Political Science

Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships | Awards


DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Unfortunately, not all scholarships are awarded every year. To apply, click on APPLICATION FORM following the description. For more information about scholarships, contact Pam Davis, Political Science department at (615) 898-2708.

Tennessee Board of Regent Scholarships to Intern in Washington, D.C.

Joann Arnold Memorial Scholarship . The Joann Arnold Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Joann Arnold by the Rutherford/Cannon County Bar Association for the purpose of providing scholarship for students who intend to go to law school. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be a permanent resident of Rutherford or Cannon counties and studying law. Preference shall be given to Pre-Law students, but will not be limited to Political Science majors. All applications must be postmarked by April 1. For more information or to apply, please contact the Political Science department at (615) 898-2708. APPLICATION FORM

Jane Duke Memorial Scholarship Fund . The Jane Henegar Duke Memorial Scholarship was was established in memory of Jane Henegar Duke by the Rutherford County Legal Professionals for the purpose of providing scholarship for students in Political Science at MTSU. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be a permanent resident of Tennessee, a junior or senior majoring in Political Science with a minimum GPA of 2.50, and enrolled full-time. The student should also be able to demonstrate financial need as determined by the office of Financial Aid. Preference will be given to female students. All applications must be postmarked by April 1. For more information or to apply, please contact the Political Science department at (615) 898-2708. APPLICATION FORM

James C. Free Endowed Scholarship . The James C. Free Endowed Scholarship was established by Jim Free to assist students majoring in Political Science at MTSU. To be considered eligible for this scholarship, a student must be majoring in Political Science and have financial need as defined by the Financial Aid office. Should all criteria be relatively equal, students who have graduated from a Maury County, Tennessee high school will have first preference. For more information or to apply, please contact the Political Science department at (615) 898-2708. APPLICATION FORM

Harry Horne International Relations Scholarship . The Harry Horne International Relations Scholarship was established in honor of the former Canadian diplomat and specialist in international relations who taught at Middle Tennessee State University from 1983 to 1990. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote and encourage the study of foreign affairs. The scholarship recipient must have graduated from a Tennessee high school and be majoring in International Relations and/or Global Studies at MTSU. Recipients must have a 3.0 grade point average in high school or college work. If the recipient is an incoming freshman, he or she must have scored a 25 or higher on the ACT. The scholarship award pays of portion of tuition for one academic year. All applications must be postmarked by April 1. For more information or to apply, please contact the Political Science department at (615) 898-2708. APPLICATION FORM

Norman Parks Scholarship. The Norman L. Parks Scholarship was established to honor a former chair of the Department of Political Science who taught at MTSU from 1953 to 1974. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote and encourage the study of law. The scholarship pays a portion of tuition tuition and fees for the first semester of study at MTSU. Any graduating high school senior is eligible to apply. Applicants will be judged on the basis of high school scholastic record, ACT score, desire to study law, and need for financial support. The scholarship recipient must agree to attend MTSU and major in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law during the first semester of study. All applications must be postmarked by April 1. For more information or to apply, please contact the Political Science department at (615) 898-2708. APPLICATION FORM

Charles R. Ray Pre-Law Scholarship . The Charles R. Ray Pre-Law Scholarship is funded by a prominent graduate of Franklin-Simpson High School in Franklin, Kentucky. Mr. Ray completed a pre-law degree at MTSU, a law degree at Vanderbilt University, and went on to distinguish himself in legal practice in Nashville, Tennessee. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote and encourage the study of law. The student selected for the scholarship will be awarded $750.00 toward college expenses for each successful semester of full-time study (up to eight semesters) at MTSU (maintaining a 2.50 GPA) in preparation of for law school. Any graduating high school senior is eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students from Franklin-Simpson High School in Franklin, Kentucky. Applicants will be judged on the basis of high school scholastic record, ACT score, desire to study law, and need for financial support. The scholarship recipient must agree to attend MTSU and major in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law. APPLICATION FORM

Anne Twining Sloan Scholarship . Established by the friends and family in memory of Anne Twining Sloan, this scholarship provides financial assistance to students of Middle Tennessee State University who participate in endeavors relating to any aspect of international education. Preference is given to students who major or minor in International Relations. To be eligible, the student must be enrolled as a full-time student at MTSU and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Prior recipients are not disqualified from consideration during subsequent years and may re-apply.

Gene H. Sloan Scholarship . Awarded to Junior or Senior majoring in Pre-law or Journalism with a minor in Business Law. All applications must be postmarked by April 1. For more information or to apply, please contact the Political Science department at (615) 898-2708.

George and Cynthia Vernardakis Scholarship . Awarded to an International Student whose field of study is in the Political Science Department. Preference is given to majors of Public Administration and Political Science. First preference goes to a student from the Republic of Cyprus. All applications must be postmarked by April 1. For more information or to apply, please contact the Political Science department at (615) 898-2708.


DEPARTMENT AWARDS

Norman L. Parks Award
The Norman L. Parks Award goes to the PreLaw major with the highest, overall GPA. Dr. Parks was the founding chair of the Department of Political Science and served in the position for about 20 years where he inspired a generation of political science and pre-law students including Charles R. Ray.

C. C. Sims Award
The C.C. Sims Award goes to the student with the highest overall GPA, other than the Parks recipient. Dr. Sims was a one-time Chair of what was then a combined History and Political Science Department. He had a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is credited by Dr. James M. Buchanan for inspiring him to go there for his Ph.D.

John W. Burgess Award
The John W. Burgess award goes to a student in the Political Science Department with an outstanding record in academic achievement (after the Norman Parks and C.C. Sims Awards are decided). John W. Burgess was a native Tennessean from Giles County who is considered the father of the modern discipline of political science. He left an indelible mark on the discipline, especially in regard to the need for rigor in research, writing, and teaching. He is an excellent example of the dedicated scholar, the idealist, and the humanitarian. It is appropriate, therefore, that the Tennessee Political Science Association awards this honor in his name.

Jack Justin Turner Award
The Jack Justin Turner Award goes to the International Relations student with the highest, overall GPA. Dr. Jack Turner is a former International Relations professor who became a novelist after retiring.

Meritorious Service Award
The Meritorious Award goes to students who have been recognized as providing meritorious service to one or more of the following: Mock Trial Society, Mock Mediation, Society of International Affairs (Model UN), the department, or other student organization. This award was established by current faculty member, Dr. Mario Perez-Reilly, and former faculty member, Dr. Anne Sloan.


CRITERIA:

  • All award candidates must have at least an overall G.P.A. of 3.5.
  • Candidates must have a minimum of 18 hours in Political Science at MTSU.
  • If there is a tie in the above awards, the Political Science G.P.A. will serve to break the tie.
  • Awards given at the Awards Banquet are for students graduating the preceding Summer or Fall convocation, and those graduating in May. The G.P.A.'s for the August and December graduates are known. Those of the May graduation are based on grades through the preceding Fall semester.

RECIPIENTS:

2013-14
Norman L. Parks Award: Samantha Farish
C.C. Sims Award: Louis Martino
John W. Burgess Award: Noah Neilsen
Jack Justin Turner Award: Whitney Flatt
Meritorious Service Awards: Tyler Sanders (Moot Court), Samantha Farish (Moot Court and Mock Trial), Morgan Mansourian (Mediation), Joey Meyer (Model UN), Whitney Flatt (Model UN)

AWARDS 2014

 

Left to Right: Lorel Holsinger (IR major, college award recipient), Davis Thompson (PS major, college award recipient), Morgan Mansourian, Whitney Flatt, Samanta Farish, Joey Meyer, Louis Martino. Not shown: Noah Nielsen, Tyler Sanders.


 

2012-13
Norman L. Parks Award: Joseph Huckleberry
C.C. Sims Award: Constance Grieves
John W. Burgess Award: Clifton Barnett
Jack Justin Turner Award: Kaitlyn Newman
Meritorious Service Awards: Kaitlin Beck (Mock Trial and Moot Court), Mahmud Brifkani ( Moot Court), Mark Fyke (Moot Court), Heather Haggard (Mock Trial), Andrew Mitchell (Mediation), Kaitlyn Newman (Model UN),  Michael Reed (Moot Court)

 

Award recipeints 2013

Back row: Mahmud Brifkani (Meritorious award - Moot Court), Joey Meyer (Senior Honor Student award for College of Liberal Arts), Dr. Karen Petersen, Andrew Mitchell (Meritorious award - Mediation), Joseph Huckleberry (Norman L. Parks Award for top pre-law major), Mark Fyke (Meritorious award - Moot Court), Dr. Amanda DiPaolo, Michael Reed (Meritorious award - Moot Court)
Front Row: Kaitlin Beck (Meritorious award - Mock Trial and Moot Court), Heather Haggard (Meritorious award - Mock Trial).
Not Shown: Constance Grieves (C.C. Sims Award), Clifton Barnett (John W. Burgess Award), Kaitlyn Newman (Jack Justin Turner Award for top IR major and Meritorious award – Model UN)


2011-12
Norman L. Parks Award: Kristin Johnson
C.C. Sims Award: Lisa Riggs
John W. Burgess Award: Marianne Hoover
Jack Justin Turner Award: Adam Emerson
Meritorious Service Award: Lisa Riggs (Dept); Rachel Harmon (Mock Trial); Jacob Butler (Moot Court); Yasser Arafat (Moot Court); Kristin Johnson (Moot Court); Alexander Smith (Model UN).


2010-11
  Norman L. Park
Award recipients 2011s Award: Jenni Bewley 
  C.C. Sims Award: Alison Carden
  John W. Burgess Award: Nathaniel Greene
  Jack Justin Turner Award: Nick Mackie
  Meritorious Service Awards: Eric Bisby (Moot Court and Mock Trial); Charlie Burns (Moot Court); Shaun Guffey
    (Model UN & Rotaract); D.J. Haggard (Mock Trial); Sam Keen (Moot Court); Nick Mackie (Model UN & Rotaract);
    Lee Whitwell
(Mock Trial).(2010-11).