SES Student Resource Guide
By Farzana Saleem
A family's place within the socioeconomic structure has strong implications for children’s access to resources and support inside and outside of the home (Sirin, 2005). The primary caregiver(s) income, education and occupation all play a role in the quality of education that youth receive, while also having implications for future social and economic mobility (Sirin, 2005). For example, studies have shown that those from higher socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds are more likely to pursue higher education and obtain a higher pay salary as adults, compared to those from lower SES backgrounds. Although the link between SES and academic achievement and advancement is contingent on a number of factors, accessing the means to fund ones education is a key component to improving retention and permitting students to advance throughout the education pipeline.
Thus, in an effort to increase accessibility to financial resources for students, the Office on Socioeconomic Status has aggregated a list of scholarships, grants, internships and awards for high school, college and graduate students.
Farzana Saleem is a rising second year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at the George Washington University.
Currently, she is studying the impact of social stressors, such as racial discrimination, on the self-esteem and depressive symptoms of African-American adolescents. She is also interested in identifying protective factors that mitigate negative outcomes within that association for youth of color. Prior to her start in graduate school, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia State University in 2011. During her undergraduate experience she solidified her interest in obtaining a PhD in psychology through becoming a McNair scholar and actively participating in research. Following college, she worked in the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) at the American Psychological Association (APA). She assisted with multiple projects and grants that promoted the study of diversity and the reduction of health disparities. At her time in the Office on Socioeconomic Status, she is gaining experience and awareness on issues of SES and its contribution to psychological research, practice and social policy.
Sirin, S. R. (2005). Socioeconomic status and academic achievement: A meta-analytic review of research. Review of educational research, 75(3), 417-453.