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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. For these new scholarships, the committee will reconsider students who applied between October 13, 2017 – March 1, 2018 but were not awarded.

The 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.

*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 500 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 one reference that has 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.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Some of the information you will be asked in the application may appear 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.


Application closes March 1, 2018

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

view photos from past years' events

Last Updated: 1/8/18