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Scholarships and awards

The Department hosts an Annual Political Science Awards Ceremony, at which some of the scholarships, awards and prizes below are presented.

Scholarship or Award Description Value
Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards in Political Science

Paul D. Imrie Scholarship

A scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate student enrolled in Year Two, Three or Four in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. This fund is made possible by a donation from Paul D. Imrie, BA 1981.

Application required, due Feb 15th.

$2,000

Marlies Loewen Schaan Scholarship

A scholarship awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate student enrolled in Year Two, Three or Four in the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo. This fund is made possible by a donation from Dr. Mark Schaan, BA ’02 in honour of his mother Marlies Loewen Schaan.

No application required

$2,000

Professor & Mrs. Kersell Scholarship in Political Science

This scholarship is awarded annually to a full time student in the Faculty of Arts. The scholarship will be awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in Political Science (PSCI) 100. 

Dr. John Kersell came to uWaterloo in 1967 and taught Public Administration and Policy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He helped begin the Canadian Studies program and retired in 1996. The intent of the scholarship is to promote the study of political science and to give financial support to students.

No application required

$1,500

Ashok Kapur Scholarship

One scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student entering first year in the Faculty of Arts. Preference will be given to students who have indicated an interest in pursuing studies in Political Science. This fund is made possible by donations from friends and alumni on behalf of Ashok Kapur because of his contributions to the department and the University of Waterloo.

No application required

$1,500

Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine Scholarship

One scholarship is awarded annually to a full time undergraduate student entering year one of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts on the basis of academic excellence.  The fund is made possible by a donation from Briana  Holmes in honour of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine

Minimum average of 80%

$1,200

Peter Woolstencroft Canadian Politics Prize

This prize was established in honour of Professor Peter Woolstencroft who had a long and distinguished career teaching Political Science at the University of Waterloo. This prize is awarded annually to a student graduating with a degree in Political Science and has the highest cumulative average in Canadian Politics courses.

No application required

$500

Richard Nutbrown Memorial Scholarship

A scholarship awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in year two, three of four as a Political Science major in the Faculty of Arts. The recipient will have the highest mark in PSCI 225, 226 or 234. This fund is made possible by a donation from Heike Mertins, family, friends, faculty, staff, students and former students in honour of Richard's esteemed teaching career at the University of Waterloo.

No application required

$1,000

James and Edith Davis Scholarship

Two scholarships are provided annually to outstanding students enrolled in second or third year of the Faculty of Arts who are majoring in History or Political Science. Preference will be given to candidates who have made meaningful contributions through involvement in extracurricular activities within the school or community.  This scholarship is made possible by a gift from Eleanor Kaufman to the Canadian Federation of University Women Kitchener-Waterloo Charitable Fund (CFUW K-W Charitable Fund). Eleanor, a long-time member of the CFUW K-W, established this fund in honour of her late parents, James and Edith Davis, who encouraged and supported her to pursue higher education.

Students are to submit an application by February 1

$1,500 each

Political Science Prize

Each year we award three prizes to the top second, third and fourth year Political Science majors with the highest cumulative average in their Political Science courses taken in the previous year. 

No application is required.

$150-200

Political Science Student Excellence Award

An annual prize will be awarded to the political science student who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to student life at the University. The student must also have a record of good academic performance as well.

No application is required.

$200

Kerr Ostrander Leadership for Tomorrow Awards

Up to three awards granted to full-time students enrolled in Year Three or Four in the Faculty of Arts. Recipients will have contributed to the public good by challenging conventional wisdom and taking the path less traveled in their studies, extracurricular activities and/or community involvement. To be eligible, candidates must have a minimum overall average of 75%.

Application deadlines are June 15, October 15, and February 15 each year

$2,000 - $2,500 each


There are several scholarships and financial aid options available to you.  To view a full listing of awards you may be eligible for please visit uWaterloo's Scholarships & Financial Aid web page.