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Awarded exclusively to students of sociology who are in good academic standing and demonstrate considerable academic merit.
Michael Kearl, Ph.D., was a Trinity professor from 1977-2015, influencing generations of Trinity students. He was a gifted teacher, spirited colleague, and a nationally recognized expert on the sociology of death and dying, time, the family, and social gerontology.

His family started a scholarship fund that continues his legacy of supporting aspiring sociologists. The Kearl Scholarship recognizes characteristics that Kearl most valued in his students: writing skills, an embrace of technological innovation, a vigorous social imagination, and a desire to be engaged with classmates and faculty.

Full-time undergraduate students enrolled at Trinity who have enrolled in a sociology course may apply for the award to off-set the cost of expenses incurred at Trinity.


  • All qualified entering and transfer students are considered for academic merit scholarships.
  • A recalculated core GPA*, standardized test scores (optional) and other criteria are used to determine eligibility. 
  • Academic progress is reviewed at the end of each academic year. 
  • Academic scholarships recipients are selected without regard to income.
  • As undergraduates apply to the University, they are automatically considered for our full range of merit scholarships.
  Who is eligible:

Undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior students of sociology

  Who is not eligible:

First-year or graduate students

  How to Apply

Prepare and submit your application:

To apply, students must write a statement detailing their intention to pursue sociology beyond Trinity, and obtain a letter of support from a member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Awards are made annually in early January.


Jan. 1, 2022 

  Important Details

Selection Criteria

For more information about selection criteria, please contact the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Renewal Information

One-time scholarship.

Students may be considered again based on the eligibility criteria. 

How Trinity Determines Eligibility

Simple math!
Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution = Demonstrated Financial Need

Undergraduate financial aid guide