Social Sciences

Students interested in being considered for scholarships listed on this page, which are not listed as awarded by financial aid, should inquire in the social science main office or speak to their professor in the related department for more information.

  1. The Honorable Raymond S. Burton ’62 Public Service Scholarship Fund
  2. John L. Daly Scholarship
  3. James J. and Nancy F. Hogan Scholarship Fund
  4. Catherine and Kirk Middlekauff Fund
  5. The Okrant Family Annual Scholarship in Tourism Studies
  6. John F. Ozog Memorial Fund
  7. Carleton R. Parish ’71 Endowed Scholarship in Social Science*
  8. Dr. Thomas O. Schlesinger Memorial Scholarship in Political Science
  9. William Taylor Memorial Fund

The Honorable Raymond S. Burton ’62 Public Service Scholarship Fund

The Honorable Raymond S. Burton’62 Public Service Scholarship Fund was established at Plymouth State University in honor of Councilor Ray Burton by people who are grateful for his longtime and exemplary service to the State.  The purpose of the Scholarship is to honor and celebrate Burton’s more than 35 years of service to the State of New Hampshire, especially as an Executive Council member representing the people and interests of northern New Hampshire.

The Scholarship is to be awarded to a Plymouth State University full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing who is a New Hampshire student and who aspires to public service. Priority will be shown to candidates from NH District 1 (all the towns and cities in the counties of Coos and Grafton, the unincorporated place of Hale’s Location, the towns of Albany, Alton, Andover, Bartlett, Brookfield, Center Harbor, Chatham, Conway, Cornish, Croydon, Danbury, Eaton, Effingham, Freedom, Gilford, Grantham, Hart’s Location, Hill, Jackson, Madison, Meredith, Middleton, Milton, Moultonborough, New Durham, New Hampton, New London, Newport, Ossipee, Plainfield, Sanbornton, Sandwich, Springfield, Sunapee, Tamworth, Tilton, Tuftonboro, Wakefield, Wilmot, and Wolfeboro, and the cities of Claremont and Laconia) and preference will be given to a political science major.

The application and selection process will be determined by faculty and staff of the Department of Social Science. The scholarship selection committee may, at their discretion, divide the award between multiple recipients. Should no candidates meet the criteria, the Scholarship shall be retained to be awarded the following semester or academic year.

John L. Daly Scholarship

As a graduate of Plymouth State College, Class of 1967, John recognized that Plymouth State College provided him with many opportunities to further his education and allowed him to pursue a career teaching geography. The purpose of this endowed fund is to provide a scholarship to a deserving geography major who is planning to seek certification in teacher education. The award recipient will be chosen by the Social Science Department, Geography Scholarship Committee on the basis of the following criteria: the student must be at least a sophomore with a 3.0 overall grade point average.

James J. and Nancy F. Hogan Scholarship Fund

This endowment honors the memory of Professor James J. Hogan and, in his memory, funds scholarships for worthy undergraduate students pursuing study in international affairs. Recipients are selected based on their academic achievement in areas related to international affairs, their intention to pursue further study in the discipline, the degree and quality of their community and civic service, and their contributions to PSU activities. The donor prefers one award. Recipients are chosen by a committee. No application process is required.

Catherine and Kirk Middlekauff Fund

The purpose of this endowment fund is to support awards or stipends for social science students majoring in geography, anthropology, sociology, or political science. Funds may be used by students for travel related to particular social science or interdisciplinary courses. Funds may be applied to the course credit fee or to travel expenses (i.e., accommodations, airfare, food, etc.) for study away from PSU campuses. Please contact Professor Sheryl Shirley, MSC 39 for application information.

The Okrant Family Annual Scholarship in Tourism Studies

The purpose of The Okrant Family Annual Scholarship in Tourism Studies is to further the higher education and professional development of a deserving Plymouth State University student who will make a significant contribution as a professional in the field of tourism and hospitality. Eligible students shall be seeking a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management and Policy, be a full-time junior or senior in excellent academic standing with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0, be of exemplary integrity, and hold the potential for significant future impact on the field of tourism. Preference will be given to applicants from the state of New Hampshire. The application for the Okrant Family Scholarship will include a 250 word essay articulating the candidate’s vision for their place and their unique contribution to the field of tourism and hospitality. Recipients of the Okrant Family Scholarship may reapply each year if they continue to meet the criteria.

John F. Ozog Memorial Fund

This endowment funds scholarships for worthy undergraduate students majoring in geography. The recipient shall have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in geography. Selection is based on academic achievement as well as contributions to geography at Plymouth State University, i.e., the degree and quality of participation in geography-related activities. Recipients are chosen by a committee. No application process is required.

Carleton R. Parish ’71 Endowed Scholarship in Social Science*

The purpose of the Carleton R. Parish ’71 Scholarship in Social Science is to provide recognition and financial support for deserving, high-achieving students at Plymouth State University who are seeking a bachelor’s degree in a social science major. The recipient shall be a full-time matriculated student with a declared major in social science or social science education, who will be a sophomore, junior or senior, with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher, and has documented financial need with the PSU Office of Financial Aid. Recipients are determined by the Office of Financial Aid based on need and stated criteria.  No application is required.

Dr. Thomas O. Schlesinger Memorial Scholarship in Political Science

The purpose of the Dr. Thomas O. Schlesinger Memorial Scholarship in Political Science is to provide recognition and financial support for deserving, high-achieving students at Plymouth State University who are seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  The recipient shall be a full-time matriculated returning student who is a declared Political Science major, will be a junior or senior in the year the award is disbursed, and has a minimum 3.0 GPA.

William Taylor Memorial Fund

This endowment provides scholarships for outstanding students majoring in one of the Social Science disciplines. Criteria is determined by the faculty members of the Social Science Department. Recipients are chosen by a committee. No application process is required.

* Students who would like to be considered for scholarships that identify financial need as a criteria will need to complete the Federal Financial Aid Application before the March 1 deadline. Academic and Non-Academic Departments offering scholarships collaborate with the Financial Aid Office, therefore, it is imperative that students comply with PSU policy. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further assistance.

A student must be enrolled as a full time student at PSU to be eligible to receive scholarship awards listed on this page.