HPS Department Scholarships


 History & Political Science Scholarships
2016- 2017 Academic Year

The Department of History and Political Science is pleased to announce the History and Political Science Scholarships for 2016-2017 academic year.
All students majoring in history, political science, international studies, or social science in the 2016-2017 school year are eligible to apply for a departmental scholarship.  These scholarships are awarded by the department in recognition of excellence in intellectual achievement, as well as commitment and contribution to the departmental community. 
Scholarship applicants will be evaluated on the following four criteria:

  1. Overall college grade-point average

  2. Grade-point average within the major

  3. Participation in departmental life

  4. Applicant essay discussing departmental contribution and career goals 

    Completed applications are due back in the departmental office on Friday, February 26, 2016, no later than 2:00 p.m. Applicants will be notified by mail of the faculty’s decision.           


    2016-2017 Scholarship Application


CLARA COLT SCHOLARSHIP - This scholarship is awarded to students in all the department's
majors on a competitive basis.  


CHRISTOPHER TODD LITTLE SCHOLARSHIP IN HISTORY - This scholarship is awarded to a student in the history major with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 


RON KIRKEMO PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP - This scholarship is for a sophomore
political science major who gives evidence of an interest and potential for success in a professional career in public service and an interest in national scholarships. 


a) Recipient(s) shall have a declared major in the Political Science Department
b) Recipient(s) shall have taken or are currently taking at least two political science courses within their Freshman or Sophomore years.
c) Recipient(s) shall be a Freshman or Sophomore at their time of awarding, with priority extended to promising Freshman students meeting all criteria
d) Recipient(s) shall be a student(s) that show(s) preference or a desire towards issues of National Security, Diplomacy or Government Intelligence, particularly as a career path. This student(s) shall be identified by Political Science faculty.


 FLOYD AND FLORENCE TURNER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - This scholarship is for political science majors with a g.p.a. of 3.5, or higher, who intends to pursue graduate work in the field. 

to a student majoring in the Department of History and Political Science who has demonstrated
a sincere personal and academic commitment to Peace Studies and has maintained a GPA of
3.1 or higher.  One might normally expect that this scholarship will be awarded to a Political Science
or International Studies major who has pursued an academic concentration in Peace Studies, but
any departmental major can demonstrate the required commitment to Peace Studies by 
documenting the following:

 1. a body of written and course work that demonstrates a growing expertise in the field,  
 2. an internship or volunteer position at relevant NGOs or other agencies involved in
 3. internships or volunteer positions at local inner city or international border peacemaking
 4. a special project in Peace Studies approved by HPS faculty, or

 5. other relevant experience or work that advances the cause of Peace Studies.



1) Scholarship recipient(s) shall be declared political science major
2) Scholarship award shall be applied to the recipient's sophomore and/or junior year
3) recipient(s) shall demonstrate an interest in a career in U.S. foreign affairs, in such areas as
diplomacy or intelligence
4) Recipient(s) shall be enrolled in and complete at least one political science course per
semester during the year of the award
5) Nomination of scholarship recipient(s) shall be at the discretion of the professor(s)
in the political science major, with the professor teaching international politics or an
equivalent course making the final determination
6) Political science faculty shall be responsible for providing applicants with application
materials, including a letter of instruction prepared by the donors regarding national
scholarships and subscriptions/memberships for appropriate journals or associations.
The donors understand that contents of the instruction letter are guidelines and are non-binding