There are several different awards available through the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University. View our past winners.
These are annual awards with the exception of the Alice Ebel Monthly Scholarship. Available awards include the following:
Hibbert R. Roberts Outstanding Senior Award
Political Science majors with a minimum GPA of 3.5 (both overall and within the department), who can reasonably expect to graduate in May, August, or December of the year of the award are eligible to apply. Outstanding scholarly achievement in and out of the classroom and faculty recommendations are the major criteria governing who will receive the award.
Thomas Wilson Internship Award
This award will be given to students that have shown outstanding ability in their current or completed internship. Preference is given to those students whose internships take them out of the local community.
Thomas More Scholarship in Political Philosophy
This scholarship will be awarded to a sophomore or junior Political Science major who has demonstrated special interest and ability in the study of political philosophy through courses taken in the field. To be considered, a student should anticipate a career in teaching law, or some other form of public service. Course grades, extracurricular activities, and financial need will be considered in awarding this scholarship.
Frank M. and Hermina R. Giordano Scholarship
This scholarship was established in their honor by their son Gerald to help and encourage those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend Illinois State University. Must be a student in good standing, majoring in Political Science with a 3.0 GPA or higher and be a junior, senior, or graduate student.
George J. Gordon Scholarship in U.S. Public Affairs
This award was created to recognize outstanding undergraduate students in the area of United States Public Affairs in the Department of Politics and Government. Two scholarships will be awarded, one for a student who has attained sophomore year status, and one who has attained junior year status. The student who has attained sophomore year status may apply to renew the scholarship at the end of their junior year. The full award will be applied to each winning student in the fall.
Jamal R. Nassar Scholarship
This scholarship was established by colleagues and friends of emeritus faculty Jamal R. Nassar in his honor. Dr. Nassar was a faculty member at Illinois State University from 1978-2007, and served as Chair of the Department from 1998 to 2007. In July, 2007, Dr. Nassar retired and became Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University at San Bernardino. The purpose of the Jamal R. Nassar Scholarship is to provide student support for scholarship, overseas travel, independent research, teaching or research assistantships, travel to professional conferences or academic meetings. Each candidate for a Jamal R. Nassar Scholarship must: (a) Be enrolled in good standing at Illinois State University, having completed at least one semester as a full-time undergraduate student at ISU immediately prior to application for the Jamal R. Nassar Scholarship in Politics and Government; (b) Demonstrate strong academic achievement, as evidenced by a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale; and (c). Be a full-time undergraduate student with a minimum of 60 earned credit hours with a declared major or minor within the Department of Politics and Government.
John P. Freese Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the family and friends of distinguished alum, Judge John P. Freese. The purpose of this scholarship is to support an undergraduate student with a declared major in Politics and Government. Preference will be given to a student interested in pursuing a career in law. Requirements include showing demonstrated academic achievement, as evidenced by accumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in academic coursework at this or their previous institution of higher education. Students must also demonstrate involvement in campus and/or community volunteer organizations. The scholarship will apply to the academic semester following selection. Graduating seniors in their final semester at Illinois State University are not eligible.
George J. Gordon Scholarship in U.S. Public Affairs
This award was established by Dr. George and Myra Gordon to recognize outstanding undergraduate students in the area of United States Public Affairs in the Department of Politics and Government.
Dr. Robert Bradley Scholarship
This scholarship was created to recognize the 25 years of distinguished service provided by Dr. Robert Bradley. Each candidate for the Dr. Robert Bradley Scholarship must be or have: achieved a minimum GPA of 3.8 or an ACT score of 28 in their high school or college experience, participated in civic engagement and/or public service while in high school and/or at a prior higher education institution.
Political Science majors or minors nominated by department faculty who intend to graduate in the year of the award with at least a 3.3 GPA in the major/minor and at least three courses in the Subfield are eligible for these awards. The Hibbert R. Roberts Outstanding Senior Award winner will not be eligible for consideration for this award unless she/he is the only student eligible within the Subfield. In addition to GPA, the number and level of courses taken within the Subfield and other academic activities undertaken (especially those related to the Subfield) will also be considered. The Subfields are American Government, Comparative Politics/International Relations, Public Administration and Public Law.
Outstanding Legal Studies Student Award
Legal Studies minors and contact majors with at least a 3.3 GPA (both overall and in legal studies classes) and who intend to graduate in the year of the award are eligible for consideration for this award. Criteria for selection include GPA, number of courses taken within the program and performance of internships (if one is taken).
Carl Kasten Pre-Law Leadership Award
This award is given to a graduating pre-law student who has exhibited strong leadership skills and made significant contributions to extra-curricular law related activities at Illinois State University (e.g., student judicial board, law club, legal internships).
Tom Eimermann Outstanding Pre-Law Student Award
This award is given to the graduating pre-law student who combined the highest level of academic performance with the most significant participation in extra-curricular university activities and community service.
Thomas Eimermann Mock Trial Scholarships
The Eimermann scholarship fund gives out $1,000.00 awards in the form of credits toward tuition and fee charges and/or for reimbursement of text books. Recipients of these awards may continue to receive them for up to four years as long as they meet the awards eligibility requirements and continue to participate in mock trial competition for ISU. To be eligible to receive an Eimermann Scholarship, the applicant must: (1) Be a currently enrolled student in good standing at Illinois State University, or have been admitted to ISU as a freshman or transfer student; (2) Have demonstrated strong academic achievement, as evidenced by a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at ISU or, in the case of freshmen and transfer students, at the last high school or college attended; and (3) Have demonstrated commitment to and a record of success in mock trial, speech, or debate competition at either the collegiate or high school level.
Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award
The Department of Politics and Government will grant this annual award to one graduate student who has distinguished herself/himself in service contributions to the Department beyond the regular duties of a graduate assistant.
Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Graduate students in the Political Science Department who have graduated in December of the preceding year, or who intend to graduate in May or August of the year of the award are eligible for this award. Ordinarily, students under consideration should have completed or have in progress all of their coursework for the graduate degree. Criteria to be considered in determining the winner of this award include GPA, professional activities (such as presenting a paper at a conference) and activities within the graduate college.
Alice Ebel Monthly Scholarship
All political science majors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply for an Alice Ebel Academic Scholarship. This scholarship was established by the first chair of the Department who was interested in promoting the advancement of women in public service careers. The scholarship is available at any time during the academic year and will be determined by the Department Executive Committee on a monthly basis. Amounts vary. To apply for the scholarship, please submit the following materials to Professor T.Y. Wang, Chair, Department of Politics and Government 4600, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4600: 1. A letter of application stating your achievements and goals and indicating how you could use this scholarship to cover university expenses; 2. An unofficial transcript showing your grade point average; 3. A letter of recommendation from one faculty member at ISU or your college or high school is requested.
Alice Ebel Award
Political Science majors/minors must demonstrate a high level of accomplishment in the discipline and the promise of an exceptional professional contribution after graduation. These factors shall be measured by GPA (overall and in the major), faculty recommendations, professional activities, achievements, and career aspirations.
Walter S. G. Kohn Award
Political Science undergraduate or graduate students with at least 3.0 GPA who have demonstrated interests in European politics, attended at least one course on European politics, and would continue to pursue issues relevant to the understanding of contemporary politics of European countries will be eligible for the award.