The following awards and scholarships are available to Political Science majors. A faculty committee recommends candidates for the Department’s consideration and the awards are presented at the College of Charleston Awards ceremony held each April. In some cases there are specific deadlines for applications, while in others eligibility is based purely on grades and therefore do not require applications. Talk with your advisor about your eligibility.
- Freshman Dengate Award: This award is made to an incoming freshman with a superior high school record, high test scores, who shows academic and intellectual promise, and who has indicated an interest in pursuing a career in public service at the national or local level. The award, normally $1,225 annually, is renewable for up to four years assuming the recipient maintains a 3.6 overall grade point average. Applications are made available in years that it is available to apply for.
- Sophomore/Junior Award: Monies earned in excess of the principal in the Dengate fund are awarded to an outstanding Sophomore or Junior Political Science major. Award sums are variable and non-renewable.
Harper Keeler Award
A $100 award given to an outstanding rising senior in Political Science in recognition of her/his academic excellence. This award is non-renewable.
W.N. Looper Award
The W.N. Looper Award is named in memory of W.N. Looper, who attended the College of Charleston in the 1940s. Mr. Looper was a decorated veteran of World War II and became an educator, coach, and mentor. The award was established to provide financial support for College of Charleston students majoring in either communication or political science who complete a summer internship on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The award may be used to support the student's living expenses during their time in Washington. A total of $3,000 is be awarded to one student.
William V. Moore Endowed Scholarship in Political Science
This renewable award is made to a rising sophomore that has great potential to promote understanding among diverse groups of people and to improve the political, economic, social and/or cultural life of South Carolina. The award, normally $1,000 annually is renewable up to three years assuming the recipient meets the grade point average requirement. Applications are available in the main office in years when the award is available.
Burnett Rhett Maybank Award
A non-renewable award given to an outstanding rising junior or rising senior from South Carolina. First preference is given to students who are not recieveing other College of Charleston scholarships. Award sums are variable.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awards
Further information about internship, travel, and study abroad awards can be found here.