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Sigma Tau Sigma Honor Society


The Sigma Tau Sigma scholarship contest provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their abilities to articulate ideas from the Social Sciences point of view in the form of an essay.Membership will be an advantage in applications to transfer colleges and universities.

Sigma Tau Sigma will award three monetary scholarships. The recipient with the winning essay will receive $250. The second place recipient will receive $200 and the third place recipient will receive $100. Everyone that enters and meets the qualifications of Sigma Tau Sigma will receive membership into the scholastic society and a certificate.

Essay Question:

What does it mean to obtain a college education?

Requirements for Entry (Read Carefully):

The essay will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Articulate writing
  • Thoughtful insight
  • Clarity
  • Relevance to the Social Sciences

Essays must be a minimum of 500 words. The essay must be typewritten, double-spaced, page-numbered, and submitted with a cover sheet that includes the title of your essay, your name, and correct address. A complete Sigma Tau Sigma application must accompany the essay. Every student that meets the requirements for the scholarship will automatically receive membership in Sigma Tau Sigma Scholastic Honors Society.

All students must have completed two courses in the Social Sciences Department at Los Angeles City College. These include African-American Studies, Chicano Studies, Anthropology, Asian-American Studies, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. The minimum grade point average to qualify is a “B” (3.0) average in Social Sciences courses only. You must submit a transcript along with your application. The transcript can be “unofficial.”

Entries that do not conform to rules and guidelines will not be reviewed. All entries become the property of Sigma Tau Sigma. Sigma Tau Sigma reserves the right to not award the scholarship.


Essays are generally accepted during the month of May. Please contact the department for details on dates and deadlines. No electronic entries will be accepted.

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