Image of Maxine Berman.Established in 2018 by Dr. David Jesuit and friends of Maxine Berman. Maxine was an American politician who served on the Michigan House of Representatives between 1983 and 1996. Berman was raised in Oak Park and graduated from the University of Michigan. She then taught at Oak Park High School until running for political office. She was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1996. Upon leaving office, Berman established Capitol Strategies, Inc., a consultancy firm, and led the Women’s Health Network of Michigan. Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Berman as director of special projects in 2003. She left the post in 2008 and became the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University the next year, retiring in 2013.[3] In 2015, Berman was elected to the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. She died at the age of 71 on March 2, 2018, of lung cancer, in West Bloomfield, Michigan.


One scholarship will be awarded. Application deadline is the spring semester.

  • The 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).
  • Recipients will embody the qualities epitomized by Maxine Berman’s long public service to Michigan and reflect her concerns for social justice.
  • Minimum GPA 3.00 on a 4.0 scale.
  • The award will be made only if highly qualified applicants apply. 
  • Nominations are made by the Griffin Chair and, if there are multiple nominees, recipients are selected by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration
  • Questions should be addressed to David Jesuit, 989-774-2795, 


2020 - Madison Emelander 

2019 - Christina Yunan Christina Yunan.jpg

Christina is a senior majoring in political science with double minors in sociology and legal studies. She’s also getting certificates in lawmaking and legal processes and cultural competency. Christina is the President of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity International and is also the Legal Clinic Director for the Student Government Association’s Pro-Bono Legal Clinic. She is also a member of the National Political Science Honor Society, a co-founder of the Chaldean-American Student Association, and a Multicultural Advancement Cofer Scholar. Christina plans on attending law school, practicing law, and then running for public office. Her main goal in life is to be a voice for the voiceless, a fighter for the unable, and an advocate for the less fortunate.

2018 - Mackenzie Flynn 

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Mackenzie Flynn graduated summa cum laude from Central Michigan University in May 2018 with dual degrees in History and Political Science. As a student at CMU she led a political organization for two years, was active in the CMU Honors Program, and was a student leader in the annual CMU phonathon. She received the 2018 CMU Future Alumni Leader AwardShe also has volunteered more than 300 hours on various state and federal political campaigns. Mackenzie is attending the Michigan State University College of Law and plans to practice family law or hold a governmental position.