Leadership and Political Engagement
These are exciting and challenging times in American politics because our society is fragmented by divergent and competing cultural and spiritual values...
...we choose to view it as an opportunity.
Many citizens have lost confidence in the political process and feel powerless to effect change; parents wonder if their children will have a better life than they; and political leaders too often lack the will to take responsibility...
...we produce confident citizen-legislators who lead with integrity and have the fortitude to make difficult decisions.
In a society where partisan brinkmanship often supersedes sound policy-making and special interests have little hope of finding common ground...
...we infuse the values of mutual respect, adherence to the political process, and inclusive and long-view policy-planning that benefits the whole society.
The core strength of Corban University's political science program is its commitment to educating students to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly before God and men. From this foundation, you will learn to build bridges in communities and between various political positions, enact future-oriented change and lead compassionately.
We shape students as intentional Christian thought leaders.
Our faculty are well-equipped to prepare you for the challenges of political leadership through a rigorous political science degree built on the foundation of a Christian worldview. Upon graduation, you will be ready to enter graduate school, business, law and non-profit professions or start your own political organization. Each of these paths provides significant leadership experiences, which are required for political office.
During your course of study, you will have many opportunities to network and foster professional relationships with politically-engaged educators, legislators and church and civic leaders that will benefit you in establishing yourself as a leader in your community.
It is our greatest joy to see our students mature towards their God-given spiritual and vocational potentials. The McLaran Scholarship is Corban University’s premier avenue for preparing Christian student leaders for the challenges of political leadership.
As a confirmation of Corban University's dedication to the success of these future leaders, it has reserved its most prestigious merit scholarships for students enrolled in the political science program who have proven academic excellence. McLaran Scholars will mature as discerning Christian thought leaders, skilled in political engagement as theory-driven and field-tested professionals and scholars.
What is the McLaran Scholarship?
Up to ten annually-renewable $16,000 scholarships ($64,000 over four years)
Priority given to applications received before February 1.
Who May Apply and When?
- Minimum of 1100 SAT or 24 ACT
- Minimum high school GPA of 3.6
- Total academic minimum score of 21 using the Corban academic scholarship estimator
Annual Renewal Criteria:
- Maintain 3.0 GPA overall and 3.25 in the political science program
- Continuous enrollment as a political science major
- Continued political engagement verified through reference letters
Mike McLaran was a spiritual, social and political force for Christ in Oregon's Willamette Valley and a champion of Corban University's effort to train students in leadership and political engagement.
This scholarship honors his enduring memory and his heart for political engagement.