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Scholarship Opportunities

Here is a sampling of scholarships that may be relevant to Sociology majors. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and other scholarship opportunities may be found on the UO website for Financial Aid.

Sociology Majors: The Diana May Woodruff Award – Offered through the Department of Sociology, this annual award gives $6,000 to an undergraduate or graduate sociology student who is interested in pursuing a career in social work, broadly defined.  For students interested in the award for the 2022–2023 Academic Year we have left the application process open and will continue to collect applications through May 14. The prize applies to the following academic year’s UO tuition and fees.

This scholarship is for an outstanding undergraduate student majoring in Sociology in their junior or senior years, or a graduate student in any year, with a particular interest in pursuing social work, broadly defined (e.g., social services, child and family services, and community health).  The scholarship is for $6,000 and will be applied to tuition and fees.  Both Sociology undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the overall quality of their academic work, their commitment to learning, and their potential for further academic achievement. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by the UO Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Applications should include:

  • Applicant information
  • Your CV or Resumé
  • A two-page statement of your interest in pursuing a career in social work, broadly defined
  • Evidence of FAFSA application

Diana May Woodruff Application

Review of applications will occur on a rolling basis. The final deadline to apply is May 14, 2022.

Interested students can also address questions to Undergraduate Coordinators Peter Coury and Dan O’Neil


College of Arts and Sciences students – CAS offers a number of scholarships and fellowships each year.  Sociology majors are in the College of Arts and Sciences, as are many other programs of study.

General University Scholarship Program – Awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement. Undergraduates and graduate students must hold a 3.50 cumulative GPA.  Incoming freshmen are automatically considered as part of their university application.  All others must apply.

Diversity Excellence Scholarship – This award recognizes the academic achievement and potential of students who, through sharing their varied cultural perspectives, will enhance the education of all UO students and the excellence of the University.  Applications are due in January and require a letter of recommendation.

Grants for Undergraduate Research Projects – UROP Mini-grants are awards of up to $1,000 to support undergraduate student research, creative scholarship or work on an innovative project. Applications may be submitted twice per year, in October and February.

LGBTQIA+ Community – The John R. Moore Scholarship and the RJ Hoyman Scholarship are awarded to students who excel in their contribution to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community.

Veteran Support – The Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education.  The Osher Re-Entry Scholarship is awarded to students who are returning or have returned to pursue their education after a break.  Osher applications open in December and close in early March.

Prepare for Graduate StudyThe McNair Scholars Program (TRiO) prepares qualified juniors and seniors for graduate study leading to PhD degrees.