Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities

The Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University recognizes the importance of a quality education and is dedicated to helping you find a way to achieve your higher education goals.

Lanny Wilde Scholarship

To be eligible for the Lanny Wilde Scholarship you must:

  • Have already been admitted to the Kalamazoo Valley Police Academy.
  • Get an application from the academic advisor in the Department of Sociology. Submit it, along with a one-page, double-space typed statement stating the financial and academic reasons why you should receive the award.

The decision is based on your cumulative GPA, your criminal justice GPA, and the review of your application by the director of the criminal justice program.

The award provides $500 toward the cost of the final semester of the Kalamazoo Valley Police Academy. These scholarships are awarded twice each year—once for each of the semesters of the Police Academy at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Sociology undergraduate assistantships

Undergraduate assistants work with an appointed faculty member for approximately five hours per week, providing research or classroom support. To apply for an undergraduate assistantship, you must:

  • Be of junior or senior status.
  • Pick up an application from the Department of Sociology, 3311 Sangren Hall. Submit it, along with one letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the Department of Sociology.

Criteria used to make a selection includes your current overall GPA and grades received in any sociology and criminal justice courses you have taken.

Stanley S. and Helenan S. Robin Scholarship

To be eligible for the Stanley S. and Helenan S. Robin Scholarship you must:

  • Be a sociology major.
  • Be of junior or senior status.
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or above.
  • Submit, in writing, your reason for pursuing a graduate degree in sociology.

To apply, pick up an application from the Department of Sociology, 3311 Sangren Hall, and return it no later than Feb. 1. If selected, you will be awarded $1,000 during the spring semester.

Work-study opportunities

The Department of Sociology hires student workers who have work-study financial aid. If you have received a work-study award, contact the department at (269) 387-5271 or stop by 3311 Sangren Hall to find out more about this opportunity.