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Scholarships

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Undergraduate Student Scholarships

We offer several scholarships for select students on an annual basis. The general scholarship application can be used to apply for most department scholarships. Along with the application form, applicants should include a resume/CV. The general application and resume are due February 24. Please submit both documents to Sociology@unt.edu and insert "Undergraduate Scholarship Application" in the email subject line. For more information please contact the department at 940-565-2296.

The general application can be used to apply to --

  • The Al Murdock and Glen Howze Scholarship
  • The Leonard Benson Scholarship
  • The Elizabeth Esterchild Scholarship
  • The Lynne Killgore Scholarship

Sociology Scholarship General Application (pdf)

Sociology Scholarship General Application (docx)

Only one application is needed to apply to all the above scholarships.

The Al Murdock and Glen Howze Scholarship

Applicants must have transferred to the University of North Texas from a community college. They must be enrolled as an undergraduate Sociology major, with at least a 2.5 GPA. Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated eligibility for need-based financial assistance, with a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) filed with UNT's Financial Aid Office. The recipient of the scholarship must be enrolled full-time as a Sociology major during the semesters that the scholarship is paid. When awarded, the scholarship will be split between the fall and spring semesters of the following academic year, unless the student is a fall graduate.

Leonard Benson Scholarship

Applicants must be undergraduate sociology majors at UNT who have at least a 3.0 GPA. The recipient must be enrolled as an undergraduate sociology major at UNT during the semesters when the scholarship is paid. One annual award will be credited to the recipient's student account. The awarding of this scholarship is subject each year to the availability of funds.

Elizabeth Esterchild Scholarship

Applicants must be undergraduate sociology majors at UNT who have at least a 3.5 GPA. The recipient must be enrolled as an undergraduate sociology major at UNT during the semesters when the scholarship is paid. One annual award will be credited to the recipient's student account. The awarding of this scholarship is subject each year to the availability of funds. When awarded, the amount will be split equally between the Fall and Spring semesters.

Lynne Killgore Scholarship

Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate sociology student at UNT with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicants may be a full OR part-time student. If not currently enrolled, enrollment must be anticipated for the following semester. *Preference will be given to non-traditional students who have been out of school due to family responsibilities.

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Other Sociology Scholarships

The general application CANNOT be used to apply to --

  • Sociology Unpaid Internship Scholarship
  • Undergraduate Research Fellowship Supplemental Scholarship
  • Lynne Killgore & Dave Michel Mentored Student Scholarship
  • Lynne Killgore & Dave Michel Peer-Mentor Coach Scholarship

Please apply to these scholarships using their respective applications provided in the descriptions below.

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Sociology Unpaid Internship Scholarship

Students must be enrolled in SOCI 4950: Sociology Internship and successfully complete the course requirements (i.e., receive a "pass" final grade). The recipient must be enrolled as an undergraduate sociology major at UNT during the semesters when the scholarship is paid. One annual award of $500 will be credited to the recipient's student account upon successful completion of the course. The awarding of this scholarship is subject each year to the availability of funds.

For this scholarship, please complete the application form accessible at this link: Sociology Unpaid Internship Scholarship Application

For more information about the internaship course, see this link: https://sociology.unt.edu/soci-4950-sociology-internship

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Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) Supplemental Scholarship

Applicants must first be accepted for the UNT Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) and have a Department of Sociology faculty serve as their research mentor for the fellowship.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please read the information provided in the link below to apply; the deadline is in June. https://honors.unt.edu/research/unt-undergraduate-research-fellowship

If you are chosen for a UNT Undergraduate Research Fellowship and are a Sociology major, then you are entitled to a $500 URF Sociology Supplemental Scholarship as long as your designated research mentor for the fellowship is a Sociology faculty member. You must apply for the scholarship and submit your application at the beginning of the academic year in which you will be a UNT Research Fellow. Please submit to Sociology@unt.edu and insert "URF Sociology Supplemental Scholarship" in the email subject line.

Students previously awarded the Supplemental Scholarship may reapply with each successful URF application. The awarding of this scholarship is subject each year to the availability of funds.

For this scholarship, please complete the application form accessible at this link: Sociology Supplemental Scholarship Application

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Killgore & Michel Sociology Mentoring Program Scholarships

A detailed description of the department's mentoring program can be found here: https://sociology.unt.edu/killgore-michel-sociology-mentoring-program

There are two different types of scholarships available through the department's mentoring program: The Mentored Student Scholarships and the Peer-Mentor Coach Scholarships. See below for a description of both scholarships.

Mentored Student Scholarships: Are you a first-generation college student or first-time-in-college student who might benefit from participating along with other sociology majors in various mentoring activities on campus? Are you currently struggling in college and believe that you could benefit from a mentoring program? We seek through the department's mentoring program to improve the likelihood that you will succeed in college and earn a bachelor's degree.

Eligibility criteria:

--Must be a full-time student at UNT;
--must have officially declared Sociology as your major; and
--must be able to participate fully in the mentoring activities associated with the program during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year following your selection as a mentored-student scholarship recipient.

If you meet the above criteria, please fully complete the application available at this link: Mentored Student Scholarship Application

Peer-Mentor Coach Scholarships: Do you relate well to other students and have the leadership skills to mentor other students in how to succeed in college? Do you believe that you would excel at fostering an inclusive, welcoming environment where students can comfortably ask questions about their college experiences? Are you willing to serve as a college-success coach to a small group of up to four Sociology majors who are either first-generation college students, first-time-in-college students, or students who are academically struggling in college but are committed to improving their performance to earn a college degree? We seek peer-mentor coaches who have demonstrated that they can academically succeed in college and who want to make a difference in the lives of other college students who may be new to college or may be struggling academically.

Eligibility criteria:

--Must be a full-time student at UNT;
--must be a Sociology major with a 3.0 or higher GPA;
--must have completed at least 45 hours of college coursework, with at least 30 credit hours at UNT; and
--must be willing to lead a small group of students in the activities associated with the department's mentoring program during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year following your selection as a peer mentor.

If you meet the above criteria, please fully complete the application available at this link: Peer Mentor Scholarship Application