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MSW Program Grants and Scholarships

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Shera Spar Dubitsky Scholarship Fund

    To support scholarships for students in the Jewish Communal Leadership Program.

  4. Sims Medal and Award

    Application will be available Fall 2024

    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.

  5. SSW Centennial Social Justice Impact Fund

    The School of Social Work (SSW) invites grant applications from students, staff and faculty to support projects that align with the values of social justice, anti-racism, and addressing systemic inequities. The goal is to inclusively support UMSSW community members to advance social justice to the greatest degree possible. Such funding could be for projects, programming, or partnerships with external organizations. Grants will be made up to the amount of $2,000. Project funding can be used for student support (financial aid award or hourly pay), to support partnership with outside experts and communities, travel and event costs (when allowed by the university). UMSSW community members are eligible for one grant in an academic year.

    Students who would like to brainstorm potential project ideas are invited to contact Professor Daicia Price at

    Congratulations to the previous recipients of the social justice impact fund. The application is now closed until Fall 24.

  6. SSW Global Independent Study Grant Application

    Deadline: mid-February

    A global independent study offers students the ability to design a global social work opportunity in a foreign country while earning 1-3 elective credits. Accepted students receive a $2,500 scholarship to offset the cost of travel.

    * 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

  7. Stein, Martha Purdy, Endowed Scholarship

    To provide an annual need-based scholarship to support MSW students in the School of Social Work, with a preference for students with an interest in criminal justice, early intervention, and prevention or alternatives to incarceration.

  8. 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

  9. The Roothbert Fund, Inc


    Deadline: February 1, 2019 Application available November-February 1, 2019

    The Roothbert Fund, Inc provides scholarships to further graduate study.

    The Roothbert Fund, Inc

  10. Tonya Davis Centennial Endowed Scholarship Fund

    This scholarship will support MSW students with financial need who completed their undergraduate education at Eastern Michigan University with a preference for students who have an interest in working in the Detroit area upon graduation from the SSW.

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