Awards, Scholarships and Research Grants

The Political Science Department annually presents two awards to students in the program.  These include the Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior and the Hoover Prize (for best presentation at the Political Science Association student conference).

In addition to these awards, the department also offers declared PLSC majors several scholarships opportunities including:

The Public Affairs Research Fund (PARF)

One scholarship is available for a Political Science major to offer support while attending Western.  Equal merit/need is considered.  Typical award amount is $2,500

The Clement Family Scholarship

One scholarship is available to a full-time student majoring in political science with interest in public policy. Financial need will also be a consideration. Applicants are required to submit a one-page essay answering the following: "What are your career goals?  What are your interests in public policy and human (community) services, and how do you see these working together towards meeting your professional goals?" Typical award amount is $3,000.  Award not available for more than two consecutive years.

The Bill McDonald Memorial Scholarship

One scholarship is available for a Political Science major to use during their time at WWU, who is planning to attend Graduate School.  Preference is given to those emphasizing public policy.  Typical award amount is $2,500.

The Ken Hoover Memorial Scholarship

One scholarship is available to a Political Science major or a PPE major, second-year student (or 3rd or 4th), merit-based with need as a tie-breaker.  "Applicants should be inquisitive, excited by ideas, and civic/community minded."  Typical award amount is $2,500.

The Vernon Damani "Dr J" Johnson Scholarship

Established in 2020 to honor the ways in which “Dr. J” has shaped so many lives through his dedication to teaching, social justice, and racial equity.  The scholarship will be awarded to a Political Science student with a demonstrated commitment to social justice activism, financial need, and a GPA of 3.0 or better.  Students must be a Political Science major to be eligible.

To Apply

Application Deadline for AY 2020-2021: April 1, 2021

The department typically accepts applications for scholarships during the Spring quarter. 

Students applying for the Vernon Damani "Dr J" Johnson Scholarship should use the "Dr J" Scholarship form.

 For all other scholarships, please use the general Scholarship Application Form.

All applications should be submitted by email to Department Manager Erica Steele (  For additional information, please contact the Political Science department (AH415) at


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More Scholarships

CHSS Scholarships

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences also offers several scholarships.

Scholarship Center

The university offers a number of scholarship programs that are not restricted to a specific major, department or college through the Scholarship Center.

Research Awards

Public Affairs Research Fund

The Political Science department has PARF funding available to support undergraduate majors.  Funds can be used for student field trips and conference participation. The maximum amount of the award is $250 with no more than 50% of a project funded.  Funding limited to one conference.  To request the funds, the student must submit a written proposal in advance of the activity including a proposed budget.  The proposal should be 1) sponsored by a faculty member in the department who is responsible for the terms of the award and 2) approved by the Budget Committee and majority of the department.  Requests should be submitted to Erica Steele via email at with necessary attachments. 

Research and Creative Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

Through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, students can apply for support to engage in scholarly/creative work in their disciplines.  Any registered undergraduate in good standing may apply. Grants will normally be awarded in the range of $100 - $500 per project.