Culver Connection Produces Scholarship Opportunity

Since its inception at Simpson College in 2010, the John C. Culver Center for Public Policy has worked to educate and inspire young people to actively participate in our democracy and encourage them to consider public service as their life’s work.

Now, Simpson students will have the opportunity to take that one step further after they graduate.

Beginning in 2014, the John C. Culver Institute of Politics Scholarship will be awarded annually and provide full tuition for two years toward a graduate degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The scholarship winner will be chosen from one of 24 colleges and universities that participate in Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP) National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement. That group includes Simpson.

Caroline Kennedy, Harvard IOP senior advisory committee chair, announced the scholarship. “It is fitting that this scholarship at Harvard Kennedy School bears the name of Senator John Culver, whose intelligence, integrity, and outstanding service to our nation are an inspiration,” Kennedy said.

Culver served for many years on the Senior Advisory Committee of Harvard’s Institute of Politics, established in 1966 as a living memorial to President Kennedy. “I am honored to be associated with this IOP scholarship initiative to support and encourage public service.”

Selection for a John C. Culver Institute of Politics Scholarship is based upon the candidate’s strong record of academic achievement, demonstrated commitment to politics and public service and proven leadership ability. Strong consideration will be given to candidates who actively participate in their undergraduate organization affiliated with the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement.

The Culver Center was established at Simpson College to honor the service of John C. Culver, who served the people of Iowa for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

“The Culver Center’s association with Harvard’s National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement has been invaluable in advancing our mission to encourage civic engagement and public service,” said Mary Sheka, the Culver Center director at Simpson. “The new John C. Culver Institute of Politics Scholarship is a great tribute to Senator Culver and offers an incredible opportunity for Simpson students to pursue an advanced degree at Harvard.”