An exciting scholarship opportunity open to first-year students planning on studying and majoring in Politics at SMC.

Politics Scholarship

Scholarships of $13,000 per year are awarded to entering first-year students for each of four years of consecutive full-time study.

 Initial Application Process:

  • Applicants must submit all application materials (Common Application, high school transcript, a letter of recommendation, ACT or SAT scores) on or before the deadline of January 15, 2022.
  • Application materials for the Politics award (listed below) must be submitted via email to: Jenna Sciarrino, Associate Director of Admissions,, or by mail to Admissions Office, c/o Jenna Sciarrino, P.O. Box 4800, Moraga, CA 94575, on or before noon, January 15, 2022.
  • Students with complete applications must interview February 26, 2022, with Politics Department faculty. (Overnight accommodations may be available on Friday, February 25, provided two weeks’ notice is provided.) The College may be able to assist in travel costs to students outside of Northern California; inquire with Jenna Sciarrino, Associate Director of Admissions, at
  • Students may apply for only one departmental scholarship (i.e., all Liberal Arts, Business, Performing Arts, and Mathematics scholarships).


Additional Politics Scholarship Application Materials:

  • A letter of recommendation from an individual testifying to the applicant’s interest in politics.
  • A personal essay (<750 words) addressing the applicant’s interest in politics and providing evidence in the form of personal experience, study, service, or career expectations.



The recipient must major in Politics and contribute actively to the department’s work. Such contributions might include assisting faculty research and teaching activities, and organizing department events.