Undergraduate Scholarships | Sociology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts


The Department of Sociology offers several scholarships and awards for outstanding undergraduate students. They include: the Dr. Willie Pearson, Jr., Academic Excellence in Sociology Scholarship; the Louis and Monica Petroff Memorial Scholarship; the Baer Scholarship in Sociology; and the Outstanding Sociology Paper Prize.

Dr. Willie Pearson, Jr., Academic Excellence in Sociology Scholarship

This award is funded by a generous gift from Dr. Willie Pearson, Jr., a 1981 alumnus of SIU’s PhD program, to promote academic excellence in the field of sociology and to benefit students pursuing studies in sociology.

  • Awarded annually to an outstanding student majoring in sociology. Award based on academic excellence.
  • Award amount varies.

Louis and Monica Petroff Memorial Scholarship

This award is shared by the Departments of Sociology and English, in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Petroff.

  • Awarded biannually to an outstanding student in sociology.
  • Award amount varies.

Baer Scholarship in Sociology

This award is funded by David Baer, a 1973 alumnus of SIU’s Criminal Justice Program, now CCJ. The scholarship is in memory of his wife, Cheryl, a 1972 SIU BA alumnus in Sociology, and mother, Naomi.

  • The annual award is intended to help offset the cost of college for students enrolled in the Sociology program.
  • Award amount varies.

Outstanding Sociology Paper Prize

Undergraduate students who either major or minor in sociology may submit a paper from a sociology course to be in considered for this annual award.

  • The due date is in the middle of March.
  • Faculty members act as judges for the paper competition.
  • Award amount: $250