Apply to Undergraduate Scholarships/Awards

Below you find information about some of the more relevant award and scholarship opportunities for Sociology students, including a few through the Sociology Department and the Social Sciences Division. Students should also work with the financial aid office for grants and scholarships.

Popular Award & Scholarship Opportunities:

  1. The Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender Senior Thesis Award
  2. The Fanny Carruthers Sociology Scholarship
  3. Deans', Chancellor's, and Steck Award
  4. The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship
  5. The Rick Hooper Scholarship
  6. Koret Undergraduate Research Scholarship
  7. Blum Scholar Grant Award
  8. Joel Frankel Memorial Scholarship
  9. Nancy Pascal Field Study Scholarship
  10. Cynthia Mathews Scholarship
  11. The Keeley Coastal Scholars Program
  12. Donald A. Strauss Scholarship


Looking for additional funding opportunities? A new resource is now available for students to find award, scholarship, and grant opportunities. Click on the button below to review additional opportunities, and use the worksheet tabs at the bottom of the excel document to search by due date month. Please note that these are annual awards so the deadlines, criteria, etc. may change year to year. Always review the information directly on the website provided.

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

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

Deadline: Friday, May 8th 2020

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, even if the student has graduated. This means students who are working on their senior thesis for the 2019-20 academic year but are not ready to apply, may apply in Spring of the 2020-21 academic year.

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) they are submitting their senior thesis for consideration for the Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender Senior Thesis Award, and b) that, should they receive the award, they are willing to have their name and the title of their senior thesis announced as the recipient of the award.

3) The nominee submits the PDF version of the senior thesis emailed to the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor, Tina Cossaboom,



Fanny Carruthers Sociology Scholarship Fund

Sociology Award 

Award amount varies each year, subject to funding.

Deadline: Friday, May 8th 2020

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

 You may email your materials to the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor, Tina Cossaboom, at or drop them off at the sociology department in Rachel Carson College Rm 224/226. After hours, there is a drop box at the beginning of the hall next to Rm 235.



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 2018-2019 academic activity at UCSC. Click here to see previous winning projects. The 2019 application opens February 5 2019.  



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 3 – June 7, 2019.  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 Wednesday April 10, 2019.
  • 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 2018 (but not submitted in last year’s competition) are eligible for the 2018-19 competition, even if the student has already graduated. Students who graduated in spring 2018 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 Wednesday April 3, 2019 at noon. 

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



The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

Social Science Division Award

Up to $10,000 in 2019 will be awarded to one or more outstanding undergraduate students majoring in any of
the departments within the Division of Social Sciences.


(Departments in the Social Sciences Division set their own internal deadlines. If you are majoring in another department, please check their deadline to apply).

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 (Sociology) and was working for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as her Director of Community Outreach when he was tragically shot and killed. Generous donations frommore than 520 alumni, faculty, community members, and the general public funded this endowment. This endowment will award up to $10,000 in 2019 to one or more outstanding undergraduate students majoring in any of the departments within the Division of Social Sciences. More information about the award, and about the past recipients of this award, is available on the Social Sciences website.

Undergraduate majors in the social sciences are invited to apply for this scholarship through their department 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 with their essay and resume. Each department may select up to three ranked candidates for this award and submit their application packet for review along with a nomination letter detailing why these candidates were chosen.

Application Materials Required:

  • A 2-3 max page essay about your 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 12pm (noon) on Monday, April 15 2019.

  • Via email to (preferred)

  • In person at the Sociology Department advising office, Rachel Carson College Rm 226.

  • Or dropped off in the locked drop box in the Sociology Department next to Rachel Carson College Rm 235.


The Rick Hooper Scholarship

The Rick Hooper Scholarship
Call For Applications
Due February 21st, 2020

The Rick Hooper Scholarship was 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.

Administered through the Division of Social Sciences, the Rick Hooper Scholarship is 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: submit a 500-word proposal and a copy of your unofficial academic transcript via e-mail to  The proposal must concisely explain your experience, preparation, and concrete goals related to the topics above.


Koret Undergraduate Research Scholarship


Become a Koret Scholar! 
$2000 Scholarships for Undergraduate Research

The Divisions of Undergraduate Education and Student Success with funding from the Koret Foundation will award 64 Undergraduate Research Scholarships of $2000 from any discipline.

Scholarship Eligibility:

  • The applicant must be an enrolled UCSC undergraduate student in good academic standing. Applicants will be required to provide access to educational records for verification purposes.
  • The applicant must have a UCSC faculty (or, in some cases, graduate student) mentor for the project. Applicants will be required to submit a letter of support from the mentor.
  • The project must be completed prior to the student's graduation.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Scientific, scholarly, and/or creative merit of the proposed research project.
  • Evidence of ability to carry out the proposed research project (as shown by a letter of support, transcripts, proposal narrative, and project timeline).

Koret Scholars are expected to work with their mentors in 2- or 5-credit independent studies. Koret Undergraduate Research Scholarships are intended to enable students to participate in a research project outside of their courses in collaboration with faculty and/or graduate students. As such, scholarships will not be awarded for assignments in regular courses but new research projects might be developed out of previous coursework. Projects can be a student or faculty-originated, by means of independent study, over 1 or 2 quarters.

Additional Student Requirements:

  • Submit a one-page final report on their project by May 30, 2019.
  • Participate in the "Koret Scholars Research Slam" during Student Achievement Week, June 7, 2019. 

Application Components:

  • Applicant information: Name, email, etc. Major(s) or proposed major, Expected Graduation Term, unofficial transcript, and College.
  • Mentor information: Name, email, Mentor status, Mentor department, and letter of support from mentor.
  • Research project information: Title of project, project timeline and description, and personal statement from student.

Application deadline: October 31, 2018. Applications must be completed by the student participant. Students are encouraged to work with their mentor in submitting their application. 


Information for Mentors

Frequently Asked Questions

A note to financial aid recipients: If you are a financial aid applicant, this award would be incorporated into your aid offer to meet your budgeted cost of attendance. In most cases, it will reduce your loan obligation. Once factored into your aid offer, the award is paid through to your UCSC student account. If you owe the university any fees, the award will apply to those first and any remaining funds will be issued to you via direct deposit or by check, depending upon how you are signed up to receive refunds. If you have questions about how this award would affect your current aid, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office by visiting 201 Hahn Student Services Building or calling 831-459-2963. 

Questions? Contact Don Bard, Coordinator of Undergraduate Honors and Research Opportunities at


Blum Scholar Grant Program

Campus Award

The Call For Proposals is now underway for the Summer 2019 UCSC Blum Scholar Grant Awards

The UCSC Blum Scholars award program enables undergraduate and graduate students to complete a community-based research project either domestically or abroad that addresses poverty, social enterprise, or participatory governance. This year we will expand our awarding to include support for up to three research projects related to improving UCSC students’ access to basic needs (e.g., food security, housing). The average number of awards each year is 10.

Award: Student grants are limited to a maximum of $2,000 for community-based work completed in the summer months (June – September). The award serves as a stipend to help cover transportation costs (air and ground), lodging and meals. Any equipment purchased with the award must be returned to the UCSC Blum Center for use by future Blum Scholars.

Eligibility: Funding is offered to highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled and in good standing at UC Santa Cruz. Students must return for at least one quarter after completing their project and participate in a public event highlighting their work. Funding is not available for use for EAP, UC Summer Abroad, or to individuals that have already received Blum Scholar funding.

Evaluation Criteria: Student applicants should describe a specific community-based project, outline a budget, and develop a realistic time frame for completion. A strong proposal will include a clear description of the project’s objective, anticipated outcomes, and how the work is to be carried out.

Examination of the applicant's research interests, relevant background skills, experience, goals and their alignment with the UCSC Blum Center's mission will all be determinants of award evaluation.

The following requirements are essential to being considered for a Blum Scholar award.

1. A complete and on-time online application submitted by 11:59pm US Pacific time on April 12, 2019 to the online form at:

2. A brief letter of recommendation from a faculty member sent to by the application deadline.

3. A brief letter of sponsorship by a community organization supervisor or mentor sent to by the application deadline.

4. A final project report with at least 5 photos, due on or before October 1, 2019 by email. A presentation of findings will take place in the following fall or winter quarter.

If your proposal is awarded, applicants may need to apply for IRB approval/exemption and fill out a waiver of liability. We suggest you begin the IRB process as soon as possible.

If you are interested, see last year's awardees here.

For Additional Questions Contact: Lisa Nishioka, Program Manager,



Joel Frankel Memorial Scholarship

Latin American Latino/a Studies Award


UCSC undergraduates are eligible, with priority given to Merrill College students, LALS majors and Politics majors focusing on Latin American and Latina/o issues, whose proposals reflect the founding spirit and vision that established the fund.  (Refer to the “Philosophy” of Joel Frankel Memorial Scholarship on the LALS website.)  Grants are awarded on the basis of merit and financial need.

(200-400 words, typewritten)
On a separate sheet of paper please describe the project and how the funds are to be used. The proposal should include a description of the project, approach and methodology, planned activities and budget justification. In accordance with the purpose of the Joel Frankel Memorial Scholarship Fund, proposals should be for “special” studies and projects beyond the requirements or expectations of regular course work in the major.  They should also embody the intention to learn from and assist in carrying out social change initiatives that have originated in Latin America or Latino communities within the U.S.

Applicants must submit a separate one-page typed biography giving information on personal background, and the development of the applicant's interest in Latin American and/or Latino/a Studies.

Budget proposals should estimate, as closely as possible, anticipated expenses for completion of this project. The budget should be itemized and can include such things as: books, supplies, equipment, transportation, visas, passport fees, living expenses, etc. The budget proposal should include a statement of financial need and list other funds that have been solicited. Generally the scholarship committee offers awards in the amount of $500 for each field study project that is selected.

Please submit at least one letter of support from a faculty member along with your project application.
Make sure to ask at least one week to ten days in advance!

Students who are awarded scholarships are expected to prepare a written summary report upon their return that describes the actual field study undertaken. In addition, award recipients will share their experiences with LALS, Merrill and wider UCSC communities through seminars, discussions, workshops, performances or exhibits. Copies of all work submitted (including written and audio/visual materials) will be placed in the permanent collections at LALS Office and will be made available for review and use by UCSC community members.


Please make sure to download the cover sheet for your application.

2019 Application cover sheet

2019 Guidelines

Joel Frankel Awardees


Nancy Pascal Field Study Scholarship Application 


Awarded annually to students who participate in field study programs. The scholarship is intended to encourage and support real-world experiences that complement formal academic requirements. Nancy Pascal established the scholarship in honor of her retirement after 32 years of dedicated service to UC Santa Cruz in the the Registrar's Office.

Who is eligible? Any UCSC undergraduate who is planning a field study through a campus department or program for Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and/or Winter 2020. Students must be returning to the campus for one or more quarters following the field study.

Guidelines, deadlines, and the application form can be downloaded here.

Here's a link to the application as a view only google doc:

Scholarship flyer


Cynthia Mathews Scholarship Application 


This scholarship is awarded to students in any UC Santa Cruz department or program who are pursuing studies or internships related to reproductive rights, health policy, healthcare professions, or public health.  It was established in 2007 through the generous donations of friends, family and colleagues of Cynthia Mathews to honor her 40 years of outstanding service in the area of reproductive health.


Who is eligible? Any UCSC undergraduate who is pursuing studies, field studies, or internships related to reproductive rights, health policy, healthcare professions, or public health anytime between July 1, 2019 and Mary 30,2020. Students must be returning to the campus for one or more quarters after the proposed research/study/internship.

Guidelines, deadlines, and the application form can be downloaded here.

Here's a link to the application as a view only google doc:


Scholarship flyer


The Keeley Coastal Scholars Program

Divisional Award

Deadline to apply: February 21, 2020

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 with a scholarship between $1,000 to $4,000, with an associated $1,000 in support of the sponsoring faculty member. These funds can be used for any expenses incurred during the summer months.


Undergraduate majors are invited to apply by submitting an online application, a project budget, and an unofficial copy of their transcripts by February 21, 2020. Candidates must be in good academic standing and have established financial need. The sponsoring faculty member must submit a letter detailing the student’s abilities and specific project responsibilities before the application deadline.



Donald A. Strauss Scholarship


The Donald A. Strauss Scholarship Foundation allows students to pursue a public service project during their junior or senior year. The scholarship provides $15,000 for expenses of the public service project and for some tuition, fees, books, room and board. The Foundation will award scholarships to full-time students who have:

  • demonstrated an interest in public service.
  • outstanding leadership potential.
  • developed and can demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • the desire to "make a difference” in local, regional, national or international communities.
  • one or two years remaining until graduation.
  • a GPA in the upper 1/3 of their class.
  • submitted an innovative, original, public service proposal.
More information can be found on the Strauss Foundation website:  
Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Monday, February 4, 2019 to Merrill Faculty Services and the Office of Campus Advising and Coordination mailbox, attn: Strauss Campus Representative. If you have questions about the application process, please email


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