Scholarships

Departmental undergraduate scholarship descriptions and guidelines are provided below. If you are interested in applying, please do so through the UM Scholarship Portal.  

The Blumenthal Scholarship

Amount: $500 (in 2016, award amount varies)

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017

The Albert Blumenthal Scholarship was established as a memorial to Professor Albert Blumenthal, whose major contributions to Sociology were in the area of community organization.  The intent of the scholarship is to provide support to students who show promise of doing excellent work in community organization.  The scholarship is awarded by the Scholarship Committee each spring semester.

The Blumenthal Scholarship in Sociology is to provide an annual award to a full-time student at the University of Montana majoring in Sociology. The recipient must have demonstrated academic achievement, and have taken or be currently taking Rural Sociology and/or the Community.  Interest and academic promise in rural or community related studies will be judged by the number of these courses taken, by the applicant's grades in these courses, and evidence of interest in rural or community related research or career plans. 

Additional Materials to be Submitted via the UM Scholarship Portal:

  • Academic Transcript (print or save from CyberBear) 
  • A letter indicating your plans for the future and your interest in rural and/or community-related issues (e.g. future research projects, career in a rural setting, etc.) 
  • If you are awarded this scholarship, when would you prefer to receive it? 
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member.  The letter must attest to your interest in rural and/or community studies, in addition to other qualifications. Please provide the name and email address for a professor who has agreed to provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

The Eloise Baird Boldt Scholarship

Amount: $3,800 (in 2016, award amount varries)

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017

The Eloise Baird Boldt Scholarship is awarded every spring by the Scholarship Committee based upon information presented in the application and a face to face interview with the scholarship candidate.  This generous endowment, established by the family of Eloise Baird Boldt, is intended to reward the strong work ethic of an outstanding student majoring in Sociology, as demonstrated by his or her financial participation in educational expenses, academic achievement, and ambitious career aspirations.  If the Committee determines that there is not a qualified applicant, the Scholarship will not be awarded for that particular year.

Additional Materials to be Submitted via the UM Scholarship Portal:

  • Academic Transcript (print or save from CyberBear)
  • Answers to the Eloise Baird Boldt Scholarship Questions:
  1. Briefly describe how you have contributed to the cost of your college education.
  2. Describe your general academic course of study, including selection of courses both within and outside of your Sociology major. Then discuss how your academic preparation relates to your career goals.
  3. What has been your most significant academic achievement?
  4. If you are awarded this scholarship, when would you prefer to receive it? (Please note: students applying for this scholarship must plan to be in attendance at UM through Fall Semester next year). Awards for projects conducted during summer will be paid beginning fall semester.
  • Letters of Recommendation:
  1. One letter of recommendation from a UM faculty member is required for this scholarship. The letter should attest to your financial participation in your educational expenses, your academic achievement, and/or your ambitious career aspirations. Please provide the name and email address for a professor who has agreed to provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  2. One letter of recommendation from a current or former employer is also required for this scholarship. The letter should attest to your financial participation in your educational expenses, your academic achievement, and/or your ambitious career aspirations. Please provide the name and email address for a current or former employer who has agreed to provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

The Kain/McKay Scholarships in Applied Sociology

Amount: approximately $1,150

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017

The Henry and Fannie Clift Kain and Daniel and Jessie McKay Scholarship provides an annual award to undergraduates at UM, with preferential consideration given to those majoring in, or expecting to major in, the social sciences. The scholarship is administered by H&S. Applicants must be majoring in Anthropology, Communication Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Political Sciences, Psychology or Sociology. The Sociology Department is allowed to award three Kain/McKay scholarships each year. The amount of the award varies.

The Kain/McKay Scholarships in Applied Sociology are intended to defray costs for academic projects that involve some practical application of sociological knowledge. Applied projects can include internships, independent study courses, research projects, or omnibus work. You must have completed at least two core courses in Sociology by the time of application. Please note: students applying for this scholarship must plan to be in attendance at UM through Fall Semester next year. Awards for projects conducted during summer will be paid beginning Fall semester.

Additional Materials to be Submitted via the UM Scholarship Portal:

  • A written description of the proposed project or internship and an explanation of why it’s a central part of your course of study in the Sociology Department
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A proposed itemized budget (items may include transportation, housing, food, summer tuition, equipment for projects, etc.)
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member. The letter should attest to your academic achievement and quality of proposed internship or project that involves an application of sociological knowledge. Students will be prompted by the Scholarship Portal to provide the name and email address of a professor who has agreed to provide a letter of recommendation on their behalf. The portal will automatically generate an email to the designated faculty member, which will include a link where the letter can be submitted.

H&S Scholarships and Fellowships

Students majoring in Sociology also qualify for a variety of scholarships awarded by the College of Humanities and Sciences.

UM Scholarship Portal