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End of the Year Awards - Political Science Department

Carol and Michael S. Berman Scholarship

    Camille Doom        Elizabeth Wicklund


To support political science students who have some financial need and have demonstrated academic and campus leadership.

Camille is an English and Political Science double major with an accompanying minor in Economics. She will be graduating in December 2012 and plans to pursue a career in law afterward. Camille's goal is to attend and graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Libby is a senior, graduating with a double major in Communication and Political Science. She has absolutely loved the Political Science Department, and is so honored to have received a scholarship. Next year, Libby will be attending Colorado State University to pursue an MA in Communication. Though she is excited to continue her education at a new university, she will miss UMD and the amazing faculty in Political Science.

Francis H. de Groat Award

      Dustin Vogel

The Francis H. de Groat awarded to the Political Science Honors student with the best GPA in Political Science courses.

Dustin is a 22 year old alum, having studied Philosophy and Political Science with a minor in Psychology. His current city is Madison, Wisconsin, where he is taking a break from academia working in software testing. Eventually grad school is in the works, but while Dustin decides on what to study he is climbing, learning martial arts, and having fun..

Gerald Heaney Scholarship

    Kelsey Kuberka

This scholarship will be used to provide assistance for a student on the UMD Mock Trial debate team to ensure continued success in the mock trial competition.

As a senior at Blaine High School, Kelsey wanted nothing more than to study engineering at UMD. She is currently a junior studying Spanish and Environmental Engineering. Since arriving at UMD, Kelsey has become very active in the Mock Trial program. As a member of the team she has learned a lot, made several lifelong friends, and developed a passion for law. She aspires to go to William Mitchell in the fall of 2013 to study a combination of international and intellectual property law. With a successful career, she hopes to one day be able to help students like herself achieve their educational goals.

Gerald and Eleanor Heaney Scholarship

      Taylor Kesti

To provide scholarships to undergraduate students of merit studying in pre-law working towards a degree in law.

Taylor is from Hermantown, and is currently a senior at UMD and will graduate this semester Bachelorís of Applied Science, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Political Science. Taylor has been accepted to the University of Minnesota Law School and plans to graduate in 2015.

Sally B. and James E. Jernberg Scholarship

Eleanor Richardson

Awarded to undergraduate political science students with financial need, demonstrated academic and campus leadership.

Eleanor is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. Some of her memorable experiences at UMD include studying in Ireland last summer, interning at the Public Defender's Office, holding several leadership positions in her sorority, being inducted into the Sigma Honor Society, and participating in various community service events in the Duluth area. She has enjoyed her years at UMD and is considering pursuing a career in the legal field after graduation.

The Harry M. Lease, Jr. Awards

The Harry M. Lease, Jr. Award for best student in American Constitutional Law

      Taylor Kesti

Taylor is from Hermantown, and is currently a senior at UMD and will graduate this semester Bachelorís of Applied Science, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Political Science. Taylor has been accepted to the University of Minnesota Law School and plans to graduate in 2015.

The Harry M. Lease, Jr. Award for most improved student in American Constitutional Law

 Corey Christensen

Corey is a junior, triple majoring in Political Science, Sociology, and Criminology with a particular interest in civil rights and inequality. He plans to graduate from UMD in 2013, after which he will seek admission to law school in the Twin Cities area. Corey is also a member of the Student Hearing Panel and enjoys working as a teaching assistant. He was born in Duluth and maintains close family ties in the area. In his free time, he reads, plays guitar, and restores a collector car.


M. Harry Lease, Jr. Scholarship

    Alex Hagstrom

Recipients of this scholarship will be political science majors, show promise in this field, and may not have been previously recognized due to previous performance or poor academic record.

Alex is a senior studying Political Science as a major, and Business Administration and Jazz Studies as minors. He was co-captain of the UMD Mock Trial Team, President of the Pre-Law Club, and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, UMD Guitar Ensemble, and the Student Legislative Coalition. In addition, he has served as an intern at the Douglas County District Attorney's office for the past year, and will be studying law in the fall at the University of Minnesota Law School. Alex is a very active individual, and enjoys playing most sports and being involved in any kind of competitive activity. He has been included on the Dean's List for his entire career at UMD, received numerous awards and scholarships, and will graduate with summa cum laude honors.

Alta Marie Oben Scholarship

      Chelsi Hoag

This scholarship will provide payments to full-time undergraduate students in the UMD College of Liberal Arts according to the following guidelines: Preference will be given to students majoring in political science or international relations, a plus factor will be given to female students, if that class is under represented at the time of the award, students must demonstrate financial need and high academic achievement.

Chelsi is currently a senior with a double major in International Studies and History, and a minor in Political Science. She loves learning about other cultures in order to better understand how we relate to one another. Chelsi has had many wonderful opportunities during her time at UMD, including studying abroad in Italy and learning Mandarin Chinese. She will be graduating this semester and will continue on to graduate school this fall at Penn State University in their International Affairs program. Chelsi hopes to specialize in international relations through communication technology and social media.

Rudolph Family Scholarship

      Elsa Swenson

The Rudolph Family Scholarship is awarded to a student who will succeed in law school and who demonstrates financial need.

Elsa is originally from Minneapolis, Minneapolis. She is graduating with a double major in Women's Studies and Political Science with a French minor. After graduating, she is going to return to Minneapolis and begin preparations for graduate school with an interest in community organizing and activism.

Gerhard E. von Glahn Scholarship

     Heather Blood

The Gerhard E. von Glahn Scholarship is awarded to the Political Science sophomore with the best overall GPA.

Heather, a native of Duluth, is a double major in International Studies and Political Science. She hopes to attend law school after she graduates with her bachelor's degree. Heather is currently in her sophomore year at UMD, and is taking this year to study abroad at the University of Worcester, in Worcester, England.

Julius F. Wolff, Jr. Scholarship

      Taylor Baham

The Julius F. Wolff, Jr. Scholarship awarded to the Political Science junior with the best overall GPA.

Taylor was raised in Lutsen, Minnesota, and attended Cook County High School. He was active in sports and outdoor activities. After graduation Taylor attended Lake Superior College and received an Associateís Degree before coming to UMD. He is currently involved in Air Force ROTC. After he graduates in May of 2013, Taylor plans to commission in the U.S. Air Force and attend pilot training. Other ambitions include moving back to Northeast Minnesota, owning his own business, and possibly running for a local office..

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