Scholarships

The department emails current students with up-to-date information on the John T. Batchelder Scholarship, the Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship, as well as other current scholarships and opportunities for political science students. If you have any questions, please email us: plsdept@gvsu.edu.  

We work closely with GVSU's Office of Fellowships to help students compete for national scholarships and fellowships. Consult the Office of Fellowships for detailed information on opportunities related to social sciences, public service, the environment, international study and graduate school.
 

JOHN T. BATCHELDER SCHOLARSHIP

The John T. Batchelder scholarship is funded by a generous grant from the Batchelder family. The scholarship honors Dr. John Thayer Batchelder who served as a Grand Valley State University professor until his retirement in 1997.

The main requirements are:
-political science major
-3.3. overall and major GPA
-entering junior year carrying at least 55 credits
-submit a transcript and one page essay

Applications are accepted via GVSU's MyScholarships website:

https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/5065

 

ADAM M. MALSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Timothy R. Zeeb, who graduated from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in 2002 with a major in International Relations and minors in Political Science and German, has established the Adam M. Malson Memorial Scholarship in honor of his dear friend and fallen hero, 1st Lieutenant Adam M. Malson. 

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a student in Political Science or International Relations with the cost of their education. To qualify for this scholarship, students must:

  • Be accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) with a major in Political Science or International Relations
  • Student should be making university Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
  • Preference will be given to students with military service

Applications are accepted via GVSU's MyScholarships website:

https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/6588

 

PAUL B. HENRY CONGRESSIONAL INTERNSHIP

Every year the GVSU Department of Political Science runs the Henry Internship competition. The Henry Internship places a GVSU student -- the Henry Scholar -- in the Washington, D.C., offices of one of Michigan's Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer academic session. The Paul B. Henry Foundation pays a stipend of at least $2,000 to defray the costs of travel and living expenses, and interns get academic credit for their work. The GVSU Alumni Association's DC Chapter adds a special dimension to the program through mentorship and support of GVSU interns.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, students must have completed a minimum of 55 credits by the end of the Winter semester before the summer and are expected to make a brief presentation about their experiences at GVSU.

Applications are accepted via GVSU's MyScholarships website:

https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/4218

 

JOHN H. LOGIE FELLOWS PROGRAM

The John H. Logie Fellows Program provides an opportunity for Grand Valley Students to contribute to Grand Rapids city government. This program is organized by the Provost's office. More information can be found here.

News

Scholarship Opportunities for 2020-21 for Political Science and International Relations Students

February 10, 2020

Scholarship Opportunities for 2020-21 for Political Science and International Relations Students

Alumnus Donor and Students Connect over Coffee

February 04, 2020

Student scholarship winners meet with donor Tim Zeeb.

FREE POLITICAL SCIENCE TUTORING!

January 20, 2020

Tutors can help with content questions, study strategies, and exam review. Please visit www.gvsu.edu/tc to sign up & request a tutor. WHERE: Tutoring Center 11015 Residence Drive 201 Kliener Commons Or TBD by tutor at an on-campus location

Professors Richards and Zhao Publish Study of the Chinese Legal System

December 20, 2019

Professors Mark Richards and Yi Zhao teamed up for a research project on how the legal concept of the public figure, central to libel cases in the U.S., has now spread to the Chinese legal system.

DEAN ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT MARSHALS FOR FALL 2019

November 26, 2019

Dean Fred Antczak is pleased to announce that serving as commencement marshals will be Professor Polly Diven of Political Science and Jeff Kelly Lowenstein of the School of Communication.

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Events

HRT Film Series: On Her Shoulders

February 20, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This documentary follows Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old reluctant human rights activist, who works tirelessly to bring international attention to the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq. A refugee...

2020 Presidential Primaries Forum

February 25, 2020 5:00 PM

GVSU political science faculty invites you to a forum on the 2020 presidential primary season! Panelists Include: Professor Thomas Walker  Professor Laura Schneider Professor Erika...

THE GLOBAL EXPRESS: THE CHILEAN UPRISING AND MILITARY RESPONSE

February 26, 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Global Express is a public forum on global affairs and current events on Wednesdays through the winter semester. Join us on February 26 when Dr. Joel Stillerman, Professor of Sociology talks...

Interfaith Leadership Lecture: Islamophobia: A Threat to All

March 9, 2020 4:30 PM

Petra Alsoofy will be giving the 2020 interfaith leadership lecture. Islamophobia isn't just a threat to American Muslims. Research shows it's just one branch on the tree of bigotry...

THE GLOBAL EXPRESS: LET'S TALK ABOUT RUSSIA

March 11, 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Global Express is a public forum on global affairs and current events on Wednesdays through the winter semester. Join us on March 11 when Dr. Heather Tafel, Associate Professor of Political...

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