In addition to need-based and other general scholarships for which all students are eligible, the Sociology Department provides scholarships specifically for majors.
Barbara Gezon Baker Scholarship for Academic Excellence
This scholarship is awarded to departmental students entering the junior or senior year who have an outstanding academic record, particularly within the department. The quality of the student's written work may be considered as well. Candidates are nominated by department members.
*No application is required.
Dr. Donald Bouma Memorial Scholarship in Sociology and Social Work
Two scholarships are given annually to a sociology or social work major entering the junior or senior year, in memory of Dr. Bouma, Calvin's first professor of sociology. The scholarship requires an application. The recipient will agree to write a major paper in an existing course on a topic related to issues of social justice.
Daniel C. Duyst Memorial Scholarship
Applicants must be entering the junior or senior year and be pursuing a Sociology major with a GPA of 2.70 or higher and an interest in criminal justice. Special consideration may be given to those who aspire to a career in law enforcement, while those interested in a broad range of service opportunities in court, correction, and treatment-related roles are eligible to apply.
Sociology and Social Work Faculty Honors Scholarship
One scholarship is awarded annually to a sociology or social work major entering the senior year. An application is required.
Leanne Joy Knot Memorial Scholarship
Recipients must be social work or sociology majors entering their junior or senior years with a cumulative grade point of 3.0 or higher. In addition, recipients must demonstrate a sincere desire to (1) help children, (2) promote improved health care, education and standards of living among the poor, or (3) volunteer in the Peace Corps. Financial need will also be considered.
Theodore A. Rottman Scholarship in Social Justice
This scholarship is for sociology majors who are dedicated to careers in social justice and recognize the crucial nature of a Christian perspective on a broad range of social justice concerns such as anti-social behavior, medical issues and social class disparities. Recipients must be sociology majors dedicated to a career in social justice and entering their junior or senior year, with first preference for seniors, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.
This scholarship recognizes a promising student majoring in sociology, social work, or criminal justice. Applicants must be entering the junior or senior year and have a cumulative grade point of 3.0 or higher. The recipient will agree to write a major paper on the topic of child sexual abuse.