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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.

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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.

APSA Diversity Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 11/11/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association (APSA) is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 11,000 members in more than 100 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments, and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors [...] More

Ashbrook Scholar Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $8,000
  • There is a sense of honor attached to being called an “Ashbrook Scholar” because it is earned through dedication and a true passion for the subject. In the course of their four years at Ashland University, Ashbrook Scholars come from across the nation to undertake a rigorous program that expands and enlightens their understanding of American history and government. The study of political life is [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2023
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards 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. Applicants must [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $45,000
  • The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship provides funds for two years of undergraduate study majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) discipline related to NOAA's programs and mission. The program is targeted toward students who have completed their sophomore year and are attending minority-serving institutions (MSIs). You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national who is [...] More

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/29/2023
  • Amount: $25,000
  • Graduate students meeting the eligibility requirements noted below may apply directly to The Wilderness Society. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in North America, have strong academic qualifications and/or career goals focused on making a significant positive difference in the long-term protection of wilderness in the United States. Graduate students in natural [...] More

GWCF National Scholarship Competition

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Since our founding, we have remained steadfast in our purpose and have seen a resurgence of interest in acquiring accurate and inspiring information about historical figures. The principal beneficiaries of the Foundation’s programs are the nation’s schoolchildren. In our important scholarship program, the Foundation has awarded grants from $500 to $5,000 to several hundred high school seniors [...] More

ISF National Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • 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. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are Muslim or an active member of the Muslim community, enrolled at an accredited university by [...] More

ISI Henry Salvatori Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 1/20/2024
  • Amount: $15,000
  • Too many college students feel isolated or attacked for questioning progressive orthodoxy and the ever-narrowing range of debate on campus. We introduce them to the American tradition of liberty and to a vibrant community of students and scholars. Our students get an education and a community they don’t find at their universities. And in the process they become articulate voices for the [...] More

Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/9/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance scholarship honors the memory of former California state treasurer, Matt Fong, for his dedication to public service, active involvement in state politics, and direct impact he had in opening up opportunities for Asian Americans in the public finance industry. Applicants must be an incoming sophomore, junior or senior at a four-year [...] More

Media Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/13/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Washington Media Scholars Foundation (WMSF) provides the opportunity for college students to gain firsthand knowledge of the public policy advertising world through scholarship and networking opportunities. The Media Fellows program is the Foundation’s essay-based scholarship program, striving to provide financial assistance to undergraduate college students with interests at the intersection [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The mission of the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is to acknowledge, support, and empower exceptional graduating high school seniors of King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties by providing financial assistance for an education at their college of choice within Washington state. Over 1,000 of the most promising high school graduates from King, Pierce and Snohomish counties have attended college [...] More

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $49,000
  • The National Science Foundation supports fellowships for outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time, research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering or math or STEM education. NSF GRFP was established to recruit and support individuals who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions in STEM. Thus, NSF especially encourages [...] More

Roosevelt Archival Internships

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Roosevelt Library seeks a summer intern to work in its Archives Department. The Library offers a limited number of paid internships in the summer and occasionally offers internships for credit during the spring and fall. Preference may be given to students majoring in history, political science, archival, library, or computer/information science. Current undergraduates, recent graduates, and [...] More

Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies

  • Application Deadline: 12/30/2023
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Each year, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) offers fellowships for doctoral and post-doctoral candidates around the world conducting newly uncovered archival Holocaust research. Kagan Fellowships are awarded to outstanding candidates around the world who exhibit strong personal commitment to Holocaust research, demonstrate excellence in academic [...] More
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