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The social sciences make up a broad field of inquiry concerned with a wide range of aspects of human life and interaction. From anthropology to sociology to political science to economics, social sciences take an analytical approach to the basics of society. Social science majors tend to be some of the most interesting and varied programs of study in college and by learning about people, broadening your perspective and honing your critical thinking skills, your experience as a social science major can help you succeed in a number of fields after you graduate from college.

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In the meantime, though, there’s the problem of paying for school. A college degree is expensive and not all social science majors can count on a large salary immediately after graduation, especially if they find themselves drawn to non-profit work or academia. There are a variety of financial aid sources available to social science students, however. General interest scholarships, such as essay scholarships, can be good choices for social science majors, since analysis and persuasive writing are likely to be among your strong suits.

Finding Specific Social Science Scholarships

Since social science is such a broad subject area, a wide range of social science scholarship opportunities fall under its umbrella, including scholarships for sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, social work, communication studies and humanities-based majors like history, linguistics and cultural studies. Major-specific scholarships are available for a variety of disciplines within the social sciences. You can check with your department and your school’s financial aid office for some social science scholarship opportunities for students in your particular major as well as contacting the Social Science Research Council for grants and fellowships. You can also conduct a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com to find not only social science scholarships, but scholarships based on your other unique characteristics.

ACF Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nichol Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/7/2023
  • Amount: $800
  • The Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nickol Scholarship Program is for an Albuquerque High School senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in a STEM major- Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics. Eligible applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.6, demonstrate financial need, and demonstrate an interest in math and/or science interest and skill through the SAT/ACT scores and/or strong [...] More

ACF Woodcock Family Education Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/2/2023
  • Amount: $40,000
  • The ACF Woodcock Family Education Scholarship Program was established in 1993 by Albuquerque businessman C.E. (Woody) Woodcock and his wife, Dixie, to support students of exceptional promise in the fields of science and math. Intended for students with strong math and / or science credentials. Scholarships will be awarded to Albuquerque metro area high school graduating seniors (includes [...] More

Advocates for African Americans Carolinas Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/4/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Applicants of the Advocates for African Americans Carolinas Scholarship must be a graduating senior at a North or South Carolina high school and must attend a four-year college or university located in North or South Carolina. Applicants must plan to major in engineering, computer science, the sciences, accounting, finance or business administration. Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA and be an [...] More

Alaska Space Grant Program- Undergraduate

  • Application Deadline: 9/15/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Alaska Space Grant Program (ASGP) is a consortium of public and private universities and non-profit organizations that sponsors a broad range of programs to enhance teaching, research, and educational outreach within aerospace and earth science, and other NASA related STEM disciplines throughout Alaska. The Alaska Space Grant Program (ASGP) was established at the University of Alaska [...] More

Boston University’s Noyce Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Enacting Curriculum Through Engaging Discourse (EnaCTED) Project (2018-2023) is a collaboration of the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development and the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University and school districts in the Boston area. This program focuses on preparing teachers to design and use high quality mathematics curriculum and discourse-based instruction to support [...] More

Catching The Dream Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Throughout the United States, Native American communities suffer from a lack of qualified professionals—teachers, engineers, doctors, communication specialists, business managers, social workers and technicians. Well-paying jobs exist in Indian communities, but few Indians are prepared to fill them. Hospitals, dental clinics, schools, engineering and agricultural projects remain understaffed and [...] More

Elms College STEM Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Elms College Elm STEM program, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, awards scholarship funds to students who major in STEM fields and attend Elms College full-time. In order to apply, you must be a prospective full-time, first-year student at Elms College; be a prospective major in biology, computer information technology, chemistry, or mathematics, except for clinical [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2023
  • Amount: $45,000
  • The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship provides funds for two years of undergraduate study majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) discipline related to NOAA's programs and mission. The program is targeted toward students who have completed their sophomore year and are attending minority-serving institutions (MSIs). You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national who is [...] More

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2023
  • Amount: $19,000
  • The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship at an NOAA facility during the summer. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time second-year student in a four-year academic [...] More

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is open to underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time in transportation, math, science, engineering, architecture, environmental design, pre-med, psychology, or Spanish language/literature. The applicant does not have to be a U.S. citizen but must have a minimum [...] More

Furman University Furman Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Furman Scholars program seeks to honor high school juniors who exhibit strong academic potential, demonstrate leadership potential, and show significant involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.

    High school guidance counselors nominate current juniors to participate in the program. Nominees must meet all of the following criteria: a genuine interest in an education [...] More

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/29/2023
  • Amount: $25,000
  • Graduate students meeting the eligibility requirements noted below may apply directly to The Wilderness Society. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in North America, have strong academic qualifications and/or career goals focused on making a significant positive difference in the long-term protection of wilderness in the United States. Graduate students in natural [...] More

ISF National Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity founded in 2009 whose mission is to address the under-representation of American Muslims in the fields and occupations that influence public opinion and make public policy. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are Muslim or an active member of the Muslim community, enrolled at an accredited university by [...] More

James M. & Erma T. Freemont Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/4/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Freemont Foundation Scholarship Program is available to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, qualified recipients will become Freemont Scholars. The applicant must be a graduating high school senior who plans on attending an HBCU or an undergraduate student who currently attends an HBCU). Graduate students who are [...] More

MIT THINK Out of the Box Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The MIT THINK Scholars Program is an educational outreach initiative that promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by supporting and funding projects developed by high school students. The program is run by a team of undergraduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and sponsored by technology companies and educational organizations as part of MIT TechX. [...] More

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $49,000
  • The National Science Foundation supports fellowships for outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time, research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering or math or STEM education. NSF GRFP was established to recruit and support individuals who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions in STEM. Thus, NSF especially encourages [...] More

TEACH Grant

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The TEACH Grant Program provides grants to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching. You must be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program and meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on one or more [...] More

The Gates Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 9/15/2023
  • Amount: $160,000
  • The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to exceptional student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential. Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other financial aid [...] More

TYLENOL Future Care Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Each year the makers of TYLENOL award annual scholarships to well deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare. Twenty-three years and over eight million dollars later, we're proud to continue a tradition that supports those dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others. The makers of TYLENOL are proud to provide support to exceptional students as they pursue careers caring for others! [...] More

University of Rochester FIRST Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/4/2023
  • Amount: $60,000
  • The University of Rochester awards an unlimited number of scholarships to students who have participated on a FIRST team and are enrolling as first-year students at the University of Rochester. Eligible applicants must be high school seniors, and be admitted as full-time students. This scholarship is renewable for four years. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

USRA Distinguished Undergraduate Awards

  • Application Deadline: 8/10/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The USRA Distinguished Undergraduate Awards provides college scholarships to students who have shown a career interest in fields of space science, aerospace engineering, aeronautics-related sciences, or space science education. Eligible majors may include, but are not limited to, aerospace engineering, astronomy, astrobiology, computer science, earth science, electrical engineering, geophysics, [...] More

ZONTA Milwaukee Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs [...] More
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