​​SASW applications are available each Spring semester and awards go toward the following academic year. Contact the SASW Department Office (142 Anspach Hall) for additional information and application materials for SASW scholarships. P: 989-774-3160 E: sasw@cmich.eduFor additional scholarship opportunities, please visit the college's scholarship website.

Donations to SASW scholarships and awards, and the Faculty Association scholarship can be made on the CMU Ways to Give website.

Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, or Family Studies Scholarship

Leslie and Leonard Lieberman Social Science Scholarship

Scholarship awarded annually to an anthropology, social work, sociology or family studies major. The scholarship was established in memory of Leslie and Leonard Lieberman, former faculty members in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work.

Scholarship requirements:

  • Junior or senior standing
  • Anthropology, sociology, or social work, or family studies major
  • Minimum 3.4 GPA
  • Recipients are chosen on the basis of excellence in academic performance and writing skills as demonstrated in an essay describing career goals.

Application: 

Deadline: 
Award Amount: Varies


Sociology and Anthropology Scholarships

Center for Research on Poverty (CROP) Scholarship

Scholarship awarded to support activities that enhance the understanding and eventual alleviation of both life-threatening and relative human deprivation. It employs a broad conceptualization of poverty that includes threats to human dignity, social inclusion, the quality of life, and environmental sustainability.

  • Undergraduate student in sociology

Application: 

Deadline: 
Award Amount: varies; minimum $1,000


Karen L. Mohr Chavez Memorial

Scholarship is awarded annually to an anthropology major.  The scholarship was established in memory of Karen L. Chavez, former faculty member of Anthropology/Archaeology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work.

Scholarship requirements:

  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing
  • Anthropology major
  • Minimum 3.4 GPA

Application:  

Deadline:
Award Amount: Based on need


Edward E. McKenna Academic Excellence Award

Scholarship awarded annually to sociology majors. It was established in 1998 in memory of Edward E. McKenna, a dedicated teacher, scholar, and unionist.

Scholarship requirements:

  • Junior or senior standing
  • Sociology major
  • Recipients are chosen on the basis of research paper(s) submitted with the application as well as overall achievement in sociology.

Application:  

Deadline: 
Award Amount: Varies


Bernard N. Meltzer Prize

Scholarship awarded annually to sociology majors. The prize was established by friends in honor of Bernard N. Meltzer, former faculty member and chairperson of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work.

  • Sociology major
  • Sophomore, junior or senior standing
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA

Application: 

Deadline: 
Award Amount: Varies


Greg and Antoinette Rickle Scholarship

Scholarship is offered every other year to an anthropology student demonstrating financial need. Will be offered next in February 2023. Established in 2010 by Greg (Class of 1973) and Antoinette (Nina) Rickle (1973). The award will alternate yearly between the chemistry and anthropology departments.

Scholarship requirements:

  • Anthropology major
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Recipients will be chosen on the basis of a one-page essay explaining their specific interests in anthropology and how those interests relate to their career goals.

Application: 

Deadline: 
Award Amount: Varies


Study and Service Worldwide (SASW) Award

Scholarship was established to commemorate the SASW Department's 50th anniversary and to support international endeavors by students majoring in sociology, anthropology, or social work (SASW).    

Application:  

Deadline: 
Award Amount: Varies



Social Work Scholarships

Paul M. Bishop and Family Endowed Award

The Paul M. Bishop and Family Endowed Award is given to a student enrolled in social work courses with a preference for out-of-state residents. Central Michigan University graduates Cindy McCoy, '72, and Susan Johnston, '74, established the award in 1994 to honor their father, Paul M. Bishop, a 1940 CMU graduate who passed away in 1994. 

Scholarship requirements:

  • Junior or senior standing
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Students enrolled in social work courses
  • Preference to out-of-state residents who demonstrate financial need

Deadline: Contact CMU's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid


Nancy Stebbins Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Nancy Stebbins Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in 2014 by friends and family of Nancy Stebbins to recognize the impact of her educational experience at Central Michigan University and to provide for those who pursue the goal of helping others. A renewable award will be distributed once a year to a student enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences who is studying the field of social work.

Scholarship requirements:

  • Junior or senior standing
  • Studying in the field of social work
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Applicant must demonstrate a financial need by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Ai d (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. (For additional FAFSA information, please contact the Student Service Court .)
  • Scholarship may be renewed up to one year as funding permits.

Application: CLASS scholarship website.

Deadline: October 31
Award Amount: Up to $3,000


Social Work Education Fund

Provides funding for CMU social work students performing professional development activities.

  • Students enrolled in social work courses

Deadline: Ongoing
Award Amount: Based on need