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Scholarships and Career Services


Brigham Young University–Hawaii offers academic scholarships based on merit. Students need not apply but are given automatic consideration provided they meet university criteria for consideration. A full explanation of scholarship criteria can be found on Financial Aid web page.

In addition, the Political Science Program encourages students to consider external opportunities. The Boren Scholarship, in particular, offers students a brilliant opportunity to develop language skills and secure some overseas experience and is administered by Political Science Program faculty at Brigham Young University–Hawaii.

External Scholarships

Scottsdale Recovery Humanitarian Scholarship

Students must be enrolling in a university of higher learning next year or currently enrolled at a collegiate institution in a program that culminates with a bachelor or graduate degree. Students must send a 500-word essay, double-spaced, revealing how these funds will help in your personal quest for higher learning. Email:

Boren Scholarship

What: "Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, in certain countries ... who are all interested in studying less commonly taught languages ... Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined."

Leadership & the American Presidency

(Fall 2018) This program is centered on helping students advance their own leadership development by examining the leadership journeys of the individuals who have held the office of President. Taught by Dr. Steve Hayward, a presidential historian from Pepperdine University and author of a two-volume biography of Ronald Regan, Dr. Elizabeth Spalding of Claremont Mackenna College, author of The First Cold War: Harry Truman, Containment, and the Remaking of Liberal Internationalism, and Dr. Joshua Walker a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund and former Fellow at the US State Department

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

What: "The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection."
Contact: Brian Houghton

Morris K. Udall Fellowship Program

What: In honoring former Arizona Congressman Morris K. Udall, this fellowship desires to help "young Americans to prepare for and pursue careers related to the environment and to Native Americans and Alaska Natives who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy." Average award amount is $24,000.
Contact: Troy Smith

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

What: This is a foundation that desires to help those who want to become outstanding teachers of the U.S. Constitution. A maximum of $24,000 award is given; actual costs of tuition, required fees, books, room and board but cannot exceed $12,000 per academic year.

William E. Simon Fellowship

What: "The Simon Fellowship is a $40,000 unrestricted grant awarded to those graduation college seniors who have demonstrated passion, dedication, a high capacity for self-direction, and originality in pursuit of a goal that will strengthen civil society. In addition, two $5,000 awards are made to two other outstanding students."

Qualifications: Examples of how recipients may use the award include:
- Engage directly in the civic life of their community.
- Help to create opportunity for others, including job creation.
- Advance their expertise.
- Fund the ultimate realization of their noble purpose.

Semester in Washington's Scholarship for Native Students

The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a full scholarship for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students who want to take part in Semester in Washington Politics. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, including those who have completed their undergraduate degree but have not yet enrolled in a graduate program. NAPLP is made possible by a generous grant from the AT&T Foundation University Pamphlets Page

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