PSC/PA Department Scholarships/Awards
Undergraduate & Graduate Student Funding Opportunities
The Office of Research & Graduate Studies offers the following student grants:
Undergraduate Student Grants
Undergraduate Research Grants (up to $500)
Undergraduate Presentation Grants (up to $350)
Graduate Student Grants
Graduate Research Grants (up to $800)
Dissertation Grants (up to $1,200)
Graduate Presentation Grants (up to $500)
GA Conference Grants – union only ($200): Must apply before conference.
Please see the application form for specific details about each grant. All applications are accepted by email only. Applications are available on the
ORGS website. For additional information, contact Kara Owens,
PSC/PA Dept. 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 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.
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 to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: CMU Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Anspach 247, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859.
If you have questions, please contact the department chair at
Download the Graduate Assistant Application
Additional CMU 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.
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 Sheets, 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.
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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 annually to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in anthropology, cultural & global studies, economics, English, foreign languages, history, journalism, museum studies, philosophy,
political science, psychology, religion, speech, social work, or sociology.
Deadline: March 31
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Koopman Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in 2004 by Dr. Margaret O. Koopman Joy ‘26, who taught social science at Central Michigan University. The income from this endowment will fund a renewable scholarship for students who have been accepted in the Teacher Education Program, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and are majoring in one of the social sciences: sociology,
political science, economics, history or geography.
The Honorable Fred M. and Lynne M. Mester Family Endowment: This endowment was established to recognize 1959 CMU graduate Judge Fred Mester's legacy as a respected friend, colleague, and mentor. Judge Mester's distinguished judicial career spans more than 26 years with the Oakland County Circuit Court. He also is a former prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office. As a chief of the Civil Division, prior to his judicial career, Judge Mester served in the Military as a Captain in the United Sates Army. This endowment also honors Judge Mester's wife, Lynne, a 1959 CMU graduate holding a degree in Education with a major in Social Studies and minors in Biology and English. This award provides scholarship support to full-time CMU undergraduate students with a major or minor in the following departments: English Language and Literature;
Political Science; and Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. In addition, ROTC cadets, regardless of area of study, are eligible. This scholarship may be renewed for up to one year.
Deadline: March 31
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Gabriel Chien Memorial Scholarship:
The Gabriel Chien Memorial Fund was created to honor the memory of Gabriel Chien, a former Central Michigan University history professor. The award encourages students to look at the world from a global and historical perspective, which was Dr. Chien's lifelong commitment.
The scholarship is awarded annually to one student who demonstrates an interest in global and historical perspectives through a written essay. Preference given to students enrolled in a department within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Deadline: May 4
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