December 12, 2019

Political Science

Do you watch the news often?  Better question… when do you not keep yourself informed on current events?  If your answer is… well… “maybe while I’m sleeping”, then you are probably cut out for something that has to do with government and political science.  This particular profession is one where millions of people may feel your influence, which is one reason why scholarships will only fund those who are excellent at their studies.

Political science is one of the most interesting careers and it is a very recently developed field.  In fact, there was no such thing as political science about seventy-five years ago.

It should be noted that a political science degree will most likely land you in a place where you will be working with (or against) the government.  You will probably find yourself in some type of lobbying group, and you will probably also find yourself commuting into work on a state capitol subway system.  If you are quite alright with these aspects, then we can move forward.


Not Really a Business

Political science is a field of study that has to do directly with the government.  This means that you will probably not find yourself working for the private sector.

Now, this may seem to close your opportunities, but it actually broadens them in a different direction.  One reason is the fact that government will always be around, and it will also never stop worrying about how to win the hearts and minds of the citizenship (which is your job.)  This fact alone means that you will have plenty of job stability, and there will always be scholarship money on the table.


Government Funding

Now, you or your folks may make too much, which would exclude you from grants.  But, your GPA and other accomplishments will put you directly inline for scholarship funding.  In fact, because the government often funds many of these political organizations, you may find some of that money going to your tuition.  The key is to impress your audience.

It is important to remember that the government is basically a money bucket that dumps cash everywhere.  All you need to do is stand under it.  In order to get under that flow, your best bet is to find an organization to join as soon as you set foot on campus.  In addition to that, you should inquire ahead of time if that organization gives scholarship funding.  If it does not, then go to the next (there will always be a “next”).

Here are a few organizations and scholarship funds to give you a beginning point for your search.

Professor E.A. Rogers Award

Are you a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior hoping to attend a top college or university? Are you looking for a challenging and dynamic summer program that allows you to take college level courses while getting a preview of college life?

The Professor E.A. Rogers Award provides a full tuition scholarship to the prestigious Junior Statesmen Summer School. The program is offered each year at Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and Georgetown universities. One full scholarship and twenty partial scholarships will be awarded to high school students interested in history, politics, and leadership.

James Madison Foundation Graduate Fellowships

Through a national competition, the Foundation offers James Madison Fellowships to a select group of individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution. The Foundation offers two types of fellowships:

– Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis (Junior Fellows have two years to complete their degrees)
– Senior Fellowships are awarded to teachers who wish to undertake work for a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes (Senior Fellows have up to five years to complete their degrees)

SCPA Foundation Scholarships

The South Carolina Press Association Foundation encourages talented young people to enter the newspaper business and provides training and growth opportunities for working professionals.