MSW Awards

MSW School of Social Work Awards

There are fourteen MSW student awards available for current MSW students. The recipients of each of these awards will be determined by the Financial Awards Committee based on a review of applications submitted by students. The deadline for applying for each award is Friday, January 18, 2019 at 5:00 PM.  Following is a brief description of the award, its requirements and amount, and the procedures for applying.

Make sure to double check that your application includes all the necessary components. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Students may apply for more than one award. 

MSW Award Description and Requirements

AwardRequirementsAmountApplications
Adah Hopkins Aime Award (nominated by peer, faculty, and/or staff)Awarded to an MSW student who is balancing many obligations while attending graduate school, who is handling these obligations in a positive, professional manner, and for whom the award would assist them in meeting the educational demands of graduate school. A student may be nominated by a peer, faculty, and/or staff but cannot self-nominate. 2,000N/A
Becca Nimmer Marcus AwardAwarded to an MSW student who has identified the field of mental health as an area of professional interest and intends to practice in this area upon graduation. 1,300Apply Now
Christie Foundation AwardAwarded to a student in the Advanced Clinical MSW program. Preference shall be given to students from the following counties: Champaign, Vermilion, Piatt, Moultrie, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Effingham, Macon, Ford, and Iroquois.5,000Apply Now
Downing Field Education AwardAwarded to an MSW student participating in an unpaid internship and involved in community organizing or advocacy. 500Apply Now
Educational Opportunity AwardAwarded to an MSW student who is a member of a federally recognized Native American Indian tribe, African-American or Latino heritage. 4,000Apply Now
Esther and Marvin Steinberg Memorial AwardAwarded to either a BSW or MSW student who has had experience being homeless or has experience working with homelessness and hunger issues. Second preference given to a student who can demonstrate their plans to work with homeless populations after graduation. 1,000Apply Now
Janice M. Hartman Memorial AwardAwarded to female MSW students who have worked in the field and are returning to school. 800Apply Now
John K. Gibson Award in Social WorkAwarded to an MSW student who has demonstrated commitment to any of the following: social justice, restorative justice, civil rights, and/or experience working with marginalized persons.
**this award requires a letter of support from a person familiar with your interests and experience including, but not limited to, faculty and staff of the School, and social work professionals
500Apply Now
Marietta Stevenson AwardAwarded to an MSW student who has a policy interest which is supported by demonstrating leader¬ship in class projects, student organizations, and/or community /internship experiences. 1,000Apply Now
Mark P. Hale Award (nominated by faculty member)Awarded to one outstanding BSW and one MSW student who demonstrates potential for making a significant contribution to the profession of social work.TBDNot available at this time.
Patchner-Ramanathan AwardAwarded to an MSW student who has identified health care or service to the elderly as an area of professional interest and intends to practice in that area upon graduation.650Apply Now
Patricia L. Morey AwardAwarded to a MSW student who has a demonstrated interest in working with survivors of interpersonal violence, through advocacy, counseling, or education. This may be demonstrated through leadership, research, class work, or work experience. 500Apply Now
Ron Moorman AwardAwarded to an MSW student who has identified the field of child welfare as an area of professional interest and intends to practice in that area upon graduation. 400Apply Now
Roxie A. Watson Memorial AwardAwarded to an MSW student who has succeeded in their academic pursuits despite encountering obstacles to success. The award shall be given to a student who demonstrated a desire to make a difference but who may not typically qualify for assistance with priority given to single parents, direct caregivers, and veterans with secondary preference given to students have encountered other significant personal obstacles.500Apply Now
Samuel and Ruth Blinick Memorial Award in GeriatricsAwarded to an MSW student who plans to work with the elderly population upon graduation.500Apply Now
Shirley Wattenberg AwardAwarded to an MSW student who has identified the field of health care as an area of professional interest and intends to practice in that area upon graduation.1,500Apply Now

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