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MSW Program Grants and Scholarships

  1. Arthur L. Johnson Endowed Scholarship »

    Application Deadline: September 2020

    The Arthur L. Johnson Endowed Scholarship was established by a gift from Richard and Susan Rogel of Avon, Colorado, to honor Arthur Johnson upon his retirement as President of the Detroit Chapter of the NAACP. The Rogels believe the best way to honor Arthur's "love of people, his love of education, and his love of the City of Detroit," was to provide a scholarship to the School of Social Work for a student who is interested in practicing social work in Detroit.

    Arthur L. Johnson Endowed Scholarship Application

  2. Blavin MSW Scholarship Award »

    Application Deadline: September 2020

    The Blavin MSW Scholarship Award provides support to a former U-M undergraduate Blavin Scholar or a student who has experienced foster care.

    Blavin MSW Scholarship Award Application

  3. Bruce Alan Schaffer Memorial Award »

    Application Deadline: September 2020

    This award was established by Miriam and Arnold Schaffer in memory of their son, Bruce Alan Schaffer. It provides support for a MSW student interested in hospital work with pediatric patients in Flint or Detroit with the emphasis on life threatening disease or illness.

    Bruce Alan Schaffer Memorial Award Application »

  4. C. Aaron McNeece and Sherrill McNeece Endowed Graduate Support Fund »

    Application Deadline: September 2020

    This fund was established by C. Aaron McNeece and Sherrill McNeece. It provides scholarships to support MSW students who are interested in nonprofit administration, policy work, or communication organization.

    C. Aaron McNeece and Sherrill McNeece Endowed Graduate Support Fund Application

  5. Caren Kaplan Endowed Scholarship »

    Application Deadline: August 15, 2020

    The Caren Kaplan Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in memory of University of Michigan School of Social Work alumna Caren Kaplan, MSW '80. The Scholarship provides support for six to eight MSW students with a preference for students pursuing a concentration in Children, Youth and Families in Society with demonstrated commitment to child welfare reform with a focus on addressing the issue of chronic neglect. Applicants must be current MSW students intending to graduate in December 2020, or April 2021.

    Caren Kaplan Endowed Scholarship Application

  6. Carol Goss Leadership Scholarship »

    Application Deadline: September 2020

    The Carol Goss Leadership Scholarship is for a student who is a resident of the Detroit area with demonstrated leadership potential with an interest in community building, civic engagement, education and leadership development with a field placement located in Detroit. Established by the Skillman Foundation in honor of Carol Goss to recognize her years of service as President and CEO of the Skillman Foundation and her deep commitment to the children of Detroit.

    Carol Goss Leadership Scholarship Application

  7. Child Welfare Scholarship Program »

    Application Deadlines:

    • Early Application: December 1
    • Priority Application: February 1
    • Final: March 1

    The Child Welfare Scholarships are awarded to approximately ten incoming students who are interested in becoming child welfare specialists. Special consideration will be given to students who have had personal life experience within the child welfare system and/or are interested in working with the Native American community. The purpose of the program is to train committed specialists in child welfare. Following graduation, child welfare specialists have worked as child welfare social workers, therapists working with maltreated children, program managers, community organizers, and policymakers. Please click the following link for more information.

    Child Welfare Scholarship Program and Application Information »

  8. Clarice Ullman Freud Fellowships »

    Application Deadline: November 2020

    The Clarice Ullman Freud Fellowships and the Clarice Ullman Freud Individual Research Fellowship were made possible by a gift from the estate of Clarice Ullman Freud along with matching funds from the Ann and Robert Lurie Family Foundation. Professor Freud was the Director of Field Education while on faculty at the U-M School of Social Work. The Freud Fellowship in Children and Families was developed to support research to help students integrate theory and practice in field instruction. Current effort focus on LGBTQIA2S+ advocacy work.

    Clarice Ullman Freud Fellowships Application

  9. Clarita Mays Memorial MSW Scholarship Fund »

    Application Deadline: October 2020

    This scholarship was established in memory of Clarita Mays to provide support for MSW students.

    Clarita Mays Memorial MSW Scholarship Fund Application »

  10. Community-Based Initiative Program »

    Application Deadlines:

    • Early Application: December 1
    • Priority Application: February 1
    • Final: March 1

    As one of our Community Scholars Programs, the purpose of the Community-Based Initiative in Detroit (CBI) is to train and support a new generation of social workers dedicated to community and social change in urban cities, neighborhoods, and communities. This is done through coursework and field placements based in Detroit and surrounding areas including Highland Park, Hamtramck, and Dearborn. Upon graduation, CBI scholars work as community organizers, policymakers, program planners, organization managers and administrators, evaluators, and foundation staff within Michigan, the US, and internationally. A maximum of 12 incoming students who are genuinely committed to community-based work in urban areas will be selected for the CBI program.

    Community-Based Initiative Program and Application Information »

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