The Political Science program offers several scholarships annually to on-campus and e-campus Political Science majors. Students who submit an application with all the requested materials will be considered as eligible for all the awards.

Application packets must be turned in via the ScholarDollars portal on their website no later than May 1, 2022.

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

POLITICAL SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIPS AND 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. This scholarship is to be used for tuition, fees and/or books.

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 an intention to pursue a career in public service through governmental or other agencies, and they must demonstrate record of prior community service or engagement.

Tony and Cindi Williams Political Science Scholarship ($1000)

This scholarship is for OSU undergraduate students majoring in Political Science. 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 applicants who have a previous or planned internship relating to public service, or have plans to work in the field of public service (government service, NGOs with a public service orientation, or politics).

Jennifer and Michael Mayers Political Science Scholarship ($1000)

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

Applications

To be eligible for these awards, a complete application will consist of the following:

  1. All student/contact information requested by OSU ScholarDollars
  2. Resume
  3. An unofficial transcript
  4. Two writing samples: 
    1. A paper previously submitted for a Political Science course that demonstrates the student’s academic abilities.
    2. 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, national, or global community after you leave OSU.

OTHER AWARDS

There are two additional scholarships that are available to Political Science majors. Students do not apply for these through OSU ScholarDollars.

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 offered throughout the academic year (students do not apply for this award). The PS awards committee then selects the best paper from those nominated.  This award is given every spring term.

OREGON CONSULAR CORPS SCHOLARSHIP

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 be pursuing a degree with a focus on international affairs; expect to graduate in Spring 2023 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: Applications for the OCC scholarship will be due in Fall term 2022. Additional information regarding when and where to submit applications will be provided at a later date.