SBS Dean’s Opportunity Fund Scholarship

The SBS Dean’s Opportunity Fund was created and is supported by contributions from alumni of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Eligibility: Students must be juniors with declared majors in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Candidates must also have a 3.5 GPA or above and 45 residential credits. Qualified students automatically receive an email invitation to apply in February.

Selection: A College of Social and Behavioral Sciences committee reviews all completed applications, including the one-page essays, and chooses recipients in the spring semester. Typically, twelve awards of $1,000-1500 each are made each year.

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, March 30, 2015

The recipients of this award will be expected to:

  • Write a thank-you letter to the donors of the SBS Dean’s Opportunity Fund
  • Attend the scholarship reception on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Contact: Susan McDonough , Associate Director of External Affairs for Donor Relations

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
235 Draper Hall
40 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9244

Phone: 413.577-1202
Fax: 413.577.0905


Personal Information
If you are graduating in Spring 2016 you are NOT eligible to apply for this award.
If you checked "yes," please be sure to upload a copy of your current financial aid award below.
Statement and Essay
Please write a brief statement (no more than 250 words) of financial need which describes any important or extenuating financial circumstances related to your need for this scholarship.
Please provide an essay (no more than 300 words) that describes how a particular UMass Amherst/SBS experience (e.g. community service, study abroad, teaching or research assistantship, internship, or a particular class) has affected your education and plans for the future. Note: Before you enter your text into the online form, you may wish to write the essay separately and then paste it into the space provided.
File Uploads
Please list your academic achievements, student activities and employment in .pdf, .jpg or Word format.
If applicable, evidence of your current financial aid package from UMass Amherst (you should be able to log on to SPIRE and copy and paste this information into a Word document). Be sure to click the "Upload" button once you've located your file so that your application will be complete.
By completing this application I declare that the information included is true and complete. If I am selected as a recipient of this award, I give my permission to share select information with the donor of the scholarship.