Sociology Student Scholarships


The Waldo W. Burchard Award for Graduate Scholarship

This endowed fund was established by family and friends to honor and to memorialize Professor Waldo Burchard who was a long-time faculty member in the Department of Sociology at NIU.  He had been its first chair when the Department of Sociology and Anthropology was organized in 1961 and served in that capacity until 1968.

The award is presented to the graduate student with the highest grade point average and has also met the following criteria:

GPA of 3.5 (or higher) based on completion of at least 24 hours of credit at the end of the fall semester.  The student must also have completed a master's degree in the Department of Sociology in the fall or be expected to receive the degree at the end of the spring or summer semester.

The Frances Rowe Katz Award for Graduate Research

This endowed fund was established in the name of Frances Rowe Katz and honors Dr. James E. Katz, her son, who received his bachelor's and master's degrees from NIU's Department of Sociology.

This award can go to multiple recipients and provides some modest funds to support academic scholarship, research and/or writing of a master's thesis.  Funds for research expenses are generally given much greater priority than funds for summer salary.

The James L. Massey Award for Social Justice

This is awarded to a graduate student or undergraduate senior in good standing who has majored or minored Sociology and who is actively involved in social justice and community activism.  Eligible students must have actively participated in organizations, institutions or communities in order to enhance the climate of social justice and equality on campus or beyond.

The David P. Street Memorial Fund Award


David P. Street received his bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University in 1957 and his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan.  He was an honor student while attending NIU and his father, Paul Street was a faculty member.  In his short lifetime, David Street became well recognized for his research and writing in the field of sociology.  He passed away on May 30th, 1980 at the age of 45. This memorial fund was established by his family and many friends.

The award provides modest financial assistance towards education expenses of an undergraduate major in sociology who has obtained junior standing with a current GPA of at least 3.0 and completed at least 12 credits in sociology.  Depending on funding, this can go to more that one undergraduate student.