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Department of Political Science

Wood Building 203
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8948
Email: Sandy Christ, Office Professional





scholarships

Scholarships

UCM has many financial assistance programs that can lower the cost of a quality university education. Approximately 70 percent of our student body receives one or more types of financial assistance. Many scholarships, available through the UCM Foundation, are funded by gifts from alumni and friends. Learn about Foundation scholarships and use our new online system, MoCents, to apply.

Political Science Awards
The Political Science Department awards graduating senior majors in political science who demonstrate academic achievement and membership in the Political Science Student Association or Pi Sigma Alpha. Generally two awards are made each year. Recipients receive $500 plus a plaque acknowledging their achievement and their name is listed on a plaque in the department office. Applications can be found in the Political Science Department office, Wood 5, usually in the month of February.

The Political Science Department also awards the Walt Hicklin Government and Public Service Scholarship. The scholarship is $1,500 and is awarded to one male and one female student each year and can be renewed a maximum of two times for undergraduate study, funds permitting. To qualify for this scholarship, students must 1) have a minimum of 24 credit hours completed at UCM at the time first scholarship payment is awarded and each year in which the scholarship is renewed, 2) have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.50 throughout the period for which the scholarship is awarded, and 3) be pursuing an academic program in preparation for a career in public service. Applications can be found in the Political Science Department office, Wood 5, usually in the month of February.

Robert A. and Edith M. Young Scholarship in Political Science
This is an endowed scholarship that is offered through the UCM Foundation for a student pursuing a degree in political science. The scholarship honors Robert and Edith Young, the parents of Professor James V. Young, and continues to receive contributions from the Young family. The amount of the award, approximately $2,500, has steadily increased making it one of the largest private scholarships available at the University of Central Missouri. Students must 1) be a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior in good academic standing at UCM, 2) be pursuing a degree in Political Science, 3) be worthy, deserving, and of good moral character, and 4) show promise of leadership and academic ability in the field of Political Science. Applications can be found in the Political Science Department office, Wood 5, usually in the month of February.

Helen Louise Campbell Richards Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded every third year to a political science major. This is an endowed scholarship and the award depends on the actual availability of interest on the original endowment established by Robert N. Campbell and his sons Robert T. and Michael J. Campbell to honor Helen Louise Campbell Richards. To apply for this scholarship, students must 1) be a full-time junior student in good academic standing at UCM, 2) be pursuing a degree in political science, mathematics, or computer information systems, 3) be worthy, deserving, and of good moral character, 4) show promise of leadership and academic ability in the field of political science, mathematics, or computer information systems, 5) be of Christian faith, 6) be a citizen of the United States, 7) have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, and 8) not have a police record (other than minor traffic violation) and shall not have been involved in any disciplinary action with authorities of UCM. Applications can be found in the Political Science Department office, Wood 5, usually in the month of February.

Internships
Two different internships are available for qualified students to work with members of the Missouri General Assembly during the legislative session. The first is open to all majors (sophomore rank or above) and graduate students. This internship requires the student to be available one day a week to work with a legislator in Jefferson City. Three semester hours of credit is awarded for successful completion of this internship. The second internship is four full-time legislative internships allowing qualified students to earn six semester hours of credit, a tuition waiver for nine hours and a stipend. This internship requires the student to work with members of the General Assembly from early January until mid-May. It is open to all majors with at least 50 semester hours completed and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Selection is competitive. Information regarding these internships can be acquired from Dr. Shari Bax at bax@ucmo.edu.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honor society for political science. It is recognized by the American Council of Learned Societies. Today there are over 460 chapters in all 50 states and over 120,000 members. The Zeta Omicron Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha was established at the University of Central Missouri  in 1973 and has since inducted more than 280 members. Student membership is open to juniors, seniors, or graduate students who have:

1. Completed at least ten semester hours of work in political science, including one course above the sophomore level.
2. Maintained a "B" average or higher in all political science courses and a ranking within the upper third of their college class.
3. Received an advisory recommendation by a faculty member of the Department of Political Science.

Political Science Student Association

The Political Science Student Association is open to any UCM student with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better and who has an interest in government and politics and is willing to abide by the provisions of the club's constitution. One need not be a political science major or minor to be a member of the organization. The Political Science Club meets at least once a month. Activities include guest speakers, sponsorship of speakers in other campus forums, Politics and Social Justice week, fund-raising events, field trips, and recreational activities.