The deadline for the 2014 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship was April 1, 2014.

Please check back in the fall of 2014 for information regarding the 2015 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship. Below is general information on the scholarship.

Scholarship History

The Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an advanced sociology Ph.D. student who began her or his study in a community college or technical school. A student advanced to candidacy (ABD status) in an accredited Ph.D. program in sociology in the U.S. is eligible to apply if she or he studied at a U.S. two-year college either part-time or full-time for the equivalent of at least one full academic year that was not part of a high-school dual-enrollment program. 

The Scholarship carries a stipend to be used to support the pursuit of a Ph.D. in the amount of $15,000 from Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) and an additional $300 from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), as well as a one-year membership in SWS (including a subscription to Gender & Society) and SSSP (including a subscription to Social Problems). The Scholarship will be awarded at the summer meetings of SWS and SSSP. Recognizing Beth Hess’s significant contributions to the American Sociological Association (ASA), ASA joins SWS and SSSP in supporting and celebrating the awardee at their Annual Meetings, August 17-20, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The awardee’s economy-class airfare, train fare or driving mileage/tolls will be paid by SWS. Each association will also waive its meeting registration and provide complementary banquet and/or reception tickets for the awardee. 

To honor Beth Hess’s career, the committee will be looking for:

  • High quality research and writing in the proposal and letter of application.
  • Commitment to teaching, especially at a community college or other institution serving less-privileged students.
  • Research and activism in social inequality, social justice, or social problems, with a focus on gender and/or gerontology being especially positive.
  • Service to the academic and/or local community, including mentoring and activism.

Click here for a list of past winners.


Applications are not currently open for the 2015 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship. Please check back in the fall of 2014 for more information on the 2015 application process.