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Funding & Scholarships
Department of Social Work
Department of Social Work Scholarships
Awards typically range from $500 to $1,000 each.
Don and Sylvia Schmid American Indian Child Welfare Leaders Scholarship
Supports scholars who are interested in social work practice in tribal communities and who are or will be future leaders in American Indian child welfare practice.
Major: Social Work, graduate only
Other preferences: Students interested in career that administers and delivers child welfare services to American Indian communities, both on the reservation and in the urban areas.
Eleanor Kraker Family and Home Scholarship
Awarded to an Education or Social Work student who can demonstrate a commitment to strengthening families.
Major: Education or Social Work
Other preferences: Must demonstrate financial need. Include, in your letter of application, a short paragraph describing your plans/desires to strengthen families.
Peggy L. Scheller Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to students pursuing their Master of Social Work degrees. Must be in good academic standing with interest in rural outreach services.
Major: Social Work, graduate only
Other preferences: Preference will be given to non-traditional students. Applications should include a statement describing career goals and commitment to rural practice.
Tim and Sue Mowbray Scholarship
Awarded to full-time undergraduate students working towards a degree offered in the area of Psychology or Social Work.
Major: Psychology or Social Work
Other preferences: Must demonstrate financial need.
Will Dodge Memorial Scholarship
Established to support Social Work students with experience, expertise, and long-term interests in grassroots community organizing.
Major: graduate or undergraduate
Other preferences: Applications should include a statement describing your experience, expertise, and long-term interests in grassroots community organizing.
Child Welfare Scholars ProgramThe UMD Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholars Program is available to BSW and MSW students through collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The primary goals of the stipends are to:
- Reach out to practitioners in county and tribal child welfare agencies, recruit them to return to school and obtain a BSW or MSW, and provide financial support for them to do so.
- Encourage others entering the BSW or MSW program to commit to beginning a career in public or tribal child welfare by offering financial support and excellent, relevant educational opportunities.
- Provide graduate-level educational opportunities that prepare scholars to be culturally competent child welfare practitioners.
ICWA Scholars ProgramAre you committed to creating better outcomes for American Indian children and families?
Are you interested in becoming a leader in American Indian child welfare practice?
Are you interested in receiving an $18,000 training stipend for your MSW program and receive professional development opportunities to prepare you as an advanced child welfare practitioner?
If so, consider applying for the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies' ICWA Scholars Program! Learn more on the Child Welfare Scholars Homepage.
Students receive a financial stipend that can be used to cover a portion of tuition. In return, graduates who receive this fellowship are required to seek, and if available, accept employment in public or tribal child welfare services for a period of time. Other requirements include completing field placements in county or tribal child welfare agencies, completing curriculum requirements specific to child welfare practice, and completing a final project on a child welfare topic.
More complete information about the Child Welfare Scholars Program is available in the Child Welfare Scholar Handbook located on the Department of Social Work website.
Clinical/Mental Health ScholarsThe Department recently received a Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Grant, awarding $10,000 stipends to selected students during their Final Internship placement. Students must apply to be considered for this opportunity and commit to working in Clinical Social Work practice in rural or medically underserved communities with an interdisciplinary focus.
Students will be required to complete the internship in an approved clinical setting, and complete coursework related to Interdisciplinary and Clinical Social Work. Students must be accepted into the program and can attend either full or part-time.
Applications are accepted for the program in the Spring term, prior to Field II, regardless of whether students plan to do the internship during the upcoming Academic year or as a Summer block the following year.
To be considered for this opportunity and receive application instructions, please contact Lake Dziengel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Internal (University of Minnesota) Scholarship Opportunities
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Graduate School AwardsA limited number of fellowships and scholarships are available through the Graduate School. Please check their web site.
The Professional Education Diversity Fellowship is intended to assist professional degree programs in promoting a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences. Programs are encouraged to consider students from groups that historically have been underrepresented in their disciplines.
Eligibility: U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents entering a professional-focused degree program at the University of Minnesota for the first time in the 2018-2019 academic year may be nominated by their program director. Recipients must be admitted to a professional education degree program as a degree-seeking student for fall semester 2018. Each program may nominate one student.
External Sources for Scholarship Opportunities
Council on Social Work Education:Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund (BSW and MSW Students): The components of the Fund includes an annual lecture series given at the annual program meeting, a publication program, and scholarship assistance. Two scholarships in the amount of $500 each are awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to work for equity and social justice in social work. Deadline usually beginning of May.
- MSSA Diversity Scholarship (BSW Students) for $1000 will be given to a student from a diverse background. Scholarship application must be received in the MSSA office usually between the beginning of April and the middle of May.
- MSSA Graduate Scholarship (MSW Students) is for $1500 and will be given to a graduate student in the human service field. Scholarship application must be received in the MSSA office between the beginning of April and the middle of May.
National Association of Social Work Foundation Fellowship, Scholarship and Research Awards
- Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship (MSW Students) is awarded to a masters degree candidate in social work who demonstrates an interest in, or has experience with, health/mental health practice and has a commitment to working in the African American community. Deadline usually in March.
- Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarship (MSW Students) is awarded to master degree candidates in social work who have demonstrated a commitment to working with, or who have a special affinity with American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations, or in public and voluntary nonprofit agency settings. Deadline usually in March.
The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (Licensed Health Care Providers) provides $60,000 (or the outstanding balance of qualifying student loans if it is less than $50,000), tax free, to mental health clinicians in exchange for two years of service at an approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area.
The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) is preparing a second funding opportunity for the Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grants (MBHET) program (BSW and MSW Students). Updates on the status of this funding opportunity may be obtained by visiting the HHS Grants Forecast website (select "HRSA" from the choice of agencies) and signing up to receive e-mails on new program details. The MBHET is designed to enhance mental and behavioral health care services by increasing the number of professionally prepared mental and behavioral health providers, including social workers.
The Indian Health Service's Loan Repayment Program (BSW and MSW Students) offers loan repayment for graduate and undergraduate educational loans for health professionals in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs. Social workers are eligible for the program. Policy Update for 2013.
Federal Student Aid Loan Forgiveness for Public Service Employees (MSW Students): Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Loan Forgiveness for Public Service Employees Program. The new program provides for the cancellation of the remaining balance due on eligible federal student loans after the borrower has made 120 monthly payments on those loans under certain repayment plans while employed in certain public service fields.
NASW's Loan Forgiveness for Social Workers (MSW Students) has information on loan forgiveness programs available to Social Workers. Review their website on "Frequently Asked Questions" on the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 and Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.
Student Loan Borrower Assistance (BSW and MSW Students): National Consumer Law Center's Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project is a resource for borrowers, their families, and advocates representing student loan borrowers. This site is for people who already have student loans and want to know more about their options and rights.