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MSW Program Grants and Scholarships

  1. Ronald Oliver and Margaret Ann Warner Graduate Scholarship Fund

    Application Deadline: October 1, 2021

    This Scholarship was established by Ronald Oliver and his wife, SSW alumna, Margaret Ann Warner. It supports MSW students who are residents of Genesee County and are committed to working in Genesee County in the field of social work after graduation.

    Ronald Oliver and Margaret Ann Warner Graduate Scholarship Fund Application

  2. Rosemary Sarri Endowed Scholarship

    The Rosemary Sarri Endowed Scholarship was established by gifts from alumni and friends to honor Rosemary Sarri, PhD, on her retirement from her distinguished teaching and research career at the UM School of Social Work. Dr. Sarri generously matched these contributions to double the amount of the fund, and she continues to make gifts to the fund each year. This award provides two scholarships, one for students in the MSW program and one for the students in the Joint PhD Program who have interest in community change, policy and political social work, management and leadership or program evaluation and applied research. Preference is given to students with financial need.

  3. Ruth & Fred Schelkun Award

    Application Deadline: October 1, 2021

    The Ruth and Fred Schelkun Award was established through memorial gifts from friends, family and colleagues to recognize MSW students engaged in community mental health field placements, preferably serving children, adolescents, adults, schools, and inter-faith organizations in Washtenaw County. Through this award, the Schelkuns' three daughters honor their parents' many contributions to dental and mental health in the State of Michigan.

    Ruth & Fred Schelkun Award Application

  4. School of Social Work Annual Donor Scholarship

    These scholarships are made possible by donors to the School of Social Work Annual Fund. Please note that no separate financial aid application is required.

  5. School of Social Work Dean's Scholarship

    The Dean's Scholarship is awarded to new and continuing students utilizing academic- and practice-related criteria as evidenced by the supplementary statement, recommendations, and other application documents. Awards may be provided to students meeting one or more of the following criteria:

    • Evidence of substantial knowledge development
    • Evidence of substantial social work-related research
    • Evidence of outstanding volunteer or paid social work experience
    • Evidence of high academic achievement
    • Evidence of outstanding record in social activism

    Please note that no separate financial aid application is required.

  6. School of Social Work Gerontology-Related Expenses Fund

    This fund was created by an anonymous donor and provides assistance for MSW students in the aging and families in society practice area. The awards are designed to help address students' professional needs, including areas such as membership dues and conference-related expenses. This award is provided to enrolled students.

    Please note that no separate financial aid application is required.

  7. School of Social Work Scholarships

    This award is funded through the gifts of many donors who wish to provide scholarship support to students in the School of Social Work. School of Social Work Scholarships are awarded to incoming MSW students each year. Selection is based on demonstrated, outstanding potential for professional practice. This determination shall be based primarily on an evaluation of all previous academic work, recommendations, human service employment experience, the applicant's written supplementary statement, other application documents and the School of Social Work Financial Aid Application. Please note that no separate financial aid application is required.

  8. Sims Medal and Award

    Application Deadline: October 1, 2021

    The Sims Medal and Award is given annually to one or more graduate students, primarily master's degree candidates, who examine some aspect of the interactive efforts of home/neighborhood, workplace, and school on the functioning of family members, and who intend to pursue active careers in those areas.

    Sims Medal and Award Application

  9. SSW Global Independent Study Grant Application

    Deadline: early December

    A global independent study offers students the ability to design a global social work opportunity in a foreign country while earning 1-6 elective credits. Accepted students receive a $2,000 scholarship to help cover the various costs.

    * This is a highly recommended funding source for Global students. Typically one or more MSW students receive funding from this source annually.

    Global Independent Study

  10. Telluride House Scholarship

    Telluride House is a merit-based residential room and board scholarship committed to establishing a vibrant community supporting democratic ideals of self-governance, a stimulating intellectual environment, and a commitment to public service. All current or prospective U-M students, undergraduate or graduate, are encourage to apply, regardless of program or field of study.

    The Telluride House Scholarship

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