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Geriatric Scholarship Program

Geriatric Scholarship Program

Geriatric social work is one of the fastest growing career fields. The number of older persons in the United States will more than double between the years 2000-2030. As the population ages, employment opportunities in gerontological social work are expanding greatly. Geriatric social work offers extensive possibilities to make a difference in older people's lives and enjoy limitless opportunities for career advancement. Geriatric social workers are particularly needed in marginalized communities and with vulnerable populations.

Geriatric Scholarship Program Funding

Funding for 2021-2022 is to be determined.

Specialized Courses

Geriatric Scholars complete the following specialized coursework:

  • Policies & Services for Older Adults course
  • Scholars will be directed to specific sections of the Introduction to Social Work course and Social Work Capstone

Fieldwork Placements

Each Scholar will complete a field placement in the Social Work Practice with Older Adults and Families from a Lifespan Perspective pathway.

Program Requirements

  • Enroll as a full-time On-Campus MSW student in the 16-month or 12-month (Advanced Standing, UM-Dearborn Human Services, U-M Sociology & SW, or MicroMasters or MasterTrack MSW) curriculum.
  • Select the Social Work Practice with Older Adults and Families from a Lifespan Perspective pathway and complete all pathway requirements.
  • Scholars will be directed to specific sections of the Introduction to Social Work course and Social Work Capstone.
  • Complete a field placement in the Social Work Practice with Older Adults and Families from a Lifespan Perspective pathway.
  • Participation in all post-scholarship evaluation activities.
  • Due to course and field requirements for the Geriatric Scholarship Program, MSW/MPH students are not eligible to participate in this program.

Application

  • All MSW applicants interested in geriatric social work are invited to apply.
  • Geriatric Scholars must be enrolled full-time in the on-campus 16-month, 12-month (Advanced Standing, UM-Dearborn Human Services & SW, or UM Sociology & SW), or MicroMasters or MasterTrack MSW and select the Social Work Practice with Older Adults and Families from a Lifespan Perspective pathway.
  • Application deadlines: December 1, 2020 (early application), February 1, 2021 (priority), March 1, 2021. Selection of applicants will be made from all dates with priority given to those applicants that meet the December and February deadlines.
  • Deferred admits planning to enroll in fall 2021 must submit their special program application by November 2, 2020.
  • Financial need will be considered in the review of special program applications.
  • Your MSW application must be complete by the scholarship deadline.
  • If you would like to apply to the Geriatric Scholarship Program, please answer "yes" to the question, "Do you plan to apply to an SSW Special Program?" found on the Financial Assistance page of the MSW online application and then select the Geriatric Scholarship Program checkbox. The Geriatric Scholarship Program application pages will be added to the end of your online MSW application.
  • Note that it will be more likely to be accepted into the Geriatric Scholarship Program if you select the Social Work Practice with Older Adults and Families from a Lifespan Perspective pathway on your MSW application.

For more information about the Geriatric Scholarship Program, contact the Office of Student Services at (734) 936-0961 or ssw.msw.info@umich.edu.

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