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MSW Program Grants and Scholarships

  1. Association of Latina/Latino Social Work Educators

    The Association of Latina/Latino Social Work Educators provides scholarships to Latina/Latino social work students who demonstrate leadership in the social work context and aspire to a career of excellence.

    Association of Latina/Latino Social Work Educators

  2. Geriatric Scholarship Program

    Application Deadlines:

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

    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.

    Approximately ten scholarships will be awarded to incoming On-Campus MSW students who are interested in becoming gerontological social workers.

    Geriatric Scholarship Program and Application Information

  3. Merit Scholarships

    Mission-based financial aid is awarded to incoming and continuing MSW students who have demonstrated intellectual and personal qualities likely to lead to roles and careers central to the social welfare system. This includes a commitment to engaging in roles that involve social welfare institutions and systems most likely to impact major social problems and that serve the most economically and socially disadvantaged groups in society. Personal qualifications considered essential to successful social work practice-such as sensitivity and responsiveness in relationships, concern for the needs of others, adaptability, good judgment, creativity, integrity and skill in written communication-will be considered. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Community Scholars: Community-Based Initiative in Detroit

    Application Deadlines:

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

    The Community Scholars program engages on-campus students with a specialized interest in community change work. Community Scholars follow one of two tracks: Community-Based Initiative (specialized focus on community change in Detroit) or National Community Scholars (specialized focus in national community change placements). On-Campus students are welcome to express an interest in both tracks; however, it is only possible to be accepted into one track.

    As one of our Community Scholars Programs, the purpose of the Community-Based Initiative (CBI) in Detroit 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 on-campus 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. 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

  6. Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarship-National Association of Social Workers

    The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarship is awarded to master's 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.

    Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarship-National Association of Social Workers

  7. Global Activities Scholars Program

    Application Deadlines:

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

    The Global Activities Scholars Program (GASP) is a unique opportunity for students interested in working with individuals, communities, and organizations in a global context as part of their On-Campus MSW program. Up to twelve incoming students will be selected each year to complete a global field placement during the spring/summer term (May - August). The purpose of the program is to provide students committed to global social work practice an opportunity to live in a foreign country while completing a part of their field placement requirement.

    Applicants must select the Global Social Work pathway as their primary pathway or the Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, & Substance Abuse pathway as their primary pathway with the Global Social Work pathway as their secondary pathway.

    Global Activities Scholars Program and Application Information

  8. Katherine Reebel Scholarship Fund

    The Kay Reebel Scholarship Fund is made possible by a gift from Katherine R. Reebel, emeritus professor of the School of Social Work. Professor Reebel's accomplishments at the School of Social Work include leading the development of a specialization in medical social work, contributing to the casework program, and teaching classes in practice methods, health and rehabilitation, alcoholism and gerontology. The Award funds are used to provide tuition support for MSW students.

    Please note that no separate financial aid application is required.

  9. 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.

  10. Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship-National Association of Social Workers

    The Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship is awarded to a Master's 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 African American communities.

    Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship-National Association of Social Workers

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