Downing Diversity Scholarship
The School of Social Work is committed to promoting diversity and social justice through education. The Ruppert & Gladys Downing Diversity Scholarship aims to increase diversity and inclusivity in the social work field by recruiting graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to our MSW program. This scholarship was established by Associate Professor Ruppert Downing and his wife Gladys, who have a history of supporting diversity and student recruitment at the School.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities have a strong legacy in producing influential social advocates, civil rights leaders, and change-makers. By actively recruiting HBCU graduates, the School hopes to tap into unique experiences, perspectives, and insights.
- The scholarship will provide financial support for exceptional HBCU graduates pursuing an on-campus MSW degree at the School of Social Work.
- Eligibility criteria include being a traditional on-campus MSW student with an undergraduate degree from an HBCU.
- Recipients will be determined by the admission committee upon thorough review and based on meeting all eligibility requirements.
Why choose Illinois?
- Collaborate and engage with distinguished faculty members on cutting-edge research initiatives, shaping the future of social work.
- Join our student-led organizations to connect, collaborate, and contribute to the vibrant social work community.
- Extend your education beyond the classroom by participating in diverse opportunities like the School of Social Work Community Learning Lab (CLL).
- Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC): Connect with programs and support services that promote your individual, social, cultural, and academic well-being.
- Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA): Experience comprehensive support from outside-the-classroom learning to wellness, leadership opportunities, global awareness, safety, fun, and career preparation.
- UIUC Counseling Center: Benefit from specialized therapy groups like Black Men and Women of Color Therapy Groups.
Fraternities & Sororities:
- Rich Tradition of BGLOs: Join a legacy that spans over 100 years, with many of the first chapters of Black Greek Letter Organizations founded on our campus.