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Sociology Scholarships

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Interested in learning about society and how humans relate within society? Then sociology may be the degree for you! As sociology majors, students have a number of career opportunities. Many sociology majors find jobs within educational institutions, government agencies, non-government organizations, and corporations.

Where to Find Scholarships for Sociology Majors

Scholarships are the perfect addition to a student’s financial aid package because they don’t have to be repaid. Sociology students can find most scholarships on campus. The financial aid office offers general scholarships which are typically merit-based or need-based. Other options lie within the sociology department. Here universities and colleges offer a number of departmental scholarships specific to sociology.

Austin Peay State University in Tennessee offers the Mary Keller Cox Faculty Scholarships. Established by faculty of the sociology department, these scholarships are awarded each year. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement. Award amounts vary each year.

Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma offers three sociology scholarships. The Mark J. Phebus Memorial Scholarship is awarded to juniors or seniors majoring in a variety of disciplines, including sociology. Award amount varies each year. The Dr. Thurman E. Coburn Scholarship is awarded to full-time students majoring in sociology or psychology with a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Award amounts vary. The Jack & Joan Imel Social Science Scholarship is awarded to a sociology or psychology major with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 who is working part-time to help pay for college expenses. Amount awarded is distributed in $500 increments.

Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan offers a number of sociology scholarships with varying award amounts.

  • The Barbara Gezon Baker Scholarship is a departmental scholarship awarded to sociology students with an excellent academic record. Students must be nominated by department staff. Applicant’s written work may be used for final consideration. No application is required to apply for this scholarship.
  • Daniel C. Duyst Memorial Scholarship is given to sociology majors in their junior or senior year with an interest in criminal justice. Preference for this award goes to students with career interest in law enforcement.
  • Dr. Donald Bouma Memorial Scholarship awards two scholarships each year for sociology students in their junior or senior year. Students must fill out and submit an application to be considered.
  • Theodore A. Rottman Scholarship in Social Justice is offered to sociology majors looking to pursue a career in social justice who possess a Christian perspective on social issues. Applicants must be in their junior or senior year of schooling with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Preference is given to students in their senior year.

Point Lomo Nazarene University in California offers several departmental scholarships for sociology majors. They are as follows: George and Lois Reed Endowed Scholarship Fund; H. Grady Rogers Memorial Scholarship; Jay Shellabarger Memorial Scholarship Fund; Harold E. Young Memorial Scholarship; and the Martha Rebecca Rodeheaver Endowed Memorial Scholarship. Award amounts differ each year based on funding.

California State University—Chico awards a couple of sociology scholarships within its sociology department.

  • Barbara Holland Peevers Memorial Scholarship is a need-based award given to sociology majors with a 3.0 minimum grade point average. An essay must be submitted for consideration. Award amount ranges from $1,000 to $1,500.
  • Travis Williams Humanitarian Scholarship is awarded to a sociology student who has demonstrated community involvement. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 to be considered.

Other Awards

The International Sociology Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) administers an undergraduate student paper competition. This competition awards three cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500 with an additional amount of up to $1,000 for travel expenses awarded to each winner to attend the annual American Sociological Association meeting. Authors must be current AKD members and provide a cover letter from an AKD sociology faculty member. Papers should not exceed 35 pages (double-spaced).

Tips about Sociology Scholarships

  • Check with department staff for scholarship opportunities within the sociology department.
  • Go to the financial aid office on campus to find general scholarships awarded to all students enrolled at the institution.
  • Sometimes sociology may fall under another department, or field of study, such as social science. Be sure to ask when in doubt, so no scholarships are missed.
  • Seek awards off campus by using the Internet. Check associations, honor societies and other sociological-related organizations.

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