Grants and Scholarships for Sociology Majors

The majority of scholarships for sociology or social sciences majors are from institutional scholarship programs. Schools have many scholarship and grant programs related to their sociology programs. Many states have grant programs for sociology majors, for example California offers the Cal Grant. Students should contact their schools financial aid office.

There are also foundations and minority based scholarships for students wishing to pursue a degree in sociology.

Below is a list of scholarships for sociology majors.

Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program: California Health and Welfare Agency - Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

Health Professions Education Foundation, 818 K Street, Room 210, Sacramento, CA 95814. http://www.healthprofessions.ca.gov

Purpose: To increase the number of allied healthcare professional working in medically underserved areas of California. Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in a California community college or university and be studying one social work or one of many medical fields (see list online). Those selected will complete a one-year service contract or work volunteer hours in a medically underserved area of California. Target Applicants: College students, graduate school students and adult students. Amount: Up to $4,000. Number of awards: Varies - renewable. Deadline: September 11. How to apply: Applications available online.

Association for Women in Science Predoctoral Awards

Association for Women in Science, 1442 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. http://www.awis.org

Purpose: To assist female students who plan to study science. Eligibility: For the undergraduate scholarship, applicants must be in their second or third year of college and expect to major in science or a related field. Target Applicants: College students and adult students. Amount: $1,000. Number of awards: 15-20. Deadline: Varies. How to apply: Applications available online.

Bill and Linda Gates Foundation

This foundation offers a number of scholarships for low-income and/or minority students studying a number of majors, including social science/sociology. You can find more information regarding the scholarships offered on their website: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/topics/Pages/scholarships.aspx#

Dr. Alma Adams Scholarship

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship Fund Legacy, 1724 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036. http://www.legacyforhealth.org/adams-scholarship.aspx

Purpose: To bring attention to priority populations targeted by the tobacco industry. Eligibility: Students attending or enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Applicants must have a record of commitment to community service. Target Applicants: High school students, college students and adult students. Amount: $5,000. Number of awards: 2. Deadline: April 30. How to apply: Applications available online.

Lou Hochberg Awards

Orgon Biophysical Research Laboratory, PO Box 1148, Ashland, OR 97520. http://www.orgonelab.org

Purpose: The Orgon Biophysical Research Lab offers a number of awards to students, scholars and journalist through a program set up by Louis Hochberg, a social worker who was dedicated to the sociological discoveries of Wilhelm Reich. Eligibility: The Lou Hochberg Awards are given to winning theses, college essays, high school essays and published articles that focus on Reich's sociological work. There are categories for the different award segments. Target Applicants: High school students, college students, graduate school students and adult students. Amount: $500-$1,500. Number of awards: 5. Deadline: May 15 and December 15. How to apply: Instructions and guidelines are listed online.

Minnesota Academic Excellence Scholarship

Minnesota Office of Higher Education Services, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, Saint Paul, MN 55108. http://www.mheso.state.mn.us

Purpose: To help students who have demonstrated outstanding ability, achievement and potential in selected areas of study. Eligibility: Applicants must be Minnesota residents who have been admitted to a full-time program in an approved Minnesota college or university. Applicants must have demonstrated achievement in one of the following subjects: English, creative writing, fine arts, foreign language, math, science or social science. Target Applicants: High school students, college students and adult students. Amount: Up to full tuition. Number of awards: Varies - renewable. Deadline: Varies. How to apply: Information available at the school the student wishes to attend.

Minority Fellowship Program 596

American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, 1430 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005. http://www.asanet.org

Purpose: To provide pre-doctoral graduate education for sociology students. Eligibility: Applicants may be new or continuing graduate students in sociology and a member of an underrepresented minority group in the U.S. Target Applicants: Graduate school students and adult students. Amount: $15,000. Number of awards: Varies. Deadline: January 31. How to apply: Applications available online.

Presbyterian Church USA Student Opportunity Scholarships

Presbyterian Church (USA), 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202. http://www.pcusa.org/financialaid

Purpose: To aid students pursuing disciplines that further the mission of the Presbyterian Church. Eligibility: Applicants must be members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) who have completed their second year of college. They must be enrolled full-time and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must be pursuing a bachelor's degree in education, health service /science, religious studies or social service/sciences. Target Applicants: College students and adult students. Amount: Up to $3,000. Number of awards: Varies. Deadline: June 15. How to apply: Applications available by email: finaid@pcusa.org, or by mail.

Truman Scholar

Truman Scholarship Foundation, 712 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20006. http://www.atruman.gov

Purpose: To provide college junior leaders who plan to pursue careers in government, non-profits, education or other public service with financial support for graduate study and leadership training. Eligibility: Applicants must be juniors, attending an accredited U.S. college and be nominated by the institution. Students cannot apply directly. Target Applicants: College students and adult students. Amount: $30,000. Number of awards: 60-65. Deadline: February 1. How to apply: See your school's Truman Faculty Representative or contact the foundation.

United Chapters of Alpha Kappa Delta

International Sociology Honor Society. http://www.alphakappadelta.org

Purpose: To support students pursuing a sociology degree. Eligibility: Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate school students pursuing a degree in sociology and a member of Alpha Kappa Delta. Check with your local chapter. Target Applicants: Undergraduate and graduate school students. Amount: Varies - cash award and travel expenses paid. Number of awards: Varies. Deadline: March 1. How to apply: Email paper and cover letter to AKD@lemoyne.edu.

Essay Contest: Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

The Ayn Rand Institute, PO Box 57044, Irvine, CA 92619-7044. http://www.atlasshrugged.com/the-book/essay-contest/

Purpose: To support an understanding of the book Atlas Shrugged. Eligibility: Applicants must be 12th grade students or college students and write an essay regarding the book Atlas Shrugged. Target Applicants: High school and college students. Amount: From $50 to $10,000. Number of Awards: 109 (Prize levels). Deadline: September 17. How to apply: Instructions for the essay are available online.