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Scholarships & Assistantships

 

Scholarships

campus statueThere are several scholarships available for graduate students in the SHSU Sociology department. In addition, the SHSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences also offers a generous scholarship. They are awarded on a competitive basis and you must apply every year; however, due to the limited number of sociology graduate students who are enrolled at any given time, your chances for receiving a SHSU graduate scholarship are often higher than through other external funding sources where there may be hundreds of applicants. Most scholarships are between $500-$1000 each and often renewable over multiple semesters. Specific scholarships awarded in the department include:

  • The Ramsey Woods Scholarship
    Available to full-time (6 or 9 credit hours per semester) graduate students in Sociology. Preference is given to students with interests in Rural Sociology or Inequality. Awarded annually (for Fall and Spring semesters) on the basis of academic accomplishments and interest.
    (Award amounts vary.)
  • The Ruth A. De Blanc Scholarship
    Available to full-time (6 or 9 credit hours per semester) graduate students in Sociology. Awarded annually (for Fall and Spring semesters) on the basis of financial needs and academic accomplishments. (Award amounts vary.)
  • Dan and Donna Beto Sociology Scholarship
    Awarded to full-time undergraduate or graduate student (with preference to graduate students) majoring in Sociology. Student must be in good standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference is given to students with an interest in areas of Social Control, Deviance, or Inequality. Financial need may be a consideration, but not a determining factor.
  • Prince Sociology Scholarship
    Awarded to full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Sociology. Student must be in good standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Financial need may be a consideration, but not a determining factor.

To see the list and apply, go to the SHSU Graduate Sociology webpage for scholarships.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences also offers scholarships. For information and their application, click here.

 

Teaching Assistantships

Click here for the Teaching Assistant (TA) Application

Assistantships are only offered to graduate students and most public colleges and universities have them. An assistantship is an excellent opportunity to get professional teaching and/or research experience in the field you are studying. The SHSU online graduate program is unique in that it has a few virtual assistantships available! This means that as an online student opportunties exist for you to assist faculty with their online undergraduate classes and/or professional research. An assistantship is a paid position that requires up to 20 hours per week of your time. It can be demanding and before applying you must be able to commit to fulfilling the time requirements. It also means that you need to address student questions in a timely manner, even if they email you over the weekend. The faculty member you are assigned to will be depending on you throughout the semester to assist with a variety of tasks. These can include grading papers, developing rubrics, reviewing course content, moderating group discussions, and meeting with students via Skype. The compensation is $4,500 per semester. For more information, visit the SHSU Graduate Sociology webpage for assistantships.

 

The Center for Rural Studies

The Center for Rural Studies offers Research Assistant opportunities for graduate students as well.

 

Online Graduate Tuition & Fees

The following links have up to date information including tuition, fees, and the financial aid process: