Scholarships, Awards and Support

 

The following is a list of funding opportunities that are offered in Political Science on a yearly basis. Students from both main campus and Shady Grove are invited to apply for these opportunities.

Students may apply for multiple opportunities, but may only receive one award per calendar year.

UNPAID INTERNSHIP SUPPORT

  • The Terry and Patricia Nolan Foundation Support (for students in pre-law who wish to pursue an unpaid internship in the legal field; usually around $500). Click here for the application. Applications for funding for unpaid spring internships are due April 1st.
  • The Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering Pre-Law Foundation Support (for students in pre-law who wish to pursue an unpaid internship in the legal field; usually around $500). Click here for the application. Applications for funding for unpaid spring internships are due April 1st.
  • Support from the Department of Political Science for an unpaid internship (for Political Science students who wish to pursue an unpaid internship in any field in political science or public policy during a regular semester or the summer; $2000) Click here for the application. Applications for funding for unpaid fall internships are due April 22nd.

 

MERIT AWARDS

  • Louis Cantori Foundation (for juniors who intend to graduate in Political Science; usually around $500): Determined by the Department of Political Science
  • Arthur Johnson Transfer Scholarship- The scholarship is awarded to a student who has transferred from another college or university, is majoring in Political Science, has a minimum 3.25 UMBC cumulative GPA, and has at least 24 UMBC credits. The deadline is June 10, 2022 to be considered for support in the 2022-2023 academic year. Financial support of $3,000-3,500 is anticipated. Applicants should apply through the Scholarship and Financial Aid Office and provide the following information with their application.
    1. Please describe how you will use these scholarship funds to further your education and future goals.
    2. Please upload an unofficial academic transcript.
    3. Please upload a resume.

        Click here for more information. 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Pittman Family Scholarship Fund (for Political Science students; varying amounts, usually around $3,000): Determined by the Department of Political Science
  • Study Abroad scholarship (for Political Science majors who wish to pursue a UMBC faculty-led summer special sessions study abroad program in any area; awards are for $1,000 to be applied to the cost of the study abroad program). Click here for application. (NOTE: Due to COVID-19, this scholarship will be put on hold.)

 

DEPARTMENT AWARDS – these awards are chosen by the faculty in the Department of Political Science in the spring. Awards are announced at the senior/alumni spring reception in April.

  • Outstanding Senior
  • Outstanding Scholar
  • Outstanding Scholar-Leader

 

INTERNAL AWARDS AND PROGRAMS

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT UMBC SCHOLARSHIPS (through the Scholarship Retriever).

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE McNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM FOR GRADUATE STUDY PREPARATION (for students who are low income and first generation college students, or from traditionally under-represented groups in higher education)

 

EXTERNAL AWARDS

The Minc Law Scholarship; $1,500 award. To apply students must write an essay or create a video to respond to the following question: Should there be federal laws that protect victims of cyberbulling, online harassment, revenge porn, and online defamation? Explain why or why not, and if yes, what should those laws be.  Explain the pros and cons that could result if federal legislation were passed by Congress to attempt to address these issues?