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Department of Sociology Scholarships


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The Department of Sociology offers many scholarships and awards each year in honor of past graduates and faculty. Each scholarship is unique and has its own unique set of criteria.


Attention

Graduating Seniors are not eligible to apply for any Department of Sociology scholarhips


Charlotte McCord Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students

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  • Charlotte McCord was a loved and respected member of the Sociology faculty. She left us in the summer of 2005 after a protracted and heroic battle with breast cancer. She generously donated her retirement funds to create this scholarship for Non-Traditional students. Ms. McCord had once been a Non-Traditional student in the Sociology Department at Texas State (then Southwest Texas State).

  • This scholarship will be given to a non-traditional undergraduate sociology major who demonstrates academic success and enthusiasm for the field of sociology, two qualities Ms. McCord possessed and valued in her students.

    Write a brief essay (500 words or less) which explains the applicant’s suitability for the award.

    Ask one faculty member to write a letter of recommendation. 

Clarence Schultz Sociology Scholarship

  • The Clarence Schultz Sociology Scholarship was created to honor the long and exemplary teaching career of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Clarence C. Schultz and in appreciation of his numerous other contributions to Texas State University - San Marcos and to the Department of Sociology. 

  • To be considered, the student must be an undergraduate sociology major at Texas State University and be enrolled full-time (12 or more hours) during the semester(s) the award is received. Applicants must have completed 45 credit hours of study with at least 30 hours of credit earned at Texas State University. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.0+ and a GPA of 3.25+ in sociology at the time of application. If the award is distributed over two semesters, GPA averages must be maintained through the first semester on this Scholarship to continue eligibility for the award for the second semester. The award is for one year only, that is, the recipient may not reapply for the scholarship in subsequent years.

    Compile a list of  a list of academic accomplishments, involvement in student organizations, volunteer work etc., and write a brief essay (500 words or less), which explains the applicant’s suitability for the award.

     Ask one faculty member to write a letter of recommendation.

Geoff Wood Memorial Scholarship

  • Established in memory of Geoff Wood, the son of Ms. Marilee Wood, the Geoff Wood Scholarship competition is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.  The scholarship is funded by Ms. Wood and her husband, Mr. Tevis Grinstead, and is awarded on an annual basis by the Sociology Department at Texas State University. There will be a minimum of two but not more than six scholarships awarded to undergraduate and graduate sociology majors.

  • Scholarship, as demonstrated by grades and a letter of recommendation, is the primary selection criterion.  Demonstrated financial need, scholarly potential and/or potential social influence are additional criteria.

    Write a brief essay (500 words or less) which explains the applicant’s suitability for the award.

    Ask one faculty member to write a letter of recommendation. 

Newsom/Matlock Sociology Endowed Scholarship

  • Dr. Rollo Newsom, Distinguished Professor Emeriti began teaching at Texas State in 1966.  He served as the Chair of the Department of Sociology (1976-1981), Dean of the University College (1983-1986), and also as Vice President for Academic Affairs before retiring in 2008.

    Dr. Donald T. Matlock, Professor Emeriti began his career at Texas State in 1968.  Dr. Matlock was Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology from 1986-1998. 

  • Recipient must be a senior, junior or sophomore classification with 45 hours of study completed.  Transfer students must have completed at least 30 hours at Texas State.

    Recipient must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA in major of 3.25 at the time of application.

    Compile a list of academic accomplishments, involvement in student organizations, volunteer work etc., and write a brief essay (500 words or less), which explains the applicant’s suitability for the award.

    Ask one faculty member to write a letter of recommendation.  

Shelby Renee Newman Scholarship Overview

  • Shelby Renee Newman, a Texas State student (then SWT), who died as the result of an automobile accident in 1993, was an orientation assistant for two years and a member of the band for two years. Newman majored in Applied Sociology and received her Bachelor of Science degree posthumously in December 1993. Her parents, friends and supporters, created this scholarship in her honor.

    Preference will be given to current and former residents of Kerrville, TX and Tivy, TX.

  • GPA of 3.0 overall, must be an undergraduate sociology major and have taken at least 6 hours in the discipline. 

    Applicants will submit at least one letter of recommendation from a Texas State faculty member, as well as a 500 word letter of interest that includes information about how the knowledge learned as a sociology major will apply to their career and life beyond college.

    Preference will be given to current and former residents of Kerrville, TX and Tivy, TX.