Department of Political Science

428 Old Main
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Phone: (479) 575-3356
Fax: (479) 575-6432

Admin Supervisor
Kathy Rice

Admin Specialist
Marisa Grippo



Departmental Awards and Scholarships

NOTE: The only departmental scholarship that accepts applications from students is the Minna Rosenbaum Divers Memorial Scholarship. All other departmental scholarships do not require student application for consideration and will be selected by a predetermined formula.

Henry M. Alexander Memorial Award
The Alexander Award is named after the late professor and chair of this Department and is given annually to a senior Political Science major or major(s) with the highest academic achievement.

William Jennings Bryan Award
This award is presented annually to an outstanding student or student(s) in Political Science.

Hugh T. Henry Memorial Scholarship and Award
Hugh T. Henry was the first M.P.A. director of the Department and shaped public administration education in the state of Arkansas. These recognitions are given to outstanding or continuing students in the M.P.A. program.

Minna Rosenbaum Divers Memorial Scholarship and Award
Minna Rosenbaum Divers was the late Emerita Professor Diane Blair’s mother. Minna Rosenbaum Divers was one of Colorado’s first female lawyers. Divers served in the Roosevelt Administration as an attorney with the Public Works Administration and served on the staff of several members of the U.S. Congress. Diane established this fund to support outstanding Political Science undergraduate(s) who have demonstrated a commitment to, and plans for, a career in public service.

  • Applicants should be rising juniors or seniors with a GPA of 3.00 or above.
  • Submit Minna Rosenbaum Divers Memorial Scholarship/Award Application.
  • Attach a résumé, which should include, but is not limited to public service work and extracurricular activities.
  • Submit an essay of approximately 500 words detailing the student’s plans for a public service career.
  • Include three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a University faculty member

 Rita Snoddy Davis ACCESS Arkansas Scholarship
The Davis scholarship is designed to provide support to need-based, capable students in Political Science.

Emil M. and Pearl K. Larson Internship in Public Service
Nancy Jefferson established this award in memory of her parents to encourage students to explore careers in public service. One or more undergraduate student(s) may receive funding.

The Harry R. and Lois D. Alward Scholarship in Political Science
Lois D. Alward Scholarship in Political Science to fund one or more scholarships annually to a full-time undergraduate student(s) majoring in Political Science. The recipient must distinguish him or herself through leadership, citizenship, and interest in political science and public service. Preference shall be given to undergraduate students with the greatest financial need, and the scholarship shall be administered as an Access Arkansas Scholarship so long as all other qualifying criteria listed above are met.

University Scholarships

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Academic Scholarship Office
The Academic Scholarship Office is a resource for prospective and current undergraduate students seeking scholarship funding. The primary task of the Academic Scholarship Office is to administer university-wide merit-based scholarships. In addition, we serve as a clearinghouse for scholarships awarded by academic departments and outside agencies. Our goal is to support the university's mission of recruiting and retaining high-achieving students who help to enrich and diversify the academic environment of the University of Arkansas.

Cleveland C. Burton Undergraduate Fellowship in International Studies
$4,000.00 for undergraduate study abroad during calendar year 2015.

King Fahd Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies
Two-Year Undergraduate Scholarships for superior students interested in pursuing the study of the Middle East or Islam. The Fahd Center also offers additional study abroad and conference scholarships for qualified students.

Fulbright College Scholarship
Applicants for general college scholarships must apply online.  The application process will close at 11:59 pm, February 15.

J.W. & Elizabeth W. Fulbright Endowed Scholarship for Study Abroad
Supports a year of study abroad for undergraduate students of the humanities and classics. Applications are due to the Dean's office by February 15th.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
This award allows undergraduate students who are either currently receiving a Pell Grant or are Pell Grant eligible the opportunity to study or participate in an internship abroad, develop valuable career and language skills, and prepare themselves for the global economy while serving as citizen ambassadors in their host country. Learn more about the eligibility requirements.

You can get up to $3,000 (summer) - $5,000 (spring/fall) in funding. The spring application is for programs that generally start between December 15 and April 15. The summer application is for programs that generally start between May 1 and August 1. The fall application is for programs that generally start between July 15 and October 15.

Get help with the application process from the Office of Study Abroad by calling 479/575-7582 to make an appointment with an adviser. 

Gene E. McKissic Endowed Scholarship
Gene E. McKissic, an attorney with Cross, Kearney and McKissic of Pine Bluff, AR, have pledged $25,000 for the Gene E. McKissic Endowed Scholarship. The recipient of the McKissic Scholarship will be a returning student in Fulbright College with a major in history or political science. The recipient also must demonstrate leadership in student government or community service.

Sturgis International Fellowships
Designed for advanced undergraduates in the Fulbright College Honors Program or graduate students in Fulbright College, these Fellowships will support long-term, study-abroad projects (one semester or more) that pertain to community development, sustainability, international relations, human rights, comparative literature, and other forms of creative expression with an multi-national dimension. Applications must be received no later than March 31st.

Vote Smart will provide 3 scholarships to U of A students to work at its Great Divide Research Retreat during the coming Presidential Election cycle. Scholarships provided through Hearts Foundation funding and vote Smart members cover all living expenses.

Other Scholarships

NOTE: Every effort is made to ensure that information is current and accurate, but please refer to their website for the most current information. Disclaimer: We do not in any way endorse programs by sponsoring organizations listed here. We encourage users to verify the legitimacy of information and organizations cited here.

BA Rudolph Foundation
Their mission is to advance or benefit young women through educational and general support for whom a small amount of support could make a significant difference. Accompanying the awarded scholarship ($4,500), recipients will be assigned a mentor and point of contact from the B.A. Rudolph Foundation. They accept applications starting February 1 with a submission deadline of April 15. They interview the first week of May with a notification shortly after.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
David L. Boren Scholarships (Undergraduates up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study) and Fellowships (Graduates up to $30,000 for language study and international research) are available. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year. They provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Critical Language Scholarship Program
Is an intensive overseas, fully funded, Summer language program for 7-10 weeks each summer. Undergraduate and graduate students live and study at more than 20 sites abroad. 

Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund - The stipends help offset the costs of living abroad and often fund international travel, rent, or language courses that would otherwise not be possible.

Institute of International Education (IIE) - Fellowship and Scholarship Management. By implementing some of the world’s most prestigious and innovative scholarship programs in a fair, open, and transparent manner, the Institute provides talent from around the world with access to leading institutions of higher education and the international experience that is critical to success in the 21st century workplace. These programs are critical to promoting mutual understanding, and developing global leaders.

IREX - International Researches & Exchanges Board, Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) for GRADUATE students. The IARO provides scholars and professionals with long-term support to perform policy-relevant research in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation
The Udall Scholarship recognizes Native American and Alaska Native undergraduates with the commitment and potential to make significant contributions to tribal public policy or Native American health care. The scholarship application is available here.

College Board Scholarship Search
Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,2000 programs.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
The Pickering Fellowships help highly motivated and academically excellent college juniors, graduating seniors or college graduates who want to pursue a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.  To apply, visit their undergraduate application.

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525 Old Main
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701