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Political Science Department


Through generous donations from supporters and friends, the Department of Political Science is able to offer several upcoming scholarships for Political Science majors during the fall and spring semesters. Students can view and apply for all Department of Political Science scholarship opportunities by visiting Academic Works.

Scholarship and prize recipients will be selected by the Simpson Scholarship Committee with approval from Department of Political Science faculty. Any questions regarding the award application or nomination process may be directed to Dr. Nevin T. Aiken, the Simpson Scholarship Committee Chair, at naiken@uwyo.edu.

All scholarship and prize recipients will be recognized at the annual Political Science Department Awards Banquet held in Laramie at the end of the spring semester.


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Scholarships with Application Required


Horan Scholarship in Law


The Horan Scholarship in Law is financed by the Michael and Ann Horan Endowment for Student Success, a fund established by former students of Professor Horan and friends of the Department of Political Science, in honor of one of the preeminent teachers in the history of the University of Wyoming.


This $2,500 scholarship is dedicated to help promote success among undergraduate students majoring in Political Science, or another law-related discipline, in their plans for careers that involve the law. This scholarship is open to undergraduate students majoring in Political Science or another law-related discipline.

For consideration for the Horan Scholarship in Law, students must upload to Academic Works:

  • A one-page statement identifying their academic and career goals related to American public law and explaining how the Horan Scholarship will help them achieve these goals.
  • The names of two UW faculty members who have agreed to be contacted as references for the Horan Scholarship in Law (with at least one reference from a member of the Political Science Department faculty).

Submissions for the Horan Scholarship in Law must be received by the scholarship deadline of December 5th, 2016.


Philo Bennett Scholarship ($500)

The Philo S. Bennett Scholarship is awarded to a junior, senior, or graduate student at the University of Wyoming majoring in Political Science (including undergraduate majors, as well as M.A. and M.P.A. graduate students). The prize is supported by an endowment created by William Jennings Bryan, as executer of the estate of Philo S. Bennett, a Connecticut businessman. Click here for more information about the Philo S. Bennett Prize.


The $500 scholarship will be given to the student that submits the best essay discussing the principles of free government written during the previous calendar year (spring, summer, or fall term). Papers considered may be written for courses in American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, UW Honors Program, or other appropriate disciplines; for master's theses or other capstone projects in a graduate program in American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science or other appropriate disciplines; or as original research programs conducted for the Philo S. Bennett Prize.


For consideration for the Philo Bennett Scholarship, students must upload to Academic Works:

  • An essay discussing the principles of free government written during the previous calendar year (spring, summer, or fall term)

Submissions for the Philo Bennett Scholarship must be received by the prize deadline of December 5th, 2016.


Additional Political Science Scholarships


Louis Leichtweis Scholarship ($1,000)

The Political Science Department offers the Louis Leichtweis Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is available to incoming freshman and transfer students majoring in Political Science at the University of Wyoming. Eligible students will automatically be considered for this scholarship based on their completed General Application to Academic Works.

Charles V. Brown Political Science Scholarship ($950)

The Charles V. Brown award was provided by Denver City Councilman Charles Brown. Councilman Brown moved from his childhood home in North Carolina to the mountain west region. After graduating from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Political Science, he moved to Colorado and entered politics.

Wanting to give back to both Wyoming and Colorado, Councilman Charles Brown created this scholarship to go toward outstanding undergraduate students who graduated from a Colorado high school (with a GPA of 3+) and are majoring in Political Science. Eligible students will automatically be considered for this scholarship based on their completed General Application to Academic Works.

Fred Homer Memorial Prize

The Fred Homer Prize is bestowed upon a student, undergraduate or graduate, at the University of Wyoming for exceptional performance on a paper relating to political philosophy in its applications to the life well led, government, society, and citizenship written during the previous calendar year (spring, summer, or fall term).

Papers considered for the Fred Homer Prize may originate in courses in Political Science, American Studies, Philosophy, UW Honors Program, or other appropriate disciplines; master's theses or other capstone projects in a master's program in Political Science, American Studies, Philosophy, or other appropriate disciplines. Original research projects conducted for the Fred Homer Prize also will be considered. Click here for more information on the Homer Memorial Prize.

Recipients will be nominated and chosen by faculty in political theory from the Department of Political Science with a representative from the College of Arts and Sciences.


Milward L. Simpson Scholarships and Paper Awards


Due to the generosity of the Milward L. Simpson Fund, established in honor of former Wyoming Governor Milward L. Simpson to foster the study of political science, the department is able to offer several awards and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students to further, foster, and advance education and learning in the field of political science at the University of Wyoming. Click here for more information on the Milward L. Simpson Fund.

The Milward L. Simpson Undergraduate Scholarship ($4,500)

The prestigious Milward L. Simpson Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate junior in Political Science for use during his/her senior year. The scholarship is in the amount of resident tuition for two semesters (approximately $4,500). Eligible students will automatically be considered for this scholarship based on their completed General Application to Academic Works.

The Simpson Award for Outstanding Graduate Paper in Political Science

One $500 award will be given for the most Outstanding Graduate Paper written for a 5000-level Political Science course during the previous calendar year (spring, summer, or fall term), as selected by the Simpson Scholarship Committee.

The Simpson Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Paper in Political Science

One $500 award will be given for the most Outstanding Undergraduate Paper written for a 3000-level or 4000-level Political Science course during the previous (spring, summer, or fall term), as selected by the Simpson Scholarship Committee.

The Simpson Award for Outstanding MA Graduate Student in Political Science

One $750 award will be given to the most Outstanding Graduate Student enrolled in the M.A. program in Political Science during the previous academic year, as nominated and selected by Department of Political Science faculty.

The Simpson Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science

One $750 award will be given to the most Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science during the previous academic year, as nominated and selected by Department of Political Science faculty.

The Simpson Award for Outstanding On-Campus MPA Student in Political Science

One $750 award will be given to the most Outstanding On-Campus Graduate Student enrolled in the MPA program in Political Science during the previous academic year, as nominated and selected by Department of Political Science MPA faculty.

The Simpson Award for Outstanding Off-Campus MPA Student in Political Science

One $750 award will be given to the most Outstanding Off-Campus Graduate Student enrolled in the MPA program in Political Science during the previous academic year, as nominated and selected by Department of Political Science MPA faculty.


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