Scholarships and Funding in Political Science and Public Administration


Barbara P. Greene Endowed Scholarship in Political Science

Established in 2004 by Sarah and Edward Cohen (daughter and son-in-law) and friends of Barbara Greene. Barbara was a professor and chair of the political science department prior to her death in 2001. Income from this endowment will support a scholarship for students enrolled in the political science department who have interest in state and local government. One scholarship will be awarded. Application deadline is the spring semester.

  • Scholarship awarded to a CMU student majoring in political science, with an interest in state and local government.
  • Minimum GPA 3.00 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Preference given first to MPA and MA graduate students, followed by undergraduate seniors and juniors.
  • The award will be made only if highly qualified applicants apply.
  • Apply with a formal letter, a resume, and contact information for three references who will speak to your career interests in Political Science. 

Questions should be addressed by emailing Dr. Thomas Greitens by contacting him at 989-774-3862 or Anspach 246.


Ballenger/Browne Capitol Internship Program Endowment

Bill BallengerThe William S. Ballenger III and Dr. William P. Browne Capitol Internship Program Endowment provides financial support to political science students completing internships within all branches of the state and federal government. The endowment provides students with a stipend for transportation and other expenses related to the internship activities. The endowment was established through private gifts from family and friends, including Ballenger and Bill Browne's wife, Linda. The endowment will continue to increase its support for internship stipends as future gifts are received through ongoing fundraising efforts by the college.

Ballenger served as the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at CMU from 2003-07. He is a former state representative and senator, director of the State Department of Licensing and Regulation, and a former state racing commissioner. He also served as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in President Gerald R. Ford's administration.

Browne taught political science at CMU for more than 30 years until he passed away in 2005 after a 12-year battle with chronic myelogenous leukemia. He was instrumental in establishing the master of public administration program and in placing political science students in internships throughout the country. T he Ballenger-Browne endowment was designed to support and enhance the internship placement efforts that Browne helped to establish.

  • William BrowneThe scholarship is renewable for up to one year of full-time continuous enrollment.  Part-time attendance or withdrawal from the university will result in cancellation of the scholarship.  The number, amount, and recipient(s) of the Award will be determined by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, in consultation with the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.  The Dean may set up processes or advisory committees to recommend recipients of the Award, as appropriate for the gift.
  • The recipient(s) will be student(s) enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Political Science and Public Administration academic program or who has an interest in the study of political science and, who has a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale.

Applicants should submit a statement of interest and transcripts to the Department of Political Science and Public Administration by emailing Dr. Sharon Kukla-Acevedo.


  • 2015-16  Katilyn Alexander
  • 2018-19  Ethan Petzold, Holly Gregor, Maggie Lenard and Derek Vitale
  • 2019-20  Derek Vitale and Mohammad Khan
  • 2020-21  Olivia Ammerman and Madeline Thomas
  • 2021-22  Lauren Hull

Maxine Berman Academic Achievement Award

Maxine BermanEstablished in 2018 by Dr. David Jesuit and friends of Maxine Berman, the Maxine Berman Academic Achievement Award  recognizes the academic accomplishments and promise of a student enrolled in one or both of the seminar courses taught by the Griffin Chair (PSC 300/301). Berman was an American politician who served on the Michigan House of Representatives between 1983 and 1996. She served as the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University from 2009-2013. She died at the age of 71 on March 2, 2018, of lung cancer, in West Bloomfield, Michigan. 

Berman Award Website

Ronald George Khoury and Andy Leavitt Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2022 by Ron Khoury '89 and Andy Leavitt '08, partners at Khoury Johnson Leavitt lobby firm in Lansing. Mr. Khoury and Mr. Leavitt were both first-generation college students and established the Khoury and Leavitt Annual Scholarship to benefit first-generation, political science majors, with financial need and value the opportunity to meet with the scholarship recipient.

This is a non-renewable annual scholarship for a sophomore, junior, or senior maintaining a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 with preference given toward first-generation college students.

  • Qualified recipients must have a declared Political Science major.
  • Qualified recipients must demonstrate financial need.
  • Qualified recipients must be a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior.
  • Qualified recipients must maintain a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Recipients must submit a brief personal narrative describing their intent to be active in non-school related activities related to politics/government.
  • Preference given toward first-generation college students.

Graduate assistantships

Each year the Department of Political Science and Public Administration awards a limited number of assistantships to MA and MPA students in the political science graduate programs. This primary form of financial ‚Äčassistance for graduate students provides tuition remission, a stipend, and funding to cover the cost of mandatory university fees.  They work 20 hours per week for the department assisting in faculty research and teaching activities.  The Personnel Committee will begin reviewing complete applications after March 12 and will consider later applications until all positions are filled. Materials may be emailed or mailed to: CMU Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Anspach 247, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859.

Graduate Assistantship Application Form

Study abroad grant

An international experience is an invaluable part of a student's education and will provide an international perspective which cannot be fully recreated within the classroom. To promote international study, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration has created a small fund to assist students with costs related to study abroad.

  • Full-time matriculated CMU undergraduate or graduate student at the time of application.
  • Approved through the Office of International Education.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8 for undergraduate students or 3.3 for graduate student.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • At the time of study abroad, undergraduate students must reach sophomore standing or above with a signed major or minor in Political Science/Public Administration. Graduate students must complete a minimum of one semester of study within a Political Science/Public Administration program.

Deadline: Ongoing. Requests will be reviewed and applicants notified via e-mail in 2 to 3 weeks.

Award Amount: Please note that the maximum award amount is $150 and dependent upon the amount of funding available.

Study Abroad Grant Application

Student travel grant

Central Michigan University’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration considers undergraduate and graduate students’ research to be a vital part of their education. This Student Travel Grant is to assist and encourage student presentations at Political Science and Public Administration professional conferences.

  • Graduate student applicants must have completed 15 credit hours or be in the second year of their program. Undergraduate applicants must have completed 21 credit hours in PSC or PAD courses.

Deadline: Ongoing. Requests will be reviewed and applicants notified via e-mail in 2 to 3 weeks.

Award Amount: Awards are limited to no more than $100 and dependent upon the amount of funding available.

Student Travel Grant Application

Other CMU funding sources