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Applications for the 2018-2019 year have closed. Stay tuned for information on 2019-2020 scholarships.


The graduate and undergraduate scholarship awarding process is competitive. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the committee received nearly 350 applications and awarded scholarships to 37% of applicants. The minimum scholarship amount awarded was $1,000 total. The committee will continue to award scholarships if additional funding becomes available during the academic year.

The online application is open to current students who have a declared major(s) in the College of Social and Behavioral Science*. Applicants will be considered (by auto-match) for any, and all, scholarships available through the college or one of its departments in which they may qualify through the portal of one application. Incoming students for Fall 2018, please check-in with your advisor to declare your major ASAP.

*Departments with declared majors:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Environmental & Sustainability Studies
  • Family and Consumer Studies
  • Geography
  • Health, Society and Policy
  • International Affairs & Global Enterprise
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

The majority of undergraduate scholarships are awarded to students enrolled full-time (complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester). The committee will also consider applicants enrolled part-time as long as they qualify and are the best candidate for a particular scholarship.

Items to prepare for the 2018 – 2019 scholarship application

Personal Statement
Essay (maximum 300 words) in which you describe your academic, professional, and personal goals, as well as include any special circumstances that you want to share with the scholarship committee.

Two Letters of Recommendation
On the application, you will be asked to provide a name and email address of two references who have agreed to submit a confidential reference form or letter on your behalf. Your letter should come from either an academic or non-academic source, but not a family member. Your reference will be notified via email through the application process on how to submit their confidential reference form or letter.

While it is not a requirement for the application, the committee encourages all eligible applicants to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that you don't miss out on opportunities for a Pell Grant.


  1. Some of the information you will be asked in the application is sensitive in nature but fits the award criteria identified by some of our donors. All of your information is held confidentially and will be seen only by qualified FERPA trained selection committee members and administrators.
  2. You application will remain in edit form until the date the applicaiton system closes, March 19 at 11:59 PM.
  3. Reference letters also need to be submitted by March 19 at 11:59 PM
  4. There are two scholarships in the online system (Academic Works) that are not auto-match. If you are interested in applying for either one, look for the name of the scholarship in the list of opportunities and select the “apply” button.
  • Siegfried & Ellen Karsten Foster-Care Scholarship: For those who are currently in the foster-care system or have been.
  • Herbert Gustafson Graduate Fellowship: For graduate students focusing on quantitative study of human social behavior

For questions or more information, please contact us at

College Scholarship Opportunity NOT in the online system

Jameson Family Scholarship (for undergraduate DACA students)
Deadline: March 19, 11:59 PM
This scholarship awards 1 two-semester scholarship up to $7,000 and 1 one-semester scholarship valued at $3,500 which applies to the student’s college tuition. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be accepted as an HB144 student (DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), have completed at least one year at the University, and carry 12+ credit hours to maintain award.

Preference will be given to a Latino/Latina student, students majoring in the College of Social and Behavioral Science, and students who have been involved in leadership and/or community activities and have plans to use their education to serve that community.

apply for the jameson family scholarship

Recipients and their donors have the chance to meet at our annual Scholarship Celebration

view photos from past years' events

Last Updated: 6/27/18