5 Most Popular Sociology Scholarships

From research awards to essay competitions, there are a number of sociology scholarships for students with different strengths.

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Each year, the Orgone Biophysical Research Lab awards sociology students $500 for their essays or research.

Searching for college scholarships is frustrating at times. With so many websites and organizations to sift through, finding scholarships that fit can take months. Often, tracking down awards for certain fields of study might feel discouraging as well.

Sociology majors shouldn’t fret — there’s a lot of money available to students interested in studying society’s inner workings. We’ve put together a quick overview of five popular sociology scholarships for students of all levels.

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1. Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research

The national sociology nonprofit, Sigma Xi, offers a somewhat unusual type of scholarship with the grants-in-aid of research program. Sociology students aren’t required to be members of Sigma Xi to win. However, the prize money can’t be used for your tuition. Instead, the funds can be applied to any research or education expenses. Items including lab equipment to textbooks are acceptable. When applying for the Grants-in-Aid Program, students must submit a budget of how they might use the prize money.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Eligibility Requirements: Any student involved in sociology in some way, whether taking classes or majoring in the subject

Application deadline: March 15

2. Lou Hochberg Award

Each year, the Orgone Biophysical Research Lab awards sociology students $500 for their essays or research. Whether you’ve spent the last semester studying how religion affects behavior, or how different cultures react around one another, your research qualifies. The Lou Hochberg Award accepts papers on any topic, as long as they address William Reich’s scientific contributions.

Awards are given twice per year, so while only one winner is selected during each round, applicants can resubmit their work later on. The paper entered in the contest shouldn’t be any longer than 50 pages, and it should focus on a single sociological issue.

Amount: $500

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a university- or college-level student

Application deadline: Varies

3. Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton, Jr. Scholarship

One of the newer awards available for sociology students is the Sgt. Richard S. Eaton, Jr. Scholarship. Although only one winner is selected each year, this scholarship is less competitive than most. Because it is so new, the applicant pool is significantly smaller meaning the chances of winning are higher. Like most other scholarships, there is a written component to the application.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility Requirements: Undergraduates studying a field related to cultural understanding or alliance building

Application deadline: January 31

4. ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Scholarship

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives may not be a widely known organization, but its unique essay competition offers undergraduate and graduate students an interesting opportunity to win tuition funds. With its focus on the Spanish Civil War, ALBA asks sociology students to submit an essay examining a social aspect or the societal impact of the war. Students can also choose to write about fascism in the 1920s.

Application essays are judged on originality, strength of research and effectiveness. Work submitted should be between 3,500 and 7,500 words.

Amount: $500

Eligibility Requirements: Students studying sociology or another social science major

Application deadline: July 1

5. Presbyterian Church USA Student Opportunity Scholarship

Often, scholarships offered by religious organizations require students to be of a certain faith. The Presbyterian Church’s scholarship program, does offer preferential treatment to applications from Presbyterian students, but some of it's scholarship opportunities are open to students of all faiths.

However, the church's [/scholarships/Student-Opportunity-Scholarship/ Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarship does require students to be members of the Presbyterian Church. Applicants should be able to demonstrate financial need, and preference is given to minority students. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. The number of winners changes each year, along with the award amount, but winners can renew their scholarship for up to two years.

Amount: Up to $1,500

Eligibility Requirements: Any student majoring in social sciences, social services, religion or education who is also a member of the Presbyterian Church

Application deadline: March 1

Quick Tips

  • Be honest as you fill out scholarship applications. Organizations will ask for your grades, extracurricular activities and accomplishments, and just like colleges they will verify the information with your school.
  • If a scholarship indicates that applicants need to demonstrate financial need, don’t worry. The organization will use your FAFSA to determine whether or not you qualify for need-based aid.
  • Some scholarships are very particular about what the prize money can be used for. Check with the organization to find out what exactly is off limits.

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