Scholarships & Financial AidThe department offers several scholarships annually. Scholarship amounts vary depending on the investment earnings on the money donated to scholarship funds. Undergraduate scholarships in recent years have been in the $300-500 range, though one for MPA students can be worth more than $5,000.
Applications for 2013-2014 scholarships, along with all supporting materials, are due in the department office by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013. Required essays must be typewritten and double spaced. All applicants should have an EMU faculty member submit a letter of recommendation directly to the award committee on their behalf.
Learn more about the scholarships’ honorees.
John Barson Fellowship in Public Administration
EligibilityGraduate students studying in the area of Public Administration in the Department of Political Science.
- The student must be admitted to the Master's of Public Administration program within the Department of Political Science.
- The recipient must have demonstrated high scholarship and leadership skills.
- Recipient must demonstrate a commitment to the field of public administration through undergraduate study, volunteer work, or life experience.
- Scholarship applicants specializing in Management of Public Healthcare services shall be given special consideration. However, all graduate students are eligible for consideration.
2013-2014 recipient: Carolyn Poissant
James H. Brickley Scholarship
- a minimum 3.0 GPA
- enrolled in Political Science Public Administration program
Please also include a letter of intent explaining how the award will be used towards a Public Administration activity or education enrichment.
2013-2014 recipient: Ashley Alele
David Hortin Scholarship in Public Law
- Undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
- Interest in Public Law or Mock Trial
Applicants are asked to submit an essay of NO MORE than two typed pages describing how this scholarship will help further their public
law interests and public law co-curricular activities.
2013-2014 recipient: John Q. Adams
Richard Fierens Memorial Scholarship in Public Law
- Junior Pre-Law student
- Involved in Mock Trial
- Political Science major
2013-2014 recipient: Kaitlyn Dugas
Robert O. McWilliams Memorial Scholarship
EligibilityUndergraduate students in any major in the Department of Political Science.
- Overall GPA of at least 3.5
- Preference given to student with financial need as determined by the EMU Office of Financial Aid
Fr. Bernard J. O’Connor Scholarship in Civic Engagement
- Undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.20
- Successful completion of at least 18 credit hours at EMU at the time of the award
- Open to students in all colleges and majors
- Verifiable record of excellence in civic engagement within the student's program of study, as well as in co-curricular and/or extra-curricular activities
Applicants shall also include a short letter of recommendation from an EMU faculty member who is knowledgeable about their civic engagement work or efforts.
2013-2014 recipient: Trevis Harrold
Joe Ohren Student Internship Fund
EligibilityStudents completing an unpaid internship for academic credit in either the MPA program or one of the undergraduate majors in the department. Award may be used in summer, fall, or winter semesters.
- Junior or senior status for undergraduates; at least 24 credits earned for MPA students.
- GPA of at least 3.5 or, for undergraduates, 3.5 in the last 30 credit hours.
Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with their work. They also must submit a personal statement of no more than two double-spaced pages outlining how the internship is integrated into their post-graduation career plans.
2013-2014 recipient: Trevis Harrold
Political Science Study Abroad Scholarship
EligibilityUndergraduates in any major in the Department of Political Science. Funds may be used for any program-related expenses.
- At least 30 credit hours at EMU
- Overall GPA of at least 3.0
- Evidence of acceptance in a study abroad program
2013-2014 recipient: Kaitlyn Dugas, Adam Malinowski, Rebecca Thomas
Symposium Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
EligibilityA $1,000 award to a student in any major in the department.
- Outstanding academic record
- Student must be matched with a faculty mentor on a research project
- Submit a description of the research project (1-2 double-spaced pages)
- Faculty mentor must write a letter of support
- Student will present the research the following March at the Undergraduate Symposium
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