Awards and Scholarships

Albert W. Black Undergraduate Community Service Award

Albert W. Black, Jr. is an Emeritus Principal Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. His areas of interest are the sociology of religion and race relations.  Professor Black is a highly respected leader and role model in the local community and his commitment to community service, in particular his work with gang members, is legendary.  A founding member and Chair of the Franklin Fathers Group, he has led interventions into local schools, and challenged 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 a merit-based award for an undergraduate Sociology major serving as a volunteer or participating in an internship with a Puget Sound area community service organization working with marginalized communities and having a positive impact on 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 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 B. Woolston was the Chair of the Department of Sociology from 1919 - 1929, and was an Outstanding Teacher at the University.  The Woolston Award was established in 1956 and is the first endowed fund in the department.

Students who are nominated for the award by faculty, instructors and TAs in the department become finalists for the award. Students must be graduating seniors to be eligible.  Typically they will have at least a 3.70 grade point average in sociology, and a GPA of at least 3.50 overall. A combination of three criteria is used in selecting the recipients of this award; the nominations from instructors, grades, and papers the students have submitted from their courses, and recommendations from their instructors.

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

2018-2017 Academic Year Recipient: Sierra Baker 

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