UMass Amherst Department of Political Science

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]

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].

Jack Street Memorial Scholarship 

The Jack Street Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Jack Street. It supports an undergraduate, junior political science or legal studies major with a minimum 3.0 major GPA and an interest in Debate, Mock Trial, or Model UN. Members of the debate, mock trial, and Model UN teams are encouraged to apply. One award is given out per year. [more]



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]


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.


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.


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 ScholarshipAll 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.

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