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. 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,
2018 - Mackenzie Flynn
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 Award. She 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.