Scholarships

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) scholarship applications are accepted each year from January through February.

Awards are applied to tuition and fees for the following fall and spring semesters. Scholarships and awards are presented to recipients during an event in April each year during the Celebrating Student Achievement Undergraduate Symposium. 

Other social science major and general scholarships are available through the NAU Foundation Scholarship e-application December through January 31 at https://nazufoundation.com. Apply for NAU Student Financial Aid scholarships at http://nau.edu/FinAid/Scholarships/. Also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at nau.edu/FinAid/How-It-Works/ because most financial awards cannot be given to you unless a FAFSA is in your records.   

General scholarships (for all SBS majors)

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Susanna Maxwell Award for Community Connections scholarship recognizes a student who has been a significant volunteer in community activities. You must document volunteer contributions made to the northern Arizona community.

Eligibility:

  • full-time undergraduate or graduate student
  • declared major in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • completed a minimum of 18 undergraduate or nine graduate units of coursework from one or more departments within social and behavioral sciences
  • 3.0 GPA or better

Peaks Senior Living Community Scholarship assists students who show interest in the study of aging.

Eligibility: 

  • enrolled in NAU courses
  • provide a description relating to the study of aging evidenced by
    major
    minor
    coursework
    future goals 
    experience

Mary M. Seaman and P. David Seaman Award for Native American Academic Excellence is awarded to NAU students who are registered members of any American Indian Tribe recognized by the US Government as a US Tribal entity. This award honors a Native American Indian student who has demonstrated academic excellence.

Eligibility:

  • registered member of a recognized US American Indian tribe
  • junior, senior, or graduate student
  • has declared a major in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • shows academic excellence within the major
  • has completed a minimum number of units of social and behavioral science coursework:
    24 units for an undergraduate
    18 units for a graduate

Melissa Anne Stalvey Scholarship  is awarded to applicants who have successfully completed juvenile probation or who are seeking a career that supports the juvenile court system or who faced major life challenges and is making an effort to overcome them.

Eligibility:

  • enrolled in 12 or more undergraduate units at NAU
  • good academic standing
  • any major in social & behavioral sciences
  • making satisfactory progress toward a degree

The selection committee is looking for evidence of your making an effort, and that you are dedicated to completing your degree based upon future goals. Include statements about overcoming life-problems and explain how you are now succeeding academically and socially. A letter of recommendation is required, and that letter may be from an adviser, a professor, or another source. Recommendation letters can be emailed or mailed to:  

E-mail: Felicia.Harrison@nau.edu
Postal mail:
Felicia Harrison
PO Box 15700
Flagstaff AZ 86011-5700

Phone: 928-523-0723

Anthropology

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Kenny Acord Award for Graduate Students in Archaeology reimburses archaeology graduate students for travel, services, and supplies that have been used for research projects. To apply, visit or contact the Anthropology department at NAU.

Eligibility:

  • research focus in southwestern pre-history
  • original field, laboratory, and/or collections research
  • multidisciplinary research
  • application of research that leads to public interpretation of the past

Robert C. Euler Graduate Scholarship awards a full or part-time NAU anthropology graduate student.

Eligibility:

  • GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at nau.edu/FinAid/How-It-Works/ 
  • demonstrated excellence in an anthropology graduate program

Panayotis Farantakis Memorial Award for Humanitarian Service Internships are presented to NAU anthropology students.

Eligibility:

  • full-time (nine or more units a semester)
  • anthropology graduate student
  • demonstrated academic excellence
  • has completed 18 units of graduate anthropology credit by the time the internship begins

Students may apply for the award during the semester they are completing the 18 units. The award will be contingent upon successful completion of those units. Applicant must have been officially accepted by an organization outside of NAU for an internship which is clearly humanitarian in nature that is, one that has a positive impact in the day-to-day living of other peoples.

Carleton T. Hodge Award for Academic Excellence in Anthropology is given to an anthropology graduate student.

Eligibility

  • enrolled full-time at NAU
  • 18 units complete in graduate anthropology coursework at NAU
  • demonstrated academic excellence

Miranda Warburton Anthropology Scholarship awards students who are majoring in anthropology. One-half of the award amount is applied to fall semester and one-half to spring semester.

Eligibility: 

  • NAU anthropology major
  • at least a 2.5 GPA

Contact

E-mail: Anthropology@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-3180

Applied Indigenous Studies

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The Audrey Tsosie Memorial Scholarship The Applied Indigenous Studies department will award a junior or senior Native American student no more than $500 for a semester.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time Native American student on campus in good standing with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Junior or senior majoring in applied indigenous studies
  • Demonstrated financial aid

Thomas J. and Dolores C. Ballew Scholarship for Native Americans  This Fund is established by Thomas J. and Dolores C. Ballew (Tom and Dody Ballew, Founders) for the purpose of providing scholarships at NAU for Native American students. The fund is to be used to educate members of federally recognized Native American nations and tribes. The Founders have a sincere appreciation of the goals of Native Americans to honor their history, culture, philosophy and language; and of Northern Arizona University to become the nation’s leading university serving Native Americans.

Eligibility:

  • Are registered members of a federally recognized Native American nation or tribe;
  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 2.5, where 4.0=A;
  • Demonstrated financial need; and
  • Preference given to members of the Navajo Nation. 

School of Communication

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Various scholarships are available to students who have declared majors or minors in the School of Communication. Be sure to Completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at nau.edu/FinAid/How-It-Works/  The School of Communication application deadline is February 1 each year. Instructions and application.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Wesley Brown, Jr. Scholarship is given to a student studying criminology and criminal justice. 

Eligibility:

  • full-time enrollment
  • undergraduate or graduate
  • U.S. citizen
  • major or minor in criminology and criminal justice

The Brent Cooper Memorial Scholarship United Way of Northern Arizona and the League of Neighborhoods (representing the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association of Flagstaff, Inc. the Southside Community Association, Inc, and La Plaza Vieja Neighborhood Association, Inc.) established this scholarship to support and encourage future leaders in community policing who are working toward a degree in Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University.

Chief Cooper 1954-2011, a graduate of NAU, became the Chief of Flagstaff Police Department in July 2006 after 28 years of service to the department. He served as a member of the UWNA Board of Director from 2007 to 2011.

This Fund shall be used to create a memorial scholarship in the criminology and criminal justice department to recognize the community policing efforts of the City of Flagstaff Chief of Police, Brent Cooper.

This fund shall be used to provide scholarships to support students who meet the following criteria:

  • Declare a major in criminology and criminal justice or related field.
  • Sign a pledge they are drug free.
  • Complete an essay on the importance of community involvement in policing efforts and/or the most current innovative and humane methods of promoting vital and safe communities.
  • Preference will be given to students who attended high school in Flagstaff, particularly those who grew up in the neighborhoods where Chief Cooper focused his community policing efforts: Sunnyside, La Plaza Vieja and Southside or preference to a student who is currently law enforcement personnel.

Students that continue to meet the award criteria may reapply for this scholarship.

Investigating Difference: Human and Cultural Relations in Criminal Justice Scholarship is used to provide students with educational research, exemplary scholarly and creative projects. Contact the department of Criminology and Criminal Justice to apply.

  1. CJ 345 Writing Competition recognizes excellence in writing and depth of understanding about cultural differences. There are two writing competitions—one in fall and the other in spring. Awards range $300-400. Contestants must be enrolled in CCJ 345 and have full-time status at the time of application.
  1. Creative and Scholarly Projects Grant provides financial assistance to underwrite the costs of travel or special materials needed for an independent study, undergraduate research internship, a major class project or thesis research. Awards are based upon merit and amounts vary.

    Eligibility:

  • NAU student
  • in good academic standing
  • enrolled full-time
  • a CCJ major or enrolled in the CCJ graduate program
  1. Professional Development Grant provides travel support for attending professional conferences and criminal justice related workshops. Awards are based upon merit and amounts vary. Applications must be received at least one month before the event.

    Eligibility:

  • NAU student
  • in good academic standing
  • enrolled full-time
  • criminology and criminal justice major or enrolled in the CCJ graduate program

James L. Keeton Police Science Memorial awards a student planning a career in public law enforcement.

Eligibility:

  • declared major in criminology and criminal justice 
  • full-time student at NAU
  • financial need, complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at nau.edu/FinAid/How-It-Works/ 
  • in good academic standing

James Michael Lewis Memorial Scholarship is for students seeking a career in law enforcement. This scholarship is a full in-state tuition waiver, but the amount can vary.

Eligibility: 

  • full-time student enrolled at NAU
  • statement explaining goals and commitment to pursue a career in law enforcement
  • complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at nau.edu/FinAid/How-It-Works/ 

The Andrea S. and James D. Tawney Scholarship

This Fund shall be used to provide scholarships to support students who have a declared major in criminal justice or the equivalent degree/major. The qualifying degrees/majors are:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Criminal Justice

Preference shall be given to:

  • first generation college student; and
  • distance learning student who is enrolled in the NAU-Tucson Extended Campus Criminology and Criminal Justice program or enrolled in an On-Line Extended Campus Criminology and Criminal Justice program and reside in Tucson or the immediate area.

The scholarship disbursement is to be made 1/2 in Fall and 1/2 in Spring

Contact

E-mail: criminal.justice@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-9519

Geography, Planning, and Recreation

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Agnes Allen Scholarship awards an undergraduate geospatial science and community planning major to include land management and interrelationships between the earth and humankind. Preference is given to students involved in research and thesis work.

Eligibility:

  • undergraduate or graduate
  • emphasis in geospatial sciences (geography)
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in major
  • financial need documented by a completed FAFSA
  • at least one semester residency at NAU

Anne N. Ingram Memorial Scholarship goes to an undergraduate parks and recreation management major.

Eligibility:

  • at least 2.5 cumulative
  • 500 word essay that describes an outdoor experience, which includes them or one or both of their parents. The essay should stress the importance and benefits provided by outdoor recreation in creating and strengthening positive family values and relationships

Krimminger Fund awards undergraduates who are majoring in parks and recreation management. Preference may be given based upon financial need and to those who are physically disabled.

Eligibility:

Parks and Recreation Club Scholarship is given to undergraduates who are majoring in parks and recreation management.

Eligibility:

  • at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • junior or senior status

Parks and Recreation Management Student-to-Professional Scholarship awards parks and recreation management majors to help support transition from the classroom into the park, recreation and leisure service industry. 

Eligibility:

  • at least 2.8 GPA
  • junior or senior status
  • resume
  • essay describing future goals to become a parks and recreation professional including a statement about how this scholarship will help you reach these goals

Peace Surplus/Chatinsky Scholarship Fund

This Fund is established by Steve Chatinsky, owner of Peace Surplus, a Flagstaff Outdoor Specialty Store. Over the past thirty years, Mr. Chatinsky has had the opportunity to employ many NAU students. He has continued to follow the careers of his former NAU employees and is most impressed by their remarkable achievements.

This Fund shall be used to provide scholarships to support students in the College of Social and Behavioral Science, Parks and Recreation Program. Recipients will ideally either have part-time employment (or engage in volunteer activity) related to some facet of their studies.

Public Planning Student Excellence Scholarship is given to an undergraduate geospatial science and community planning major.

Eligibility:

  • junior or senior status
  • emphasis in community planning and development
  • financial need, complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at nau.edu/FinAid/How-It-Works/ 
  • essay or statements describing commitment to:
    • making a difference in physical, economically, and socially challenged small town and urban neighborhoods and downtowns
    • public participation and education as the foundation to community revitalization
    • community volunteerism to help people and places in need
    • involvement in the American Planning Association

Students who can demonstrate the following will be given preference:

  • interest in working with culturally diverse communities
  • commitment to planning for the benefit of Native Americans
  • concern for issues of homelessness, affordable housing and/or environmental stewardship

Stanley Swarts Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate geospatial science and community planning major.

Eligibility:

  • junior or senior status
  • emphasis in geospatial sciences (geography)
  • cumulative 3.0 GPA or greater
  • essay (2 pages or less) explaining why geographic knowledge is necessary for a viable civilization
  • letter (2 paragraphs) from a geography professor describing the student as a person

Joe Rommel Memorial Award in Geography, Planning, and Recreation is used to pay fees for students who apply for the Wilderness First Responder Certification.

Eligibility:

  • parks and recreation management major
  • full time student
  • junior or senior status
  • strong interest in outdoor leadership

Yoder Outdoor Leader Scholarship is given to an undergraduate parks and recreation management major with career goal of leading individuals or groups in the outdoors.

Eligibility:

  • outdoor leader emphasis
  • at least 45 units completed
  • minimum 3.0 GPA
  • resume
  • essay related to your outdoor experiences and career goals

Politics and International Affairs

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Regent Ernest Calderon Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in political science.

Eligibility:

  • declared political science major
  • sophomore status
  • Arizona high school graduate
  • financial need, complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at nau.edu/FinAid/How-It-Works/ 

Morey-Vaughn Award is associated with an internship in Washington DC to work in a congressional office or executive branch, department, or agency. To apply, go to NAU Foundation Scholarships, http://nau.edu/FinAid/Scholarships/Foundation/ preference will be given to political science majors.

Eligibility: 

  • complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at nau.edu/FinAid/How-It-Works/ 
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • full-time enrollment in any program of study at NAU
  • good academic standing

Earl Shaw Memorial Scholarship is given to students who are majoring in a politics and international affairs degree program: political science, international affairs, American political studies or public administration.

Eligibility: 

  • NAU undergraduate or graduate student
  • completed 6 POS units at NAU
  • at least two semesters of coursework at NAU
  • GPA at least 2.5
  • financial need, complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at nau.edu/FinAid/How-It-Works/ 
  • a description of your efforts to achieve a college education including plans for completing the degree program

Political Science Scholarship is given to a student majoring in political science or international and political affairs or American political studies.

Eligibility:

  • completed two semesters at NAU
  • completed 6 POS units at NAU

Theodore Wyckoff Scholarship is given to students studying political science.

Eligibility:

  • declared international affairs or political science major
  • minimum 3.0 GPA
  • preference given to majors with a comparative and international emphasis

Contact

E-mail: political.science@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-3163

Psychology

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Virginia Blankenship Undergraduate Research Award is given to undergraduate students who require financial support to present at a research conference. (Qualify for this award by taking required materials to the NAU Psychology department.)

Eligibility:

  • psychology major
  • enrolled junior or senior
  • cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • a one-page (2-3 paragraphs) paper describing future educational goals and career objectives
  • resume
  • description of the research conference where you wish to present—include dates, location, copy of the abstract submitted and acceptance notice if available

William Gibson Outstanding Student in Psychology and Public Service Award (Qualify for this award by taking required materials to the NAU Psychology department.)

Eligibility:

  • psychology major
  • senior status enrolled at NAU
  • cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher
  • an essay (2 pages or less) explaining how psychology studies and community involvement overlap, and the impact both experiences have made on your life or future direction
  • demonstrated desire to better the community through volunteer activity or public service
  • resume

Vicki Green Psychology Thesis Award provides support to psychology graduate students for thesis research. (Qualify for this award by taking required materials to the NAU Psychology department.)

  • thesis proposal approved by thesis committee
  • demonstrated expenditures

Vicki Green Graduate School Travel Award financially assists undergraduate and graduate psychology students who are invited by an accredited graduate school to interview for admittance into a psychology (or closely related) graduate program. (Qualify for this award by taking required materials to the NAU Psychology department.)

Eligibility:

  • senior or graduate status
  • enrolled at NAU spring or fall term
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • accepted an invitation to interview for placement
  • paper (2-3 paragraphs) describing future educational goals and career objectives
  • resume
  • description of graduate program, copy of invitation that includes location and dates, or name and phone number for whom invited you.

Edward C. and Mary E. Mills Scholarship awards psychology majors.

Eligibility:

  • enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate
  • minimum 3.0 GPA
  • essay (2-3 paragraphs about educational and career goals 

Social Work and Sociology

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Vicki K. Brown-Carpenter Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • major in sociology or social work
  • junior, senior, or graduate student
  • at least 3.0 GPA
  • completed 60 units of coursework
  • financial need, complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at nau.edu/FinAid/How-It-Works/ 
  • preference may be given to an Arizona community college graduate

Kanan Family Endowment

 Eligibility:

  • major in sociology
  • prefer junior status

Virginia Rae Kurner Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student with sincere intention to work in the social-work field.

 Eligibility:

  • junior or senior social work major
  • enrolled for 12 units or more
  • financial need, complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at nau.edu/FinAid/How-It-Works/ 
  • academic achievement
  • character

Sociology Department Scholarship  

Eligibility:

  • sociology major
  • undergraduate or graduate enrolled full time
  • at least 3.0 GPA
  • essay about future educational goals
  • honors or awards
  • college clubs, organizations, or offices held
  • community service
  • any additional information that makes you an out-standing sociology student

Edward E. Walker Sociology Scholarship is awarded based on a student’s character and scholarly ability.

Eligibility:

  • junior or senior
  • sociology major
  • financial need, complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at nau.edu/FinAid/How-It-Works/ 

Contact

E-mail: ssw@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-2979

Women's and Gender Studies Program

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Janet K. Schnorr Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • major in Women's and Gender Studies
  • undergraduate enrolled at NAU
  • completed at least two classes in the WGS degree program
  • GPA 3.0 or better
  • enrolled at NAU for at least one full calendar year
  • essay (1 page) that demonstrates commitment to women's issues and concerns
  • one letter of support from those who know your commitment to women's issues and concerns

Women's and Gender Studies Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • major or minor in women's and gender studies
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • enrolled at NAU
  • completed at least two semesters at NAU
  • completed at least two classes in the WGS degree program
  • essay (1 page) about women's and gender studies
  • one letter of recommendation

Contact

E-mail: womens.studies@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-3300