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  • AGA Virginia Peninsula Government Accountability
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    Sponsor: Hampton Roads Community Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must be college juniors, seniors or graduate students from Hampton Roads, Eastern Shore of Virginia, the Middle Peninsula and/or Northern Neck. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate keen interest in pursuing a public service career in government financial management and accountability, and have declared a major in a relevant field. Preference shall be given to students attending universities based in Hampton Roads.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    101 W. Main Street
    Suite #4500
    Norfolk, VA 23510

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  • AGU Congressional Science Fellowship
    $68,000 plus travel
    January 15
    Sponsor: American Geophysical Union

    Eligibility: Applicants must be members of the American Geophysical Union. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants should have a strong background in science. Applicants should be strong communicators, articulate, flexible and able to work on a variety of public policy problems with people from diverse backgrounds. Applicants should have finished any doctoral work before the start of the fellowship due to time restraints during the program.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    2000 Florida Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20009

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  • AU Student Essay Contest
    $500-$1,500
    October 3
    Sponsor: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

    Eligibility: Applicants must be current high school juniors or seniors in the U.S. Students must submit an essay reflecting on why religious freedom and church-state separation are important to them and their communities as found in the topics listed on the website.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    Attn.: Essay Contest Submission
    1310 L Street NW
    Suite 200
    Washington, DC 20005

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  • Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Essay Contest
    $1,000-$5,000
    January 28
    Sponsor: Center for Alcohol Policy

    Eligibility: Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Students must submit an essay analyzing different alcohol regulations. Selection is based on the strength of analysis, thoroughness of research and quality of writing.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    1101 King Street
    Suite 600-A
    Alexandria, VA 22314

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  • Civic Expression Award
    $1,000
    December 1
    Sponsor: Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

    Eligibility: Applicants must be in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up) and enter art or writing works that explore political or social issues. Students may enter work in any of the 28 listed art and writing categories and must include a personal statement of 50 words or more on their work.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    557 Broadway
    New York, NY 10012

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  • Coolidge Scholarship
    Full tuition
    January 26
    Sponsor: Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation Inc.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens planning on enrolling full-time in an accredited U.S. college or university. Students must apply during their junior year in high school. Selection is based on academic excellence, interest in public policy and appreciation for Coolidge values and demonstrated humility and leadership.

    How to apply: Applications are available online through the website and include an essay, a transcript, a resume and two letters of recommendation.

    P.O. Box 97
    Plymouth, VT 05056

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  • Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Scholarships
    Up to $4,000
    April 1 and October 15
    Sponsor: Council on International Educational Exchange

    Eligibility: Applicants must plan to participate in a CIEE study abroad program. Financial need is strongly considered along with other materials from the study abroad application. Other eligibility requirements vary according to the specific scholarship. If awarded a scholarship, applicants are required to submit a one-page essay on their experiences after returning.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    7 Custom House Street, 3rd Floor
    Portland, ME 04101

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  • Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
    Up to $15,000
    April 1
    Sponsor: Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

    Eligibility: Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students who participate in the progressive movement, acting in the interests of issues such as expansion of civil rights and international solidarity, among others. Applicants must also have demonstrated financial need as well as a solid academic record.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    P.O. Box 7307
    New York, NY 10116

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  • Dickinson-CET Global Leaders Scholarship
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    January 15
    Sponsor: Dickinson College

    Eligibility: Applicants must show interest in global issues and have participated in CET high school programs for which Dickinson grants credit. Students must submit a 500-700 words essay and complete the FAFSA. Applicants must maintain good academic standing and a 3.0 GPA or better to renew this scholarship.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    College and Louther Streets
    Carlisle, PA 17013-2896

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  • DoSomething Monthly Scholarships
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    Sponsor: Do Something (Scholarships)

    Eligibility: Applicants must be age 25 or younger and be U.S. or Canadian citizens. There is a new scholarship each month. Selection is based on a random drawing of all students who participate in the campaign.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    19 West 21st Street, Floor 8
    New York, NY 10010

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  • Foreclosure Scholarship Program
    $500-$2,500
    December 15
    Sponsor: Foreclosure.com

    Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens 13 years of age or older who are currently enrolled as undergraduate college students. They must write an essay between 800 and 2,000 words providing creative solutions to a given topic involving critical issues facing the nation centered around real estate/housing. Selection is based upon the overall strength of the essay and application.

    How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form and essay are required.

    1825 NW Corporate Boulevard
    Suite 110
    Boca Raton, FL 33431

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  • Fund for American Studies Internships
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    March 16; June 1; November 15
    Sponsor: Fund for American Studies

    Eligibility: There are programs in comparative political and economic systems, political journalism, business and government, philanthropy and international institutes. Each program includes classes, an internship and special events. Students live in on-campus housing at George Washington University or in furnished apartments in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Each student takes 3-9 credit hours in courses at George Mason University in addition to interning 30-35 hours per week. Summer and school-year programs are available.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    1621 New Hampshire Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20009

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  • George Eastman Young Leaders Award
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    Sponsor: University of Rochester

    Eligibility: Applicants must be outstanding high school students in leadership and academics.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    Wilson Blvd. - Wallis Hall
    Rochester, NY 14627-0011

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  • Harlan K. Ullman Scholarship
    2500
    February 18
    Sponsor: Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes Inc.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be Corning-Painted Post High School students who seek a role in society that makes a difference and have an interest in pursuing a career in government policy, education, military, or other related public services even in the private sector. Students must be truly exceptional individuals most importantly with the potential to achieve great things.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    301 S. Main Street
    Horseheads, NY 14845

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  • Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon
    $1,000
    December 1
    Sponsor: Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

    Eligibility: Applicants must be in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up) and enter visual art offering commentary or criticism on current events, social events or political topics. Submissions can be drawings, illustrations, a series of artworks or animated short films.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    557 Broadway
    New York, NY 10012

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  • Humane Studies Fellowships
    Up to $15,000
    April 1, December 1
    Sponsor: Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University

    Eligibility: Applicants must be graduate students who are in any field and at any stage before completion of the Ph.D., law students, MBA students or other professional students. The fellowships can be used for study in the U.S. or abroad. Applicants must also be enrolled as full-time students at an accredited degree-granting institution. Students must be alumni of IHS programs and events.

    How to apply: Applications are available online. There is a $25 application fee that is waived by applying by January 5.

    3434 Washington Boulevard
    MS 1C5
    Arlington, VA 22201

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  • John C. Culver Fellowships
    $2,000
    February 15
    Sponsor: Simpson College

    Eligibility: Applicants must be incoming new first-year students with a passion for politics, history or public service.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    701 North C Street
    Indianola, IA 50125

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  • Joseph “Bruce” Baker Memorial Scholarship
    $5,000
    March 23
    Sponsor: Bixby Educational Endowment Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must be a Bixby High School student for at least two years. Students must also be a U.S. citizen, have financial need, plan to attend a community college, vocational school or trade school and plan to enroll as a full-time student. Applicants must supply a detailed description of high school activities and honors and community services, two letters of recommendation, an official transcript, a cover letter and an application form. Students with an interest in pursuing politics will be given special consideration.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    109 N. Armstrong
    Bixby, OK 74008

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  • Joseph R. Welch Scholarship
    2500
    February 18
    Sponsor: Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes Inc.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be Corning-Painted Post High School and Alum Corning-Painted Post High School students who have an interest in pursuing government or politics and have participated in activities that benefit the local community.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    301 S. Main Street
    Horseheads, NY 14845

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  • Judicial Internship Program
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    June 15 (fall); October 15 (spring); March 1 (summer)
    Sponsor: Supreme Court of the United States

    Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have completed two semesters of undergraduate study. Students must also meet one of the following criteria: be actively enrolled in an academic program concurrent with the internship term, be returning to a degree program immediately following the internship term or be participating in a federal fellowship program. Law students are not eligible to participate in this program. Preference will be given to applicants who can work eight-hour days, five days a week.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    1 First Street, NE
    Administrative Director, Room 5
    Washington, DC 20543

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  • Julianne Malveaux Scholarship
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    March 1
    Sponsor: National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs Inc.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled as sophomores or juniors at an accredited college or university and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students may major in related fields such as public policy or creative writing.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    1806 New Hampshire Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20009-3298

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  • Julie and Steve Albertalli Scholarship
    2500
    February 18
    Sponsor: Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes Inc.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be students from Corning-Painted Post High School, Elmira High School, Thomas Edison High School, Horseheads High School and Notre Dame High School who are interested in the fields of education, government, healthcare or engineering with the goal to make a difference. Students must demonstrate financial need and an essay describing how they have made a positive impact during high school or plan to do so in the future.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    301 S. Main Street
    Horseheads, NY 14845

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  • Les Aspin Center For Government Scholars Program
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    February 1
    Sponsor: Marquette University

    Eligibility: Applicants must be high school seniors who have demonstrated high academic achievement, commitment to social justice and an interest in public affairs through leadership and community involvement. Students must submit scholarship programs application, activities list and the Les Aspin scholars essay. While an ACT score of 27 or SAT score of 1280 is preferred, all students interested in the LACGSP should apply.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    1250 W Wisconsin Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI 53233

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  • Libertarian Party of Alameda County Scholarship
    $300-$1,500
    May 31
    Sponsor: Libertarian Party of Alameda County

    Eligibility: Applicants must be junior and senior students enrolled at private and public schools or home-schooled. Students must reside in Alameda County and be under 20 years of age. An essay is required on a provided prompt.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    4200 Park Boulevard
    Suite 301
    Oakland, CA 94611

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  • Mark Proctor Democrat Scholarship
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    February 1
    Sponsor: Black Hills State University

    Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time students with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Scholarships will given to the active president of the College Democrat organization and students enrolled as Democratic legislative interns representing BHSU.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    1200 University St
    Spearfish, SD 57799-9500

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  • Nancy McManus Washington Internship Scholarships
    $2,000
    June 1
    Sponsor: Pi Sigma Alpha

    Eligibility: Applicants must belong to Pi Sigma Alpha and be nominated by their local chapter. The award is for a political science internship is based on academic achievement and service to the organization.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    The Washington Center
    2301 M Street NW, Fifth Floor
    Washington, DC 20037-1427

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  • Newman Civic Fellow Awards
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    February 1
    Sponsor: Campus Compact

    Eligibility: Emphasis is on students who have demonstrated leadership abilities and significant interest in civic responsibility. Students must attend one of the 1,000 Campus Compact member institutions and be nominated by the Campus Compact member president. Applicants must be sophomores or juniors at four-year colleges or must attend a two-year college.

    How to apply: Nominations must be made by the Campus Compact member president.

    89 South Street
    Boston, MA 02111

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  • Project Vote Smart National Internship Program
    All living costs (including room and board)
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    Sponsor: Project Vote Smart

    Eligibility: Applicants must be current college students in good standing or recent college graduates. They must be able to approach voter education work with a non-partisan attitude and be willing to commit to a ten-week internship. Selection is based on the overall strength of the application.

    How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form, resume, cover letter and three references are required.

    Internship Coordinator
    1 Common Ground
    Philipsburg, MT 59858

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  • Public Service Scholarship
    $1,000
    September 1
    Sponsor: State Records

    Eligibility: Applicants must be legal residents of the United States and Washington D.C. and 16 years of age or older. Students must be enrolled as high school seniors or in undergraduate or graduate college programs. An essay submission on a provided prompt is required.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.


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  • Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest
    $500-$2,000
    March 14
    Sponsor: Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC)

    Eligibility: Applicants must be high school juniors or seniors. Students must submit an essay relating to religious freedom. Selection is based on the overall strength of the essay.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    Essay Contest
    200 Maryland Avenue, NE
    Washington, DC 20002

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  • Richard A. Wiebe Public Service Fellowship
    $33,000
    April 1
    Sponsor: NYS Senate

    Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time matriculated graduate students who are enrolled in an accredited university during the spring and fall semesters prior to the fellowship program. Students must be available for the 10-month fellowship program.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    Nicholas J. Parrella
    Office of Student Programs
    Legislative Office Buildig #1426
    Albany, NY 12247

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  • Senator Carl O. Koella, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
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    Sponsor: Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

    Eligibility: Applicants must be students from East Tennessee. Students must be seeking an internship in the Tennessee State Legislature.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    3833 Cleghorn Avenue
    Suite 400
    Nashville, TN 37215

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  • Student Video Contest
    $300-$1,200
    February 22
    Sponsor: World of 7 Billion

    Eligibility: Applicants must be in grades 6-12 and students may be located anywhere in the world. Students must submit a 60-second video about human population growth and how it affects climate change, ocean health or rapid urbanization and at least one sustainable solution must be mentioned.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    2120 L Street NW
    Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20037

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  • Sutliff & Stout First Step Scholarship
    $1,500
    July 30
    Sponsor: Sutliff & Stout First Step

    Eligibility: Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or currently enrolled in a college, trade school or university. Students must submit an essay on distracted driving habits and provide a resume. Applicants must have a valid driver's license.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    550 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 530
    Houston, TX 77027

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  • Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contests
    $1,000-$30,000
    October 31
    Sponsor: Veterans of Foreign Wars

    Eligibility: Applicants must submit a three- to five-minute audio essay focused on a yearly theme. Students must be in the 9th to 12th grade in a public, private or parochial high school, home study program or overseas U.S. military school. Foreign exchange students are not eligible for the contest, and students who are age 20 or older also may not enter. Previous first place winners on the state level are ineligible.

    How to apply: Applications are available online but must be submitted to a local VFW post.

    406 West 34th Street
    Kansas City, MO 64111

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  • Young Women in Public Affairs Award
    $1,000-$4,000
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    Sponsor: Zonta International

    Eligibility: Applicants must be young women between the ages of 16 and 19. District award winners receive at least $1,000, and international award winners receive $4,000. Selection is based on volunteerism, volunteer leadership and dedication to "advancing the status of women worldwide." Club deadlines vary. The April 1 deadline is the date by which applications must be received by the District Governor.

    How to apply: Applications are available online or from your local Zonta Club.

    1211 West 22nd Street
    Suite 900
    Oak Brook, IL 60523

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