Awards and Scholarships

Albert W. Black Undergraduate Community Service Award

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Professor Al Black, Jr. is Emeritus Principal Lecturer in Sociology. His areas of interest are the sociology of religion and of race relations.  He is a highly respected leader and role model in the community and his commitment to service, especially his work with gang members, is legendary.  A founding member and Chair of the Franklin Fathers Group, he has led interventions in local schools, challenging at-risk students with a message of zero tolerance for the disruption of the learning process.

The Albert W. Black Undergraduate Community Service Award is merit-based, awarded to an undergraduate sociologist volunteering or interning with a local community service organization working with marginalized groups, and benefiting the local community.  Any graduating Sociology major may submit materials to become a candidate for the award. 

All candidates are reviewed by the department’s Undergraduate Program Committee, which then makes its recommendations to the Chair.

2018-2019 Academic Year Recipient: Abari Charles
2017-2018 Academic Year Recipient: Abigail Sloan

Howard B. Woolston Award for Academic Excellence

Howard Woolston was Chair of the Department of Sociology from 1919 - 1929, and was an Outstanding Teacher at UW.  The Woolston Award was established in 1956 -- the first scholarship fund endowed in the department -- to recognize excellent scholarship in sociology.

Students are nominated by Sociology faculty and TAs. Only graduating seniors are eligible.  Successful finalists typically have a minimum sociology grade point average of 3.70, and an overall GPA of at least 3.50.  Three criteria are used to select award recipients: instructor nominations; grades and sociology course papers submitted by nominees; and recommendations from their instructors.

All nominees are reviewed by the department’s Undergraduate Program Committee, which then makes its recommendations to the Chair.

2018-2017 Academic Year Recipient: Sierra Baker 
2017-2018 Academic Year Recipients: George Rhodes and Abigail Sloan