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How to Apply for Scholarships

Students interested in applying for departmental scholarships should submit the following materials no later than February 1 at 5 p.m. by:


Recommendations returned by students will NOT be accepted. All recommenders must email their letters directly to We encourage students to follow up with their recommendation requests to make sure that all letters are submitted before the deadline. To help your recommenders complete their part of the application process, we suggest that students copy and paste the following in an email to your recommenders:


Thank you for agreeing to provide a recommendation on my behalf to the Department of Political Science Scholarship Committee. While each scholarship has their own eligibility requirements, these scholarships are awarded to students that excel in scholarship, leadership and service, so I would appreciate if you speak to that as much as you are able. When you complete your letter of recommendation, please email it directly to Please include my first and last name in the subject line of the email.


All material must be received by the committee no later than February 1 at 5 p.m. We encourage students to follow up with their recommendation requests to make sure that all letters are submitted before the deadline.

Selection Guidelines

Who should recommend you?

The scholarship committee requires that both your recommenders be a faculty member, and at least one must be a member of the OSU Department of Political Science. We suggest that you select a slate of recommenders who, together, can speak to your performance on all of the qualifications described below.


The Scholarship Selection Committee is composed of faculty members from the Department of Political Science representing a variety of fields of study. In order to be competitive, students must demonstrate to the committee that they excel in one or more of the areas listed below:


  • Scholarship: academic record including, GPA, awards (e.g., honor roll), previous or current scholarship awards, scholarly research, honors college involvement, or other tangible signs of academic achievement.
  • Leadership and Service: experience helping run or contributing to campus organizations (offices, committees, contributions to the growth or excellence of student organizations) or living groups involvement (office, honors, or service), or any activities that benefit members of the campus, the community, or society in general.
  • Special Merit: activities that bring distinction to the University (national offices, honors including athletic involvement, other designations that call positive attention to Oklahoma State University), or personal growth and determination (obstacles overcome in pursuit of degree, extenuating circumstances, etc.)

CAS Scholarship Appreciation Week

All scholarship award winners must attend the College of Arts and Sciences' A&S Scholarship Appreciation Week. During this event, scholarship recipients learn more about their scholarship, write letters to the scholarship donors and get a photo taken with the donor. Scholarship recipients will receive more details about the event in their award letters.

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