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Awards and Scholarships

The Department of Sociology offers a number of Scholarships and Awards to support and recognize our outstanding undergraduate students. All awards are presented at the undergraduate honor society--Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD)--Spring banquet, which also includes awards for Alpha Phi Sigma (APS), the undergraduate criminal justice honor society. For more information about the scholarships and awards listed below, please contact either of the Undergraduate Coordinators for Sociology or Criminology&Justice Studies. All recommendations or nominations are due February 28, 2018.

To submit a recommendation, click the following link

Scholarships in Sociology and Criminology & Justice studies

Scholarships are awarded based on specific criteria. Faculty can nominate a student or a student can apply for a scholarship. A student interested in applying for a scholarship should contact one of the Undergraduate Coordinators.

JAMES T. LAING SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY

Purpose: The fund was established to recognize sociology undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress. In addition, awardees will be students who exemplify the above criteria and who have taken an active and engaged role in the department or the discipline. This would include leadership within department student organizations, the university or the community. Financial need and/or merit may be considered. This scholarship is renewable.

Requirements:

1. Student is enrolled as an undergraduate (or graduate student) majoring in sociology
 
2. Must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or better)
 

3. Is not a graduating senior. (The financial award is given the following fall semester)

Award: Presented at the AKD Spring Banquet

Deadline for Nomination: Friday, February 28, 2018 for faculty letter/email. Award will be announced Wednesday March 16, 2018.

To submit a recommendation, click the following link

Karen A Nicholson Corrections Scholarship

Purpose: To support an undergraduate student majoring in Criminology & Justice Studies who has the Corrections Concentration. Scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, books, and supplies.

Requirements: Major in Criminology & Justice Studies, with Corrections Concentration, at any KSU campus; NOT a graduating senior; preference for a female student.

Award: Presented at the AKD Spring Banquet

Deadline for Nomination: Friday, February 28, 2018 for faculty letter/email. Award will be announced Wednesday March 16, 2018

To submit a recommendation, click the following link

DR. GEORGE POWNALL AND KADY DOWNING POWNALL SCHOLARSHIP

Purpose: This scholarship is designed for students interested in working in the field of corrections after graduation (as opposed to further study such as graduate school). This scholarship is specifically for Criminology and Justice Studies/Justice Studies majors (sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors), who have a 3.0 or better GPA, with an interest in Corrections. Preference will be given to students whose parent or parents work(ed)  in the field of corrections (for example, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, or an Ohio-based corrections facility). The scholarship award applies to KSU fees, tuition, etc. in the Fall semester.  For further information about applying for the scholarship, see below or contact the Undergraduate Advisor in Criminology and Justice Studies.

Requirements:

  1. The student submits a typed, written statement (addressed to the Pownall Scholarship committee), describing your interest in the award, what receiving the award would mean to you (what you will do with the financial award), your long-term career goals in criminal/juvenile justice, and any other information that you believe would be relevant to your selection (e.g., what employment, internship, activities, or clubs you have been/are involved with while a student at KSU);
  2. The student submit a written piece of (academic) work that pertains to your program in Criminology and Justice Studies. This written work can be a class paper, honor’s thesis, work-study project, or other written work you completed while a Kent State student.
  3. The student sends these materials to Dr. Pamela Tontodonato by email (use attachments for these two documents in a standard format, such as MS Word or PDF). Please do not embed your materials in the email. Alternatively, the student may send the application materials by hard copy postal mail to:
Dr. Pamela Tontodonato
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator, Criminology and Justice Studies
Department of Sociology
Kent State University

Kent, OH  44242

Awards in Sociology and criminology & Justice studies

Awards are given to outstanding undergraduates in Sociology and Criminology & Justice Studies. Only faculty can nominate an undergraduate student for the awards listed below.

OUTSTANDING SOCIOLOGY AND Criminology & Justice Studies SENIOR AWARDS

Purpose: To recognize one outstanding senior majoring in Sociology and one majoring in Criminology & Justice Studies. The award is based on academic record, leadership, and university and community service.

Requirements: Sociology and/or Criminology & Justice Studies Senior with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students with double majors are eligible.

Award: presented at the AKD Spring Banquet

Deadline for Nomination: Friday, February 28, 2018 for faculty letter/email. Award will be announced Wednesday March 16, 2018

Please indicate the major (Sociology or Criminology/Justice Studies). To submit a recommendation, click the following link

GENE WENNINGER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE

Purpose: This award is given annually to one or two students with an undergraduate major in Sociology or Criminology & Justice Studies. The recipient must be an individual who has made a substantial contribution to his/her community through volunteer work and related service activity. Community is defined broadly as the department, the university, and/or the local and national community. The recipient must have made a significant contribution to at least two of these broadly defined communities and demonstrated initiative and leadership in the course of these contributions. The recipient’s commitment and contribution should also be indicative of the likelihood that throughout his/her career the candidate will continue to contribute to the quality of community life over and above what is expected of all sociology or criminology and justice studies graduates.

Requirements:

1. Students majoring in Sociology or Criminology & Justice Studies are eligible
2. Must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or better)

Award: presented at the AKD Spring Banquet

Deadline for Nomination: Friday, February 28, 2018 for faculty letter/email. Award will be announced Wednesday March 16, 2018

To submit a recommendation, click the following link

Oscar Ritchie Outstanding Criminology & Justice Studies Minority Student Award

Purpose: Awarded in memory of the late Kent State University sociologist, Professor Oscar Ritchie, to recognize an outstanding ethnic minority student majoring in Criminology & Justice Studies.

Requirements:

  1. Under-represented racial or ethnic minority who is a Junior or Senior undergraduate student, majoring in Criminology & Justice Studies
  2. GPA 3.0 or better

Award: presented at the AKD Spring Banquet

Deadline for Nomination: Friday, February 28, 2018 for faculty letter/email. Award will be announced Wednesday March 16, 2018.

To submit a recommendation, click the following link

GEORGE EASTMAN OUTSTANDING CRIMINOLOGY & JUSTICE STUDIES UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AWARD

Purpose: To recognize an outstanding B.A. senior in Criminology & Justice Studies (or Justice Studies).

Requirements:

  1. Criminology & Justice Studies (or Justice Studies) major with a 3.5 GPA or higher

Award: Presented at the AKD Spring Banquet

Deadline for Nomination: Friday, February 28, 2018 for faculty letter/email. Award will be announced Wednesday March 16, 2018.

To submit a recommendation, click the following link