Scholarships & Aid

Scholarships & Aid
Scholarships & Aid

Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships

Vanetta Aaron Undergraduate Student Paper Competition in Race, Class, or Gender

Undergraduate majors in Sociology are invited to submit papers on the topic of race, class, or gender to the annual paper competition. The student with the best paper, as selected by the sociology undergraduate committee members, will be awarded $100 and their name will be added to a commemorative plaque.

This competition is to encourage students and the Department of Sociology to honor the memory of Vanetta Aaron, M.A. (1970 – 1995). As an instructor in Nationality and Race Relations, Vanetta Aaron committed herself to expanding the critical thinking of her students on these topics. Vanetta's own research focused on African American women and their family roles. Papers are encouraged from undergraduates who have written on any topic that addresses race, class or gender issues pertinent to sociology. Papers are typically due in the Fall semester.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipient - Samantha Sandhoefner.

Alan P. Bates Outstanding Undergraduate Award

Sociology majors who will graduate in the Spring semester or who graduated in the previous Fall semester are invited to apply for this award. Dr. Bates served as a Professor and Chair of this Department from 1949 to 1978. In addition to having his or her name added to an honorary plaque in the Sociology Department, the winner will receive an award of $1,000. Applications are typically due in the Fall semester.

To be considered for this award, students must fulfill the following criteria:

  • A 3.0 or better GPA in all courses and a 3.0 or better GPA in Sociology
  • A copy of a transcript or senior check
  • A cover letter describing your past or potential contributions to the community and/or the campus (Undergraduate Sociological Association) and how it is related to the "sociological imagination"
  • A vita or résumé summarizing your academic and work activities
  • An example of your creative activity in sociology (senior thesis, photo essay, term paper)

Congratulations to the 2016 recipient - Kayla Smith

Alice Lou Crank Undergraduate Scholarship in Sociology

Freshman and sophomore majors in Sociology are invited to apply for the Alice Lou Crank Undergraduate Scholarship in Sociology. This scholarship provides up to $2,500 in scholarship funds to a Sociology major with fewer than 60 completed credit hours.

To be considered for this scholarship, students must submit the following materials:

  • A copy of your transcript, which shows that you have completed fewer than 60 credit hours
  • Documentation of overall GPA
  • A personal statement that discusses why you chose to major in Sociology and what you hope to do with your degree

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients - Jorge Ledesma and Grace Stallworth.

Alice Frost Howard Memorial Scholarship

The Alice Frost Howard Memorial Scholarship of $250 is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student at UNL. Qualified students must be Sociology majors and in their sophomore or junior year at UNL.

Application materials must include a one- to two-page statement of interest in the discipline and be accompanied by a writing example from a course in Sociology (term paper, project, etc.). Applications are typically due in the Fall semester. Please include a current address in your letter of application for notification purposes.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipient - Luke Novack.

Ed A. Munoz Latina/o Sociology Excellence Award

The Ed A. Munoz Latina/o Sociology Excellence Award is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrates a focus on Latina/o culture or ethnicity through scholarly work or research. Award is to be used to fund research and or travel expenses associated with research activities or attendance and/or participation at a conference.

Applications are typically due in the Fall semester. Please include a current address in your letter of application for notification purposes.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipient - Jerreed Ivanich.

Sociology Opportunities Scholarship

Sociology first majors who are also first-generation college students are invited to apply for the Sociology Opportunities Scholarship. This scholarship will award $500 in scholarship funds to an outstanding Sociology major who is also from a family in which neither parent has graduated from college.

To be considered for this scholarship, students must submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter discussing why you chose a sociology major, what you hope to do with your degree, and how this is related to your status as a first-generation college student
  • A copy of your transcript/documentation of over all GPA and Sociology GPA
  • A writing sample

Congratulations to the 2016 recipient - Connor Meza.

Graduate Student Awards

Cheryl Applegate Teaching Award

An annual award established to recognize graduate students who display exceptional quality in teaching and working with undergraduate students. The intent is to encourage students to perform top quality work in teaching, instructional development, and working with undergraduates. The award is named in honor of Cheryl Applegate, an ABD graduate student who died of cancer before completing her Ph.D. work. Cheryl described herself as a Black-woman activist, a teacher, and social change maker.

Graduate instructors who have taught their own course(s) (specifically excluding recitation sections) at UNL are eligible. Students nominate themselves by providing a statement of their teaching philosophy and a teaching portfolio of their classroom teaching experience at UNL. The student(s) selected for the honor will receive a certificate and a cash award.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipient - Laura Simon.

Nicholas Babchuk Endowment for Excellence in Research by Sociology Graduate Students

Dr. Babchuk was a member of the Sociology Department from 1959 to 1987. This award is used to support graduate student research in sociology, a priority to Nick throughout his distinguished career. Annual awards are made to support the research activities of an outstanding graduate student in Sociology.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients - Trenton Haltom, Sela Harcey, and Dane Hautala.

Alice Frost Howard Graduate Student Research Fellowship

Alice Frost Howard was the first woman graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Class of 1876. The Alice Frost Howard Award is an annual award to outstanding female graduate students in Sociology.

Joyce O. Hertzler Graduate Student Research Award

Joyce O. Hertzler was on the faculty of the Sociology Department from 1923 to 1961. This award provides graduate students and assistant professors in Sociology support for scholarship activities.

Dan Hoyt Graduate Student Publication Award

Congratulations to the 2016 recipient - Patrick Habecker.

David C. & Marilyn S. Moore UNL Graduate Student Quantitative Research Award

This award was created by former UNL Sociology Alum, Dr. David Moore. Recipients will use award to assist with expenses related to research projects that employ or training experiences that focus on quantitative methods.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipient - Jarreed Ivanich.

Ed A. Munoz Latina/o Sociology Excellence Award

Ed A. Munoz is a Department of Sociology Alumni, receiving his Ph.D. in 1995. Recipients must be either an undergraduate or graduate student who demonstrates a focus on Latina/o culture or ethnicity through scholarly work or research. Award is to be used to fund research and/or cover travel expenses associated with research activities or attendance or participation in a conference.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipient - Jerreed Ivanich.

J.J. & Eleanor S. Ogle Fellowship

This fellowship award is specifically designed to support an outstanding graduate student's research.

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Academic Year Fellowship recipient - Elizabeth Straley.

Congratulations also to the 2016 Summer Fellowship recipients - Jenifer Anderson, Trenton Haltom, Sela Harcey, Alice Miller McPhee, Shawn Ratcliff, Colleen Ray, Elizabeth Straley, Courtney Thrash, Zachary Thorpe, Courtney Thrash, and TK Vang..

James M. Reinhardt Graduate Student Research Fellowship

This fellowship is designed specifically to support graduate student research in the areas of criminology or delinquency.

Scott C. Whiteford Award

Dr. Scott C. Whiteford, Department of Sociology Alumni, received his M.A in 2000 and his Ph.D. in 2004. This Award was created by Dr. Whiteford to support Sociology Graduate Students. Candidates should have an accumulative grade point average of 3.0 with preference being given to those who have demonstrated financial need.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipient - Stacy Tiemeyer.

Department of Sociology Research Award

An annual award established to recognize exceptional quality in research papers written in graduate courses. The intent is to encourage students to perform top-quality work on course papers, and for the department to recognize those papers that have exceptional potential to lead to publication.

The journal-length papers (no more than 30 pages in total length) may be written in courses, in independent study, or from papers drawn from thesis or dissertation research. They must be sole authored. Research is interpreted broadly to also include original scholarly work in the area of theory, as well as research that embraces both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Students nominate themselves by providing a clean copy of their paper to the Graduate Chair. The paper must have been completed within the last 15 months and not submitted for previous consideration. The author of the winning paper will receive a certificate as well as a cash award.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients - Alexis Swendener and Brandi Woodell.

Department of Sociology Teaching Award

Evidence of superior teaching as a TA and/or instructor. (Teaching evaluations must be submitted).

Congratulations to the 2016 recipient - Sela Harcey.

Department of Sociology Travel Award

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients - Laura Simon and Courtney Thrash.

UNL Office of Graduate Studies Student Conference Travel Grant

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients - Patrick Habecker and Beth Straley.