Undergraduate Scholarships

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice offers three scholarship opportunities for outstanding students: the Stephen Stephan Award, Elaine Ogden McNeil Endowed Scholarship Award, and the Community and Family Institute Outstanding Sociology Undergraduate Student Award. Please consider nominating your best students for these two important awards.

Scholarship Criteria:


Stephen Stephan Award

To be eligible for the Stephen Stephan Award, students need to be juniors in any social science major (sociology, criminal justice economics, psychology, political science, history, anthropology, or geography).

Evidence of excellence GPAs, class performance, research aptitude, activities, or any other extracurricular activities.

To nominate a student, please send an email to the Sociology Undergraduate Committee Chair by the deadline. In the body of the email, include the students name, eligibility, and a description of evidence of excellence.


Elaine Ogden McNeil Endowed Scholarship Award

To be eligible for the Elaine Ogden McNeil Endowed Scholarship Award, the awardees need to be juniors majoring in Sociology.

Evidence of excellence GPAs, class performance, research aptitude, activities, or any other extracurricular activities.

To nominate a student, please send an email to the Sociology Undergraduate Committee Chair by the deadline. In the body of the email, include the students name, eligibility, and a description of evidence of excellence.


Community and Family Institute Outstanding Sociology Undergraduate Student Award

This award is offered annually to acknowledge the outstanding undergraduate student who best exemplifies the mission and vision of the Bernice Jones Endowed Chair in Community. Highest preference will be given to students involved in community outreach, research or advocacy that is focused on the Northwest Arkansas community.

In addition, preference will also be given to more advanced students who are at or near completion of their undergraduate degree work. Faculty are invited to nominate any undergraduate student that they believe would be an appropriate candidate for this award and one who has devoted their time and outreach effort toward better understanding families and/or communities in Northwest Arkansas.

To nominate a student for the CFI award, submit a letter of nomination addressed to the chair of the Undergraduate Committee, along with the student’s resume.