Scholarships will be announced to prospective student applicants through the academic advisors and the faculty in Department of Government and Justice Studies. Communications regarding eligibility and application deadlines will be disseminated via multiple sources including social media/ web outlets

The Department of Government and Justice Studies would like to assist its students financially whenever possible. To this end, the Department offers a number of competitive and need-based scholarships which are available for both undergraduate and graduate students. A brief description of each is provided below. For more information about the scholarships and application procedures, contact the departmental office (828-262-3085).

Also keep in mind that Appalachian has its own scholarship and financial aid information available, and they provide you with numerous ways of finding out about even more scholarships from around the country that you may be eligible for.


Departmental Scholarships

Dr. Edward M. Allen, Jr. Scholarship for Political Science

This scholarship is awarded to a rising junior or senior political science major each spring semester. Criteria include a 3.5 GPA, at least nine hours of political science coursework completed, demonstrated financial need and being actively involved in a variety of student activities. The award is named after one of the most outstanding teachers in the history of Appalachian who served in the department for over 25 years. To apply for the scholarship, you will need to complete an application form for the scholarship and submit a resumé and a brief essay of approximately 300 words identifying your scholarly interest; career goals; service activities and financial need. Approximate award amount $2,500.

Andy Nobles Memorial Scholarship for Criminal Justice

This scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman from Mecklenburg County in financial need who intends to major in criminal justice. Selection occurs from the pool of applicants for various freshman level scholarships available through the University Admissions office during the spring semester. Applicants must demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support (FAFSA required) and must be full-time students.The award is named after an Appalachian criminal justice alumnus who was killed in the line of duty as a Charlotte Police Officer. Approximate award amount $2,500.

Anonymous Endowed Scholarship for Criminal Justice

Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Criminal Justice. Recipients must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and should demonstrate financial need, although documentation of verifiable need is not required.

North Carolina Sheriff's Association Scholarship in Criminal Justice

This scholarship is awarded to a rising senior in criminal justice with both an outstanding academic record and a demonstrated financial need. The criminal justice faculty selects the individual from a list of eligibles provided by the Financial Aid Office each summer.

Richter H. Moore, Jr. Law and Society Research Award

This research award is given to the graduate student in the department who is pursuing research that relates to the connection between the legal system and society. The competitive award is based upon applications and faculty nominations of students who have shown an interest and competence in this area of research. The award is named for the "Father" of criminal justice in the southeast who chaired the department for 14 years and was a founder of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Southern Criminal Justice Association and other professional organizations.

David Sutton Endowment for Political Science and Criminal Justice

The successful applicants for this scholarship must meet the following requirements: (1) be a Political Science major with at least 18 completed hours of coursework in political science and a minimum of 45 completed hours in coursework overall at the time of application; (2) have a grade point average of 3.5 or above and (3) evidence of community service or campus involvement. Applicants meeting the minimum criteria described above are cordially invited to submit an application for this scholarship.  In the application, please provide a 500-word, typed, double-spaced essay that describes (1) your career plans and aspirations; (2) your financial need [if you have need]; (3) your community service/campus involvement (such as membership in organizations, leadership roles played, off-campus service activities and so on); (4) any awards or honors you have already received and (5) a brief statement on why you chose political science as your major.

Mark Don Browder III Insurance Memorial Scholarship

To provide scholarship support to undergraduate students majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration or graduate students accepted in the Masters in Public Administration program. This scholarship is nonrenewable. 

ASU Local Government Alumni Association

Nine scholarships are awarded each year to undergraduate students majoring in political science with a concentration in Town, City, County, Management and graduate students in the Master of Public Administration program. The recipients are selected by the faculty in public administration in conjunction with the officers of the alumni association. The selections are made in the fall during the Association's annual conference.

  • Robert G. Hester Scholarship Endowment for Local Government

Application is open to Junior or Senior students  who are concentrating in Town Administration and City and County Management. Preference should accrue to those students who have achieved a satisfactory academic standing (3.0 minimum GPA) and have evidenced a need for financial assistance to the satisfaction of the selection committee. Approximate award amount $1,000.

  • Southern Corrosion Local Government Association Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship is awarded to Junior or Senior students majoring in Politcal Science who select an area of concentration in Town administration and city and county management. Applicants should have, and recipients maintain, satisfactory academic standing (minimum 3.0 GPA). Applicants should evidence a need for financial assistance to the satisfaction of the selection committee.

  • Marvin Hoffman Local Government Scholarship

This scholarship supports undergraduate students majoring in Political Science who are pursuing a course of study related to town, city and county management and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Approximate award amount $2,000.

  • Jimmy C. Draughn Scholarship for Local Government 

This scholarship provides support for undergraduate or graduate students in the Political Science Department pursuing a course of study related to town, city and county management. Additional preference related to scholarship recipients may be submitted by the donors at a later time prior to the completion of minimum funding, however said preferences are subject to Foundation approval before becoming a part of this scholarship endowment agreement. Approximate award amount $1,000.

  • North Carolina City and County Managers Association Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a graduate student in the City/County Management track in the MPA program. MPA core faculty select the recipient from the pool of second-year students in the fall semester who have shown academic excellence and promise as a future city or county manager.

  • Mayor Roy Maness Local Government Endowment

Applicants must be interested in a career in the area of Town Administration and City and County Management and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Approximate award amount $2,000.

  • Utility Services Local Government Scholarship 

Application is open to juniors or seniors in an area of concentration in Town Administration and City and County Management, that maintain 3.0 GPA and evidence a need for financial assistance to the satisfaction of the selection committee. Approximate award amount $1,000

  • Matt Winn Williamson Scholarship for Town, City, County Management

Applicants must be a junior or senior majoring in Town, City, County Management, must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress and/or potential, preference in the selection process should be directed to individuals connected to the original Town Administration and City or County Management program. Approximate award amount $2,000.

College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships

Consider scholarships offered by the College. Visit the college website to see qualifications for each scholarship offered. For questions or more information, contact Dr. Dru A. Henson (, Senior Associate Dean or visit College of Arts and Sciences scholarships

  • Sally A. Callegari Memorial Scholarship for Gender Diversity in Animal Studies
  • Drs. Joanne Smith and Don R. Brannon Scholarship for Natural Sciences
  • Richard A. Thomas Memorial Scholarship for Arts and Sciences 
  • Jonathan K. Perryman Memorial Scholarship for the Sciences
  • GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Scholarships
  • The Peggy Harmon Shore Pre-Health Care Professional Endowed Scholarship