Funding Opportunities in the College

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.

Scholarship Announcements

The College scholarships are awarded in Spring semester. Eligibility and application requirements for each scholarship are specified in the scholarship announcements linked below.

College Scholarships questions should be directed to the College of Social Sciences Dean’s Office at 408-924-5300 or

How to Apply

Applications are submitted and accepted through Spartan Scholarship only. The application period is from January 20, 2020 - March 2, 2020. To apply...

  1. Sign in to Spartan Scholarships using your MySJSU login information.
  2. Complete and submit the General Application - This will give you access to other scholarships and awards in addition to those from the Dean’s Office.
  3. Click on the "Opportunities" menu and select "Recommended." 
  4. Find the scholarship/award opportunity of interest and click on the "Apply" button.
  5. Provide any supplemental application material (e.g., letter of recommendation, etc.)

College Student scholarships

Margery H. and Raymond W. Vernon College of Social Sciences Dean's Scholarship: $3,500/yr

The Margery H. and Raymond W. Vernon College of Social Sciences Dean's Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Margery H. Vernon (SJSU 1987, History) and Raymond W. Vernon. This permanent endowment provides an annual scholarship to one exceptional College of Social Sciences student for up to four years provided he or she remains a full-time student in good standing at the university. Eligible candidates are SJSU freshman and transfer student whose incoming cumulative GPA is equivalent to cum laude or higher (3.5 or higher) and who have an expressed interest in majoring in one of the disciplines within the College of Social Sciences. A preference is given to eligible candidates who are first in their family to attend a four-year university. 

Les Francis Scholarship for Civic Education: $1,000

The 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/social sciences. Download the brochure for the Les Francis Scholarship for Civic Education [pdf].

Dean's Study Abroad and International Field Work Scholarships: variable amount

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.

SJSU Alumni Association Deans' Scholarships (2): $5,000

The SJSU Alumni Association Deans' Scholarship is funded by the generous contributions of Alumni Association members and donors. It is awarded to students only once during their academic careers at SJSU. This scholarship will be disbursed next fall and spring so it is only available to students enrolling at SJSU next academic year. This scholarship is based on academic excellence, financial need, and demonstrated community service.

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. This scholarship is based on academic excellence and demonstrated financial need.

Charles Burdick Scholarship: $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. This scholarship is based on academic excellence and demonstrated financial need.

Inez and Donald Burdick Scholarship: $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 academic excellence and demonstrated financial 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. This scholarship is based on academic excellence and demonstrated financial need. 

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Department Scholarships

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

University-Wide Scholarships

SJSU Salzburg Scholars

SJSU Salzburg Scholars are selected as part of San José State’s efforts to develop a critical mass of change agents who will work together across institutional boundaries to globalize the campus in more coherent ways.  Scholars are chosen from different units all over SJSU—including senior administration, academic colleges and departments, student affairs, and advancement—because our Program focuses on strategies and activities that are intended to transform a wide range of curricular, co-curricular, and operational aspects in the University as a whole.

Participation in this Program is open to all full-time matriculated students.  Preference is given to upper-division undergraduates who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership in working for the greater good of the campus, and who agree to return as full-time students for the following academic year. Nominations and applications are usually solicited some-time in the Fall semester. See the Salzburg application page for full details.

Spartan Scholarship

The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office administers a larger number of campus-based scholarships through the SJSU Scholarship Application, Spartan Scholarship. Applications open in January for the following academic year, so be sure to take advantage of this wonderful resource. 

Research Grants

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