When you give to Sociology, you become part of our mission to develop students able
to bring broad perspectives to decision-making: students who have the courage to present
frank observations and the imagination to confront challenges with new thinking, professional
integrity, curiosity, and discovery.
Areas of Giving
The Department of Sociology prides itself on being one of the most diverse undergraduate
majors at the University of Utah. Many of our highest achieving students come from
historically underrepresented groups. Additionally, many are members of the first
generations in their families to attend or graduate from college. Students from these
backgrounds have surmounted great odds to succeed in their college careers and they
face many challenges, especially financial ones, as they strive to complete their
In order to recognize their outstanding achievements, and to assist in the challenges
of meeting the rising costs of attaining a degree, the Sociology Department is collaborating
with alumni and supportive members of our community to provide the Sociology Community
Gifts to this unrestricted fund support the greatest needs of the Department including
program development, educational events, research efforts, service projects, facilities
updates, and general operational costs.
Our current program development projects include the expansion of our department honors
program, the expansion of our community engaged learning opportunities, and the establishment
of the Environmental Sociology Scholars program.
In the sociology honors program, undergraduate students will have the opportunity
to produce closely supervised, professional quality research eligible for publication
in peer-reviewed journals and be well positioned for acceptance in top-tier sociology
Our community engaged learning opportunities will enable undergraduate students to
bring a sociological skill set and perspective to a variety of community efforts.
Experience with community organizations will enable students to form deeper understanding
of community needs as well as a concrete basis and set of questions for sociological
research.To contribute to one of these specific goals, please refer to the your chosen
program in the "special instructions" area of the Sociology General Development Fund.
With the help of alumni, donors and friends of Sociology, we provide scholarships
to reward meritorious students and assist those who face financial burdens in funding
Sociology Department Scholarships are granted to five resident, full-time sociology
majors per year with grade point averages of at least 3.5 and who are U.S. Citizens
who show the most promise in the field of sociology.
More now than ever, the rising costs of higher education and student debt mean that
our hardworking students must rely upon diverse sources of aid, loans, and self-funding
to meet their educational goals. In response to the increasing financial strain met
by our students, and to recognize their excellence in the classroom and service in
the community, the Department of Sociology is embarking on a fundraising campaign
among friends and alumnae of the Department to fund a scholarship for a major in Sociology
who demonstrates academic excellence (3.5 GPA or higher) and an ethic of civic engagement
through community service. We hope that recent alumnae will reflect upon the assistance
they received to complete their degrees and give back to this up-and-coming generation
of students. Your donations, however large or small, will be greatly appreciated by
these hardworking, dedicated, service-minded students.
The Department of Sociology seeks to establish a new fellowship to give opportunities
to graduate students who are eligible and promising candidates but who would otherwise
be unable to attend our program.
Given once a year to an undergraduate student for the highest achievements in academic
Given once a year to an undergraduate student for academic achievement and service
to the department.
To contribute to one of these specific goals, please refer to the your chosen program
in the "special instructions" area of the Sociology Scholarship Fund.