreign nations in Oregon. The OCC Scholarship supports juniors or seniors who are majoring or have a concentration in international affairs.

To be eligible for this award, recipients must have declared the International Affairs option within the Political Science major; expect to graduate in Spring 2021 or later; have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA; and 90 total credits completed. Funds may be used for tuition and fees at OSU only (approved study abroad programs are considered part of OSU tuition).

To apply, please submit the following information:

  1. Application form
  2. Resume
  3. An unofficial transcript
  4. Two reference letters
  5. Response to the following prompt: Please describe your international career goals and why you chose the International Affairs option for your Political Science degree as part of reaching them.  Highlight the skills, motivations, and experiences that have influenced you, as well as obstacles you have faced and may face in the future, on the way to reaching your aims.

Due Date: Application materials are due no later than December 4, 2020.

SPRING 2021 AWARDS

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. Two writing samples: 
    • A paper previously submitted for a Political Science course that demonstrates student’s academic abilities.
    • 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 contribute to the local, regional, or global community after you leave OSU.

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. A 1-page single-spaced narrative explaining your financial need.
  4. 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 contribute to the local, regional, or global community after you leave OSU.
     

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

WIC Culture of Writing Award ($100.00)

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.