Western University Political ScienceFaculty of Social Science

Awards & Scholarships

The Department of Political Science offers several awards each year.

Andrew Barnes Memorial Award

Awarded to a full-time undergraduate student entering third or fourth year of an Honors degree with an Honors Specialization or double Major in Political Science, based on academic achievement (minimum 70% average) and financial need. Candidates must also demonstrate their involvement with volunteer work at the University and/or in the community by submitting a one-page statement describing their volunteer efforts and how their efforts have benefited others. Registrarial contents will determine financial need and a committee within the Department of Political Science will select the recipient. This award was established by the parents and grandparents of Andrew Barnes (BA, Political Science '05) through Foundation Western. Andrew is remembered by those who knew and loved him for his commitment to voluntary work on campus (particularly Foot Patrol), love of sports, academic excellence, sense of humour, and warm personality that endeared him to friends and family and earned him respect from peers and faculty.

How to Apply

  • Submit a one-page statement describing your volunteer efforts and how your efforts have benefited others to the Dean's Office, Room SSC 9438.
  • Complete a Financial Assistance Profile Application via the Student Centre website.

Application Deadline: September 30 each year
Award Value: $1,125

Andrew Grant Scholarship in Second Year Political Science

Awarded to the student with the highest standing (minimum 80%) in second year of an Honors Specialization in Political Science.

Scholarship Value: $600
Application: None Required

Andrew Grant Scholarship in Third Year Political Science

Awarded to the student with the highest standing (minimum 80%) in third year of an Honors Specialization in Political Science.

Scholarship Value: $600
Application: None Required

Gracey Family Continuing Scholarship

Awarded in odd years to an undergraduate student entering second year of Honors Political Science in the Faculty of Social Science, who achieves a minimum 85% academic average. The scholarship will continue beyond second year provided that the recipient remains in an Honors Political Science program and maintains an 80% academic average and a full-time course load. If the student fails to qualify to retain the scholarship, another student from the same year and program, who meets the above criteria will be selected. This scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Donald P. Gracey through Foundation Western.

Scholarship Value: $1,000, continuing up to three years
Application: None required

John A. McNee Award

Available to a second year student in an Honors Bachelor degree program entering an Honors Specialization in Political Science or a double Major including Political Science who can demonstrate financial need and who has earned the highest academic average in his or her first year. This award was established through Foundation Western to honour the memory of John A. McNee, a graduate of The University of Western Ontario in Economics and Political Science, who had a lifelong interest and involvement in politics.

Scholarship Value: $375
Application: None required

Martin W. Westmacott Award

Awarded to the fourth year student in the Honors Specialization in Political Science who has shown the greatest academic improvement since second year. Only Political Science courses will be considered. The intent of the award is to foster and reward hard work and perseverance in the pursuit of academic excellence. This award is dedicated in the name of Martin W. Westmacott, Professor of Political Science, and is presented by students of Politics at Western.

Award Value: $300
Application: None required

Robert A.D. Ford Award

Awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate student in History or Political Science, who has a primary interest in Canadian foreign policy or international affairs. Award to alternate between undergraduate and graduate students. Established through Foundation Western by distinguished Canadian diplomat, Dr. Robert A.D. Ford, C.C.

Award Value: $800
Application: None required

To view more of Western's Awards and Scholarships that you could be eligible for, visit the Registrar's Scholarships and Awards website.

The Social Science Academic Counselling Office also keeps a list of awards and scholarships for Social Science students.