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 the 31st of January at 5 p.m. each year. For questions about the application process, please contact


SPGS Director's Scholarship


Each year the School of Politics and Global Studies offers at least two Director’s Scholarships to undergraduate students in the amount of $1500. The scholarship is open to students with a declared major in Global Studies, Political Science, or Politics and the Economy. Ordinarily, at least one of the scholarships is intended for a Global Studies major. The scholarships are competitive and are based upon an evaluation of the applicant’s personal statement, academic performance, extracurricular and/or work activity, and faculty recommendation. To be considered, an applicant must have earned at least 45 credit hours at ASU with a minimum cumulative ASU grade point average of 3.0. Transfer students must have completed at least 15 credit hours at ASU. AP or high school dual enrollment credits are not acceptable and graduating seniors are not eligible. Financial need will be taken into account in awarding the scholarship.

Interested students should complete the portal app information requirements and submit a 500 word personal statement detailing postgraduate plans and career goals, a current resume or curriculum vitae, a letter of recommendation from an SPGS faculty member, and a current FAFSA. An additional statement/clarification of financial circumstances may be submitted.

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Calvin M. Holman Political Science


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.  Criteria include: (1) an undergraduate political science major (with junior or senior status) on the Tempe campus, (2) an individual who has interest in a legislative career or legislative policy area, (3) is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and (4) has a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. The scholarship amount awarded in the fall semester is approximately $1,000.

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Craig and Barbara Barrett Political Science


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


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 first scholarship was awarded in fall 2002. 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. Throughout his career Mr. Frazier has made a significant difference on the national sports scene. He has been involved as an administrator in college athletics for 35 years. Herman is currently the deputy athletics director and chief of staff at Syracuse University. Prior to this, he was the senior associate athletics director at Temple University and director of athletics at the University of Hawaii and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. During a 21-year career at ASU (1979-2000), Mr. Frazier held a number of administrative positions in the ASU Intercollegiate Athletics Department and was the senior associate athletics director when he left his alma mater to become the director at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Herman was vice president of the United States Olympic Committee and served as chef de mission of the Athens games in summer 2004. He won a gold medal in the 4x400 meter relay and a bronze medal in the 400 meters at the 1976 Olympics. An eight-time All American track student-athlete, he led ASU to the 1977 NCAA title.

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Kenneth C. Behringer Political Science


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


Political Science at Arizona State University Tempe campus seeks applications for the Norma F. Schuessler Scholarship.  The scholarship (approximately $1000) 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. This award will be up to $500.

The family of Ross Rice established an award in his honor. Ross was the founding member of the Political Science, 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.

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


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


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.

The family of Zachary Marco established this endowed scholarship to support an undergraduate student participating in the Capital Scholars Program. The scholarship criteria include: 1) 3.5 cumulative GPA, 2) preference for students with financial need and 3) preference for students who are political science or philosophy majors.  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:

  1. Applicant must be an undergraduate student.
  2. Applicant must be admitted into the Capital Scholars program.
  3. Applicant must 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:

  1. Pursuing either a political science or philosophy major.
  2. Financial need

Complete Application

Only applicants who complete the following by the published deadline will be considered for the scholarship.  Please submit the following documents:

  1. Resume
  2. Statement in which you outline your interests in and qualifications for this scholarship.
  3. Unofficial transcript.

Optional Document

Students who want the selection committee to consider their financial need are 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

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 $1000.

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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.

Questions or comments about the form or related procedures should be directed to the SPGS Senior Academic Program Specialist. 

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.

Other scholarship opportunities

Graduate Scholarships and Opportunities

Please visit our graduate scholarships page for more information on:

  • SPGS Director's Graduate Scholarship
  • Stephen G. Walker Graduate Support Endowment Fund
  • Graduate Student Conference Travel Award
  • SPGS PhD Student Grant Opportunities

SPGS Grad Scholarships

Fully Funded Opportunity: Represent ASU at the Young Bled Strategic Forum 2023

Young Bled Strategic Forum 2023
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