Scholarships

Note: The only departmental scholarships that accept applications from students are the Minna Rosenbaum Divers Memorial Scholarship, the Jack J. Reid Study Abroad Scholarship and the Tweraser Scholarship. All other departmental scholarships are selected by a scholarship committee.  NOTE: Some awards require FAFSA completion. 

Lastly, be sure to review the Fulbright College Scholarship Application. Their application deadlines are February 15.

 

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. Due April 1, 2021.
  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. Due April 1, 2021.

Professor Kurt Tweraser came to the University of Arkansas in 1966 and retired in 1991. One of his former students established this scholarship in Dr. Tweraser's name to support outstanding Political Science and International and Global Studies undergraduates who have demonstrated an interest in international politics, international relations, international organizations, and/or international law. 

To be eligible for consideration for the Kurt K. Tweraser Scholarship, applicants must: 

  1. Be rising juniors or seniors with a GPA of 3.00 or above.
  2. Complete an official application. Due April 1, 2021. 
  3. Attach a resume.
  4. Submit an essay of approximately 500 words detailing the student's interest in international politics, international relations, international organizations, and/or international law.
  5. Include three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a University of Arkansas faculty member. 

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. In order to be eligible for this award, students must complete the FAFSA by June 30 for the following academic year. 

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. 

Students must apply for the scholarship in the semester before they begin the MPA program. Applications will be verified and collected by the Graduate Coordinator.

To be eligible for consideration for the Gosack Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Have an overall 3.5 GPA
  • Hold either a teaching or research graduate assistantship within the Department of Political Science. Students are expected to conduct teaching and research as assigned and assist professors with research or community projects that align with the student's area of interest. 

At the end of each semester, submitted portfolios will be reviewed to meet the following criteria:

  • student has submitted a minimum of three portfolio artifacts of high quality and have completed all other portfolio requirements without requiring revisions (see handbook for specifications);
  • student gave a high-quality oral and visual presentation of their portfolio and was able to provide thoughtful and well-reasoned answers to any follow up questions or elaborations by the reviewing faculty; 
  • student was able to articulate clear career goals with which the portfolio entries are aligned.
  • 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. 
  • Military Students  at the University of Arkansas - The Academic Scholarship Office seeks to assist Military Students at the U of A in finding new scholarship opportunities to help fund their U of A education. 

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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, a Scholarship Guide for Hispanic and Latino Students, and a Financia Aid Guide for Minority Students, all of which provide context for how students can best take advantage of available resources. 
  • 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 Hertog Foundation's 2020 seminars and fellowships are now open! All fellowships come with housing and stipends to offset living and travel costs. Our early application deadline is January 14, 2020; final deadline is February 11, 2020.
  • 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 launching 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 Key Thinkers Scholarship from MoneyKey awards academically qualified students once every academic term. MoneyKey offers the Scholarship to undergraduate and post-graduate students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. 
  • 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 National Federation of Republican Women's Betty Rendel Scholarship, established in 1995 is three annual scholarships of $1,000 awarded to female undergraduates who are majoring in political science, government or economics and have completed two years of college coursework. 
  • 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 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
  • Study.com offers a comprehensive guide to applying to scholarships, where you can find them, how to identify scams, and how to distinguish scholarships, grants, and loans. This resource is especially helpful for new students intimidated by the financial aid process! The team at Study.com also recently developed a comprehensive guide to financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for college students in order to share information about different resources that can be utilized to fund a college education. The new COVID-19 stimulus bill included several notable changes to the FAFSA process, and they've included those changes in their in-depth, expert-verified Guide to FAFSA and Financial Aid. Study.com's expansive selection of financial aid help is always updating; you can expect to see new guides for applying to scholarships you qualify for no matter your background. With guides available for applying to scholarships for Black students, scholarships for LGBT+ students, scholarships for Latinx and Hispanic students, scholarships for AAPI students, and scholarships for women (just to name a few), there truly is a resource for everyone at Study.com.
  • LA Tutors awards students who showcase their creativity and make positive impacts with a $500 Innovation in Education scholarship. On an ongoing monthly basis, this scholarship is open to all currently enrolled high school and college students who showcase their creativity while helping those around them (whether that be in a creative fundraiser, inventive new app, series of blog posts on a particular theme, or another idea). The application deadline is 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month.
  • MoneyGeek.com has numerous excellent resources for helping students and their parents prepare for higher education from guides for helping single parents manage finances, to college-focused financial planning for parents, paying down student loan debt, and paying for college. MoneyGeek also provides great explanations for common financial terms which can overwhelm students and families who are navigating the complicated world of university finance for the first time. These guides are highly recommended for all, but especially first time college families!
  • STEPS (Student Training & Education in Public Service) offers a comprehensive guide on the benefits and workings of getting degrees in public facing fields, including Public Administration. Additionally, they provide resources for earning your Public Service degree online for both students and educators.