Funds That Support Political Science

Political Science
Above: Students tour the State Capitol with UIS guides.

Make a Difference for Political Science Students

Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for political science students. You can use the Donate button to give online. Thank you!

Political Science Fund

This fund provides money for special opportunities or extraordinary needs.

Model United Nations

The Model United Nations Club (MUN) is for students who attend the annual National Model UN Conference in New York each spring. In the fall before the conference, the UIS delegation begins to form and members gather information about the country they will represent. In the spring, the delegation submits resolutions to the National MUN and attends the conference, a simulation of the United Nations Organization, where resolutions are discussed, debated, and voted upon by all countries represented in the council and committees. Such an endeavor carries a cost; your support would be greatly appreciated.

Scholarship Funds

Barbara Ferrara Public Service Scholarship Fund

The Barbara Ferrara Public Service Scholarship Fund supports undergraduate scholarships for students preparing for careers in public service. Preference shall be given to students majoring in Public Administration, but students majoring in political science, public policy, public health, environmental studies, legal studies or related fields may also be considered. Recipients shall have demonstrated academic merit, with a grade point average of a B or better, and have aspirations for a career in public service.

William Ferris Cummings Memorial Award

William Ferris Cummings graduated from SSU in 1973 and worked as an inspector with Illinois Central Gulf Railroad. Mr. Cummings was well-known for his community activities, especially those connected with Community Action, Inc. However a tragic, untimely death claimed his life at the age of thirty. The William Ferris Cummings Memorial Scholarship was established in 1980 by family and friends to honor his memory and is awarded to a minority freshman student pursuing a degree in social services or political science.

Lee Frost-Kumpf Scholarship

An enthusiastic and vibrant presence on the UIS campus, the late Dr. Lee Frost-Kumpf was an associate professor of Political Studies who championed public policy issues in any way he could. He received the Spencer Award for public service in 2003, only months before his death. Dr. Frost-Kumpf’s work included research projects in Springfield, India, New Zealand, Norway and the Ukraine. The Lee Frost-Kumpf Scholarship was established in 2003 to honor his memory. Applicants must be pursuing a master’s degree in political studies or public administration.

Mary and Nelson Howarth Memorial Fund

Nelson Howarth was a respected Springfield attorney and three-term mayor who was instrumental in convincing the Illinois General Assembly to establish the UIS (then Sangamon State University) campus in 1969. He later taught a course in municipal law and administration at SSU. The Mary and Nelson Howarth Memorial Scholarship was originally established by the family and friends in honor of his life and work. In later years, his wife’s name was added by the family, who continue to support the scholarship through generous donations. Applicants for the scholarship must be in good academic standing with a major in Public Administration, Public Affairs Reporting, Environmental Studies, Political Science or History.

Kent Redfield Scholarship

Kent Redfield, a leading researcher of campaign contributions in Illinois, professor emeritus at UIS and former director of its legislative intern program, left such an indelible mark on his students that two of them began the process to establish a scholarship in his name. The Kent Redfield Scholarship is awarded to a qualified applicant based on academic merit and financial need.

Rendok and Kracaw Access Illinois Scholarship Fund

A current-use scholarship for Political Science and Legal Studies.

Bob Sipe Scholarship Fund

When the time came for beloved political science professor, Bob Sipe to retire, no one was ready to let him go. The national speaker, global policies expert and blues music enthusiast had affected many a faculty, staff and student with his exuberance, candor and wealth of knowledge. The Bob Sipe Scholarship was established by the Political Science Department at UIS to honor and perpetuate the impact of Dr. Sipe’s contributions to the department and the world.

Dr. Dalitso Sulamoyo Scholarship Fund

Dr. Dalitso Sulamoyo grew up in Malawi, Africa. After earning a BA from Illinois College, two MAs from UIS and a Ph.D. from Benedictine University, Dr. Sulamoyo began working for the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA), part the nation’s largest network of nonprofit and public entities serving Americans in poverty. After two short years, he became president and CEO of IACAA, making him the youngest and first African American person in that position. He served in that capacity in Springfield from 2001-2017. The highlight of this time came in 2013 when he met with President Barack Obama to talk about the work of the Community Action Network. In 2017, Dr. Sulamoyo accepted a position with the Champaign (Illinois) Regional Planning Commission, a Community Action Agency. In recognition of Dr. Sulamoyo’s 18 years of dedicated service and many contributions to the Community Action movement, in 2017 the IACAA Board of Directors established the Dr. Dalitso Sulamoyo Scholarship Fund at UIS. Students majoring in public administration or political science will receive the scholarship, with priority given to students from Haiti, Malawi or other third-world countries in Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America.

Other Options

Not interested in any of the funds listed above? Then you can also create your own scholarship fund that targets the students you specify in the Political Science Department. As the principle donor of this new scholarship, you would get to name the fund and establish the selection criteria.


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