Our department and students have greatly benefitted over the years from the generosity of our alumni. Your financial gifts have enabled us to award annual scholarships to our most deserving students. These gifts have also allowed us to enhance our program by bringing distinguished speakers to campus, as well as to provide scholarships to defray the costs for students to participate in valuable internship opportunities in Montgomery and Washington, D.C.  You may contribute to the Department of Political Science through a check, a credit card contribution, a gift of securities, a gift in trust, a bequest, or a transfer of property such as real estate. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, and may be unrestricted or designated for one of our specific scholarship funds listed below.

The Lex Arden Fikes Scholarship – This award was established in 1985 by the parents of Lex Arden Fikes, who was a political science graduate student. The award is given to a political science graduate student each year.

The Walter Bennett Memorial Scholarship – This fund provides financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Political Science. The criteria for the award is based on financial need as well as academic achievement.

The George McAdams Endowed Scholarship – This fund was established in 2001 and is used to provide scholarships and financial assistance to deserving undergraduate and graduate students who are studying public administration.

The Buford Boone Memorial Scholarship – This award is targeted for undergraduate Political Science majors entering their junior year and is based on academic merit.

The Daniel W. Pound Memorial Scholarship – This award is given annually to a Political Science sophomore or junior with a distinguished academic record. Preference is given to students studying political theory.

The Samuel Clabaugh Scholarship – This award is given to annually to a Political Science student in their sophomore year. The award is based on a combination of academic achievement and finanical need.

How To Give

Giving is quick, easy, and secure: Visit the University’s secure online giving page, which is pre-filled for the Department of Political Science’s gift fund if you follow our link.

If you would like to send your gift directly to the Department, please use the following address (checks can be made payable to the Department of Political Science):

Richard Fording, Chair

Department of Political Science
The University of Alabama
Box 870213
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Thank you very much for your support! Please feel free to drop by and visit us on the third floor of ten Hoor Hall anytime.

Questions? Contact staff member Azia Patrick at (205) 348-3800 or Department Chair Richard Fording at (205) 348-5981.