Scholarships

School of Social Work Scholarships

There are many financial scholarships available to students during all phases of their enrollment at the School of Social Work. Some scholarships are based on academic achievement, while others are based on experience in the field.

Scholarship applications are sent to all students enrolled full-time (12 or more hours is the eligibility requirement set by Financial Aid) in the spring semester. In addition to the scholarship, the recipient’s name will be engraved on a plaque at the School of Social Work and the student will be recognized at the annual awards ceremony. The Financial Awards Committee reviews and ranks all submitted applications.

BSW Scholarships

Gary Shaffer Memorial BSW Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of former faculty member Gary Shaffer and is given to an outstanding BSW student.

John K. Gibson Scholarship in Social Work (BSW)

This scholarship was established in honor of John K. Gibson. John was a man of many passions. He was concerned about others, especially those struggling to survive the difficulties of oppression, racism, and marginalization. John’s loving wife, Nancy White-Gibson established this scholarship in honor of her husband. The recipient of this scholarship has demonstrated commitment to any of the following: social justice, restorative justice, civil rights, and/or experience working with marginalized persons.

Susan & Michael Haney Social Work Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by funds from Susan and Michael Haney. The recipient of this scholarship shall be a BSW student who is making satisfactory progress toward their degree and are entering their junior or senior year. Criteria for this award include: academic achievement, financial need, volunteer service, leadership, work history, and passion for social justice.

Yvonne Gilmore Scholarship in Social Work

This scholarship is made possible by funds from Deryk and Camille Gilmore in honor of Deryk’s mother, Yvonne Gilmore, who had a social work career in New York City working with single mothers and at-risk families. The recipient of this scholarship shall be a student with demonstrated financial need and promotes diversity within the School of Social Work.

MSW Scholarships

Adah Hopkins Scholarship

This scholarship is designated for a current 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.

Becca Nimmer Marcus Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by funds from Dr. Paul Marcus in honor of his wife, Becca Nimmer Marcus. Ms. Marcus received her MSW from the School of Social Work in 1983. The recipient must be an MSW student who has identified the field of mental health as an area of professional interest and intends to practice in that area upon graduation.

Downing Field Education Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a current MSW student participating in an unpaid internship and involved in community organizing or advocacy.

Educational Opportunity Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by funds from an anonymous donor dedicated to the field of Social Work for a MSW student, with a preference for a group in an underrepresented or minority population with the hope that the fund will increase diversity in social work practice.

Janice M. Hartman Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Janice M. Hartman, a founding member of the Crisis Nursery and Champaign County CASA. Janice returned to school after her 6th child began kindergarten, and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sangamon State University in 1973 and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois in 1976. The recipient of this scholarship must be an MSW student, with preference given to female, non-traditional or returning students who have worked in the field and are returning to school.

John K. Gibson Scholarship in Social Work (MSW)

This scholarship was established in honor of John K. Gibson. John was a man of many passions. He was concerned about others, especially those struggling to survive the difficulties of oppression, racism, and marginalization. John’s loving wife, Nancy White-Gibson established this scholarship in honor of her husband. The recipient of this scholarship has demonstrated commitment to any of the following: social justice, restorative justice, civil rights, and/or experience working with marginalized persons.

Marietta Stevenson Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by funds contributed in memory of Marietta Stevenson, first Dean of the School of Social Work. The recipient must have a policy interest which is supported by demonstrating leadership in class projects, student organizations, and/or community/internship experiences.

Miranda J. Dresing Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is made possible by funds contributed by Miranda J. Dresing, MSW alum (’13). Applicants must be an MSW student who will be entering an unpaid internship in the field of mental health. Preference shall be given to students with financial need and who have received their undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Patchner-Ramanathan Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by funds contributed by former Associate Professor Michael Patchner and retired Professor Pallassana R. Balgopal in memory of their parents. Applicants must be 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.

Ron Moorman Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by funds contributed in honor of Ron Moorman, retired CEO of the Child Care Association of Illinois. The recipient must be 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.

Roxie A. Watson Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by funds contributed in memory of Roxie A. Watson. The recipient must be a current MSW student who has succeeded in their academic pursuits despite encountering obstacles to success. The scholarship 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.

Samuel and Ruth Blinick Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Art Blinick in honor of Samuel and Ruth Blinick. The recipient must be an MSW student who plans to work with the elderly population upon graduation.

Shirley Wattenberg Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by funds contributed in memory of Shirley Wattenberg, Associate Professor emerita who was a faculty member from 1965-1988 at the School of Social Work. The recipient must be 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.

Doctoral Scholarships

Ackerson Scholarship for Excellence in Student Teaching

Established in 2014 by Dr. Barry Ackerson, the Ackerson Scholarship for Excellence in Student Teaching is given to a student who excels in teaching while in the pursuit of a doctoral degree.

Cynthia Bell Fund

This scholarship was established by family and friends of Cynthia J. Bell, PhD alumna. The scholarship supports doctoral research in the areas of child welfare and law.

Daniel S. Sanders Scholarship

This fellowship is made possible by funds from Christobel S. Sanders, whose husband was former Dean at the School of Social Work. The purpose of this award is to support a PhD candidate who has an interest in international social development.

Ernie Gullerud Dissertation Scholarship

Established in 2000 by Ernie Gullerud, retired Associate Professor. This scholarship is designated for a PhD student in support of dissertation defense.

International Studies Dissertation Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by funds contributed by current School of Social Work Dean, Steven Anderson to support international students working on their dissertation.

John Poertner PhD Scholarship in Child Welfare

This scholarship is made possible by funds contributed by Professor Emeritus John Poertner, who received his PhD from the School in 1979 and is meant to support students with a research focus area in child welfare.

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