Scholarship Recipients

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

    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

    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.

    2020-2021

    Reed Grumann, Class of 2021

    2019-2020

    Megan Palmer, class of 2021

    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

    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.

    2020-2021

    Dyani Acosta, class of 2022

    2019-2020

    Lori Vitaioli, class of 2021

    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

    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.

    2020-2021

    Kegan Zimmermann, class of 2021

    2019-2020

    Nora Ptacek, class of 2020

    2017-2018

    Max Yuan Chu, class of 2019

    2016-2017

    Alex Thibodo, class of 2017

    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.

    2020-2021

    Luck Dykowski, class of 2022
    Eva Garcia, class of 2022
    Samantha Irvin, class of 2022
    Suhail Rizvi, class of 2021
    Rodrigo Tojo Garcia, class of 2022
    Ian Feagler, class of 2022
    Haley  McCoy, class of 2021

    2019-2020

    Savannah Wery, class of 2020
    Lew Blank, class of 2021
    Reed Grumann, class of 2021
    Kelly Shanahan, class of 2021
    Greg Taushani, class of 2020
    Lori Vitaioli, class of 2021
    Samual Lett, class of 2021

    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

    2020-2021

    Reed Grumann, class of 2021
    Molly Hawkins, class of 2021
    Lauren Huspeni, class of 2022
    Alma Martinez Ramirez, class of 2021
    Maryam Mohamad, class of 2021

    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.

    2020-2021

    Sonja Zbinden, class of 2021
    Haley McCoy, class of 2021

    2019-2020

    Cassandra Varrige, class of 2020
    Samuel Lett, class of 2021

    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

    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. 

    2019-2020

    Nora Ptacek, class of 2021
    Kelly Shanahan, class of 2021

    2018-2019

    Cassandra Varrige, class of 2020

    2017-2018

    Ana Mendoza Packham, class of 2018

    2016-2017

    Monica Delgado, class of 2018

    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.

    2020-2021

    Kegan Zimmermann, class of 2022

    2017-2018

    Christopher Lightner, class of 2018

    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. 

    2020-2021

    Alexia Carlson, class of 2021
    Haley Chiander, class of 2021
    Megan Palmer, class of 2021
    Kegan Zimmerman, class of 2021
    Tessa Simon, class of 2021
    Sonja Zbinden, class of 2021

    2019-2020

    Cassandra Varrige, class of 2020
    Savannah Wery, class of 2020
    Nora Ptacek, class of 2020
    Haley McCoy, class of 2021
    Cara Nix, class of 2020

    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