Political Science Undergraduate Scholarships
William F. Mullen Undergraduate Scholarship
William F. Mullen became an instructor in the WSU political science department in 1968. He served on a committee that designed the Black Studies Program and taught "Black Politics" for several years. He also taught "Politics and Pressure Groups" and coordinated Whitman County re-election campaigns for Congressman Thomas Foley, serving as the county chair of the Democratic Party and attending the 1976 Democratic Convention as a delegate. The major focus of his teaching and scholarship became the American presidency; he published Presidential Power and Politics in 1976 and was coediting a book on "Comparative Chief Executives" at the time of his death in 1986.
The William F. Mullen Undergraduate Scholarship was established by his wife, Marti, to reflect these professional and personal interests as well as his commitment to undergraduate education.
Criteria: This scholarship is open to undergraduate students certified in the political science major with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference is given to undergraduates with an academic emphasis on U.S. government and politics, especially with respect to the American presidency and the electoral political process, an interest in racial and ethnic minority politics, and/or a commitment to a career in public service. Financial aid is not a major criterion, but will be considered.
Application: Students meeting the qualifications for this scholarship will be contacted by the school and asked to submit a vita and statement of intent, which should include an overview of their interests and future goals.
Judges Thomas & Marshall Neill Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: This scholarship is open to undergraduate students certified in the political science major. Students must be full-time and regularly enrolled, demonstrate financial need, and possess excellent character with the potential for growth in chosen profession. GPA is not a consideration as long as the student is making satisfactory progress towards his/her degree.
Morris Reed Scholarship
Morris Reed was a 1948 graduate of then–Washington State College, where he studied political science and history. He was a member and president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Following graduation, Reed attended graduate school at New York University for a year before joining the U.S. Department of State. He returned to the Pacific Northwest in the Pierce County auditor's office, where he eventually retired as deputy auditor.
Criteria: This scholarship is open to undergraduate students certified in the political science major. Preference will be given to officers or members of Pi Sigma Alpha.
Winston B. Thorson Memorial Scholarship
Winston B. Thorson was a professor of history at Washington State University from 1943 to 1949. This scholarship was developed by family, colleagues, and friends of Winston B. Thorson to provide scholarships for political science and history students.
Criteria: This scholarship is open to undergraduate students certified in the political science major who have demonstrated scholastic excellence and outstanding character.
H. Paul Castleberry Undergraduate Scholarships
H. Paul Castleberry was a professor of political science at WSU from 1950 to 1983, and he served as the department chairman in 1957, 1961–1962, and 1964–1968. Castleberry was a member of the American Political Science Association, the Western Political Science Association, the American Society of Public Administration, Pi Sigma Alpha, and served on the Washington Constitutional Advisory Commission. He played a major role in the creation of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association.
Criteria: This scholarship provides funds to undergraduate students in political science with preference given to those pursuing the global politics option.
Claudius O. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Claudius O. Johnson joined the faculty of Washington State College in 1928 as the department chair of history and political science. With a career spanning four decades, Johnson was considered by many students to be the most influential role model of their college experience. He was described as "one of the most stimulating people who ever entered a classroom at WSU." Professor Johnson authored several books that were widely adopted nationwide. Government in the United States, American National Government, and American State and Local Government have all appeared in several editions.
Mary W. Johnson joined the faculty in 1923 as a physical education instructor. In response to a nepotism rule, she resigned in 1929 when she and Claudius married. Nevertheless, she remained involved as an advisor to the physical education department and as a civic leader in the Pullman community. Mary remained in Pullman after Claudius' death in 1976. She died in April of 1992 at age 92.
Claudius and Mary Johnson influenced WSU students in countless ways with their teaching, guidance, and scholarship. Through gifts from their estates, they created distinguished professorships and scholarships in both political science and history.
Criteria: This scholarship provides funds to undergraduate students in political science and is awarded by the School of Politics, Philosophy, & Public Affairs.
The Professors William M. Landeen & Claudius O. Johnson Scholarship
William M. Landeen and Claudius O. Johnson were professors at Washington State College. This scholarship was established by Dr. Royal Daniel Sloan Jr., who grew up in Pullman and received his B.A. from WSU in 1952. He was extremely fond of his courses, professors, and experience in both political science and history. He went on to receive his Ph.D. and taught political science at the University of Nebraska and University of Colorado.
Criteria: This scholarship provides funds to undergraduate students in political science based upon both need and merit weighted equally.
Jack B. Gabbert Scholarship
Jack B. Gabbert was a professor of political science at WSU from 1961 to 1982. He specialized in Latin American government, American diplomatic history, inter-American relations, American government, comparative politics, and Canadian politics. Prior to his tenure at WSU, he was in the Foreign Service for 10 years involved in consular work with the Bureau of Intelligence Research in Washington, D.C.
Criteria: This scholarship provides funds to an undergraduate student or a graduate student in political science with preference given to those expressing an interest in Latin American studies, Canadian studies, or comparative politics and wishing to pursue a career in the diplomatic/foreign service field. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
To be eligible for political science scholarships, complete the WSU scholarship application by January 31.