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If things aren’t dramatic enough on "The Real World," just flip the channel to a newscast: politics are never lacking in the drama department. Perhaps under the guise of "do-good" efforts and diplomatic affairs, this is what really draws students into the field: the excitement, competition and, yes, the ever-present drama.

Whatever it is that makes you want to study political science, go with your gut. Political science majors will learn more than the facts. They will receive a well-rounded college education almost guaranteed to prepare them for future success. After all, attending college as a political science major lets you see the big picture, a useful skill whether you go on to practice law, participate in politics or work in practically any other field.

Unfortunately, such a phenomenally useful college education comes at a cost. Even the most ambitious and talented students may find it difficult to pay for school, but that should not stop them from pursuing their goals. Many political science scholarships are available to students who plan to make the subject their college major so before moving on to general scholarship awards, political science students may want to look for college scholarships based on their area of study. After all, it takes a special kind of person to find C-SPAN fascinating and political science scholarship providers want to recognize such people and reward them with scholarship money.

By conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com, students can find political science scholarships they are eligible to receive. Without exerting additional effort, they can eliminate competition from students who don’t share their major. Certainly, the politically-minded can see how this would be a smart move.

Aziz Jamaluddin Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Given his strong belief to have a generation of educated Muslims to speak out and communicate the true meaning of Islam in all types of media, the Jamaluddin family arranged for a scholarship fund to be established to support five students each year throughout their education in the fields of Journalism and Political Science. [...] More

ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 7/15/2018
  • Amount: $250
  • This annual essay competition was established in 1998 to honor Lincoln vet George Watt, a writer and lifelong activist central to the creation of ALBA.

    Students from anywhere in the world are invited to submit an essay or thesis chapter about any aspect of the Spanish Civil War, the global political or cultural struggles against fascism in 1920s and 1930s, or the lifetime histories and [...] More

APSA Minority Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 10/30/2018
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Minority Fellows Program is a fellowship competition for individuals from under-represented backgrounds applying to doctoral programs in political science. The MFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline.

    Eligibility:
    -Be a member of one of the following racial/ethnic minority groups: African [...] More

Ashbrook Scholar Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The purpose of the Ashbrook Scholar Program is to assist students in acquiring the intellectual and moral virtues required for thoughtful citizenship. We do this through sustained reflection on the writings of those who have thought most deeply and comprehensively about human nature and political organization, and the opinions, character, and actions of those who have most remarkably practiced [...] More

Aziz Jamaluddin Scholarship in Journalism

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Aziz Jamaluddin ISNA Scholarship Program was established because of the strong belief in the need of Muslim students pursuing journalism. Mr. Jamaluddin noted the long history of biased media reporting and felt that there has been a lack of voices representative of Islam inside mainstream American media. His continuing dedication and focus on helping the needy and promoting education and [...] More

Charles Koch Foundation Dissertation Grant

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Charles G. Koch has supported research and educational programs focused on improving human well-being, especially for the least fortunate, for more than 50 years. The Charles Koch Foundation has continued this mission since its founding in 1980 by supporting the study of free societies, and the ideas, institutions, and values that maximize well-being.

    Eligibility:
    - Superior academic [...] More

COAG Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Any Georgia high school senior (or a GED equivalency) who is a United States citizen graduating by the spring of the current academic year or any Georgia student currently enrolled in a school of accredited higher education located in Georgia is eligible to apply for a COAG scholarship.

    The criteria for the award include:
    - Presenting a letter of acceptance or letter of enrollment from a [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/14/2018
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards prestigious scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music, philosophy and outside the box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception. For [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $45,000
  • The goal of the EPP Undergraduate Scholars Program is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in targeted academic fields integral to NOAA's mission. This program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, or [...] More

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Graduate students meeting the eligibility requirements noted below may apply directly to The Wilderness Society.

    Eligibility:
    -Be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in North America
    -Have strong academic qualifications
    -Have academic and/or career goals focused on making a significant positive difference in the long-term protection of wilderness in the United States. Graduate [...] More

GWCF National Scholarship Competition

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The GWCF National Scholarship Competition is open to all high school seniors who are U. S. citizens and are planning careers of service to the United States in local, state, or federal government.

    Entrants receiving full four-year tuition scholarships shall only be eligible for one-year special awards.

    Three (3) copies of a one-page essay not to exceed 300 words stating why the applicant [...] More

ISF National Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity founded in 2009 whose mission is to address the under-representation of American Muslims in the fields and occupations that influence public opinion and make public policy. Our belief is that fostering education and improving Muslim representation in all walks of life including media and politics will lead to full integration and [...] More

ISI Henry Salvatori Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 1/16/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The ISI Salvatori Fellowship seeks to further an understanding and appreciation of the principles held by the American Founding Fathers and the culture that formed their values and views.

    Eligibility:
    -Members of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute
    -Engaged in graduate studies for the purpose of teaching at the collegiate level
    -U.S. citizens enrolled full-time in a graduate [...] More

Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Asian Americans in Public Finance strives to enhance, develop and promote the professional lives and careers of dedicated Asian Americans in public finance as well as those interested in pursuing a career in public finance or the public sector.

    Public finance is the study of government's impact on the economy, and a profession in public finance involves the funding and financial management of [...] More

Media Fellows Program

  • Application Deadline: 7/14/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • With the Media Fellows Program, the Washington Media Scholars Foundation recognizes enthusiastic and qualified students by awarding several scholarships each academic year. In the upcoming academic year, the foundation will distribute over $40,000 in total scholarship awards.

    These grants support the academic development of undergraduates dedicated to pursuing a career related to the public [...] More

Michael P. Murphy Public Service Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Established by the Dyson Foundation in honor of its friend and board member Michael P. Murphy and supported by his family friends and colleagues the Michael P. Murphy Public Service Scholarship awards an annual scholarship to a resident of Dutchess County who is currently enrolled in or planning to matriculate at an accredited graduate school with the intent to pursue a career in government. [...] More

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/19/2018
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship is available for award to an upper-division undergraduate or graduate
    student enrolled in a course of study preparing for a career in state and local government finance.

    Eligibility:
    -Currently a full or part-time upper-division undergraduate or graduate student in public administration, governmental accounting, finance, political science, [...] More

MIT Inspire Competition

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • MIT INSPIRE is the first national research competition for high school students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The competition is organized by MIT undergraduates. Participating high school students, as individuals or teams of two will submit research reports in one of 13 fields, such as history, economics, or philosophy. Approximately 100 finalists with the most exceptional reports [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state. Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Scholarships are renewable for four years of college in the state of Washington. Music, sculpture, [...] More

NFRW Betty Rendel Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The three annual scholarships of $1,000, presented by The National Federation of Republican Women are designed for undergraduate Republican women who are currently majoring in political science, government or economics. The recipients are chosen from applicants across the nation. The scholarships are given to women who have successfully completed at least two years of college coursework. Past [...] More

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $44,000
  • The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The prestigious program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines who are pursuing research-based [...] More

PunditWire Political Communication Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • PunditWire, political commentary website for speechwriters sponsored by the School of Communication at American University, is seeking a graduate student fellow to serve as editor of the site. This unique opportunity will allow the student to get involved with a consequential political publication and connect with some of the top communicators and speechwriters in the country. The fellow will [...] More

Roosevelt Archival Internships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,400
  • The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI) offer Roosevelt Archival Internships to college and graduate level students. Preference may be given to students majoring in history, political science, archival, library, or computer/information science. Research skills, basic computer skills, familiarity with the Internet, and knowledge of Windows, Word [...] More

Study & Internship Program (SIP) in Germany - UAS7

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Internships typically last 5-6 months, but UAS7 research internships may run from 2-6 months, depending on the specifications of the project description. Recipients will receive a full tuition waiver for both semesters (enrollment is also required during the internship to maintain residency in Germany) and the benefits provided to exchange students at the host UAS. Successful SIP applicants are [...] More

The IHS PhD Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The new PhD Scholarship from the Institute for Humane Studies awards scholarships to promising students each year who are interested in developing, teaching, and applying the principles of a free society. The PhD Scholarship is open to full-time graduate students enrolled in PhD programs during the upcoming academic year. Applicants must demonstrate research interest in the area of individual and [...] More

The Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies

  • Application Deadline: 1/3/2018
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies welcomes applications from Ph.D. and post-doc candidates from around the world for funding for the September through the following August academic year.

    Ph.D. Requirements:
    -Be enrolled and good standing in a Ph.D. program that supports the study of the Holocaust
    -Study/have studies a language of Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union [...] More

TKE Bruce B. Melchert Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • A former member of the Board of Directors of the TKE Educational Foundation, Bruce B. Melchert was initiated a Teke at Beta-Theta Chapter at the University of Missouri – Columbia and served as the Executive Vice President of TKE from 1960 to 1972. After leaving the staff, this Knight of Apollo was elected to the Grand Council in 1979, serving as Grand Prytanis from 1987 to 1989. He is a recipient [...] More

Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc, a non-profit charity, focused on supporting the educational pursuits of the next generation of America's Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, today unveiled the Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship which aims to identify, support, and mentor an emerging leader focused on Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, and [...] More

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