The School of Politics and Global Studies awards over $15,000 worth of scholarships each year to deserving students. Opportunities to earn scholarships based on academics, experience, personal stories and financial need are listed below. 

Scholarship applications are due on January 31st at 5 p.m. each yearFor questions about the application process, please contact


Calvin M. Holman Political Science Scholarship


Calvin M. Holman served as an Arizona Legislator from 1975 to 1984. Throughout his life, Cal was active in the politics of north Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley and a staunch believer in the power of grassroots politics. As servant leader and advocate for social justice, he readily gave a hand-up to those in need.

In December 2007, Cal was tragically killed in an automobile accident and the Calvin M. Holman Political Science Scholarship was established in his memory to recognize a political science student who embodies those attributes inherent in Cal — community activism, ethics, and a selfless spirit. The scholarship amount awarded in the fall semester is approximately $1,000. 

Criteria include:

  • An undergraduate political science major (with junior or senior status) on the Tempe campus
  • An individual who has interest in a legislative career or legislative policy area
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Has a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher

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Craig and Barbara Barrett Political Science Scholarship


Political Science at Arizona State University is proud to announce the competition for the undergraduate Barrett Political Science Scholarship. Thanks to the inspiration and generosity of Craig and Barbara Barrett, Political Science is able annually to name a Barrett Political Science Scholar — a designation that brings not only distinction to the student but also an award of approximately $1,000.

The winner will be selected on the basis of the excellence of her or his academic record and her or his leadership and community involvement.

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Herman R. Frazier Political Science Scholarship


Political Sciences awarded the first Herman R. Frazier Scholarship in fall 2002. The scholarship is given to a deserving political science student each year. This award will be approximately $750. 

To celebrate and honor Herman Frazier’s lifetime achievements in sports and politics, his friends and colleagues initiated the Herman R. Frazier Scholarship Endowment to benefit undergraduate students in political science. The scholarship is given to a deserving political science student each year. Students are invited to apply by completing the application and writing a brief essay on the relationship between government and/or politics and sports. Herman Frazier is a 1977 graduate of ASU with a B.S. in Political Science.

In 2002, Herman became the first ASU graduate to ever receive the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, presented each year to former student-athletes who have made significant professional and civic contributions since completing their intercollegiate eligibility 25 years ago. Herman Frazier is a talented and accomplished administrator as well as a world-class collegiate and Olympic athlete. Herman is currently the deputy athletics director and chief of staff at Syracuse University. 

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Kenneth C. Behringer Political Science Scholarship


This undergraduate research scholarship endowment was generously established by ASU Alumnus Ken Behringer, ‘74 B.A., ’78 JD, ’88 MBA, to support scholarships for political science students in the School of Politics and Global Studies in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

The scholarship of approximately $1,000 is awarded annually to an undergraduate interested in pursuing a research project or paper in a political science class, study abroad or honors thesis.

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Norma F. Schuessler Scholarship


Political Science at Arizona State University Tempe campus seeks applications for the Norma F. Schuessler Scholarship.  The scholarship (approximately $1,000) is awarded each spring to an undergraduate student who will be continuing classes at ASU, has amassed a strong academic record in the face of unusual or uncommon challenges and demonstrates financial need.

Ms. Schuessler, mother of Ruth S. Jones — the first tenured woman in the ASU Department of Political Science and the first woman to chair Political Science at ASU — wanted to provide financial assistance to a student who has met obstacles or challenges on the path to completing an undergraduate degree.

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Ross Rice Award


The family of Ross Rice established an award in his honor. Ross was the founding member of the Political Science at ASU, which at one time was part of ASU’s Department of History.

Ross was for a long time the curator of the Carl Hayden papers in ASU’s Hayden Library, and just prior to Ross’s retirement, he completed an extensive biography of Carl Hayden, Arizona’s first U.S. congressman and first U.S. senator. This award will be up to $500.

Each year, the Ross Rice Award shall be presented to the outstanding political science undergraduate that best combines academic excellence and outstanding service.  For the purposes of this award, “service” may include, but is not limited to, community service, volunteer work and involvement in campus or departmental organizations.

The first Ross Rice Award was given in 1987. This award may be renewed, at the discretion of the Selection Committee in the Political Science, ASU Tempe campus. Financial need is not a factor in awarding this scholarship.

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Sarah Anne McNeil Memorial Scholarship


This scholarship was established in 2005 to honor the memory of Sarah Anne McNeil, a Political Science and Kinesiology double major who was killed in a car accident. As a way of honoring her industry, spirit, and character, this scholarship is intended to recognize students who excel in the classroom and whose boundless energy sparks positive results throughout the community.

Students who receive this scholarship will be recognized as "McNeil Scholars."  The Scholarship is approximately $2,000.

The applicant who receives this award may reapply in subsequent year.

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Zachary J. Marco Capital Scholars Scholarship


The family of Zachary Marco established this endowed scholarship to support an excelling undergraduate student who is participating in the Capital Scholars Program. This award will be approximately $500.

Zachary excelled at ASU as a political science major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and an honors student in the Barrett Honors College. He was in the Junior Fellows program, a page in the Arizona Legislature and aspired to be a legislative intern, a Capital Scholar and an attorney. During his junior year, Zachary was tragically killed near campus in October 2010.  


*Only applicants that meet all of the following requirements will be considered for the scholarship

  • An undergraduate student
  • Admitted into the Capital Scholars program
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher
    • For students who have established an ASU GPA but also have transfer credit, the student’s combined transfer and ASU cumulative GPA must be a 3.50 or higher at the time of application.   


Preferential consideration will be given to applicants who meet the above requirements and demonstrate the following:

  • Pursuing either a political science or philosophy major.
  • Financial need

Only applicants who complete the following by the published deadline will be considered for the scholarship. Please submit the following documents to Kayla Stamey, SPGS's program coordinator, below:

  • Resume
  • Statement in which you outline your interests in and qualifications for this scholarship.
  • Unofficial transcript.
  • Students who want the selection committee to consider their financial need are also advised to include a personal statement of need or a copy of current financial aid notification or a current FAFSA.

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William D. Kavan Scholarship

The School of Politics and Global Studies awards each year the William D. Kavan Scholarship.

The scholarship is for an undergraduate junior or senior Political Science major in the School of Politics and Global Studies within the College of Liberal Arts and Science for the next Academic Year. This award will be approximately $1,000.

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Other opportunities

SPGS Undergraduate Travel Support

Undergraduate majors who are presenting the results of their research at national or regional professional conferences or participating in a regional or national workshop or conference may request financial support to defray the costs of attendance.

The contribution from the School of Politics and Global Studies is capped at $500 for students presenting research and $350 for students participating in a workshop or conference. Students must be a conference presenter or full participant to be eligible for SPGS travel support funding and the research or conference/workshop must be related to the student's academic program in SPGS.

The Undergraduate Travel Support Form, together with a statement of support from a faculty mentor, should be submitted to Lisa Lamb, the SPGS Senior Academic Program Specialist, at for approval at least thirty (30) days before the travel date. The student and faculty mentor will be informed once approval has been obtained. Students are encouraged to seek funds from other sources and to list those sources. 

Apply by January 15th for Spring or Summer Travel! 

Questions or comments about the form or related procedures should be directed to Lisa using the contact above. 

Global Studies International Experience Travel Grant 

SPGS also offers travel grants for students completing their SGS International Experience. Funds may be used to help offset airfare costs for completing the International Internship major requirement. Awards are based on financial need, and academic merit (GPA of 2.5 and above).

Students must be enrolled in SGS 484 or its equivalent as approved by SPGS, be Global Studies majors and be enrolled full-time. Students must file the FAFSA application at the Student Financial Assistance Office for the current academic year. Travel grants may be used for internship related airfare only. Travel must be completed within 12 months of receipt of the award.

Apply by January 15th for Spring or Summer Travel! 

Graduate Scholarships and Opportunities

Please visit our graduate scholarships page here for more information.