Whittier operates local chapters of national honorary academic and leadership societies. Members of these organizations are selected based on criteria such as grade point average, and, in general, exhibit a keen dedication to scholarship, service, and leadership.
Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha is the only national honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States. The Whittier chapter seeks to promote and encourage the work of successful students pursuing a deeper understanding of — and the rich connections within — governmental issues.
The honorary is open to students with 45 credits and a GPA over 3.00. The club provides speakers and programs for interested students and faculty on various topics including graduate school and law school preparation, careers, and political topics of current interest.
Fellowships for Pi Sigma Alpha members: Pi Sigma Alpha offers chapter grants in the amount of $2,000 to exemplary students in each chapter. This award emphasizes political activism, overall academic standing, community service, and social responsibility. In addition, the Howard Penniman Scholarship awards $2,000 to student members, and awards for Washington internships are available to members. Candidates must be entering graduate school in political science in the upcoming academic year. Applicants must fill out the application form, submit two letters of recommendation, a letter of nomination from the chapter advisor, and a statement describing how graduate study in political science relates to future career goals; the statement must also describe involvement in the local chapter and related activities in the department and the college. Applications must also include official transcripts, and a passport-style, black and white photograph. Nominations are due May 1st and winners are announced by June 15.
For more information, contact the Political Science Department at 562.907.4920.