​​​PSC/PA Department Scholarships/Awards 

PSC/PA Dept. Graduate Assistantships

Each year the Department of Political Scienc​e 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 assistance 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.  Assistantship applications are due in the department by​ March 12th by 5:00 PM.  

Graduate Assistantship Application.pdf



Additional CMU Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships                                           (Outside of our Department):

CMU Faculty Association Scholarship

Students are invited to apply for the CMU Faculty Association Scholarship for undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need, have a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA, and are enrolled full‐time (minimum of 12 or more credits) per semester.


Leadership Institute

Graduate Assistant – Leadership Institute​ (10-month)
Assist with management of the Leader Advancement Scholarship cohort (e.g., recruitment and enrollment management initiatives, providing academic advising, and assisting with the design and implementation of student leadership programs for scholarship recipients). ​

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Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center​

Public Relations and Marketing (12-month)
Advisor to several volunteer center programs, campus outreach and social media coordinator, directing marketing and public relations, managing OrgSync, and working with learning outcomes and assessment. 
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Program Manager (10-month)
Advising students who coordinate several programs, including: Service Ambassadors (e.g., assisting in planning service trips, connecting with local non-profits, and reflection and monthly presentations for service trips), David Garcia Project (e.g., advising student coordinator with facilitator selection, facilitator trainings), and Safer Sex Patrol (e.g., facilitator selection, educational presentations). 

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Student Activities and Involvement

Greek Life – (10 month)
Providing leadership to the Fraternity & Sorority Life community; work with Greek councils and community members

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Student Activities (10 month)
Assist with the Student Activities committees (Mainstage, Homecoming, Siblings Weekend, CMU Up All Night, & 1892 Productions)

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Student Organizational Development (10 month)
Assist with Peer Involvement Advisors and the development of our student organizational leaders. Develop programming for students and student organizations. 
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CMU Scholarships (Outside of our Department):

AAUW – M. Ruth Evans Award: Established in 1991 by Jackie M. Evans, members of the M. Ruth Evans family and members of the Mount Pleasant, Michigan branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in memory of M. Ruth Evans, wife, mother and friend, for a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student who has been a resident of Isabella County for two or more years and has a GPA of 2.86 or higher.


Betty A. Brubaker Family of Heroes Scholarship: Established in 2014 by Steven A Rellinger '85, '96, family and friends in honor of his mother, Betty A Brubaker and also John Sheers, Don Rellinger and Herman Wright, members of the United States Military. Income from the endowment will support an award for currently enrolled CMU students that are personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, reserves, or honorably discharged veterans, and/or their respective family members. The recipient(s) must be eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) educational entitlement under chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606 or 1607 and provide a copy of his or her VA Certificate of Eligibility. Recipients also must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 for undergraduate students and 3.0 for graduate students.

CMU Women's Connection Scholarship: Established in 2007 by CMU Women's Connection donors. This association provides a platform for alumnae and friends to be actively engaged in the advancement of the university and to promote enhanced learning opportunities for CMU students. Income from this renewable award will support a part-time or full-time student at CMU who is a single parent or to a student from a single parent household. Recipient must demonstrate financial need with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Bud Fisher and Fisher Companies Study Abroad Scholarship: Established in 2005 by Bud Fisher and Fisher Companies. Income from the endowment will support a renewable scholarship for a student(s) who wishes to study abroad. The recipient(s) will be a sophomore or higher or a graduate student who has completed at least one semester of study, with a minimum GPA for an undergraduate of 2.7 and 3.2 for a graduate. Preference will be given to students studying in non-Western and non-English speaking countries. The recipient must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, demonstrate financial need, be enrolled full time at the time of the award and during the term of study abroad (one or two semesters, and fulfill the in-kind service requirement upon return.

Wasaburo Fujimiya Study Abroad Scholarship: Established in 2014 by Wasaburo Fujimiya '66 for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to study abroad. The Donor wishes to support CMU students pursuing their education overseas and international students studying at CMU. Income from the endowment will support a renewable scholarship for student(S) in good academic standing with a 3.0 cumulative minimum GPA who chose to study in one of Central Michigan University's Japanese or East Asian exchange partner program universities, and/or students from one of these exchange program universities studying at CMU. Recipient must be approved to study abroad through CMU and be enrolled full-time at the time of the award and during the term of study abroad.

Margaret E. Sanford Marquardt Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Established in 2007 by Richard G. Marquardt '59 in memory of Margaret E. Sanford Marquardt '55, '60. Income from the endowment will support a renewable scholarship in the Department of Communication Disorders for either a graduate student with a 3.5 GPA or higher or an undergraduate with a 3.25 GPA or higher. First preference will be given to a physically challenged graduate student and then a physically challenged undergraduate student registered with the Office of Student Disability Services. For further information see the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

John E. Warriner Scholarships: John E. Warriner Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in a humanities or social science program within the College of Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Eligibility: Graduate student applicants for the Warriner Scholarships must be accepted into a graduate program in one of the following departments: Economics, English Language and Literature, History, Political Science and Public Administration, Communication and Dramatic Arts, or Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. They must have a GPA of at least 3.25 and demonstrate financial need. Application Procedure: Applicants must submit the following: (1) a completed application form; (2) transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study; (3) two letters of recommendation from faculty who have worked with the applicant; and (4) a letter describing the applicant's educational and professional goals and explaining how the scholarship would benefit the recipient. All applicants must have a FAFSA on file at CMU. Application Deadline: Applications should be submitted by March 15. Scholarship recipients will be notified May 1. Application Forms and Information: For application materials and information, contact the College of Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences, CMU, 106 Anspach, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859; telephone 989-774-3341.

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