John E. Robson Scholarship for CSB Students of Public Policy

Application Information for John E. Robson Scholarship for CSB Students of Public Policy

Scholarship Purpose: The John E. Robson Scholarship for Students of Public Policy was established in 2002 by Margaret Zuehlke Robson in memory of her husband, John.  John’s life was a model of personal political engagement—the cornerstone of citizenship.   Having served under four Presidents of the United States and having been enmeshed in many aspects of public policy, this scholarship serves as a legacy of John’s life’s work.  It is hoped this scholarship will continue to inspire students at the College of Saint Benedict to become involved in public policy in order to produce societal change. 

Scholarship Criteria: Eligible applicants must be current College of Saint Benedict sophomores or juniors who have a strong and demonstrated interest in public policy and academic excellence. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.  Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the following:      

  1. Academic excellence and achievement.
  2. Engagement in policy issues, domestic or international, and in political activities on or off campus.   
  3. Superior communication skills.
  4. Passion and dedication to making social change.
  5. Involvement with campus organizations, including but not limited to the McCarthy Center. 

Students must submit an application which includes a “Public Policy Proposal” of no more than 500 words.  Finalists for the scholarship may be interviewed by the Robson Scholarship Selection Committee. 

To receive a copy of the application form click on the link provided in the sidebar located to the right.   

For additional information on this scholarship contact Dr. Matt Lindstrom, Director of the McCarthy Center or Sabrina Gilchrist, Program Coordinator of the McCarthy Center.

Scholarship Amount:  The Scholarship Committee will award 2-4 scholarships per year.  Scholarships will range in value from $2,500 to $5,000.  The scholarship is for one year.  Previous recipients of the Robson Scholarship may re-apply for one additional year; but will need to submit a new application form.

Application Deadline: 

The 2018-19 Robson Scholarships have been awarded. Please check back during January of 2019 for details on the upcoming scholarship. Contact the Program Coordinator, Sabrina Gilchrist, at the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement with any questions. Phone: 320-363-3266  email: [email protected]. Scholarship recipients will be announced in early to mid-April.