Scholarship Information

Experiential Learning Fund Grants 

The goal of the Experiential Learning Fund is to provide more students with opportunity to pursue internships, research, or study abroad programs that may otherwise be out of reach due to financial constraints. Applicants must submit an updated resume, personal statement outlining their personal goals, desired program, how their grant will be used, and an estimated budget. Applicants must be Political Science undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Louisville, pursuing a degree, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of application. Priority is given to those students who have not received this award previously. All information is required.

  • Ford Hall Goes to Washington (FHGTW): Internships in Washington D.C. are incredible resume-building opportunities for students who want to work in politics, but low pay and the high cost of living in D.C. can make these internships unattainable for many students. Sponsored by the Political Science Alumni Council, FHGTW will fund up to $4,000 toward living expenses for students who plan to complete an internship in Washington D.C. Note: you must be accepted to an internship in Washington D.C. to receive this award
  • Research and Conference Grants: Student research opportunities are central to the Department of Political Science’s mission, but funding for student research, particularly at the undergraduate level, can be difficult to find. These grants fund opportunities for students to conduct research or attend conferences related to the discipline. These grants will fund up to $750 towards research or conference expenses (including travel).
  • Study Abroad Grants: Studying abroad gives students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in different cultures, meet new people from around the world, and gain cross-cultural skills that are beneficial in the workplace. There are a number of scholarships available to help cover program costs, but many students need financial support while studying in other countries. Students may apply for up to $1,000 to use toward living expenses while traveling with a verified study abroad program.

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Public Trust Policy Scholarship

Public Trusts are natural and cultural resources that are preserved for public use. In the United States, wild lands, rivers, and lakes all qualify as public trusts. Today, with the increased pressures of natural resource extraction and continued threats to wilderness, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) is taking a leadership role in advocating for the conservation of wild places. BHA is a non-partisan and non-profit organization whose mission is to be "a voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife." They are focused on public policy and action The Public Trust Policy Scholarship is intended to be awarded to a political science student who aspires to one day serve in public office but who has little to no experience with hunting, angling, or the outdoors. The intent is to immerse them in the BHA community where they will forge relationships and gain experiences on our public lands and waters and walk away with a better understanding of and connection to conservationist values. This scholarship provides winners an opportunity to develop and execute a project relating to policy and public trusts, as well as networking opportunities with BHA members across the country Sponsored by Colonel (retired) Mike and Aline Abell and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, this scholarship is open to any undergraduate or graduate UofL Political Science student who will be graduating in Fall 2022 or later. The recipient will receive a total of $2,500, with half awarded at the time of selection and half award upon completion of a field/policy/association experience. The project will be determined in coordination with the sponsors and expenses will be covered. The winner will also be given the honor of “BHA Scholar.”

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Charles T. Mercer Scholarship

This scholarship was established to provide scholarship support (tuition, fees, and/or room and board) for undergraduate student(s) in the College of Art Sciences majoring in Political Science. The scholarship will be awarded to a student or students that demonstrate the greatest financial need and are in good standing. Students with a 2.0 and 2.99 GPA and the ability to demonstrate financial need will receive priority consideration.

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Paul J. Weber Scholarship for Mentoring Excellence

The Paul J. Weber Scholarship for Mentoring Excellence is a tribute to the legacy left by a man who dedicated his life to teaching and mentoring. Just before Dr. Weber’s death in 2005, students, colleagues, and friends created an endowment in his honor to fund an annual scholarship at the University of Louisville. This scholarship intends to continue Dr. Weber’s legacy by recognizing students who exemplify characteristics of mentoring excellence.

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National and International Scholarship Information

  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship
  • English Speaking Union Scholarship
  • Critical Language Scholarship
  • NSEP Boren Scholarship / Fellowship
  • Fulbright Awards
  • Ect.

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Mary Churchill Humphrey Scholarship

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Etscorn International Summer Research Award

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