Scholarship opportunities and department awards

We are proud to offer departmental scholarship opportunities and awards for our exceptional students.


Darin Richard Bergman Memorial Scholarship

This fund is established by family and friends to honor the life and memory of Darin Richard Bergman. On Sunday, January 27, 2008, Darin, age 31, was killed by a drunk driver in a car accident in St. Croix,U. S. Virgin Islands. Before moving to St. Croix in 2007, Daren lived, worked and studied in Flagstaff, Arizona. Darin graduated from Northern Arizona University with a major in Political Science and International Affairs with a minor in Economics.

To be eligible:

  • Have a declared major in Political Science or International Affairs;
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Have a class standing of Junior or Senior: and
  • Submit a letter of interest that outlines previous work or volunteer experience that relates to the improvement of human life that ,does not hurt the environment and/or the conservation of our natural environment. This letter should also include career goals relating to political science or international affairs with an interest in human rights and/or environmental conservation

Morey-Vaughn Award

Roy and Delores Morey and Jack and Ruby Vaughn have endowed a scholarship program that will provide a stipend to defray travel, living and other expenses associated with an internship in Washington, D.C. to work in a congressional office, executive branch, judicial branch, department or agency

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Full-time student enrolled in any program of study at Northern Arizona University

Good academic standing Sophomore, junior, or senior (if student is a senior, this award is only available for four months after graduation)

Applicants are required to write a short essay explaining why financial support would assist their internship

Preference will be given to Politics and International Affairs majors.  Award recipients may not reapply

The Olson Scholars Institute

As a member of the Olson Scholars Program, students attend the Olson Scholars Institute and the Olson Scholars Learning Community. Learn more about the legacy of Dr. Joel Olson.

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To be eligible, students must:

  • be admitted to Northern Arizona University for the fall 2013 semester
  • be a first-generation student (meaning your parents or guardians have not earned a four year degree)
  • plan to live on campus
  • be a full-time, first-year student
  • have demonstrated high academic achievement
  • be 18-20 years old

Earl Shaw Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created in honor of L. Earl Shaw, Jr., a Political Science faculty member who passed away in April 2002.  Dr. Shaw had a strong belief in human potential, and he encouraged his students to strive to achieve their own greatness.

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To be eligible, students must:
  • be an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in political science who has completed at least two semesters of course work at Northern Arizona University
  • have a GPA of at least 2.5 (although preference given to applicants with 3.0 GPA or better)
  • demonstrate financial need
  • submit a short description of efforts to achieve a college education and plans for completing the academic program

Theodore Wyckoff Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Theodore Wyckoff, a Political Science faculty member who passed away in 1993.

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To be eligible, students must:
  • have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA)
  • be involved in extracurricular activities
  • be enrolled for the following fall and spring (if only enrolled for fall, then you can only receive half of the scholarship)
  • study international affairs or political science with an international emphasis (American political studies majors not eligible)

Political Science Scholarship

This scholarship, also known as the William L. Strauss award, is available to a student majoring in political science, international and political affairs, or American political studies. It is most frequently awarded to political science or American political studies majors.

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To be eligible, students must:
  • have completed two semesters at Northern Arizona University and 6 hours of POS courses
  • have a good academic record


Your first step in receiving a scholarship is to apply. Please read the following information on the release of your information and fill out the appropriate application. 

Release of information

By submitting the Northern Arizona University Political Science scholarship application form, you are giving your consent for the university to release your personal information to donors who will be considering you for scholarships. This includes, but is not limited to, your:

  • application information (resume, letter, etc.)
  • GPA
  • year in school
  • financial need
  • major

Also, should you be selected to receive a scholarship, the donor may request updates of your progress at Northern Arizona University, including information such as GPA, classes taken, and financial need. Only donors seriously considering you for scholarships and approved by the Northern Arizona University Office of Student Financial Aid may have access to this information; no information will be provided to outside sources.

If you give your consent for the release your information, fill out an application:


Ina Langstaff Award to Outstanding Student in International Affairs

The political science faculty members nominate students for this award based on academic performance and excellence in the field of international affairs.

John Ostheimer Award to Outstanding Graduating Senior

The political science faculty members nominate students for this award based on academic performance and excellence in their major program of political science, international affairs, or American political studies.