While psychology majors examine the inner workings of the human brain, those majoring in sociology focus more on (not surprising, given the subject’s name) society. If that description sounds broad to you, it is – if you’ve done something, at least one sociologist has studied or is currently studying it – and a number of research methods are employed to secure their findings. How do people respond to laws and mores? What’s considered “normal” and what’s considered “weird”? A sociologist will be able to answer these questions as well as tell you why people behave certain ways in certain situations through observations, interviews and advanced statistical techniques.
A sociologist’s point of view is different than, say, an economist or political strategist studying the same scenario but they all once shared a common bond: finding money to fund their educations. Sociology majors have a number of career opportunities available to them with baccalaureate degrees but for those interested in specialized studies or have aspirations of teaching at the university level, master’s and even doctoral degrees are necessary. Luckily, sociology is a field teeming with financial aid assistance ranging from scholarships and grants to research fellowships and internships all geared toward maximizing their knowledge without maxing out their savings accounts.
California State University, Sacramento, Calvin College, Southern Nazarene University and Michigan State University all offer university-based sociology scholarships while the American Sociological Association provides multiple opportunities for students to gain real-world experience in their concentration of choice. Even right here at Scholarships.com, there are extensive sociology scholarship awards available for majors – a handful of which are listed below – just by completing a free scholarship search.
Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
September 17, Annually
Annual Essay Contest on Ayn Rand’s Novel, Atlas Shrugged, for College Students (Graduate and Undergraduate) and 12th Graders
First Prize: $10,000
3 Second Prizes: $2,000
5 Third Prizes: $1,000
20 Finalists: $100
20 Semifinalists: $50
All information necessary to enter the contest is contained on our [...] More
Dr. Alma Adams Scholarship
April 30, Annually
As an expression of gratitude to Dr. Alma S. Adams for giving six years of dedicated service and leadership on its Board of Directors, the American Legacy Foundation has established a scholarship fund in her honor. The Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to reduce tobacco use among Priority Populations will award a total of $10,000 annually for up to two [...] More
NFRW National Pathfinder Scholarship
June 01, Annually
Established in 1985 in honor of First Lady Nancy Reagan's efforts in the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, the National Pathfinder Scholarship is awarded annually to women who are studying in a related field.
Three scholarships of $2,500 each are given to the best candidate nominated by her state Federation president and chosen by the NFRW Executive Committee. Applicants must be currently [...] More
Smithsonian Minority Student Internship
Internships in residence at the Smithsonian are available for students to participate in research or museum-related activities for periods of 10 weeks. U.S. minority undergraduate and beginning graduate students are encouraged to apply. The appointment carries a stipend of $350 per week and travel allowances may be provided.
Deadline: February 1 (For Summer)
October 15 (for [...] More
Army Staff Sgt. Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship
January 31, Annually
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The Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship provides $1,000 in honor of Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton, a United States Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and Bronze Star recipient who [...] More
Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program
January 18, Annually
Students are selected to participate in our Smart Start Scholarship Program, providing full tuition (less financial aid) scholarship and four years of paid internships with JPMorgan Chase.
Eligibility Requirements: High school seniors graduating in the spring who are New York City residents attending New York City public, private or parochial schools, accepted to one of the participating New [...] More
ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Contest
July 01, Annually
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is pleased to announce the continuing annual competition for the George Watt Memorial Essay prizes. Graduate and undergraduate students from the United States and elsewhere are invited to submit an essay or thesis chapter about any aspect of the Spanish Civil War, the global political or cultural struggles against fascism in 1920s and 1930s, or the [...] More
Ciencia Nation Scholarships - College STEM Majors
March 15, Annually
The Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program is a partnership to improve Hispanic student access to higher education and degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Hispanic college students with minimum GPAs of 2.75 from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Puerto Rico pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field major are invited to [...] More
Davidson Fellows Scholarship
February 20, Annually
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program, established in 2001, recognizes exceptional students and supports them in the fulfillment of their potential. Each year, Fellows are awarded scholarships of $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 and are recognized for their achievements at a special awards reception in Washington, D.C. The application categories are Science, Technology, Mathematics, Literature, [...] More
East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)
November 25, Annually
The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary [...] More
Jesse B. Smith Memorial Scholarship
May 17, Annually
The Jesse B. Smith Memorial Scholarship Review Committee is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for deserving and qualified persons residing in Duval County, Florida. Scholarships of $1,000 are intended for the upcoming academic year and must be used for tuition expenses at any higher education institution located in Duval County, Florida, offering an undergraduate or graduate [...] More
Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship
July 31, Annually
The Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship is offered to help further the education and career development of scholars, especially in the areas of International Affairs, Counterintelligence and National Security. Workers in these fields and their children are encouraged to apply with the goal of improving national security and global understanding.
Based upon availability, a minimum of one [...] More
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Center
November 04, Annually
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and [...] More
Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarships
June 01, Annually
The Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarships serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students in select majors (Education, Health Service/Science, Religious Studies, Sacred Music, Social Service/Science) by providing aid for the expenses of their third and fourth years of an undergraduate program. Preference in this program is extended to racial ethnic students in order to [...] More
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.
The program awards grants of $1,000 or less to students from all areas of [...] More