The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship
The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship was established in 2014 to honor Senator Harkin’s legacy by providing financial assistance to a Drake undergraduate student with financial need who has secured a summer internship in a congressional office, government agency, or non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. This scholarship is designed to expose the student to policymakers and the policymaking process, much as Senator Harkin experienced as an intern for Congressman Neal Smith in the summer of 1969, an experience that inspired Senator Harkin to pursue a career in public service. This scholarship is funded in large part through the generosity of the Senator’s former staff members, many of whom benefitted from their exposure to policymakers and policymaking in our nation’s capital. The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship is administered by The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement at Drake University.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply for The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship?
- This scholarship program is nonpartisan and is open to all undergraduate students regardless of political party affiliation, area of study, and internship placement.
To qualify for The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship, does my internship have to be unpaid?
- The internship must be unpaid or paid at or below the federal minimum wage rate.
What does The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship include?
- The stipend for this scholarship covers the recipient’s housing accommodations for a 12-week period from May to August 2016 with Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH), a non- refundable room deposit, and travel expenses up to $500. Funds will be paid directly to the third party.
- The recipient will be responsible for any room damages incurred during their stay.
- Under extreme circumstances, an applicant may apply for additional funding by providing the following:
- Budget and documentation to support the request for additional funding (i.e., past bills and contracts).
- Financial aid package for the current school year.
- Personal statement explaining the student’s special circumstances.
- To be considered for The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship:
- The applicant must be an undergraduate student at Drake University.
- The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater.
- The applicant must complete an application form and submit the required documents by noon of April 1, 2016.
- The recipient must complete the fall term as a full-time student at Drake University following the summer D.C. internship.
What is the application process for The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship?
What documents are required for my submission of my application?
- Completed application form
- Signed financial aid statement form
- Typed 500-word essay, as described in the application form
- Unofficial Drake University transcript
- One faculty recommendation
- Acceptance letter from internship placement
Who selects the recipient of The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship?
- The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship Advisory Committee will review all application materials and choose one recipient and one alternate. The alternate will be offered the scholarship in the event the recipient does not or is unable to accept the scholarship.
Who are the members of The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Advisory Committee?
- Members of the Advisory Committee include: Iowa State Representative Zach Nunn, Mayor of Johnston Paula Dierenfeld, Former staffer of Senator Tom Harkin Ray Walton, Susan Ladd, Director of Financial Aid for Drake University, and Retired Senator Tom Harkin.
What criteria is used for the selection of the recipient of this scholarship?
- Selection will be based on the following:
- Financial need
- The potential for the proposed internship to expose the recipient to policymakers and the policymaking process
- Previous work/volunteer experiences and extracurricular activities
- Grade point average
- Applicant’s written essay
- Faculty recommendation
What is the timeline of the selection of The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship?
- The recipient and the alternate will be notified of their selection by the Harkin Institute no later than Friday, April 22, 2016.
- The recipient must accept the scholarship offer and return the formal acceptance letter to the Harkin Institute no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016.
Who do I contact if I have additional questions regarding the Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship, application, or application process?
Amy Beller, Assistant Director of Programing and External Relations
The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement
2429 University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50311