John C. Culver Scholarship

Since 2014, the Institute of Politics has offered a scholarship opportunity for students across the country interested in pursuing graduate studies in public service. The John C. Culver Institute of Politics Scholarship is awarded annually and provides full tuition for two years toward a graduate degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The scholarship is named after Senator John C. Culver, who served on the IOP’s Senior Advisory Committee beginning in 1975, and for 14 years as Chairman. He now holds the committee position of Posthumous Chair Emeritus. Culver also served as the Institute’s Interim Director from July 2010 until January 2011.  He served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democratic Representative from Iowa’s second district, winning his first election in 1964, and served one term in the U.S. Sen­ate from 1975 until 1981. A former Infantry Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, He is a graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and was the recipient of the Lionel de Jersey Harvard post-graduate scholarship to Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. Culver was inducted into the Harvard Football Hall of Fame in 1978, and is the co-author of American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace.

Eligible applicants include students active at the IOP during their time at Harvard College, or in public service programming at other participating organizations within the Institute’s National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement, a consortium of thirty colleges and universities around the country committed to creating more politically and civically engaged campuses. Selection will be based upon the candidate’s strong record of academic achievement, demonstrated commitment to politics and public service and proven leadership ability.