The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Scholarships & Awards for SBS Students

2016 Ansin Study Abroad award winners stand with Ron Ansin and his family

We offer a variety of scholarships to support you and help you reach your academic and professional goals. If you are pursuing internships, studying abroad, or working on research projects, we encourage you to apply. SBS also provides financial support for outstanding academic achievements, need-based situations, and work-related endeavors.

All your scholarships. All in one place.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) has implemented an exciting and convenient new system, Academic Works, which automatically matches you with the scholarships and financial awards you’re eligible for. These include scholarships and financial awards offered through SBS, Commonwealth Honors College, CICS, the Alumni Association, financial aid, and your major department. By spring 2019, all scholarships offered at UMass will be in the Academic Works Platform.
 
Simply enroll in Academic Works, fill out both the UMass general application and the SBS Application to get started. These include funding for internships, study abroad, financial need, and research.

How to enroll and apply

  1. Go to the Academic Works webpage and sign in with your UMass Net ID and password.
  2. Complete both the General and SBS Applications. Once you do this, you’ll see all the scholarships you qualify for.
  3. Click on a scholarship link and upload supplementary documents (resumes, letters from faculty, etc., depending on the award)
  4. Submit your application and see your dashboard, which shows you the status of any pending and submitted applications.

If you have questions, please email us at acadworks@umass.edu.

Enroll in Academic Works

Scholarships and Awards by Category

Internships

 

“Early Decision” SBS Internship Scholarship Funding

Funded by multiple donors, this award supports SBS students who will complete internships during the summer or fall ’20 semester. Candidates must be in good academic standing with at least 45 credits. Preference will be given to students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

  • Please note: the Early Decision round is for students with confirmed internships offers only. SBS in DC participants are welcome to apply.
  • Students who are awaiting formal confirmation of internships can apply for funding in the General round of Internship Scholarship Funding.

Award Amounts: $200$6,000
Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2020


General SBS Internship Scholarship Funding

Funded by multiple donors, this award supports SBS students who will complete internships during the summer or fall ’20 semester. Candidates must be in good academic standing with at least 45 credits. Preference will be given to students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Award Amounts: $200$6,000
Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2020

Study Abroad

 

"Early Decision" Study Abroad Scholarship Funding

Funded by multiple donors, this scholarship supports SBS students who intend to study abroad in summer 2020 or students who have applied or have been accepted into the 2020 Summer Abroad at the University of Cape Town. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students need to have filed an application to participate in this session with the International Programs Office. Students must be in good academic standing. Preference will be given to students who exhibit financial need.

Award Amounts: $200–$6,000
Deadline: Wednesday, March 4, 2020


Ansin Study Abroad Fellowship

Funded by Ron Ansin and his family, the award supports undergraduates in SBS who plan to study abroad during the summer, fall ’20 semester or the next academic year. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students need to have filed an application to participate in this session with the International Programs Office. Students must be in good academic standing. Preference will be given to students who exhibit financial need.

Award Amounts: $200–$6,000
Deadline: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Financial Aid

 

SBS Financial Aid Scholarship

The SBS Financial Aid Award is funded by multiple donors and supports SBS students who have demonstrated financial need as verified by the Financial Aid Office and who have good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0+.

Award Amounts: $200–$2,000
Deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 2020


The Joel D. Lapin and Family Scholarship in Social Sciences

Created to honor the memory of Joel's parents Aaron and Anne Lapin. Their love, sacrifices and support enabled him to be the first in his family to attend and graduate college. It expresses his appreciation of UMass Amherst for the superb undergraduate and graduate education that he received. This scholarship supports an undergraduate student from Massachusetts with a declared major in the SBS with a GPA of at least 3.0. Preference given to a student who has transferred from a Massachusetts Community College and is the first in his/her family to attend college. Must have demonstrated financial need and this scholarship is intended to support those from middle-income families who qualify for financial aid, but not for free sources of funding. Award is renewable for one year if the student maintains the GPA and financial need requirements.

Award Amount: $1,500
Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020


Crowley Family Scholarship for Veterans

Funded by SBS Alum Dennis Crowley and his wife Peggy, the Crowley Family Scholarship for Veterans provides scholarship support for rising sophomores, juniors or seniors enrolled in SBS. Eligible recipients will have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and will have been honorably discharged from active duty with the US Army, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US Navy, US Coast Guard, or from the National Guard if they have been activated and deployed to a combat area. Preference will be given to students who have served in a combat zone also for those who intend to pursue a career in criminal justice upon graduation.

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Research

 

Feldman-Vorwerk Family Undergraduate Research Award

Funded by Deputy Chancellor Robert Feldman and his wife, former faculty member Katherine Vorwerk this scholarship supports an undergraduate student who is working as a research assistant with a UMass Amherst faculty member in SBS. Preference is given to candidates who are conducting original research that has the potential to address current social problems. Awards made in this spring support research collaboration in the summer or fall ’20 semester.

This award supports SBS majors who have set up collaborative research projects with a member of the UMass Faculty. The faculty sponsor must submit a nomination describing a student’s fit and qualifications for the targeted project.

Award Amount $2,500
Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020