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Each program in the department has a number of scholarships that help support the Jackrabbit Guarantee program. We also give money based on financial need and to those who do not qualify for a Jackrabbit Guarantee. Each spring the university solicits scholarship applications via your jacks email account. Anyone can apply, so don't forget to send in the application.

 

April Brooks Scholarship in Support of the Jackrabbit Guarantee

Recipient 2015-2016

Jennifer Sutton $1000

 

Dr. J.P. Hendrickson Honors Scholarship in Political Science  

Contact Will Prigge if you are interested in Honors and the 2016-17 Scholarship

The Dr. J.P. Hendrickson Honors Scholarship in Political Science is awards each year a conditional four-year scholarship of at least $5,000 to an incoming Freshman enrolled in the Honors College majoring in Political Science. Candidates for the scholarship must demonstrate the following;″An aptitude and desire to excel academically while at the University earning their degree, demonstrated in part by their academic achievement in high school and the entrance exam scores. ″Leadership ability ″Financial need A scholarship recipient who fails to maintain a minimum class load of 16 credits per semester and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 will lose their scholarship the following school year . The recipient of the Dr. J.P. Hendrickson Honors Scholarship is selected by the Honors College Scholarship Committee in consultation with the Department of Political Science.

Recipient 2015-2016

Taige Tople $5000

 

Mike K. Whitford Scholarship in Support of the JR Guarantee

The recipient of this scholarship shall be a student majoring in Political Science or History who is originally from West River, South Dakota. Preference is given to students who have a high degree of financial need. The recipient of the Mike K. Whitford Scholarship in Support of the Jackrabbit Guarantee shall be selected by the Department of History and Political Science. 

Recipient 2014-2015

Nicholas Reagan $2000

Recipient 2015-2016

Garret Keegan $2000

Recipient 2016-2017

Ryan Sailors $2000

 

Bob & Donna Burns Excellence Scholarship in Political Science Education Endowment

The Bob and Donna Burns Excellence in Political Science Education Endowment is dedicated to undergraduate political science student scholarship, in order to continue the tradition of the highest quality undergraduate political science education at SDSU.  The recipient of the Bob and Donn Burns Excellence in Political Science Education Endowment shall be selected by the Department of Political science Scholarship Committee and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science Robert Burns.

Recipient 2014-2015

Kelly Maxwell $1000 

Recipient 2015-2016

Derek Clausen $1500

 

Henry & Edna Heilman Scholarship

The recipient of the Henry and Edna Heilman Scholarship in Political Science shall be a non-freshman student majoring in Political Science who has shown diligence and conscientiousness in his/her pursuit of education, and who, to the extent possible, is from a rural area of South Dakota, in particular western South Dakota.  If possible, special consideration be given to Native Americans.  Financial need may also be a consideration.  The recipient shall be selected by the Department of Political Science Scholarship Committee.  The Donors or their representatives shall be informed annually of each student selected to receive the Scholarship.

Recipient 2014-2015

Andrew Kapperman $1000

Recipient 2015-2016

Emily Johnson $1000

Recipient 2016-2017

Garrett Keegan $1000

 

Kevin and Debra Roberts Scholarship in Support of the JR Guarantee

The recipient of the Kevin and Debra Roberts Scholarship in Support of the Jackrabbit Guarantee shall be a junior or senior student majoring in political science in the Department of History and Political Science.  This scholarship can be renewed if the student remains eligible.  The recipient shall be selected by the Department of History and Political Science Scholarship Committee.

Recipient 2014-2015

Adam Wek $1000

Recipient 2015-2016

Kathryn Ust $1000

Recipient 2016-2017

Emily Johnson $1000

 

Ringsrud Family Scholarship

The Ringsrud Family Scholarship is awarded annually to a sophomore student majoring in Political Science.  The scholarship is given to an average or above student who is trying hard to improve their GPA.

Recipient 2014-2015

Gabriel Langner $450

Recipient 2015-2016

Ernest Weston $500

 

The Eleanor Schwab Memorial Scholarship

The selection of the recipient is based on the following criteria:

The first priority should be to the most deserving political science major, as decided by the Political Science Scholarship Committee, who is not funded by any other scholarship.

The second preference is to a student who has accomplished academic work in the politics of diversity, especial women's studies.

The third preference is to a transfer (or other) student who is NOT qualified for the Jackrabbit Guarantee (JG).  The scholarship may be awarded to a JG student using the criteria above, but the fact that an applicant is a JG should NOT be a consideration in the award decision.

Recipient 2014-2015

Kaylen Larson $250

Recipient 2015-2016

 Jacob Monssen $250

 

Governor Ralph Herseth Memorial Scholarship

Selection of the Herseth Memorial Scholarship recipient is made by the Scholarship Committee of the Political Science Department.  The recipient should be a student majoring in Political Science at SDSU.

Recipient 2014-2015

Amanda Siefken $100

Recipient 2015-2016

Carleigh Lyon $100

Recipient 2016-2017

Meghan Schenk $150

 

Charles Sewrey Scholarship in History

Recipients of the Charles Sewrey Scholarship must be majoring in History at SDSU and must attain at least a "B" average within the History major as well as their cumulative grade point.

Recipients 2015-2016

Mitchell Williams $1050

Robert Connot $1050

 

Gregory Drew Bell Memorial Scholarship in History

The recipient of the Gregory Drew Bell Scholarship shall be a student majoring in History is in at least his/her second year at SDSU and has maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  The recipient of the Gregory Drew Bell Scholarship shall be selected by the Department of History Scholarship Committee.

 SDSU employees Rodney and Fayne Bell, Brookings, who have worked for a combined total of more than 45 years at State, have established a scholarship that has the support of the whole family.  Rodney Bell has served as head of the SDSU History Department since 1972.  Fayne Bell has been a computer resource specialist with the University's Academic computer Technology Service since 1985.  They have dedicated the scholarship to the memory of their infant son, Gregory drew Bell, who died a few weeks after his birth in 1962.  The scholarship will be awarded to history majors beginning in the 2000-2001 school year who have completed at least one year of college and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA.  The couple realized the importance of financial assistance in their work with the University and in helping their other four children fund college educations.  "So many students have time consuming jobs outside the classroom.  we hope that this will give a few individuals more time to concentrate on academics." Rod Bell said.  According to the Bells, the scholarship is one way they can show their appreciation for the careers they have found at SDSU.  "The Scholarship is an opportunity to give something back to an institution that has supported us over many years," Fayne Bell said.  Establishing the scholarship became a family project enlisting the support of the couple's other children: Carolyn, Tom, Elizabeth and Kathleen.

Recipient 2015-2016

Stacia Berg $1000

Recipient 2016-2017

Hans Torgerson $500

 

William G. & Jean E. Macksam Endowed Scholarship in History

The selection of the recipient of the William G. and Jean E. Macksam Endowed Scholarship in History is based on the following criteria: 

The recipient shall be a junior or senior student majoring in history.  If the recipient is a junior, the scholarship is renewable if the student continues to meet the necessary criteria.

  1. The recipient must be a United States or Canadian citizen.
  2. Scholarships should be awarded annually with the amount of the awards based on funds available.  This scholarship is not available for summer term.
  3. Preference will be given to students in need of financial assistance.  Non-traditional should be encouraged to apply.
  4. A student's GPA should not be the only factor in selecting the recipient of this award.  The recipient shall be selected by the Department of History Scholarship Committee.

Recipients 2015-2016

Kora Cleveland $1000

Nicholas Byers $800

Sarah Hammond $800

Recipients 2016-2017

Justin Hingst $800

Joshua Utterback $950

Mitchell Williams $1000

 

Laurel A. and Frances Engberg Scholarship

The recipient of the Engberg Scholarship should be a History or Political Science major, with preference to Political Science majors.  Candidates must be in their junior year and have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better during their freshmen and sophomore years.  The recipient is chosen by the Political Science Scholarship committee.

Recipient 2014-2015

Elsie Twohy $600

Kathryn Ust $1000

Michael Schulte $550

Recipient 2015-2016

Alissa Greenwald $800

Taige Tople $800

Validakhon Azamatova $600

Recipients 2016-2017

Sarah Hammond $1000

Mary Lack $600

 

Vivian V. Volstorff Scholarship Fund

The Vivian Volstorff Scholarship is annually awarded to a student majoring in History at SDSU.  The recipient must have at least a "B" average grade in the History major as well as the cumulative grade.  The History Department Scholarship Committee selects the recipient who should have an active role in campus activities.

Recipient 2015-2016

Jacob Bierschbach

Recipient 2016-2017

Clayton Dahl $700