In addition to these specific scholarships and awards, the Farber Fund makes almost $100,000 available annually for political science/criminal justice majors to attend conferences, participate in study tours and departmental trips, complete internships, travel abroad and carry out research projects.

Mary B. Edelen Student Internship Award

Preference for this scholarship is given to candidates serving as interns in a political or governmental setting.

Loren M. Carlson Local Government Award

This award is given to a junior or senior who has taken classes on South Dakota government or state and local government and has demonstrated a high level of interest in state or local government through service, an internship or research.

Loren M. Carlson Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to one or more incoming freshmen who have demonstrated an interest in state and local politics.

Jody M. Endres Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior female student from South Dakota studying political science or international studies. Secondary preference will be given to those who demonstrate a progressive interest in issues related to the environment, animal welfare, civil rights or income equality. 

Philip T. Roche Service to Others Award

This annual scholarship is given to a graduate or undergraduate political science or criminal justice major who has most clearly displayed a sense of community service and a desire to help others and appears to have a life-long commitment to such activities.

Criminal Justice

Fraternal Order of Police Scholarship

This annual scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in criminal justice at USD. Preference is given to a dependent or survivor of an active or retired full-time state or local enforcement officer. Further preference is given to South Dakota residents.

Clarence Eide Endowment - Sue Eide Kimball Scholarship

This scholarship is intended for students majoring in criminal justice, with preference given to students who plan to pursue careers that enhance the security of the United States, such as law enforcement, policing, border control or cyberspace warfare.

Dee Jones Noordermeer Memorial Scholarship

First consideration for this scholarship is given to students in the USD Scholars program. Candidates must be current residents of South Dakota or former residents of South Dakota returning to the state. Candidates must be majoring in criminal justice and intend to enter the corrections field upon completion of their studies.

Frank L. "Jeff" Scott Memorial Scholarship

This annual scholarship is awarded to USD students majoring in criminal justice. Recipients must have at least sophomore status and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

South Dakota Sheriff's Association Scholarship

Two scholarships are given to criminal justice students, one from a West River high school and one from an East River high school.

Political Science

Mary Pat Bierle Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who are pursuing a degree in political science. Preference is given to a student who displays tenacity in pursuing his or her career ambitions, be it through seeking relevant internships and career expectations as well as running student organizations.

Daniel M. and L'Nora Bylander Scholarship

Juniors and seniors pursuing degrees in political science are eligible for this scholarship. The recipient must be a resident of South Dakota, have graduated from a South Dakota high school and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Oneta H. Card Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships are given to upper-level undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a political science major with a civic leadership studies minor, political science or public administration major, civic leadership studies minor or American Indian studies minor at USD. Recipients must be South Dakota residents and have a GPA of 3.0. Preference is given to students pursuing a career to improve coordination between state, local and/or tribal government within the state of South Dakota, or pursuing a career to expand access to rural health care in South Dakota or Indian Country.

Loren M. Carlson Politics Award

This scholarship is given to a Republican and a Democrat who are majoring in political science and have both best served their respective parties.

Alan L. and Mary L. Clem Scholarship

This scholarship is for undergraduate political science majors with a second major or minor in journalism or economics.

Jody M. Endres Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior female student from South Dakota who is studying political science or international studies. Secondary preference is given to those who demonstrate a progressive interest in issues related to the environment, animal welfare, civil rights or income equality.

Robert D. Falk Scholarship

This scholarship is available to sophomores or juniors who:

  • Have an interest in state and local government, as demonstrated in state and local government courses
  • Have leadership potential and academic achievement, as evidenced by participation in governmental and civic activities
  • Are residents of South Dakota
  • Have financial need

Clarence E. and Sophia F. Fowler Scholarship

This scholarship is available to junior and senior political science majors at USD.

Donald D. Fowler Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a sophomore or junior political science major based on superior scholarship, leadership potential and a commitment to international public service.

Thomas C. Geary Scholarship

Recipients shall show promise in the study of political science and related fields in the College of Arts & Science. 

Hall Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to sophomores, juniors or seniors with excellent academic records who are majoring in political science or international studies. Strong preference is given for students from the Midwest interested in diplomacy, semester-long international exchange programs or language immersion programs - especially those designated by the Department of State as critical languages - and who have an interest in public service. A student who is a recipient one year and who maintains an excellent academic record may have the scholarship renewed for a maximum of three years of full-time undergraduate study.

Heartland Scholarship

Students who are pursuing a degree in political science with an emphasis in public administration are eligible for this scholarship. Recipients are chosen based on their interest in, or potential for, pursuing a graduate education in public administration.

William J. Janklow Public Service Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who are majoring in criminal justice or political science.

Gene Kimmel Award

This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate political science major with unusual creative ability in the communication arts as demonstrated by published journalistic writing, participation in TV and radio broadcasting and/or extensive public speaking and debate.

MacDonald Scholarship

Political science majors with at least a 2.5 GPA are eligible for this scholarship. Preference is given to students with financial need.

Gene Mahan Memorial Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship must be political science majors.

Diane Jones Meier Award

Scholarships are given to female students who are enrolled or accepted by the USD Department of Political Science. Recipients are chosen based on their interest or potential in pursuing a graduate education in political science, public administration or law. Preference is given to those who have expressed a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. degree or to those whom the committee believes should be encouraged to do so.

Stephen R. and Mary Lynn Myers Scholarship

Students majoring in political science at USD are eligible for this scholarship. Equal weight for selection is given to outstanding academic achievement and to leadership and involvement in student activities. The award may be made to an incoming freshman based on high school accomplishments and renewed annually for four years, as long as the student continues to meet the selection criteria.

Samuel C. and Suzanne L. Patterson Scholarship

Students in their junior or senior years who are enrolled as political science majors are eligible for this scholarship. Preference is given to students who intend to pursue graduate studies in political science. The scholarship may be given out on the basis of either academic merit or financial need.

Joel and Kari Portice Family Scholarship

The student awarded this scholarship must be a political science major and maintain a GPA of 3.0. The scholarship is only awarded to South Dakota residents.

Larry Pressler Scholarship

First consideration for this scholarship is given to students studying political science.

Dorothy C. Schieffer Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded to full-time students who major or minor in political science. Ideally, candidates are those who:

  • Might otherwise find a college degree out of reach or whose post-high school experiences have not positioned them to excel in college
  • Show real potential to grow into civic-minded leaders
  • Demonstrate genuine need for financial assistance

Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of at least 3.7 each semester they are on scholarship and maintain a workload that allows for prompt graduation.

Blair Tremere Political Science Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who are pursuing their undergraduate degree in political science. Preference is given to a South Dakota high school graduate with financial need who is interested in a public administration-related career. Freshmen are not eligible.

Thomas J. Whorley Scholarship

This annual Coyote Commitment scholarship goes to undergraduate students enrolled in the USD Department of Political Science. Preference is given to graduates of the Sheldon, Iowa Community School System.

John H. Wicks Scholarship

This scholarship is based on academic merit for students who are enrolled in or accepted by USD. First consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program. Preference is given to an undergraduate student of at least sophomore class standing who is majoring in political science. Preference is also given to students who have completed at least one economics class.

Brian and Kelly Wirt Scholarship/Fellowship

Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in political science are eligible for this award. Undergraduate recipients must have a minimum ACT score of 27 and a 3.5 GPA. Graduate recipients must have met all requirements for full admission to the political science Master of Arts or Master of Public Administration programs, maintained at least a 3.5 GPA as undergraduates and a 3.5 GPA in graduate programs. Preference is given to students who graduated from Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls. The award rotates from year to year between an undergraduate scholarship in even years and a graduate fellowship in odd years.


Freshman Scholarships

For more freshman scholarships, see Financial Aid.

All programs, policies and procedures described are subject to change. All statements in this publication concerning requirements, dollar amounts, conditions or other matters are for informational purposes only and are subject to change without notice.