HPS Department Scholarships


   2014-2015  Scholarship Winners  





The Department of History and Political Science is pleased to announce the History and Political Science Scholarships for 2015-2016 school year. All students majoring in history, political science, international studies, or social science in 2015-2016 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:


·         Overall college grade-point average

·         Grade-point average within the major

·         Participation in departmental life

·         Applicant's essay discussing departmental  contribution and career goals


Completed applications are due back in the departmental office on Friday, March 6, 2015, no later than 2 p.m.  Applicants will be notified of the faculty’s decision by mail.



2015-16 Scholarship Application


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


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.  


This scholarship is available to incoming political
science freshmen who meet certain grade point average and essay requirements. 


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

 DELLA MENDENHALL SCHOLARSHIP IN PEACE STUDIES -  This scholarship is awarded 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 peacemaking,

 3. internships or volunteer positions at local inner city or international border peacemaking organizations,

 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