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Scholarships

 

The department offers several scholarships annually.  Scholarship amounts vary depending on the investment earnings for the money donated to scholarship funds.  Undergraduate scholarships in recent years have been in the range of $650 to $1,000.  The McWilliams Scholarhship pays at least $3,400; the Barson Fellowship for MPA students is worth more than $10,000.

Applications for 2015-2016 scholarships, along with all supporting materials, are due in the department office by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.  Funds may be available as early as July 1.

All scholarship applicants should have an EMU faculty member submit a letter of recommendation directly to the award committee on their behalf.  Required essays must be typewritten and double spaced. 

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John Barson Fellowship in Public Administration

Eligibility

Graduate students studying in the area of Public Administration in the Department of Political Science.

Selection Criteria

  • 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.
  • Applicants are asked to submit a short letter of interest and to include a letter of recommendation from an EMU faculty member who is knowledgeable about their work or efforts.

2014-2015 recipient: Kayla Coleman

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 James H. Brickley Scholarship

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA and enrolled in the undergraduate 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.

2014-2015 recipient: Ashley Alele

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David Hortin Scholarship in Public Law

Selection Criteria

  • 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.

2014-2015 recipient: Steven Cole

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Richard Fierens Memorial Scholarship in Public Law

Selection Criteria

  • Junior Pre-Law student Involved in Mock Trial or Political Science major
  • Applicants must demonstrate dedication to leadership and service to fellow students.

2014-2015 recipient: Marla Bastien

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Robert O. McWilliams Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

Undergraduate students in any major in the Department of Political Science.

Selection Criteria

  • Overall GPA of at least 3.5.
  • Preference given to student with financial need as determined by the EMU Office of Financial Aid.

2014-2015 recipient: Shantelle Robertson

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Fr. Bernard J. O'Connor Scholarship in Civic Engagement

Selection Criteria

  • 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, with a 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 are asked to submit an essay of NO MORE than three (3) typed pages describing their civic engagement projects or initiatives, through coursework, co-curricular activities, and academic/professional plans.
  • Applicants shall also include a short letter of recommendation from an EMU faculty member who is knowledgeable about their civic engagement work or efforts.

2014-2015 recipient: Trevis Harrold

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Joe Ohren Student Internship Fund

Eligibility

Students 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.

Selection Criteria

  • 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.

2014-2015 recipient: Eva Hernandez-Bedford


Political Science Study Abroad Scholarship

Eligibility

Undergraduates in any major in the Department of Political Science. Funds may be used for any program-related expenses.

Selection Criteria

  • At least 30 credit hours at EMU with an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Evidence of acceptance in a study abroad program.

2014-2015 recipients: Jessica Bussell, Anjali Martin


Symposium Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Eligibility

A $1,000 award to a student in any major in the department.

Selection Criteria

  • 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

2014-2015 recipient: Andrew Kocis

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