Scholarships & Awards
Paul '87 and Lynn Hohenberger Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Paul and Lynn Hohenberger to support Political Science or Legal Studies majors with connections to Holyoke, MA. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be eligible for university financial aid. Preference is given to students who reside in or were born in Holyoke, but students who have interned or volunteered in the city, currently work there, or have demonstrated an interest in the city in some other way are encouraged to apply and explain their connection to the city in their essay. [more]
2012: Camille Rivero ’13
Paul R. Shuldiner '75 Memorial Scholarship
The Paul R. Shuldiner Memorial Scholarship was established by Professor Paul W. Shuldiner in memory of his son, Paul R. ("Randy") Shuldiner '75. The scholarship is open to sophomore, junior and senior Legal studies majors, and applicants must submit a 3-4 page essay to be considered. One award is given out per year. [more].
2012: Ines Ventura
Jack Street Memorial Scholarship
2012: Timothy Shea ’13
All eligible students are automatically considered for the legal studies awards below:
Shep Shepard Award
The Shep Shepard Award is a fund created by the faculty in Legal Studies to honor the memory of Col. (Ret.) Claude L. Shepard, Jr. He served as the department's staff associate from the inception of Legal Studies in 1973 until his retirement in August, 1997. The recipient(s) of the award is selected by legal studies with the advice and consent of a faculty committee. The cash award typically ranges from $150 to $300 each year. It is given for a combination of academic excellence achieved within Legal Studies and contributions to the community. [more]
2012: Catherine Whelan
2011: Samantha Schnoerr and Emiliano Salazaris
Legal Studies Honors Award
Established in 2011, the Legal Studies Honors Award recognizes students who have conducted exceptional independent research and/or written top theses. Recipients receive a cash prize. All theses are automatically considered.
2012: Lilian C. Chukwurah, "The Use of Humanitarian Rhetoric in the Iraq War: A Portrayal of the 'Other.'"
2011: Avery Gibson, "Talking Past Each Other in the Debate on Undocumented Immigration," and Jennifer Jackson, "The 21st century American family: Do US laws support the bests interests of children with sexual minority parents?"
Legal Studies Excellence Award
Established in 2010, the Legal Studies Excellence Award recognizes significant achievement in the field of Legal Studies. This cash award is given to an undergraduate student in the major who demonstrates a continuing commitment to personal academic excellence and to the spirit of the discipline. All eligible students are automatically considered.
2012: Abasi-odu Etim
2010: Sarah Mohr Pegus
Other Scholarship Resources
UMass offers a myriad of scholarship opportunities from a variety of sources. Listed below is only a sampling of available aid to undergraduates. In addition to scholarships associated with Political Science, Legal Studies, SBS and UMass more generally, students are invited to explore external scholarship opportunities. For more information and guidance, all students are invited to visit Thompson 212 to learn more.
- The Commonwealth College has scholarship listings under their student information page, broken down by class year.
- The Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA) has a listing of Scholarship opportunities.
- The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) offers many scholarships.
William M. Bluestein Memorial Scholarship - All SBS undergraduates interested in public policy, technology and/or economics are eligible to apply for this $1000 scholarship. Preferences is given to students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college, and to students who qualify for finanicial aid but are ineligible for free sources of funding. The application is distributed through SBS and generally due at the end of March. Visit the SBS scholarship page.