Our students and the Department benefit tremendously from donations from alumni, friends,
and supporters. Such support helps students defray the costs of a college education,
participate in intercollegiate competitions, simulations or study abroad programs,
or gain needed internship experience. Donations also help the Department offer guest
lectures, enriching the academic life of the Department, or host events that unite
students with alumni, friends and supporters.
When you give, you designate to a specific scholarship or activity fund. Department funds are listed below grouped under SCHOLARSHIPS and OTHER FUNDS. From time to time alumni ask about establishing scholarships other than those designated below. This can be done through the Development Office. The Department recognizes that not everyone is able to provide this kind of support but would encourage anyone who is interested in helping students or otherwise contributing to the Department to contact the MTSU Development Office.
To make a gift online, click on Donate to MTSU. We accept MasterCard, VISA and American Express. When you visit the link you are
given a chance to make a "Gift Designation." You MUST specifically designate that
the funds go to particular scholarship or activity fund in order for the Department
of Political Science to access these funds.
For more information or to make a donation contact: Beth Duffield, Development Director, College of Liberal Arts, Middle Tennessee State University, MTSU P.O. Box 109, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132. (615) 898-5223.
George T. Adcock Memorial Annual Scholarship
The George T. Adcock Memorial Scholarship was established by Mary E. Adcock for the purpose of providing scholarships for students in Political Science at MTSU. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be a full-time student at MTSU, majoring in Political Science with a minimum GPA of 2.0, and demonstrate financial need as established by the Financial Aid office. Preference will be given to applicants from Middle Tennessee and to students who serve as representatives of the associated student body government, either in the house of representatives or in the senate of the associated student body or in the alternative, students who serve as president of Gore Hall dormitory or in other leadership roles as an area representative of the residency halls.
Joann Arnold Memorial Scholarship
The Joann Arnold Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Joann Arnold by the Rutherford/Cannon County Bar Association for the purpose of providing a scholarship for students who intend to go to law school. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be a permanent resident of Rutherford or Cannon counties and studying law. Preference shall be given to Pre-Law students, but is not limited to Political Science majors.
Jane Duke Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Jane Henegar Duke Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Jane Henegar Duke by the Rutherford County Legal Professionals for the purpose of providing a scholarship for students in Political Science at MTSU. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be a permanent resident of Tennessee, a junior or senior majoring in Political Science with a minimum GPA of 2.50, and enrolled full-time.
James C. Free Endowed Scholarship
The James C. Free Endowed Scholarship was established by Jim Free for the purpose of providing a scholarship for students majoring in Political Science at MTSU. To be considered eligible for this scholarship, a student must be majoring in Political Science and have financial need as defined by the Financial Aid office. Should all criteria be relatively equal, students who have graduated from a Maury County, Tennessee high school will have first preference.
Harry Horne International Relations Scholarship
The Harry Horne International Relations Scholarship was established in honor of the former Canadian diplomat and specialist in international relations who taught at Middle Tennessee State University from 1983 to 1990. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote and encourage the study of foreign affairs. The student selected for the scholarship will have tuition paid for the first semester at MTSU. Any high school senior who will graduate in the spring is eligible to apply. Applicants will be judged on the basis of high school scholastic record, ACT score, and desire to study international relations. The scholarship recipient must agree to attend MTSU and major in the International Relations program during the first semester.
Norman Parks Scholarship
The Norman L. Parks Scholarship was established to honour a former chair of the Department of Political Science who taught at MTSU from 1953 to 1974. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote and encourage the study of law. The student selected for the scholarship will be awarded $900.00 toward tuition and fees for the first semester of study at MTSU. Any graduating high school senior is eligible to apply. Applicants will be judged on the basis of high school scholastic record, ACT score, desire to study law, and need for financial support. The scholarship recipient must agree to attend MTSU and major in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law during the first semester of study.
Charles R. Ray Pre-Law Scholarship
The Charles R. Ray Pre-Law Scholarship is funded by a prominent graduate of Franklin-Simpson High School in Franklin, Kentucky. Mr. Ray completed a pre-law degree at MTSU, a law degree at Vanderbilt University, and went on to distinguish himself in legal practice in Nashville, Tennessee. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote and encourage the study of law. The student selected for the scholarship will be awarded at least $500.00 toward college expenses for each successful semester of full-time study (up to eight semesters) at MTSU (maintaining a 2.50 GPA) in preparation of for law school. Any graduating high school senior is eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students from Franklin-Simpson High School in Franklin, Kentucky. Applicants will be judged on the basis of high school scholastic record, ACT score, desire to study law, and need for financial support. The scholarship recipient must agree to attend MTSU and major in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law.
Anne Twining Sloan Scholarship
Established by the friends and family in memory of Anne Twining Sloan, this scholarship provides financial assistance to students of MTSU who participate in endeavors relating to any aspect of international education.
George and Cynthia Vernardakis Scholarship
Awarded to an International Student whose field of study is in the Political Science Department. Preference gives to majors of Public Administration and Political Science. First preference given to a student from the Republic of Cyprus.
Clyde Willis Memorial Scholarship
A scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Clyde Willis upon his retirement in 2015. Clyde was a well-loved member of the faculty from 1999-2015, teaching courses in the pre-law program, serving as the pre-law advisor, and coaching the mediation teams. He passed away in 2017. In March 2018, Room 211 in Peck Hall was rededicated as the Dr. Clyde Willis Symposium Room.
Frank Essex Visiting Practitioner Program
Established by Jack Turner. To be used to pay expenses for lecture series.
To support the activities of the Mediation Team, including travel to intercollegiate competitions.
MTSU Mock Trial
Most alumni have probably heard about the success of MTSU's Mock Trial Teams. They have placed in the top 10 schools in national competition for each of the last five consecutive years and have won numerous team and individual awards. All coaching and judging is donated free of charge, but trips require support, and it is sometimes necessary to supplement funds contributed by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and the Student Government Association. The mock trial team has been established as a special non-profit activity, and an account has been set up in the MTSU development office for contributions to this fund.
The team is always looking for local attorneys who might be able to volunteer some time to listen to scrimmages. The Department will host a major invitational tournament each November and will needs judges judges for this event. Any attorneys who are able to help judge are asked to contact: Dr. John Vile or Dr. Clyde Willis, Department of Political Science, P.O. Box 29, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132.
Political Science Enrichment Fund
To help with the costs of departmental receptions, to purchase special awards, to reimburse the costs of speakers or faculty travel or to pay for the other costs associated directly with the Department.
Society for International Affairs
To support poverty reduction, local and international charities, support student organization service projects, microcredit lending projects.