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All interested students are invited to visit the ACCESS Success Center for:

  • General Education advising
  • Academic policy related questions
  • Academic advice or just tips to navigate your way around SJSU
  • A quiet place to study and/or do group projects
  • A chance to meet fellow social sciences majors and peer advisors
  • Help with changing majors
  • Workshops and presentations (writing, statistics, graduate school applications, etc.)

University Scholarships

Scholarships open to all SJSU students are administered by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.

Funding Opportunities in the College

College Scholarships

Each year, the College of Social Sciences offers scholarships to students majoring in one of the College's Departments. The College scholarships represent the generosity of many friends and alumni. They honor former deans and students in the College of Social Sciences. These scholarships are designed to reward academic excellence, as well as to help finance the ever-increasing costs of higher education. Selection for these scholarships reflects impressive accomplishments of a college career.

College scholarships include:

SJSU Alumni Association Deans' Scholarships (2): variable amount

The SJSU Alumni Association Deans' Scholarship is awarded to students only once during their academic careers at SJSU. This scholarship will be disbursed in Fall and is only available to students enrolling at SJSU for that semester. Scholarship applicants must demonstrate community service or participation in student organizations.)

Les Francis Scholarship for Civic Education: $2,500

Les Francis Scholarship for Civic Education was created by Les Francis and endowed by Mr. Francis and his many friends, admirers, and fellow political consultants. The scholarship is intended to support prospective (or current) teachers of high school civics. Applicants must submit an essay stating how the scholarship would assist their career in teaching high school civics, a writing sample (at least 3 pages in length), and an unofficial college academic transcript. Awarded annually. Download the brochure for the Les Francis Scholarship for Civic Education [pdf].

Gerald Wheeler Scholarship: $1,000

Dr. Gerald Wheeler is remembered as a superb and versatile teacher and an excellent scholar. In his tenure at SJSU, Dr. Wheeler served as Chair of the History Department, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Dean of the College of Social Sciences, and Assistant Academic Vice President. The Gerald E. Wheeler scholarship was established by family and friends. Offered every year by the College, this scholarship is based on excellence and need.

Charles Burdick Scholarships: $1,000

Dr. Charles Burdick was an internationally-known military history scholar, former Chair of the History Department and Dean of the College of Social Sciences. He earned SJSU’s two highest awards for faculty—President’s Scholar and Outstanding Professor—and he twice received CSU’s system-wide Outstanding Professor Award. Offered every year by the College, this scholarship is based on excellence and need.

Inez and Donald Burdick Scholarships: $1,000

The Inez and Donald Burdick Scholarships were established by Charles Burdick in honor of his parents. Offered every year by the College, this scholarship is based on excellence and need.

Dudley T. Moorhead Memorial Scholarship: variable amount

This scholarship honors the memory of Dudley T. Moorhead, first Dean of the combined School of Humanities and Arts and Social Sciences. Dean Moorhead served as Coordinator of the Social Sciences/History Division, Dean of the School, and Acting Academic Vice President. He was also the first president of the Faculty Council (now the Academic Senate). The University honored his memory by renaming Centennial Hall as Dudley Moorhead Hall. Offered every third year by the College, this scholarship is based on excellence and need.

Qualifications and Application for College Scholarships

The College scholarships are offered in Spring semester. All qualification requirements are given on the scholarship instructions and application. Preference will be given to applicants who meet the following minimum standards:

  • 3.50 GPA overall
  • 3.50 GPA at SJSU
  • 3.50 GPA in the major

The scholarship instructions and application form is here. Provide the required information and materials to be considered for all College scholarships. Students must also have applied for financial aid, and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be on file with the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. Direct any questions to the College of Social Sciences Dean’s Office at 408-924-5300 or

CoSS Dean's Study Abroad Scholarships

This scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate or graduate students studying or conducting research outside the United States. It was established through a gift from the Estate of J.B.S. Johnson. The scholarship is available to CoSS students in limited numbers. Download the description and application form [pdf]. Applications can also be emailed directly to The deadline is Friday, March 6, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

SJSU Salzburg Scholars

These scholarships are awarded each year by the College of Social Sciences and International and Extended Studies (IES). Students are chosen university-wide by the Salzburg Scholarship Selection Committee. See application.

Departmental Scholarships

Various departments within the College of Social Sciences offer scholarships. Check with your department to learn what funding opportunities are available.


Students may apply for College of Social Sciences Research Grants if they are sponsored by an eligible faculty member. For more information, visit the faculty Grants page.