4 Tools to Help Sociology Students to Find Scholarships

Where To Look for Sociology Scholarships

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The rising costs of college make getting a college degree difficult for many people, including the next generation of sociologists. The costs of college continue to rise every year, but luckily there are thousands of scholarships available for all types of students. Financial aid can come in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, work-study, or fellowships.

Almost all colleges and universities offer some sort of scholarship program, so be sure to check with the financial aid or scholarship office at your school to see what is available to you. In addition, there are many resources on the World Wide Web to help would-be sociologists search for scholarships, grants, and fellowships. There are also a few organizations that provide scholarships, awards, and research grants to sociology students particularly. Below are some resources that will help you in your search:

1. Fastweb

Fastweb is the best place for students interested in sociology to begin their search for scholarships. Simply fill out a user profile and begin searching for financial aid that matches your qualifications, skills, interests and needs. Because the scholarship matches are personalized, you won’t have to waste time sifting through hundreds of scholarships for which you don’t qualify. In addition, Fastweb offers members leads on internships, career advice and helps them search for colleges. This online resource has been featured on CBS, ABC, NBC and in the Chicago Tribune, to name a few. It is free to join.

2. American Sociological Association

The American Sociological Association offers several different grants and fellowships for sociology students, researchers and teachers. The ASA offers a Minority Fellowship Program to support “the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area of sociology.” The goal is to help the ASA produce a diverse and highly trained workforce for leadership positions in sociological research, according to the ASA website.

The organization also provides stipends for students to attend the Student Forum Travel Awards. The ASA website states that it “anticipates granting approximately 25 travel awards in the amount of $225 each. These awards will be made on a competitive basis and are meant to assist students by defraying the expenses associated with attending the ASA Annual Meeting.”

For a full list of current opportunities, visit the ASA website.

3. Pi Gamma Mu, the National Honor Society in Social Sciences

Pi Gamma Mu, the National Honor Society in Social Sciences, offers 10 different scholarships intended for graduate work in the areas of sociology, anthropology, political science, history, economics, international relations, public administration, criminal justice, law, social work, human/cultural geography and psychology.

The deadline is Jan. 30 of each year.

4. Your College or University

Sociology scholarships may also be available through your school. Check the scholarship board at your high school, college or university to see if there are any specific awards for sociology majors or awards for others for which you might qualify. Also, be sure to speak to a financial aid advisor at the school because they might have additional information about awards that line up with your educational background and work experiences.