Political Science Scholarships

The following scholarships and awards are available if you are majoring in political science.  Please note that you are also eligible for any college-wide or university-level scholarships. (Note that a few awards, such as "Outstanding Senior," may be selected by faculty nomination, invitation to apply, or another process different from scholarships.)

Outstanding Senior Award: Political Science

Awarded to outstanding senior in Political Science.

Deadline: Variable
Criteria for Eligibility:

Granted by an Undergraduate Curriculum Committee; students are judged according to grade point average and activities listed on resume.

To Apply:

Contact: Department Head

Frank Lee Wilson Scholarship in Political Science

The Frank Lee Wilson Scholarship in Political Science was established to honor the teaching and service of Professor Frank Lee Wilson, former Professor and Department Head in Political Science.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

Based on merit, as determined by a faculty committee.

To Apply:

Contact Head of Political Science

Job-Ready Internship Award

Job-Ready will bring students’ critical skills to organizations addressing important issues while providing students with hands-on work experience. Students whose internships are unpaid or low-paid may apply for financial support enabling them to cover basic costs incurred while interning. Job-Ready objectives will be: (1) To provide employers with access to CLA students’ unique skills; (2) To encourage CLA students to pursue summer internships and to make unpaid and low-paid internships a viable option for more students; and (3) To enrich CLA students’ understanding of relevant issues and opportunities to be a force for good in their lives after graduation.

Click here for spotlights of past recipients.

Deadline: Rolling Selections up to May 1
Amount: up to $2,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

An award for undergraduate students with a Liberal Arts major at Purdue University West Lafayette who have secured a career-launching unpaid or low-paid summer or semester internship and who will return to classes after their internship experience. On-campus internships are not eligible.  Eligible internship sites include not-for-profit organizations, government, social enterprises, and for-profit firms. Job-Ready Awards do not support study abroad, field schools, or other internships that charge students to participate.

To Apply:

All Job-Ready awards have been awarded for Summer 2018

Congratulations to all recipients! 

Job-Ready applications are being accepted through May 1 for 2018. Awards will be made bi-weekly on a rolling basis. Upload your job offer letter and apply here

For more information on this award, contact CLAscholarships@purdue.edu 
For more information about internships, contact the Liberal Arts Career Center in 1289 Beering Hall. 

The Ruth and Fred Graf Award in Peace Studies

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $750
Criteria for Eligibility:

For a student from anywhere on campus to work with a Liberal Arts faculty member on a peace related research project. Stipend of $750.00 for the student and additional $750.00 expense for the faculty member. Applications are reviewed by a committee made up of three faculty members whose students have been past recipients of the Graf Award.

To Apply:

Contact: Department Head

The Lola C. and Dolores G. Reinsch Scholarship

Lola Reinsch (BA 1967, Political Science) her mother, Dolores Reinsch established this scholarship in December 2005 for undergraduate students majoring in Political Science.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: Up to $1,000 / year
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Lola C. and Dolores G Reinsch Scholarship is for undergraduates majoring in Political Science. Criteria include: 1. Financial need, as determined by the FAFSA. 2. A GPA of at least 2.5 Renewable for up to four years.

To Apply:

For more information, please contact:


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