The Goett Endowed Scholarship

Each academic year the Sociology Department awards a merit scholarship to one or more sociology majors who demonstrate outstanding scholarship, commitment to sociology and leadership and service to the community. Since the scholarship was established in 1999 the department has awarded $378,344 to 41 majors.

The Goett Endowed Scholarship Recipient


Deidre Hubay

Hazel and Edward Goett were long-time friends and generous supporters of the Sociology Department.

Their family established an endowment in their memory.

We are honored to have received these funds for scholarships for outstanding sociology majors.


Successful applicants will be good students with excellence in sociology. They should submit the application, and a personal statement, which should include their future goals, what a sociology degree means to them and how they demonstrate scholarship, leadership and service and commitment to sociology. In addition, include a resume, and two letters of recommendation from faculty, at least one of whom is a member of the Sociology Department. These materials should demonstrate balance in the following:


Sociology majors should have completed at least 60 credits with a minimum of 9 in Sociology. Thus, students are eligible upon completion of their sophomore year. They must have an overall Grade Point Average of 2.75 or higher, with a 3.00 or higher Grade Point Average in the major. Membership in honorary societies enhances one’s chances.

Leadership and Service

Students should show involvement in academic, civic, service activities or sports. Occupying positions of leadership (for example, holding office in an organization) will enhance one’s chances.

Commitment to Sociology

Students should demonstrate a level of commitment to the discipline, its base of knowledge and skills. This will be determined in both the written personal statement completed by each applicant and in the faculty letters of recommendation. Instructions

Application Deadline: March 31, 2021.

Covid 19 Update:

Instructions and application 
Please email all of your documents to: Please use the subject line: Goett Scholarship Application
Letters of recommendation should also be emailed to with the the subject line: Goett Scholarship Recommendation

Please submit the application, personal statement, resume, and two letters of recommendation to:

Matt Schneirov, Ph.D.
Chair, Goett Scholarship Committee
Department of Sociology
Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA 15282
412.396.6494 or 6490

Announcement of Award: June 30, 2021

The scholarship will apply to the immediate fall and spring semesters of the academic year.