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George Goodwin, Jr. Scholarship

The George Goodwin, Jr. Scholarship is given annually to an academically strong Political Science major who has expressed and demonstrated an interest in a career in public service. The scholarship was established by George Cole ’56 ‘62G and faculty in the department of political science to honor a great teacher and colleague.

George Goodwin received a BS in Political Science from Williams College in 1943 and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University in 1958.

Professor Goodwin was one of the founding faculty of the UMass Amherst Department of Political in the 1950s (then called the Government Department). He left UMass Amherst to become the founding chair in political science at UMass Boston from 1965 to 1976 and returned to UMass Amherst in 1977. He retired from UMass Amherst in 1986. 

Professor Goodwin is the author of "The Little Legislatures: Committees of Congress" and other books and articles on New England and national politics.  

He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from UMass in 1985.

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1 - 3

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Strong consideration is given to major GPA.


March 10, 2017


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