CHSBS Scholarships and Awards

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The following awards and scholarships are given through the Dean's Office in the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Several are available to all majors within CHSBS. Please download the application forms listed below to view the full criteria for each award/scholarship. Additional scholarships are available through each of the CHSBS departments by following this link.


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Contact Information & Mailing Address

College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
Office of the Dean
106 Anspach Hall
(989) 774-3341
CHSBS@cmich.edu

 

Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen


Michael R. and Carol Reno Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Michael R. RenoFunded through gifts from Michael R. and Carol Reno. Michael received a bachelor's degree from CMU in 1973 and a master's degree from CMU in 1980. He is the president of IXL Glass Company.

The scholarship is awarded annually to one incoming freshman student who plans to attend CMU and indicates a desire to major in one of the academic departments within the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The scholarship is renewable.

  • Incoming freshman
  • Primary resident of the state of Michigan
  • Preference for a minimum 3.5 GPA and/or composite ACT of 24 or higher
  • Must submit one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor
  • Must submit a one or two-page essay that describes the discipline in CHSBS that the applicant plans to major in and why the applicant is deserving of this scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Award Amount: $2,000
View application form


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​Scholarships for Undergraduate Students


Gabriel Chien Memorial Scholarship

Gabriel ChienThe Gabriel Chien Memorial Fund was created to honor the memory of Gabriel Chien, a former history professor in the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The award encourages students to look at the world from a global and historical perspective, which was Dr. Chien's lifelong commitment.

The scholarship is awarded annually to one student who demonstrates an interest in global and historical perspectives through a written essay.

  • Applicant must submit a written essay that focuses on an aspect of Chinese culture, Sino-American relations, or a comparative study of China
  • Preference given to students enrolled in a department within the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Paper should be no longer than 10 pages

Deadline: May 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Award Amount: $1,000
View application form


The Honorable Fred M. and Lynne M. Mester Family Endowment

The Honorable Fred M. MesterThis endowment was established to recognize 1959 CMU graduate Judge Fred Mester's legacy as a respected friend, colleague, and mentor.  Judge Mester's distinguished judicial career spans more than 26 years with the Oakland County Circuit Court. He also is a former prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office.  As a chief of the Civil Division, prior to his judicial career, Judge Mester served in the Military as a Captain in the United Sates Army. This endowment also honors Judge Mester's wife, Lynne, a 1959 CMU graduate holding a degree in Education with a major in Social Studies and minors in Biology and English. 

This award provides scholarship support to full-time CMU undergraduate students with a major or minor in the following departments: English Language and Literature; Political Science; and Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. In addition, ROTC cadets, regardless of area of study, are eligible.  This scholarship may be renewed for up to one year.

  • Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Recipient will have a history of active involvement in community service with leadership qualities, holding leadership positions at the local or state community level. 
  • Recipient must have financial need as determined by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
  • Applicants must submit a one to two page essay describing educational goals, professional or career aspirations and how the scholarship would be of benefit. A description of community service activities should also be included.
  • Applicants must submit two letters of support/recommendation. At least one must be from a CMU faculty member. If possible, a letter from a service organization should be submitted.

Deadline: March 31, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Award Amount: $1,000
View application form


G. William Quine Scholarship

Established in 1982 by CMU alumnus G. William Quine, '57. Earnings from the endowment will be awarded annually to a Michigan resident student pursuing the liberal arts curriculum without regard to financial need or academic standing. The recipient must be a full-time student. The scholarship is renewable and is limited to $500 per recipient.

  • A full time student pursuing a liberal arts curriculum.
  • The applicants primary residence must be in Michigan.
  • Applicants must submit a one or two-page narrative describing their career plans, biographical information (size of family, hometown, etc.), hobbies or outside interests, and volunteerism history. In addition, the applicants must state why they are deserving of this scholarship and how it would impact their educational experience.

Deadline: March 31, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Award Amount: $500
View application​ form


Shapiro Prize in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. E. Gary ShapiroThis endowment is funded through gifts from Dr. E. Gary and Myra Shapiro. Dr. Shapiro has dedicated more than 35 years of service to Central Michigan University including serving as provost and as dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. He joined CMU as a sociology faculty member in 1978 and became an administrator in 1989. He then served as director of institutional research; assistant vice provost of institutional research and planning; interim registrar (1994-1995); and associate dean of arts and sciences. He became the first dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral sciences in July 1997. He served as interim provost in 2007 and again from July 2009 through April 2010 when he was appointed permanent provost. He stepped down from the provost's office in 2013 and returned to teach in the sociology program in 2014.​

Prize awarded to the student who has written the best social or behavioral science research paper based upon empirical data during the year. The award is not renewable.

  • Undergraduate students
  • Topic of the paper may be in the areas of any of the disciplines located within the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

Deadline: May 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Award Amount: $500
View application form


Student Paper Competition

Award presented annually for papers written for CHSBS classes (300 level and above) during the previous academic year.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Applicants can submit research papers, essays, creative works, theoretical papers, reviews of research, or papers presented at professional conferences

Deadline: May 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Award Amount: Undergraduate winners $500; Graduate winners $750
View appl​ication form


John E. Warriner Scholarship

The John E. Warriner Scholarship was established through an estate gift from the late Dr. John E. Warriner. John was the author of Warriner's Handbook of English and a six volume series titled English Grammar and Composition. He was the son of Eugene C. Warriner, former CMU president.

Several scholarships are awarded annually to students majoring in economics, English, foreign languages, history, journalism, philosophy, political science, religion, speech or sociology.

  • Junior or senior standing or be granted regular admission to graduate school for the upcoming fall semester
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Based on financial need
  • Applicants must submit a one or two-page narrative describing educational goals, professional or career aspirations and how the scholarship would be of benefit.
  • Applicants must submit two letters of support/recommendation. At least one must be from a CMU faculty member.

Deadline: March 31, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Award Amount: Minimum of $3,000
View application form​​​​


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Scholarships for Graduate Students


Alphonsus P. Niec, Ed.D.,​ Memorial Award for Applied Research in Child & Family Intervention

Dr. Alphonsus P. Niec (1942-2012) was a psychologist and an educator who saw the potential of each child to succeed. Through research, teaching and community service, Dr. Niec sought to en​hance the lives of children who were at risk for school failure, peer and parent conflict, or delinquency. Dr. Niec continuously sought to foster a love of learning in others and to raise awareness of the needs of underserved children and families. This memorial award in his name is meant to futher his legacy by supporting graduate student research projects designed to make a positive impact on the lives of at-risk children and families and maximizing the potential of qualified graduate students to succeed in their research.

Student must be enrolled in a masters or doctoral program within the realm of human services or social and behavioral sciences (e.g., clinical psychology, school psychology, education) at Central Michigan University.

  • Student must have a cumulative GPA in their program of at least 3.70.
  • Student must be engaged in research likely to have a positive impact on the lives of at-risk children and families in at least one of the following domains: behavioral functioning, emotional or relationship functioning, and school adjustment/achievement.

See application form for additional details about Project Eligibility.

Deadline: May 15, 2015
Award Amount: $800
View application form


Student Paper Competition

Award presented annually for papers written for CHSBS classes (300 level and above) during the previous academic year.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Applicants can submit research papers, essays, creative works, theoretical papers, reviews of research, or papers presented at professional conferences

Deadline: May 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Award Amount: Undergraduate winners $500; Graduate winners $750
View appl​ication form


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Scholarships for Study Abroad


Student Study Abroad Grant

An international experience is an invaluable part of a student's education and will provide an international perspective which cannot be fully recreated within the classroom. To promote international study, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences has created a small fund to assist students with costs related to study abroad.

  • Full-time matriculated CMU undergraduate or graduate student at the time of application
  • Approved through the Office of Study Abroad​
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8 for undergraduate students or 3.3 for graduate student
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • At the time of study abroad, undergraduate students must reach sophomore standing or above with a signed major​ in the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Graduate students must complete a minimum of one semester of study within a College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences' program.

Deadline: Ongoing. Requests will be reviewed and applicants notified via e-mail in 2 to 3 weeks.
Award Amount:
Varies (dependent upon the amount of funding available)
View application form

Julie L. and John A. Frary Annual Award

An international experience is an invaluable part of a student's education and will provide an international perspective which cannot be fully recreated within the classroom. To promote international study, Julie and John Frary have created an annual award to assist students with costs related to study abroad. Julie Frary is a CMU alumnae who majored in Sociology and minored in Psychology.

Award given annually to an Honors Program student enrolled in the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences who is planning to spend a semester studying abroad.

  • Student must be in good standing with the Honors Program
  • Applicant must submit a written essay providing a brief autobiography, a description of educational goals and professional or career aspirations, and a list of study abroad objectives
  • Applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from a CMU faculty member
  • Preference given to students with financial need as determined by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Funding must be approved through the Office of International Education

Deadline: February 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Award Amount: $1,000
View application form


Wasaburo Fujimiya Study Abroad Scholarship

Mr. Wasaburo Fujimiya is a 1966 CMU alum and the representative director of Hugle Electronics, Inc. in Japan and Korea. Mr. Fujimiya wishes to support CMU students pursuing their education overseas and international students studying at CMU.​

Award given annually to a student who chooses to study in one of CMU's Japanese or East Asian exchange partner program universities and/or students from one of these exchange program universities studying at CMU.​

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Approved through the Office of Study Abroad
  • Enrolled full time at the time of the award and during the term of the study abroad
  • Preference given to students with financial need as determined by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid​

Deadline: February 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Award Amount: $1,000
View application form



RSO Funding Opportunities


RSO Community Outreach Funds

CHSBS has allocated funds to promote mutually beneficial interaction between registered student organizations (RSO), high schools, and communities. Funding will be used in the direct support of student clubs, student organizations, and projects in Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences that promote areas of study within the college. 

​Applicants must be from a Registered Student Organization as verified with the CMU Office of Student Life. Review the application form for additional information.

Deadlines: October 17, 2014 (Round I) and February 13, 2015 (Round II)
View application form


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