Sociology Scholarships

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.

ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 7/15/2018
  • Amount: $250
  • This annual essay competition was established in 1998 to honor Lincoln vet George Watt, a writer and lifelong activist central to the creation of ALBA.

    Students from anywhere in the world 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 lifetime histories and [...] More

AWMF & Loreen Arbus Foundation Focus on Disability Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The AWM Foundation's partnership with the Loreen Arbus Foundation focuses on the achievements and contributions of citizens with disabilities. This journalist scholarship program consists of one $2,500 scholarship, made payable directly to the winning student's educational institute. The winning applicant must also be able to attend AWMF's Gracies Awards Luncheon in June in New York City to [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/8/2018
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards prestigious scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music, philosophy and outside the box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception. [...] More

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Wouldn't a scholarship help you breathe a little easier? Truth Initiative is offering college and graduate students a chance to earn the "Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to Reduce Tobacco Use Among Priority Populations." The annual scholarship competition empowers and supports students eager to help Truth Initiative achieve a generation for whom tobacco use is [...] More

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)

  • Application Deadline: 11/12/2017
  • Amount: $5,000
  • NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year. The Summer Institutes (EAPSI) operate similarly and the research visits to a particular location take place at the same time. Although [...] More

Jesse B. Smith Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/19/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Jesse B. Smith was a longtime point man for Jacksonville's economic development initiatives under four mayors. The purpose of the scholarship is to aid in tuition expenses of four-year undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees in city planning, urban studies, public administration, or related field.

    Any resident of Duval County or any area of Jacksonville, including Baldwin, Atlantic [...] More

NFRW National Pathfinder Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $44,000
  • 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 prestigious program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines who are pursuing research-based [...] More

StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The FLASH Scholarship Program offers $1,500 graduate scholarships for students seeking academic degrees that underpin disaster safety and mitigation, including construction, engineering, financial services, risk communication, social sciences and more. The scholarship program was originally created as a higher education extension of StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes, the popular interactive severe [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Graduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2018
  • Amount: $3,750
  • The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Graduate Scholarships are available to minority students who are full-time students at a four-year, accredited institution, carrying a total of 12 units or more per semester/quarter and have a minimum 3.2 GPA. Additionally, applicants must be majoring in a field of study that has an emphasis in advertising, marketing or public relations, and must have a minimum of two [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors are eligible to receive a trip to Atlanta where they will participate in career building activities including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, two daylong career & professional development workshops, and a scholarship & donor recognition reception. Applicants must be from a minority ethnic group, studying a field of study [...] More

The Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies

  • Application Deadline: 1/3/2018
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies welcomes applications from Ph.D. and post-doc candidates from around the world for funding for the September through the following August academic year.

    Ph.D. Requirements:
    -Be enrolled and good standing in a Ph.D. program that supports the study of the Holocaust
    -Study/have studies a language of Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union [...] More

The Senior Care Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • A Place for Mom is proud to offer a scholarship to university students interested in the fields of aging and gerontology. As North America's largest senior living referral service, we know the importance of supporting the training and education of our future senior care leaders. This scholarship will be awarded to a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec) [...] More

WIFLE Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/2/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • WIFLE Foundation, Inc. and Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Inc. (both known as WIFLE) are organizations with a goal to achieve gender equity within federal law enforcement through the recruitment, retention, and promotion of qualified women. WIFLE offers several scholarships to talented individuals to meet the demands in the field of law enforcement and to foster the professional development of [...] More

Latest College & Financial Aid News

Yale to Ditch "Freshman", "Upperclassmen", Adopt Gender-Neutral Terms

September 19, 2017

by Susan Dutca

In an effort to modernize, Yale will no longer use the terms "freshman" and "underclassmen" and will instead adopt gender-neutral terminology, such as "first-year" and "upper-level students." University officials still anticipate students and faculty to use the old terminology, since they're "deeply ingrained in our everyday language and in Yale's history."

The new terminology can be found in the Undergraduate Regulations and the First-Year Handbook and is expected to appear in all Yale College's publications and communications by the start of the 2018-2019 academic year. The effort to phase out the older terminology is "a piece of a larger movement to reflect the diversity of college campuses" and also in part because the "two words in particular are gendered," according to Jennifer Keup, Director Of the National Resource for the First-Year-Experience and students in Transition. [...]

Senate Bill to Make College Affordable and Accessible for Homeless, Foster Care Youth

September 13, 2017

by Susan Dutca

A bipartisan group of U.S House of Representatives and U.S. Senate lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would help homeless students and foster youth get the financial support they need for college. The bill would also remove other barriers to higher education, such as providing housing options, improving outreach, and streamlining the FAFSA to homeless and foster care students. [...]

Harvest Fall Scholarships for College

September 7, 2017

by Susan Dutca

Enjoy a seasonal treat this season with fall scholarships from Scholarships.com to help pay your college tuition bill. Harvest some of the largest dollar scholarships, most prestigious scholarships, and brand name scholarships out there with our list of October scholarships. These autumn scholarships are so good you'll scream! So hurry and apply for these scholarships due in October and don't let them fall by the wayside. For a complete list of scholarships due in October, click here. [...]

Last Reviewed: September 2017