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Awards and Scholarships

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Awards and Scholarships

The Department of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma recognizes its outstanding undergraduate students with two awards and three scholarships. Students are eligible for the awards and scholarships if they are currently enrolled at OU and majoring in sociology (either general sociology or sociology with a criminology emphasis).


Academic Excellence Awards

Number awarded: 2; One for students with the general sociology major and one for students with the sociology major with an emphasis in criminology. Sociology faculty will nominate sociology/criminology majors with senior standing and select the winners.

Outstanding Sociology Research Award

Number awarded: 1; Sociology faculty will nominate general sociology/sociology-criminology majors and select a winner.


Alumni Sociology Scholarship

Sociology faculty will nominate general sociology/sociology-criminology majors with junior standing and select one or more winners.

David T. Wright Memorial Scholarship

This award will be given to a student majoring in general sociology/sociology-criminology with a GPA of 2.0 or higher who has at least one more semester before graduating. Preference will be given to students who are serving or have served in the U.S. military or who are planning a career in the military, law enforcement, or public service.

Students must apply for this scholarship through the Centralized Academic Scholarship Hub. The application deadline is February 1 each year. Note that as part of the application, students must submit an essay (450-500 words) describing their desire to provide service to their country, their community, and their fellow citizens.