The rising costs of college make getting a college degree difficult for many people. 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 you search for scholarships, grants, and fellowships. There are also a few organizations that provide scholarships, awards, and research grants to sociology students in particular. Below are some resources that will help you in your search:
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The American Sociological Association offers several different grants and fellowships for sociology students, researchers, and teachers. For a full list of current opportunities, visit the ASA website.
Pi Gamma Mu, the National Honor Society in Social Sciences, offers 10 different scholarships that are 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 January 30 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 for others that you might be eligible for. Also, be sure to speak to a financial aid advisor at the school because they might have additional information about awards for which you might qualify.