Totaling approximately $4.5 million, the Farber Funds provide more than $170,000 each year for political science, criminal justice, public administration and international studies. The funding takes students throughout the nation and across the globe to attend conferences, participate in study tours, complete internships, study abroad and conduct research. To our knowledge, no other university in the nation has this amount of money available for students in a single department.
The Farber Funds honor William O. (Doc) Farber, Ph.D., who contributed 40 years of service to USD. For 38 of those years, he was chairman of the Department of Government (later Political Science) and is credited with the department’s growth in staff, enrollment and academic opportunities. Doc Farber retired in 1976, but both his legacy and impact on students continue today through this fund.
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.