Scholarships and Awards Announcement

March 18, 2016

The Sociology Department at UC Santa Cruz is proud to announce multiple funding opportunities for students.

March 30: Informational Session for 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Student Program due August 30

April 5: Deans', Chancellor's and Steck Award

April 15: UCSC Blum Center Scholar Grant Program

April 18: The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

April 28: Keeley Coastal Scholars Award

May 5: The Sociology of Race, Class and Gender Senior Thesis Award

May 5: The Fanny Carruthers Sociology Scholarship

Fulbright Student Program

Informational Session: March 30, 2016

Deadline: August 30, 2016

Open to: Bachelors degree must be completed by June 2017

Purpose: Established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries", Fulbright is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. For more information on the Fulbright program:

Campus Informational Session
- March 30, 2016 4:00pm Graduate Student Commons

Learn about fully funded grants for study, research or English Teaching Assistantships in more than 140 countries.

Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors Claire Manneh (Oman) and David Morales (Ecuador) will be on campus, sharing their Fulbright experience. Lee Rivers, Assistant Manager of Outreach for the Institute of International Education (IIE) will also be here to discuss details of the program and answer any questions. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, it is recommended to sign up here. If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Alicia Haley (

Deans', Chancellor's and Steck Award

Deadline: April 5, 2016

Open to: undergraduate students

Purpose: The Deans and Chancellor wish to encourage and stimulate outstanding scholarship and creativity among undergraduate students, based on work developed in courses or programs in the normal pattern of 2015-2016 academic activity at UCSC. Click here to see previous winning projects. Winners of the Deans', Chancellor's and Steck awards will be honored during Undergraduate Student Achievement Week, May 28 – June 3, 2016.  The names of the winners will also be acknowledged at college commencement.

DEANS' UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS: Fifty undergraduate projects, 10 from each of the academic divisions, will receive a Dean’s Award of $100 for outstanding achievement in their division.

CHANCELLOR'S UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS: Fifteen Chancellor’s Awardees, three from each division, will be selected from the Deans' Award recipients to receive the Chancellor’s Award of an additional $500.

STECK AWARD: The Steck Award will recognize the most outstanding research project chosen from the fifteen Chancellor’s Awardees. This student (or team) will receive (or share) an additional $1000. In addition, the winning research project will be bound and copies given to the student(s), the research supervisor, the UC Santa Cruz Library, and the Steck Family whose generous contributions have made this award possible.


  • All submissions must include one supporting statement by the faculty sponsor, who will be emailed a link to submit the letter of recommendation online.
  • All submissions must include either an attachment of a thesis or a URL to the project or performance.
  • Foreign language projects must be accompanied by appropriate translation.
  • Technical papers must include an abstract in non-technical language.
  • Projects completed in spring 2015 (but not submitted in last year’s competition) are eligible for the 2015-16 competition, even if the student has already graduated. Students who graduated in spring 2015 must activate their UCSC email forwarding option (UCSC email accounts deactivate 12 months after graduation).
  • Previous award winners are eligible only for projects in a completely different area.

Apply: here - application requires use of your CruzID Blue password. Questions regarding the guidelines can be directed to

UCSC Blum Scholar Grant Program

Deadline: April 15, 2016

Open to: UCSC undergraduate and graduate students

Anticipated Award Notification: early May

Award Amount: +/- 10 awards up to $2000 each
Purpose:  Blum Scholar grants are offered to highly motivated students enrolled and in good standing at UC Santa Cruz. Funds can be used to pursue community-based research either domestically or abroad on projects addressing poverty, social enterprise, or participatory governance.  Projects must be completed by fall quarter 2016. More information and guidelines can be found at: Read more about the UCSC Blum Center at

The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Monday, April 18, 2016 by 5:00pm

Open to: undergraduate students in Division of Social Sciences

Award Amount: $2,500 Award, 1 winner amongst all Social Science Departments

Purpose: The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to support undergraduate students in the Division of Social Sciences who are passionate about social issues and committed to public service. Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman graduated from UC Santa Cruz as a Sociology major, and he was working for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as her Director of Community Outreach when he was tragically shot and killed. Generous donations from more than 520 alumni, community members, and the general public funded this endowment. This endowment awards $2,500 annually to one outstanding undergraduate student who is a major in any of the departments within the Division of Social Sciences. Recipient will be honored publicly.

Application Materials Required:

  • A 2-3 max page essay about her or his passion for social issues and commitment to public service
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript(s)

Sociology students can submit their application materials to Tina Nikfarjam at

The Keeley Coastal Scholars Program

Deadline: April 28, 2016 by 5:00pm

Open to: undergraduate students

Anticipated Award Notification:  May 15, 2016 – recognized at a luncheon on Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Purpose: Award supports underrepresented students from California with an unmet financial need doing summer research and policy work connected to Coastal Sustainability. Scholarships will range from $1000-$4000 per student with an associated $1000 in support of the sponsoring faculty member. These funds can be used by students for any expenses incurred during the summer months. Undergraduate majors are invited to apply for this summer scholarship by submitting an online application and project budget. 

Eligibility and Application Materials:

  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Candidate must have established financial need during the current academic year
  • Online Application
  • Project Budget
  • Submit unofficial copy of transcripts
  • Sponsoring faculty member letter detailing the student's abilities and specific project responsibilities

To Apply: Submit all materials or inquiries to Sarah Glommen at

Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender Thesis Award

Deadline: Thursday, May 5, 2016 by 5:00pm

Award amount: varies each year, subject to funding

Open to: undergraduate students

Purpose: This award is given to a Sociology major who has completed the best senior thesis on race, class, and gender during the academic year.Students who are currently working on their thesis but are not yet ready to apply, are eligible to apply in Spring of the following academic year, 2016-17. Students currently completing a thesis may apply for the award within one year of their graduation term. 

Application Materials Required:

  1. A letter by the senior thesis faculty advisor to the Sociology Department’s Undergraduate Education Chair, with a copy to the Department’s Undergraduate Advisor, nominating the senior thesis; specifying how it examines issues of race, class and gender, and describing the merits of the thesis.
  2. A letter by the nominee stating that a) s/he is submitting her/his senior thesis for consideration for the Sociology of Race, Class and Gender Senior Thesis Award, and b) that, should s/he receive the award, s/he is willing to have her/his name and the title of her/his senior thesis announced as the recipient of the award.
  3. The nominee submits one hard copy of the senior thesis as well as the PDF version of the senior thesis (emailed) to the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor, Tina Nikfarjam, College 8 Rm 224/226,

The Fanny Carruthers Sociology Scholarship

Deadline: Thursday, May 5th 2016 by 5pm
Award amount: varies each year, subject to funding.

Open to: undergraduate and graduate Sociology students who graduated from a Santa Clara County High School.

Purpose: Anne Jane "Fanny" Carruthers Howard died on February 15, 1972, leaving a portion of her estate in a trust to be used to fund scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students attending the University of California, Santa Cruz, who have need of financial assistance. This award is based on financial need and academic merit.

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student of UCSC.
  • Graduated from a high school in Santa Clara County.
  • Majoring in Sociology.
  • Have financial need. (Currently receiving financial aid through UCSC.)
  • Have high academic merit.

Application Materials Required:

  1. Submit a one page letter explaining why you are a good candidate for this scholarship. Indicate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, your student ID number, the high school you graduated from, and contact information including address and phone number.
  2. Submit a faculty letter of support.

To Apply: email materials to the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor, Tina Nikfarjam at