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Scholarships

Political Science scholarships are announced to political science students in February and are awarded in early April each year.  The scholarships amounts shown on this page are for the 2014-2015 academic year. The deadline for scholarship applications was Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The next deadline for scholarship applications will be in March 2015.

Sue Grebeldinger Scholarship  $1,000                                                                            

The purpose of the Sue Grebeldinger Scholarship is to provide an annual award to an undergraduate or graduate student with a political science major or minor with preference to one who has a career or scholarly interest in legal studies. However, this is not available to a law student or other professional student. Candidates must submit a strong writing sample with a legal emphasis, carry an excellent grade point average, and be a full-time UM student through the year of the award.

James P. and Margaret B. Brennan Scholarship  $800                                              

The purpose of the James P. and Margaret B. Brennan Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a student studying political science at The University of Montana.

E. Paul Sliter Memorial Scholarship  $3,200

To provide scholarships for deserving students at UM who are majoring in political science. A recipient must be a junior or senior, must have participated in community service and must have demonstrated political involvement, as described in a resume submitted with the application.

Thomas Payne Memorial Scholarship  $1,400

The purpose of the Thomas Payne Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a political science major who is an upper division student (junior, senior or higher).

Maud and Grover Waldron Scholarship  $600

The purpose of the Maud and Grover Waldron Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a junior, senior or graduate student majoring in political science or public administration. Preference is given to undergraduates and to applicants who express a career interest in state and/or local government as described in a brief essay submitted with the application. The recipient's political science grade point average must be at least 3.40.

Alan D. Robertson Memorial Scholarship $500

The purpose of the Alan D. Robertson Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a political science major who is a sophomore, junior or senior at The University of Montana.  The recipient must be a Montana high school graduate, carry a grade point average of 3.0 or above and have demonstrated leadership activities on campus or in the community as described in a resume submitted with the application.

Anthony "Tony" Allen Newberry (Doohan) Scholarship  $500

The purpose of the Anthony "Tony" Allen Newberry (Doohan) Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a political science major with an interest in international studies.  The recipient must have demonstrated academic achievement.  It is a preference that a different student receives this award each year.

H. David and Joyce E. Hunt Public Policy Scholarship  $3,000

The purpose of the H. David and Joyce E. Hunt Scholarship is to provide an annual award of $3,000 to a Political Science major or graduate student interested in public administration and policymaking. 

Applicants must have junior, senior or graduate standing during the full scholarship year.  During the scholarship year the student shall complete an internship with Missoula city or county government, or another local governmental body, earning academic internship credit; Political Science faculty will assist the recipient in obtaining an internship and will supervise the academic credits.  The Scholarship award payment is divided between fall and spring semesters. 

To apply, students must submit an unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation from a Political Science department professor, and a short essay discussing their interest in public administration and policymaking, how their academic and extracurricular activities reflect their work ethic, and how the Hunt Scholarship will help them financially.  The recipient shall be selected on the basis of academic achievement, work ethic, interest in public administration and policy, and financial need.

Kain/McKay Scholarships  (2 available)  $1,335 each

Recipients of Kain/McKay scholarships shall be selected based on the following criteria: a) Political Science undergraduate major, b) full-time UM student during the entire year of award, c) excellent GPA and high performance in Political Science courses, and d) 15 credits in Political Science (including current registration) at time of application.

James A. Messina Scholarship  $1,893

This fund provides scholarships for UM undergraduate students in the Department of Political Science.  Applicants must have junior or senior standing at the time of application, and have an interest in government, public administration, and/or electoral politics.  Preference will be given to applicants who have worked, or plan to work, on a political campaign, and to applicants with financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. 

Applicants must submit a short essay expressing their interest and experience in the above areas, and a recommendation from a faculty member in the Department of Political Science. 

Jim Messina Scholarship for Future Community Problem Solvers  $ 4,000

NOTE: YOU MUST USE THIS LINK TO APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP,

THROUGH THE COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SCIENCES (CHS) ONLINE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS SYSTEM.

(DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP TO THE POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT.)

This scholarship is awarded to a University of Montana undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences according to the following guidelines.  The recipient must have financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid need analysis. Students will be selected based on a short essay describing how their education will enable them to solve problems that communities face.

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Applications are available in the Political Science office or you can download an application. [Download DOCX] [Download PDF]  (use for all except the “Jim Messina Scholarship for Future Community Problem Solvers”)

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