Department of Political Science Scholarships

The below are examples of scholarships that may be available during an academic year.
Application Deadline: TBD-Spring 2018


College Futures Foundation of California Scholarship

Eligibility – Students must meet the below criteria:

  • 3.3 overall and 3.5 major GPA
  • Government or Government-International Relations major
  • Sophomore, Junior, First Semester Senior, or Graduate Student with at least two semesters left to graduate
  • Financial need is required (see below)
  • Must be enrolled full-time at time of application and award (12 units for undergraduate students, 9 units for graduate students)
  • Completed 6 units of government courses

Application Procedures – Eligible applicants should submit the following:

  • Application
  • 600 word typewritten, double-spaced essay addressing how you have personally overcome challenges to get to this point in your college career, and describing your interest in Government.
  • Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are sufficient)
  • OPTIONAL: one page written explanation of your financial needs

Financial need is required. Applicants must qualify for financial need to be eligible for this scholarship. The department verifies financial need with the Financial Aid office. You must have completed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be eligible for the scholarship. Applicants have the option to submit a one-page written explanation of their financial needs. The Sacramento State Financial Aid office is the only official office that can determine “Financial Need” of any student.

Note: The College Futures Foundation of California’s policy prohibits awarding scholarship funds to the children of, or persons related to, any director or employee of the College Futures Foundation of California. The Foundation policy further prohibits awarding these funds to any relative of an employee, board member or trustee of the University Foundation at Sacramento State.


Christopher Dyer-Bennet Scholarship: 

Eligibility – Students must meet the below criteria:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Government major
  • Junior, Senior, or Graduate Student
  • Participant in a CSUS government-related student group

Application Procedures – Eligible applicants should submit the following:

  • Application 
  • Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are sufficient)
  • Statement of no more than two double-spaced, typewritten pages explaining how you meet the criteria and discussing your role in the CSUS government-related student group.

Donald R. Gerth Scholarship in Political Science: 

Eligibility – Students must meet the below criteria:

  • Government or Government-IR major
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time at time of application and award (6 units for undergraduate students, 4 units for graduate students)
  • Junior, Senior, or Graduate Student
  • Completed at least 12 semester units in residence at CSUS (excluding units graded CR/NC)
  • 3.0 overall, CSUS and major GPA
  • Must be enrolled in at least one course with the Political Science Department at time of award

Application Procedures – Eligible applicants should submit the following:

  • Application 
  • Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are sufficient)
  • Essay of at least one typewritten double-spaced page stating your expected career objectives.

Financial need may be considered in the selection process; however, it is not determinative.


The Jeff Lustig Memorial Prize: 

Eligibility – Students must meet the below criteria:

  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12+ units) at CSUS at the time of application and award

Application Procedures – Eligible applicants should submit the following:

  • Application
  • Submit a research paper of 8-20 double-spaced, typewritten pages on social and political theory, university politics, and/or California politics. Revised term papers from undergraduate courses are welcome. Submissions will be assessed with regard to intellectual and literary merit, originality, and critical engagement with questions of both scholarly and political importance.

Jack Livingston Fellow in Political Theory & American Institutions Scholarship: 

Eligibility – Students must meet the below criteria:

  • Must be enrolled full-time at time of award (12 units for undergraduate students, 9 units for graduate students)
  • Juniors, Seniors or Graduate student during the semester the award is received.
  • 3.0 or better major GPA

Application Procedures – Eligible applicants should submit the following:

  • Application
  • Transcripts (unofficial are fine)
  • Submit a proposal of no more than two double-spaced, typewritten pages, outlining your plans for a one-semester research project in political theory, American institutions, or a relevant field. 

Douglas McDaniel Memorial Scholarship: 

Eligibility – Students must meet the below criteria:

  • must be a Government major with a concentration in International Relations
  • Juniors, Seniors or Graduate student currently enrolled at CSUS.
  • completed at least two semesters at CSUS
  • 3.0 overall and 3.5 major GPA
  • be enrolled at least half-time (6 units minimum) at CSUS.

Application Procedures – Eligible applicants should submit the following:

  • Application 
  • Transcripts (unofficial are fine)
  • 2 letters of recommendation: one from a faculty member and from a person (this could be faculty, also) who is able to judge ability based on appropriate practical field or job experience (i.e., an internship)
  • an essay of no more than two double-spaced, typewritten pages on the following topic: How do you see your education in International Relations relating to your future plans?

Thomas D. Swift Government/Journalism Scholarship: 

Eligibility – Students must meet the below criteria:

  • must be a Government/Journalism major
  • Juniors or Seniors currently enrolled at CSUS.
  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • be enrolled full-time (12+ units minimum) at CSUS at the time of application and at the time of award.

Application Procedures – Eligible applicants should submit the following:

  • Application 
  • Transcripts (unofficial are fine)
  • an essay of no more than two double-spaced, typewritten pages on the following topic: How do you see your education in Government/Journalism relating to your future plans?

Non-Political Science Department Scholarships

 

Additional opportunities may be found on the Financial Aid page as well.