Scholarships and Fellowships Administered by the Political Science Department
The Robert J. Courtney Scholarship
La Salle University honored one of its most revered professors on May 12, 2000, bestowing Robert J. Courtney, Ph.D., ’41, with posthumous Professor Emeritus status, and naming a scholarship in his honor. Dr. Courtney’s numerous contributions to the University include 45 years teaching politics and government and 27 years as Political Science Department Chair.
The Robert J. Courtney Scholarship provides a grant of approx. $5,000 to one Political Science or Public Administration major for use in her or his senior year of study. In order to apply for the scholarship students, in the spring of their junior year, must submit a completed application form, a 500-word essay, a current résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a transcript of grades. (Application forms are available in Olney 358.) Completed applications are then sent to a three-member selection committee who review the applications and select one student to receive the scholarship.
The John F. Byrne Memorial Scholarship Fund
The John F. Byrne Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1966 in honor of John F. Byrne ’35, graduate of La Salle College and Secretary-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, who died in August of 1965. Seventy-five civic, business, and industrial leaders established the Scholarship Fund in his memory. The fund provides a grant each year to select Political Science or Public Administration majors for use in their senior year. Selection is based upon scholastic achievement and financial need. Awards range from $500 to $2,000. Students selected for the awards will be notified in the summer prior to their senior year.
The James A. Finnegan Public Service Fellowship
The James A. Finnegan Public Service Fellowship is named after Pennsylvania’s former Secretary of the Commonwealth and past president of Philadelphia City Council. The fund established for this program provides at least one fellowship per year to a La Salle student of any major, who will have completed at least 60 credit hours of study by the end of the spring semester, and is interested in pursuing a career in public service. Each student awarded the fellowship receives a stipend of approximately $3,500 and is placed in an internship position in either a local, state, federal, or international government office.
In order to apply for the fellowship, in the spring semester students must complete an application form and submit a 500-word essay, two letters of recommendation, a current résumé and a transcript of grades. (Application forms are available in Olney 358.) Completed applications are then sent to a three-member selection committee who review the applications and select the student to receive the scholarship.