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We greatly appreciate gifts of support from alumni and friends for the Department of Political Science here at Idaho State University. We do our best to make our department run professionally, provide our faculty with the resources to teach effectively, and give our students opportunities beyond the classroom. Budgets are always tight and resources are limited, so your contributions, in any amount, make a big difference in providing our students with the best educational experience possible.

Your donations to our department are used to help support the recruitment of distinguished speakers whom we invite to our department and campus, to support undergraduate and graduate student travel to professional conferences and field trips, to support awards for our best student papers and theses, to build our Political Science Library collection, and to sponsor symposia and colloquia where scholars, politicians, and students impart their knowledge and experience.

In addition, we have several departmental scholarships that are dedicated to political majors. Please see our listing of POLS scholarships, a MPA scholarship, and pre-law scholarships at the bottom of this page.

We cannot underestimate how important contributions to our department are and how they help us sustain and strengthen our programs

If you wish to donate you can go to https://www.isu.edu/give/ and direct your gift to the Political Science Department. If you prefer to send your donation through the mail, you can print and complete the pledge form and send it to the ISU Foundation Office (please specify on your gift where you want your gift to be directed – a scholarship or a general donation to the Department of Political Science.

ISU Foundation
Campus Box 8050
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID 83209
Phone: 208-282-3470
Fax: 208-282-4994

All contributions are tax-deductible. 

Remember what Bono of the rock group U2 once said to politicians, diplomats, and corporate executives as he was lobbying them for money and aid to help relieve poverty, disease, and lack of educational opportunities for the people of Africa: "In order to change the world you need open minds, open hearts, and open wallets."

Thank you for your support of our students.

Political Science Scholarships

These are scholarships for declared political science majors.

Beverly B. Bistline Memorial Political Science Scholarship

The Beverly B. Bistline Memorial Political Science Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student majoring in Political Science with an expressed goal of attending Law School. Must demonstrate past involvement in campus or community politics (volunteer participation in an issue or candidate campaign, running for or holding an elected position, participating in a get out & vote campaign, participating in a voter education campaign, lobbying activity, employment as a staff worker for a national or state office holder or other activities of nature). The student must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA. Preference to students with 1. Diverse needs.  2. students who are Sophomore, Junior, or Senior; with priority given to Senior level students.  *NOTE:  preference shall ALWAYS be given to Senior level students first who meet above criteria.  If no eligible applicants can look at Juniors and then Sophomores.* 3. applicants who have best demonstrated a "public service" mentality.   Note; there are 2 separate Bistline Scholarships with similar criteria but different names. You may apply for both, but if awarded CAN NOT receive both. Maximum amount shall cover room, board, tuition fees.

F M Bistline Memorial Political Science Scholarship

The F M Bistline Memorial Political Science Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student majoring in Political Science with an expressed goal of attending Law School. Must demonstrate past involvement in campus or community politics (volunteer participation in an issue or candidate campaign, running for or holding an elected position, participating in a get out & vote campaign, participating in a voter education campaign, lobbying activity, employment as a staff worker for a national or state office holder or other activities of nature). The student must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA. Preference to students with 1. Diverse needs.  2. students who are Sophomore, Junior, or Senior; with priority given to Senior level students.  *NOTE:  preference shall ALWAYS be given to Senior level students first who meet above criteria.  If no eligible applicants can look at Juniors and then Sophomores.* 3. applicants who have best demonstrated a "public service" mentality.   Note; there are 2 separate Bistline Scholarships with similar criteria but different names. You may apply for both, but if awarded CAN NOT receive both. Maximum amount shall cover room, board, tuition fees.

Mark K. McBeth Scholarship (Master of Public Administration students)

The Dr. Mark K. McBeth Scholarship is for students enrolled in the Master’s of Public Administration program. Students enrolled in 6 graduate credits or more are eligible for this scholarship.

Rick H. Foster Political Science Scholarship

The Rick H. Foster Political Science Scholarship is awarded to any student majoring in Political Science. Must have a 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher.

Peter A, Patricia L, and Peter D McDermott Scholarship

The Peter A., Patricia L., and Peter D. McDermott Scholarship is awarded to a full-time Junior or Senior who is a declared Political Science (Pre-Law) major with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA. Must be an Idaho resident and U.S. Citizen with preference given to students from Bannock or Custer counties.

 

Scholarships with Preference Given to Political Science Majors

These are scholarships with preferences given to political science majors. 

Idaho's 5th Greatest Fly Fisherman Scholarship

The Idaho’s 5th Greatest Fly Fisherman Scholarship is awarded to a student in any major and class level. Must be a full-time student with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Student must be an Idaho resident. Preferences are as follows: Half consideration to Fremont County Residents and Half consideration for Political Science Majors.

 

Pre-Law Scholarships

These scholarships are available for pre-law students. Political Science majors or minors who are planning to go to law school may apply but they will compete with students with other majors who are also pre-law.

Leon and Gwen Manning Pre-Law Scholarship Endowment

The Leon and Gwen Manning Pre-Law Scholarship is awarded to a students whose intention is to continue to law school after completion of undergraduate work at ISU. Recipient shall demonstrate financial need, academic merit, and shall submit at least one letter of recommendation from a member of the ISU faculty. Preference shall be given to students with an exemplary record of public service. Essay required.

Yvonne Dial Memorial Scholarship

The Yvonne Dial Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student in any major but must be planning on attending Law School. Must be a Junior or Senior and enrolled full-time. Student must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Financial need is required. Must be a U.S. citizen. Preference to students who are married.