Scholarship Recipients

Below is a list of recipients of the scholarship and awards administered by the Department of Political Science. The online application for scholarships and awards is available mid-January with a deadline of mid-February for scholarships for the following school year.

A. I. Johnson Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor Alfred I. Johnson who was a Regent of the University and Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives.  This scholarship provides students with a demonstrated interest in public affairs a stipend for their internships.

2018-2019

  • Simon Brown, class of 2019
  • Chelsea Montgomery, class of 2019
  • Saleh Ali, class of 2020
  • Sophia Christianson, class of 2021

2017-2018

  • Kathleen Todd, class of 2018

2016-2017

  • Jordan Vasseur, class of 2017

Cephas Allin Scholarships

The purpose of this scholarship is to financially support political science majors in their academic studies. Financial need will be taken into consideration although all political science majors, regardless of financial need, are encouraged and eligible to apply. Students should demonstrate strong academic records and a commitment to timely completion of their political science majors and their degrees.

2018-2019

  • Grant Brokl, class of 2020
  • Taylor Kreuscher, class of 2020

2017-2018

  • Max Yuan Chu, class of 2019

2016-2017

  • Amanda Feddema, class of 2017

Charles Backstrom Undergraduate Scholarship

Professor Charles taught American government courses, particularly state and local politics, at the U of M. Professor Backstrom is also credited with starting the Department of Political Science’s internship program. This scholarship which will assist students with tuition, fees, and the purchase of books and materials.

2018-2019

  • Motunrayo Olanrewaju, class of 2019

2017-2018

  • Amari Bauer, class of 2019

2016-2017

  • Amanda Feddema, class of 2017
  • Midhi Khurana, class of 2017

Asher M. Christensen Scholarship

This scholarship is named for Professor Asher Christensen (1904-1961), who graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1924. He continued his education at the graduate level at the University of Minnesota, the University of Chicago and the Universidad de Madrid in Spain. He taught American government courses and Latin American politics and governments.

2017-2018

  • Max Yuan Chu, class of 2019

2016-2017

  • Alex Thibodo, class of 2017

Judge Earl and Mrs. Cecill Larson Scholarships

The Judge Earl and Mrs. Cecill Larson Scholarships are awarded to honors students and other outstanding students to support their research and academic interests. Judge Larson was a Minnesota native and a graduate of the U of M Law School. During his career he was active in the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union and the Minnesota Human Rights Commission.

2018-2019

  • Tenzin Dhakong, class of 2019
  • Molly Dunn, class of 2019
  • Annika Page, class of 2019
  • Savannah Wery, class of 2019
  • Cassandra Varrige, class of 2020

2017-2018

  • Zi Xue, class of 2017
  • Ash Eberle, class of 2018
  • Imogen Page, class of 2018
  • Annika Page, class of 2019
  • Palmer Haasch, class of 2019
  • Daniel Perno, class of 2019
  • Benjamin Schribman, class of 2019

2016-2017

  • Andrea Manolov, class of 2017
  • Elena Modl, class of 2017
  • Yang You, class of 2017
  • Monica Delgado, class of 2018
  • Austen Macalus, class of 2019

William Schaper Memorial Fund

This scholarship is named for Professor William Schaper who was an instructor at the University of Minnesota in 1900. He taught courses in American and comparative government, constitutional law, elements of jurisprudence, theory of the state and even an introductory course in political science for engineers.

2018-2019

  • Taylor Kreuscher, class of 2020

2017-2018

  • Ana Mendoza Packham, class of 2018
  • Emma Millspaugh, class of 2019

2016-2017

  • Johnny Florentine, class of 2018

Jonathan Smaby and Michelle Roberts Scholarship

The Jonathan Smaby and Michelle Roberts Scholarship is available thanks to the generosity of Jonathan who graduated in 1985 from the University of Minnesota with a BA in political science. Jonathan received his law degree from the University of Michigan and practices law in Texas. 

2018-2019

  • Cassandra Varrige, class of 2020

2017-2018

  • Ana Mendoza Packham, class of 2018

2016-2017

  • Monica Delgado, class of 2018

Charles E. and Frances T. Symes Scholarship

Charles and Frances Symes created this scholarship in 2016 to provide support for full-time undergraduate students studying political science, who demonstrate financial need and have an interest in policy development and ethics in government. Charles is a 1967 graduate of the UMN Duluth campus with a B.S. in Geography.

2017-2018

  • Christopher Lightner, class of 2018

Wolfberg Family Scholarships

The purpose of this scholarship is to financially support political science majors in their academic studies. Financial need will be taken into consideration although all political science majors, regardless of financial need, are encouraged and eligible to apply. 

2018-2019

  • Fabiola Gretzing, class of 2019
  • Niamh McIntosh-Yee, class of 2019
  • Steven Vogel, class of 2019
  • Motunrayo Olanrewaju, class of 2019
  • Cara Nix, class of 2020

2017-2018

  • McKenzie Tibbetts, class of 2018
  • Ana Mendoza-Packham, class of 2018
  • Hannah Schacherl, class of 2019
  • Fabiola Gretzinger, class of 2019
  • Yemaya Hanna, class of 2019
  • Shae McBrayer, class of 2019
  • Benjamin Schribman, class of 2019

2016-2017

  • Annelise Rittberg, class of 2016
  • Bailey Beckman, class of 2017
  • Chase Bublitz, class of 2017
  • Spencer Buchanan, class of 2017
  • Amanda Feddema, class of 2017
  • James Jopp, class of 2017
  • Midhi Khurana, class of 2017
  • Annemarie Pottorff, class of 2017
  • Jonathan Ross, class of 2017
  • Alex Thibodo, class of 2017
  • Natalie Townsend, class of 2017
  • Yang, You, class of 2017
  • Grace Bloom, class of 2018
  • Emma Dunn, class of 2018
  • Martin Kapsch, class of 2018
  • Megan Kratzke, class of 2018
  • Rylie Yaeger, class of 2018