Kolb Memorial Scholarship

The Kolb scholarship is in honor of the first chairman of the Department, who served from 1930 to 1946. Professor Kolb was known both in the United States and abroad for his research on rural primary groups and on the rural community. He established rural sociology in New Zealand, and made a major contribution to rural sociology in Brazil. The Kolb Memorial Scholarship may be awarded annually to an outstanding Community and Environmental Sociology student (undergraduate or graduate).

Nominations should include a letter from the faculty member advisor which addresses the reasons the student deserves this award: including academic achievements, professional involvement, intellectual contributions – evidence of the ways in which the student exceeds the usual achievements and the student’s CV or resume. Applications are due on April 30th.


  • Nominees must be current students in good standing at the UW.
  • Nominees must be enrolled in the joint Sociology-Community and Environmental Sociology graduate program or CES undergraduate major.
  • Graduate student nominees must have a member of the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology as advisor of record.
  • Nominees must be full-time students as determined by CALS or the Graduate School.

The Kolb Award is $500. The winner’s name is engraved on a plaque that is hung in the department library.