Scholarships

Political Science scholarships are announced to political science students in February and are awarded in early April each year. Applications are due in mid-March. Eligibility is based in part upon class level, and whether one is a major, minor, or graduate student. Please check the eligibility table below. The figures shown by each scholarship are for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Political Science scholarship applications for 2016-2017 are now open on the University of Montana’s Scholarship Application Portal.  All Political Science Scholarship applications for 2016-17 are due on Thursday, March 17th, 2016.

The online scholarship application is accessible to all UM students and offers a centralized application process for all Political Science department scholarships.  This online application process replaces the paper applications used in past years. (NOTE: you cannot use paper applications this year.) 

If you are a Political Science major, minor, or graduate student, and will be attending the 2016-17 academic year both semesters, read the scholarship descriptions below to determine which scholarships you are eligible for, then go to the online application portal to apply.  

To apply for Political Science scholarship opportunities, please log in to the application portal at: http://www.umt.edu/finaid/scholarships/um-scholarship-portal/default.php using your UM Net ID and password.  If you have already completed the General Scholarship Application, log back in to the application portal and the Political Science scholarships you are eligible for will appear, and you can apply for them.  If you have not completed the General Scholarship Application, log in to the application software portal, complete the General Scholarship Application and the Political Science scholarships you are eligible for will then appear, so you can apply for them. 

If you experience difficulty completing the scholarship application or logging in to the portal, contact the UM Financial Aid Office: faid@mso.umt.edu or 243-5373.  If you have questions about Political Science scholarships or the portal does not allow you to apply for a Political Science scholarship that you believe you are qualified for, link to this Qualtrics survey and describe the problem in detail: https://umt.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_08omw1zcMC5OnRP. Be sure to include your name and UM ID# in your communications.

Scholarship Major Minor Grad
Grebeldinger Yes Yes Yes
Brennan Yes Yes Yes
Sliter Yes No No
Payne Yes No Yes
Waldron Yes No Yes
Robertson Yes No No
Newberry Yes No No
Hunt Yes No Yes
Kain/McKay Yes No No
Messina Yes Yes No

Sue Grebeldinger Scholarship

$1,000

The purpose of the Sue Grebeldinger Scholarship is to provide an annual award to an undergraduate or graduate political science major or minor, with preference to one who has a career or scholarly interest in legal studies. However, this is not available to a law student or other professional student. Candidates must submit a strong writing sample with a legal emphasis, carry an excellent grade point average, and be a full-time UM student through the year of the award.

James P. and Margaret B. Brennan Scholarship

$900

The purpose of the James P. and Margaret B. Brennan Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a student studying political science at The University of Montana.

E. Paul Sliter Memorial Scholarship

$3,300

To provide scholarships for deserving students at UM who are majoring in political science. A recipient must be a junior or senior, must have participated in community service and must have demonstrated political involvement.  Applicants must submit a resume with the scholarship application.

Thomas Payne Memorial Scholarship

$1,500

The purpose of the Thomas Payne Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a political science major who is an upper division student (junior, senior or higher).

Maud and Grover Waldron Scholarship

$600

The purpose of the Maud and Grover Waldron Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a junior, senior or graduate student majoring in political science or public administration. Preference is given to undergraduates and to applicants who express a career interest in state and/or local government. The recipient's political science GPA must be at least 3.40.

Alan D. Robertson Memorial Scholarship

$600

The purpose of the Alan D. Robertson Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a political science major who is a sophomore, junior or senior at The University of Montana.  The recipient must be a Montana high school graduate, carry a grade point average of 3.0 or above and have demonstrated leadership activities on campus or in the community.  Applicants must submit a resume with the scholarship application.

Anthony "Tony" Allen Newberry (Doohan) Scholarship

$500

The purpose of the Anthony "Tony" Allen Newberry (Doohan) Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a political science major with an interest in international studies.  The recipient must have demonstrated academic achievement.

H. David and Joyce E. Hunt Public Policy Scholarship

$3,000

The purpose of the fund is to provide an annual scholarship to be awarded to students who are majoring in Political Science and are interested in a career that emphasizes local government, public administration and policymaking.

 1. The recipient shall have junior, senior or graduate standing during the full scholarship year.

 2. The recipient shall be selected on the basis of academic achievement, work ethic, interest in public administration and policy making in local government, and financial need.  Students must submit an unofficial transcript and a short essay discussing their interest in public administration and policymaking, how their academic and extracurricular activities reflect their work ethic, and how the Hunt Scholarship will help them financially.  Applicants must also complete the FAFSA.

3. During the scholarship year, the recipient shall complete an internship with Missoula City or County government, or another government body, earning academic internship credit. Political Science faculty will assist the recipient in obtaining an internship and will supervise the internship for academic credit.

Kain/McKay Scholarships (2)

Two of approx. $1,250 each

Recipients of Kain/McKay scholarships shall be selected based on the following criteria: a) Political Science undergraduate major, b) full-time UM student during the entire year of award, c) excellent GPA and high performance in Political Science courses, and d) 15 credits in Political Science (including current registration) at time of application.

James A. Messina Scholarship

Two at $2,100 each

The fund will provide scholarships to University of Montana undergraduate students in the Department of Political Science according to the following guidelines:

1. Applicants must have junior or senior standing during the scholarship award year. Qualified applicants will have an interest in government, public administration and/or electoral politics.  Preference will be given to an applicant who has, or plans to, work on a political campaign, and who has financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid (Applicants must complete the FAFSA).

2. To determine interest in the above areas, applicants will be required to submit a short essay and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the Department of Political Science.