The Department of Political Science & Public Administration, through the generous support of friends who have established endowments with the UND Alumni Foundation, is able to offer several undergraduate scholarships each academic year.
Recipients must be Political Science or Public Administration majors. Preference is given to students in their junior year, who will be seniors in the next academic year. Other criteria, as specified by the donors, apply to each scholarship. General information is below.
Applications for most UND scholarships are consolidated through the central scholarships site. Declared Political Science and Public Administration (undergraduate) majors will see the department's scholarships as part of their eligibility portfolio. For AY17-18, the scholarships central portal is open from November 1 to March 1.
At this time, no scholarships are available for graduate students in the Master of Public Administration program.
Adrian R. Dunn Memorial Scholarship
Adrian R. Dunn was a UND graduate and champion of education in North Dakota. This scholarship honors his memory. The selected student will be studying Political Science and Communications, with preference given to joint Political Science and Communications majors.
Dr. Ronald Pynn Scholarship
The Dr. Ronald Pynn Scholarship is funded through a gift from retired PSPA faculty member Ron Pynn. The selected student will show excellence and leadership in the study of Political Science or Public Administration. Preference may be given to former North Dakota Girls State delegates or students interested in under-served or under-represented groups.
Milton R. Young Memorial Scholarship
The Milton R. Young Memorial Scholarship honors the late Senator's commitment to North Dakota and is intended to encourage the ideals of public service. The selected student must be a North Dakota resident.
Truman Scholarship Award
The Nistler College of Business and Public Administration has a long tradition of acclaimed Truman Scholarship winners dating back to 1978 with UND Students awarded scholarships most recently in 2011 and 2016.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to our thirty-third President. The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The activities of the Foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the US Treasury. There have been 2730 Truman Scholars elected since the first awards were made in 1977.
Students are elected by sixteen independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of 'making a difference.' Each Scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some of the premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be US citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit sector.
The Nistler College of Business & Public Administration is proud to acknowledge the great accomplishments of our Truman Scholarship Winners as well as the well-established tradition from our distinguished Alumni.
Truman Scholarship Winners
- Jed Hanson - 2016
- Erin Elizabeth Barta - 2011
- Grant Hauschild - 2010
- McLain J. "Mac" Schneider - 2001
- Jonathan Sickler - 1998
- Mark Ewen - 1992
- Sarah Fugleberg-Flatness - 1990
- Denise Flanagan - 1988
- Kathy Hill - 1984
- Jennifer Urff - 1984
- Peggy Kuhn - 1983
- Cynthia Beyer-Ulrich - 1982
- Michael Liffrig - 1979
- Karen Rehwaldt-Sand - 1978
UND had finalists in 2003, 2005, and 2009.
The Carolyn & Michael Becraft World Affairs Endowment supports University of North Dakota students attending public administration conferences at West Point or Anapolis. The UND NIstler CoBPA is very grateful that this special endowment supports experiential learning.
- Fallon Ryan: Will study in Costa Rica Spring of '18
- Marshall Nunberg: Studies in China, Active in Model UN
- Kate McBane: Studying Political Science
- Michael Kelsch: Completing his degree
- Aliza Demming: Current ROTC at UND, Completing her degree
- Roberta "Bobbie" Lentz: University of Arizona Law
- Megan Plourde:Peace Corps-Mongolia
- Isiah Frohling: University of Nebraska School of Law, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Intern
- Amy Rassier: Dickenson State University, International Services and Recruiter
- Molly Burke: University of Denver Strum College of Law
- Ellyn Daniel: Logistics Officer at CH Robinson, attending KU School of Law
- Shaina Lawrence: Palace Acquire Budget Analyst-USAF
- Jacqueline Asgrimson: Project Manager Department of State Contractor (Native Inc.)
- Brenden Mochoruk: President's Economic Council/Brookings Institute/Northwestern School of Law
- Tyler Hardy: Legislative Aid to Senator John Hoeven
- Max Tucker: Operations Officer, US Army, stationed in Hawaii/MPA-MAIR from Syracuse
- Colleen Jeno: Program Associate, Council of Chief State School Officers