Scholarships

Note: The only departmental scholarships that accept applications from students are the Minna Rosenbaum Divers Memorial Scholarship and the Jack J. Reid Scholarship. All other departmental scholarships do not require student applications for consideration and will be selected by a predetermined formula.

 

Minna Rosenbaum Divers was the late Emerita Professor Diane Blair's mother. Minna Rosenbaum Divers was one of Colorado's first female lawyers. Divers served in the Roosevelt Administration as an attorney with the Public Works Administration and served on the staff of several members of the U.S. Congress. Diane established this fund to support outstanding Political Science undergraduate(s) who have demonstrated a commitment to, and plans for, a career in public service. 

To be eligible for consideration for the Divers Memorial Award, applicants must:

  1. Be rising juniors or seniors with a GPA or 3.00 or above. 
  2. Complete an official application
  3. Attach a resume, which should include, but is not limited to, public service work and extracurricular activities. 
  4. Submit an essay of approximately 500 words detailing the student's plan for a public service career. 
  5. Include three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a University of Arkansas faculty member. 

This scholarship is given in honor of Dr. Margaret Reid's late husband, Jack J. Reid. Dr. Reid was a professor of comparative politics and international relations at the University of Central Oklahoma before his retirement. His passion was to take student groups to Europe where they would meet with public elected and appointed officials on matters of foreign affairs, social policy, and local issues. The scholarship is presented to an outstanding Political Science undergraduate or graduate student to support costs associated with an international study abroad experience, including but not limited to, tuition, travel, and accommodations. 

Applicants must:

  1. Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in the Department of Political Science. 
  2. Have started the process with the Study Abroad Office to participate in a study abroad experience for at least 3 weeks, preferably associated with an internship or workshop.
  3. Maintain at least 3.2 GPA.
  4. Submit a one page essay on what applicants hope to learn from their experiences. 
  5. Submit Jack J. Reid Study Abroad Scholarship Application.

The Alexander Award is named after the late professor and chair of this department and is given annually to a senior Political Science major or major(s) with the highest academic achievement.

Lois D. Alward Scholarship in Political Science to fund one or more scholarships annually to a full-time undergraduate student(s) majoring in Political Science. The recipient must distinguish him or herself through leadership, citizenship, and interest in political science and public service. Preference shall be given to undergraduate students with the greatest financial need, and the scholarship shall be administered as an Access Arkansas Scholarship so long as all other qualifying criteria listed above are met. 

This award is presented annually to an outstanding student or student(s) in Political Science. 

The Davis Scholarship is designed to provide support to need-based, capable students in Political Science. 

Hugh T. Henry was the first M.P.A. director of the department and shaped public administration education in the state of Arkansas. This recognition is given to outstanding or continuing students in the M.P.A. program.

Nancy Jefferson established this award in memory of her parents to encourage students to explore careers in public service. One or more undergraduate student(s) may receive funding. 

Gene E. McKissic, an attorney with Cross, Kearney and McKissic of Pine Bluff, AR, has pledged $25,000 for the Gene E. McKissic Endowed Scholarship. The recipient of the McKissic Scholarship will be a returning student in Fulbright College with a major in history or political science. The recipient also must demonstrate leadership in student government or community service. 

  • The Academic Scholarship Office is a resource for prospective and current undergraduate students seeking scholarship funding. The primary task of the Academic Scholarship Office is to administer university-wide merit-based scholarships. In addition, they serve as a clearinghouse for scholarships awarded by academic departments and outside agencies. Their goal is to support the university's mission of recruiting and retaining high-achieving students who help to enrich and diversify the academic environment of the University of Arkansas. 
  • The Cleveland C. Burton Undergraduate Fellowship in International Studies offers $4,000 for undergraduate study abroad during one calendar year. 
  • The King Fahd Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies offers two-year undergraduate scholarships for superior students interested in pursuing the study of the Middle East or Islam, as well as additional study abroad and conference scholarships for qualified students. 
  • Fulbright College awards approximately 800 scholarships each year, totaling more than $1.7 million in support for undergraduate and graduate students. They are available to Fulbright College students through university, college, department, and external sources. Students are encouraged to explore these funding sources that provide pathways to new experiences at the university and abroad. 
  • The J.W. & Elizabeth W. Fulbright Endowed Scholarship for Study Abroad supports a year of study abroad for undergraduate students of the humanities and classics. 
  • Sturgis International Fellowships are designed for advanced undergraduates in the Fulbright College Honors Program or graduate students in Fulbright College. These Fellowships support long-term, study-abroad projects (one semester or more) that pertain to community development, sustainability, international relations, human rights, comparative literature, and other forms of creative expression with a multi-national dimension. 
  • Project Vote Smart will provide three scholarships to U of A students to work at its Great Divide Research Retreat during the coming Presidential Election cycle. Scholarships provided through Hearts Foundation funding and Vote Smart members cover all living expenses. 

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  • The B.A. Rudolph Foundation's mission is to advance or benefit young women through educational and general support for whom a small amount of support could make a significant difference. Accompanying the awarded scholarship ($4,500), recipients will be assigned a mentor and point of contact from the B.A. Rudolph Foundation.
  • The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship allows undergraduate students who are either currently receiving a Pell Grant or are Pell Grant eligible the opportunity to study or participate in an internship abroad, develop valuable career and language skills, and prepare themselves for the global economy while serving as citizen ambassadors in their host country. Learn more about the eligibility requirements, or get help with the application process from the Office of Study Abroad by calling 479-575-7582 to make an appointment with an adviser.  
  • BestColleges.com has developed a Scholarship Guide for Single Parents, which offers strategies and resources for easing the financial burden of single mothers and fathers attending college, and a Scholarship Guide for Hispanic and Latino Students, which provides context for how students can best take advantage of available resources while offering a comprehensive listing of 40+ scholarship and grant opportunities.
  • Boren Scholarships (for undergraduates; up to $20,000 for an academic year's study) and Boren Fellowships (for graduate students; up to $30,000 for language study and international research) are available for overseas study. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year. These awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. 
  • The College Board Scholarship Search allows users to find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs. 
  • The Critical Language Scholarship Program is an intensive overseas fully-funded, language program for 7-10 weeks each summer. Undergraduate and graduate students live and study at more than 20 sites abroad. 
  • The Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund offers stipends to help offset the costs of living abroad and often fund international travel, rent, or language courses that would otherwise not be possible. 
  • The Fund for American Studies is an educational nonprofit that is changing the world by developing leaders for a free society. TFAS has been a launcing pad for over 15,000 students who have participated in programs in Washington, D.C. and around the world in Asia, Europe, and South America. The Fund for American Studies strives to make its programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. 
  • The Learn How to Become - Women's Scholarship Search is a scholarship search tool to help women find financial aid opportunities based on subject area, eligibility and program level. 
  • The Morris K. Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships recognizes Native American and Alaska Native undergraduates with the commitment and potential to make significant contributions to tribal public policy or Native American health care. The scholarship is available here
  • The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program is an Ambassador program that launched in 2005. The program is designed for students to represent their state, as well as the United States, while acting as ambassadors to Taiwan. Students interested in studying Mandarin and culture in Taiwan can apply here
  • The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation offers the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship to help highly motivated and academically excellent college juniors, graduating seniors or college graduates who want to pursue a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. To apply, visit their online application