The Robert J. Waters and Patricia J. Beneke Endowed Washington, D.C. Experience Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Bob Waters – Senator Harkin’s former Chief of Staff – by his wife and daughters. This scholarship supports Drake students with internships in Washington, D.C., to enable undergraduate or graduate students with an interest and commitment to public service.

The 2022 Waters Legacy D.C. Experience Scholarship application is open! Apply now through March 21, 2022.

The Robert J. Waters and Patricia J. Beneke Endowed Washington, D.C. Experience Scholarship

This scholarship supports Drake students with internships in Washington, D.C., to enable undergraduate or graduate students (including law students) with an interest in and commitment to public service to work with congressional or executive branch federal government offices or private organizations engaged in addressing:

  • Delivery of universal, high-quality health care
  • Enhanced human, women’s, LGBTQ, and civil rights
  • Improved civic engagement and effective governance
  • Expanded disability rights; a strong system of accessible public education
  • Sustainability, environmental protection and climate change

The Robert J. Waters and Patricia J. Beneke Endowed Washington, D.C. Experience Scholarship is administered by The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement at Drake University.

Are you interested in pursuing a summer internship in Washington D.C. but unsure where to begin? The staff at The Harkin Institute can help!

This scholarship program is open to all undergraduate students and graduate students (including law students) with an interest in and commitment to public service with internships in the designated interest areas.

Financial Information

Scholarship Coverage and Compensation

The stipend for this scholarship covers the recipient’s housing accommodations for a 12-week period from May to August 2022 with Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH), a non-refundable room deposit, as well as travel expenses up to $500. Funds will be paid directly to the third party.

Recipients will be responsible for any room damages incurred during their stay.

Under extreme circumstances, an applicant may apply for additional funding by providing:

  • 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 special circumstances

Qualifications

The following qualifications are required for The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship:

  • The applicant must be a student at Drake University
  • The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • The applicant must complete an application form and submit the required documents by the stated deadline

How To Apply

The following documents are required for The Robert J. Waters and Patricia J. Beneke Endowed Washington, D.C. Experience Scholarship application submission 

  • Completed Scholarship Application
  • Typed 500-word essay, as described in the application form
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Drake University transcript
  • One faculty recommendation
  • Acceptance letter from internship placement

Recipient Selection

The Harkin Institute Scholarship Advisory Committee will review all application materials and choose recipients during the spring semester.

The Harkin Institute Scholarship Advisory Committee Members

Members of the Advisory Committee include: Iowa State Senator Zach Nunn; Johnston Mayor, Paula Dierenfeld; Former Senator Harkin staffer, Ray Walton; Denise Stowman, Assistant Director of Financial Aid for Drake University; and Retired Senator Tom Harkin.

Recipient selection is based on the following:

  • 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

Timeline for the selection

  • The recipients will be notified of their selection by The Harkin Institute mid-semester.
  • The recipients will be provided a deadline following that notification in which they must accept the scholarship offer and return the formal acceptance letter to The Harkin Institute.

Questions

Please contact us for any questions regarding the scholarship or the application process at:

emily.schettler@drake.edu

Address: 2800 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

Phone: (515) 271-3592

Fax Number: (515) 271-3631

Email: harkininstitute@drake.edu

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.