Annual Departmental Scholarships

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The following scholarships are awarded annually to currently enrolled University of Iowa undergraduates in political science and international relations. Scholarship recipients are recognized at a departmental awards reception in late April. If you have questions, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  

Visit our Scholarships page for information about all undergraduate scholarship opportunites.


 

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

Vernon and Georgia Bender Scholarship

The scholarship was established in memory of Vernon and Georgia Bender and was established in 1998.

  • One award will be given to an undergraduate political science major. 
  • GPA must be 3.5 or above.
  • Student must be enrolled full time and ambitious.
  • Student must demonstrate a financial need.

 

Joseph Domke Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship was established in memory of Joseph Domke and was established in 2005.

  • One award will be given to a junior or senior political science major.
  • Student must demonstrate a financial need.
  • Preference will be given to a student who plans to attend law school.
  • Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates a focus on education and compassion for those in need. 

 

Molly C. and Joseph R. Gaylord Scholarship Fund

Mr. Gaylord currently serves as the President of the Department of Political Science Advisory Board.  He and his wife have generously gifted the department this scholarship to provide support to a deserving undergraduate majoring political science. 

  • Two awards will be given to undergraduate students majoring in political science.
  • Student must be actively involved in campus activities.
  • Student must be an Iowa resident, and have graduated from an Iowa area high-school.
  • Preference will be merit-based, first, and need-based, second. 

 

Dr. V. Don Hudson Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship was established in memory of V. Don Hudson.  Professor Hudson graduated from the Department of Political Science, University of Iowa in 1936.

  • One award will be given to an undergraduate student in the field of political science. 
  • Student must be an undergraduate or graduate student who has a physical disability.
  • Student must intend to pursue a higher education career in political science studies.
  • Student must demonstrate a financial need.

 

Donald B. Johnson Scholarship/Donald B. Johnson Fellowship

The scholarship was established in memory of Professor Donald B. Johnson who was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science from 1951 until his death in 1981.  He was renowned for his teaching in the field of American Politics and for his political activism.

  • Awarded to two undergraduate political science majors who are completing their junior years.
  • Student must exemplify the quality of character and leadership by which Donald Johnson was known.
  • Student must demonstrate a financial need.
  • Johnson Fellowship will be awarded on the base of merit.
  • Johnson Scholarship will be awarded on the base of merit and financial need.

 

Darrell L. Netherton Political Science Research Scholarship

Mr. Netherton, a current member of the Department of Political Science Advisory Board, gifted the department this scholarship to provide support to deserving students studying political science who are interested in pursuing a research project under the supervision of tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Department of Political Science.

  • Preference is given to students whose project promotes political activism and/or civic engagement in minority, LGBT, immigrant and/or underserved communities.
  • Students must be undergraduates of at least sophomore status and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

 

Teri G. Rasmussen Scholarship

The scholarship was established in memory of Teri G. Rasmussen by her parents.  Ms. Rasmussen graduated from the University of Iowa in 1981 with a BA in Political Science and Phi Beta Kappa honors, and she earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan, School of Law in 1984 with honors.  She practiced law from 1984 until the time of her death in 2011.

  • Awarded to an undergraduate political science major who intends to pursue a career in law (attorney, paralegal, etc.).
  • At the time of the application, the student should have at least one full semester of course work to complete before graduating.

 

Third House Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship provides support to a deserving undergraduate political science major.  Recipients of this scholarship are invited to the Third House annual recognition dinner to highlight student accomplishments.

 

Richard J. Tyner International Relations Scholarship

Mr. Tyner, a current member of the Department of Political Science Advisory Board, has generously gifted the department this scholarship to provide support to a deserving undergraduate majoring in international relations or political science. 

  • Preference will be given to a student who is a member of the University of Iowa Honors Program.

 

Best Paper Award

Every spring, exceptional undergraduate research papers are selected as candidates for our Best Paper Award. Finalists participate in a poster presentation and winner placements are selected by members of the Political Science Alumni Advisory Board.

View the recent list of Best Paper Award winners.

 

Fairall Scholarships

In addition to our departmental annual scholarships, the department nominates individuals for the Fairall scholarships.  A committee from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Fairall Trustees then makes the final awarding decisions.  The criteria for each are as follows:

 

Helen Fairall Scholarship

The scholarships are to be awarded to students who were either:  born in Iowa and educated in Iowa schools for at least grades one through eight OR born in the United States and have graduated from an Iowa high school.  Students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative University of Iowa grade point average and be enrolled full-time.  The scholarships are awarded without regard to financial need.  The scholarship recipient shall be a junior, senior or graduate political science student.

 

Laurence Fairall Scholarship
The scholarships are awarded without regard to financial need.  

  • Awarded to senior or graduate students enrolled at the University of Iowa intending and willing to devote themselves to subjects which will better them for the United States Diplomatic Service.
  • Students must be Iowa residents by birth and have been educated in Iowa.
  • Students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative University of Iowa GPA.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time.