John J. & Jeanine S. McShea Political Science Scholarship

The John J. and Jeanine S. McShea Political Science Scholarship encourages and supports students seeking a degree in Political Science. Preference to students from the greater Chicago, IL, area.


• Each recipient must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time at WSU (minimum of 12 credits each semester)
• Each recipient must be a declared major in Political Science
• Preference will be given to students from the greater Chicago, IL, area
• Each recipient must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 (4.0=A)
• Each recipient must demonstrate financial need (determined either by the FAFSA and/or by a written statement of need, but not solely based on the FAFSA)


John J. McShea graduated from Winona State University in 1979 earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Political Science and Business Administration. John continued his education earning a Masters of Management/MBA degree in 1986 from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, with a Concentration in Finance.

John has spent the past 25+ years in the U.S. Capital Markets marketing fixed income securities to institutional investors. John began his career with IBM Corporation in Chicago, IL. He was a part of the first group of marketers of the original small business computer, and predecessor of the personal computer, used primarily by first time computer users in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. From there his vast experience has included various positions with Wall Street firms as well as large foreign banks, Merrill Lynch, Mesirow Securities, and ABN Amro USA. Currently, John is Executive Director, Head of Fixed Income Sales at Mizuho Securities USA in Chicago, IL. In each of these high level positions, since Merrill Lynch, he has assisted in the growth of these institutions from early stages of Capital Markets development to the present.

John is currently serving as a member of the WSU Foundation Trustees.

Jeanine McShea graduated from Winona State University in 1980 earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Business. Jeanine went on to earn her Real Estate Sales License in 1985, Real Estate Broker License in 1991 and her Real Estate Managing Broker for the State of Illinois in 2011.

Jeanine has been working in the Chicago real estate industry for 25+ years and with her extensive experience and knowledge is currently a Real Estate Consultant, for top Real Estate Firm, Baird & Warner, as well as an Educator and Coach Implementing Curriculum Programming and Teaching Courses for the Chicago Association of Realtors. Jeanine also is a guest professor at Roosevelt University Real Estate Master’s Program. Her success has earned McShea write-ups in business publications Crain’s “Fast Fifty” and Inc Magazine’s “Inc 500.”

Jeanine received the WSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008. John and Jeanine both return to Winona State University often as Alumni speakers in classrooms.

John and Jeanine McShea have three adult children: Erin, Justin and Kristin. They live a very active lifestyle. Their hobbies and pastimes include travelling, cycling and sailing. John is an avid sailor, mountain climber, and cross country skier.

“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” Plato

John J. & Jeanine S. McShea Political Science Scholarship
College of Liberal Arts, Political Science Department
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you from the greater Chicago, IL area?