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The scholarship process for all undergraduates and all scholarships (both major specific ones and all general scholarships) begins with UWM’s Panther Scholarship Portal. Graduate students can also follow this process, though most of the available scholarship funding is for undergraduates. See the graduate student funding page for more information.

How and when to apply:

  1. Log into the portal and your general application. If you previously filled this out, your answers carry over from year-to-year so that you just need to update it. This must be done a minimum of once per school year but we recommend doing this twice a year in November and February.
  2. In the portal, complete the Letters & Science scholarship application which consists of just one question - upload a copy of your transcript (also recommended to be done in November and February).

    Completing steps 1 and 2 will match you to most scholarships based on the information you enter.
  3. You may see scholarships on your Panther Scholarship Portal dashboard that you can “Apply To.” These are scholarships which require additional information beyond steps 1 and 2. Complete any of these you wish to apply for.

The Panther Scholarship Portal can also be used to find non-UWM (private) scholarships that have registered with UWM. These may be scholarships sponsored by local or national organizations, fraternal clubs or other companies outside of UWM.

In the portal, the Sociology Department offers these scholarships and awards just for their students.

Chancellor's Graduate Student Award in Sociology

Chancellor’s award for graduate students in sociology as chosen by the Department.

Award: Varies

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Sociology Department Awards for Graduate Students

The sociology faculty periodically nominate accomplished graduate students for an award. Awards are not necessarily given each academic year and there is no student application process. Our awardees are recognized at our annual awards ceremony, held each spring.

Award: Varies

Donor: Multiple Donors

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Sociology Department Awards for Undergraduates

The Department of Sociology recognizes outstanding sociology bachelor’s degree students with various merit awards. Each fall, the sociology faculty nominate accomplished majors and minors for one of two undergraduate awards: The Distinguished Scholar Award and the Joan W. Moore Service Scholar Award. Our awardees are recognized at our annual awards ceremony, held each spring. No student application is required.

Distinguished Scholar Award
This award recognizes outstanding achievement in the major by a senior undergraduate, who has demonstrated commitment to the field of sociology. The recipient of this award is nominated by professors who are familiar with her/his academic work and then selected by the entire Sociology faculty.

Joan W. Moore Service-Scholar Award
This award honors Professor Emerita Joan W. Moore, whose career has been a model of combining scholarly excellence with exemplary service. Professor Moore is an internationally-known scholar in areas of Mexican-American social experience, inequality, and gang life. This award honors senior undergraduate sociology majors who have both distinguished academic records and a history of service in the university or the wider community. Recipients of this award will be students who have practiced sociology in the world and whose scholarship has been enriched by exceptional service.

Academic Merit Scholarship
Periodically there may be additional academic merit scholarships given to high-achieving sociology majors.

Award: Varies from $500 up

Donors: Matt Armbrust, Multiple Donors

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