Apply to Undergraduate Scholarships/Awards

The Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender Senior Thesis Award

Sociology Award
Award amount varies each year, subject to funding.

Due by 5pm Thursday, May 5th 2017

This award is given to a Sociology major who has completed the best senior thesis on race, class, and gender during the academic year. The award amount varies yearly. 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, Rachel Carson College Rm 224/226, After hours, there is a drop box at the beginning of the hall next to Rm 235.
Due by 5pm Thursday, May 5th 2017


Fanny Carruthers Sociology Scholarship Fund

Sociology Award 

Award amount varies each year, subject to funding.

Due by 5pm Thursday, May 5th 2017

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 specific to undergraduate and graduate students who graduated from a High School in Santa Clara County and have chosen Sociology as their major. This award is based on financial need and academic merit. The award amount varies each year.


  • 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 recommendation

Due by 5pm Thursday, May 5th 2016 to the Sociology department. You may email your materials to or drop them off at the department in Rm 224/226 or in the drop box at the beginning of the hall next to Rm 235.


The Keeley Coastal Scholars Program

Campus Award

Due April 28, 2017

The Keeley Coastal Scholars program will support underrepresented undergraduate students from California with an unmet financial need doing summer research and policy work connected to Coastal Sustainability. Scholarships will range from $1,000 to $4,000 per student with an associated $1,000 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 by April 28, 2017. Candidates must be in good academic standing and submit an unofficial copy of their transcripts. Candidates must have established financial need during the current academic year. The sponsoring faculty member should submit a letter detailing the student’s abilities and specific project responsibilities.

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Dewey at 831-459-2919 or


Deans', Chancellor's and Steck Awards

Campus Awards

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 2016-2017 academic activity at UCSC. Click here to see previous winning projects. The 2017 application opens February 6. 

Completed applications must be submitted by April 4, 2017.


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


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.


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.

Winners of the Deans', Chancellor's and Steck awards will be honored during Undergraduate Student Achievement Week, June 5 – June 9, 2017.  The names of the winners will also be acknowledged at college commencement ceremonies.


  • All submissions must include one supporting statement by the faculty sponsor, who will be emailed a link to submit the letter of recommendation online. Faculty recommendations must be submitted by April 11, 2017.
  • 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 2016 (but not submitted in last year’s competition) are eligible for the 2016-17 competition, even if the student has already graduated. Students who graduated in spring 2016 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.
  • The deadline to submit the online application is April 4, 2017.

Apply for the Deans', Chancellor's and Steck Awards <- Click here! 

Application requires use of your CruzID Blue password.

Questions regarding the guidelines can be directed to


Joel Frankel Memorial Scholarship

Latin American Latino Studies Award

The Joel Frankel Memorial Scholarship awards grant funds to support undergraduate field study projects in Latin America or Latino communities within the United States. While any UCSC undergraduate may apply, priority is given to Merrill College students, LALS majors and Politics majors focusing on Latin American and Latina/o issues. Funds are allocated based on soundness and feasibility of the proposal, evidence of sufficient academic training in the chosen field, and demonstrated economic need. The fund is named in honor of Joel Frankel, Class of 1979, a Politics major with a strong interest in Latin America. He died of leukemia shortly after graduating from UCSC, and his family and friends established the scholarship in his memory.

Maximum awards is $600. To access the Philosophy, Guidelines, and Application Cover Sheet, visit the LALS Website: Applications and guidelines are also available at the Latin American and Latino Studies Department.

Applications DUE by 4 p.m. Monday, April 3rd, 2017 LALS dept.  Merrill Academic 32, Merrill College. For more information please call, 831-459-4284


The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

Social Science Division Award

$2,500 Award

Due to the Sociology Department by 9am Monday, April 17, 2017

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.

Undergraduate majors in the social sciences are invited to apply for this scholarship by submitting a short essay (2-3 pages maximum) about her or his passion for social issues and commitment to public service, as well as a copy of their resume. Candidates must be in good academic standing and submit an unofficial copy of their transcripts. Each department may select up to three candidates for this award and submit her or his essay for review along with a nomination letter detailing the exceptional qualities of the nominee. The department nominees are reviewed by the a committee in the division, and one winner is chosen. The recipient of this award 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)

How to Submit Application:

Application materials must be received through one of the following options by 9am Monday to be considered:

  • Via email to  (preferred)
  • Turned in in-person at the Sociology Department advising office, Rachel Carson College Rm 226. Rm 226 will be open today, Friday April 14th 10am-4pm.
  • Or dropped off in the locked drop box in the Sociology Department next to Rachel Carson College Rm 235. The department building will be closed over the weekend, and reopen 8am on Monday.


The Rick Hooper Scholarship

$1200 Award
Call For Applications
Deadline: May 15, 2017
The Rick Hooper Scholarship has been established to honor the memory of Richard M. "Rick" Hooper,
who died at age 40 in the August 19, 2003 terrorist bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad.

The Rick Hooper Scholarship, administered through the Center for Emerging Worlds, will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Preference will be given to undergraduate students in any UC Santa Cruz department who have a demonstrated interest in or are pursuing studies in one or more of the areas in which Rick Hooper focused his life's work. The award is intended to fund travel expenses for the selected undergraduate student or students for any of the following purposes:

* increasing understanding of the Arabic language or the Arabic-speaking or Muslim world
* study at a college or university in an Arabic-speaking or Muslim majority country
* an internship in peace and conflict resolution or human rights
* study or work in Palestinian human rights issues

Candidates must be UCSC undergraduate students in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need.  To apply, please submit a 500- word proposal and a copy of your academic transcript via e-mail to  The proposal must concisely explain your experience, preparation, and concrete goals related to the topics above.

Rick Hooper, a 1985 graduate of UC Santa Cruz, spent many years in the Middle East and became one of the UN's chief experts on the region. He became interested in the Middle East as a UCSC undergraduate while studying abroad, and he returned to join a campus student organization, the Palestine Support Group, dedicated to promoting awareness of the culture, aspirations, and human rights situation of Palestinians. He spent an additional undergraduate year at Birzeit University, studied Arabic on a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Damascus and the American University of Cairo, and received a master's in Arab studies from Georgetown University.

Rick first joined the United Nations in 1990 as a refugee affairs officer in Gaza with the UN Relief and Works Agency. He later served at the agency's Vienna headquarters. Since 2001 he had been special assistant to the UN undersecretary general for political affairs. In 1995-96 and 1999-2001, he served as special assistant to the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process. He had a long association with the Norwegian Institute for Applied Social Sciences and helped establish its Program for International Cooperation and Conflict Resolution. He was also founding director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum in New York.

For information, please contact Suraiya Jetha at: 

University of California
1156 High Street
Social Sciences 1
Santa Cruz CA  95064  USA
MAILSTOP:  Suraiya Jetha, Anthropology, Social Sciences 1 Faculty Services



Campus Award

The UC Santa Cruz Blum Center is happy to announce the 2016 Blum Scholar grant opportunity  open to all UCSC undergraduate and graduate students.

The focus of the UC Santa Cruz Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise and Participatory Governance is to investigate, analyze, educate and train students, scholars and practitioners in mechanisms, policies and practices that will facilitate properly scaled, innovative and effective institutional management and operation.  Our approach is based on the premise that those who can realize the greatest benefits from increased capacity are also those who should play the greatest participatory role in implementation and operation of institutions.  To this end, the center actively fosters student engagement with, placement in and learning from civil society partners working on poverty and building participatory governance capacity.  Read more about the UCSC Blum Center at

UCSC Blum Scholar Grant Program Summer 2016
Deadline:  April 15, 2016 (not announced for 16-17 yet)
Anticipated Award Notification:  early May 

+/- 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:


Donald A. Strauss Scholarship

*Application deadline has passed*

The Donald A. Strauss Scholarship Foundation allows juniors to pursue a public service project during their senior year by providing $10,000 for educational expenses. The project may be a new undertaking or an extension of the recipient’s current activities. UC Santa Cruz can nominate three students for the Strauss Award. To qualify:

  • Students must have one full year remaining until graduation 
  • Students must have a GPA in the upper 1/3 of his/her class
  • Students plan to devote a significant part of your lives to public service

 Award amount: $10,000.

Application details can be found on the Strauss Foundation website.

Questions regarding the above scholarships should be directed to Undergraduate Honors and Awards Coordinator  And visit our website:

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