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Dr. Herbert Barringer Memorial Scholarship

History:  Dr. Herb Barringer was born in Billings, MT. At San Diego State College, he earned a BA with high honors and distinction in sociology in 1959, and completed an MA at Northwestern University with a Comparative Politics Fellowship in 1961. He earned a PhD in 1964 in Sociology. In his graduate work, he received University Fellowship and Comparative Politics Fellowship support at Northwestern University.

Over 40 years, Barringer contributed to the education of more than 3,000 undergraduates at Hawai'i in his courses in the Sociology of Deviance and Social Control, Racial and Ethnic Relations, Racism and Ethnicity in Hawai'i, Principles of Sociological Inquiry, and Social Statistics. Student evaluations were positive and students were challenged to do their best in these classes. Where students needed timely counsel in and out of the classroom, they received it in and ways suited their level and backgrounds. In the required Sociological Inquiry and Statistics courses, the brightest and the best were most affirmative. As an informed advisor of students in the Arts and Sciences Liberal Studies Program, he fostered work in and around the colleges and schools in interdisciplinary work and experiences not afforted by narrower coverage within disciplines.

Barringer also demanded work of the highest order in graduate studies. Through sponsorship and mentorship of the highest order, he pressed for the best in scholarly endeavors in required methodology, theoretical perspectives, and structural analyses in race relations and race and cultural contacts in Hawai'i. He fostered the development of careers in the discipline and social sciences on Asian-American health and mental health status, risks, and prevention-amelioration, in survey and policy research, and in law-related fields with impact on political developments.

Barringer was an outstanding academic citizen who served the department and university well in the standing and ad-hoc departmental, college, and campus-wide program and personnel review committees. In the public sociology domain, well-grounded in both field work and statistical analyses, his disciplined knowledge enabled Barringer to speak openly and directly on the sources and consequences of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic conditions and events. Within the University itself and in the larger community, he challenged those who were privileged and powerful to reduce overt and subtle discriminatory conduct and practices which lead to continuing disparities and at-risk outcomes involving the indigenous Native Hawaiian in Hawai'i and in the United States as a whole.
Description:  The purpose of this fund is to support undergraduate or graduate students majoring in Sociology with a focus on the Sociology of Korea at the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawa'i at Manoa. Funds shall be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.).
Level:  Undergraduate or Graduate
High School:  None
Residency:  None
GPA:  Minimum of 3.0
Enrollment Status:  Full-time
Contact Person:  Department Chairperson
Contact Department:  Department of Sociology
Contact Address:  2424 Maile Way, Saunders Hall 247
Honolulu, HI 96822
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Contact Phone:  808-956-7693
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