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Robert O. McWilliams Memorial Scholarship

Robert O. McWilliams was a faculty member in the Political Science Department from 1956 until his retirement in 1986. Professor McWilliams died in 2011, after which his wife, Kathryn Yount McWilliams, established the McWilliams Scholarship in his honor.

Professor McWilliams was born and raised in Mt.Clemens MI, and attended the University of Michigan (A.B. 1945; Ph.D. 1952) and Wayne State University (M.P.A. 1947). In addition to basic American Government classes, he regularly taught courses in Municipal Administration and Public Opinion.

We gained a living memory of why it is important to put principles and people ahead of personal gain. This scholarship is in his honor. Professor McWilliams valued the opportunity to challenge and stimulate students through his love of learning and his knowledge of politics. This scholarship reflects his enthusiasm for teaching and his concern for students by providing support to worthy EMU students.