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MSW Scholarships

Through the generosity of donors to the School of Social Work who believe in the potential each student has to make a difference in our communities, we are pleased to offer the following scholarships in support of students pursuing the Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree

MSW Scholarships

Below you will find brief descriptions, requirements, and procedures for applying to each scholarship. Scholarship amounts are also listed, but please note that these are estimates and are subject to change.

Students may apply for one or more scholarship using our MSW online application. The application deadline is September 10, 2021 at 5pm. Please make sure that your application includes all necessary components as incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

Scholarship Requirements Amount
Adah Hopkins Aime Scholarship (nominated by peer, faculty, and/or staff) Awarded to a student who has experienced hardship during their MSW studies and persevered. Requires a nomination by peer, faculty, or staff for consideration. Self-nominations are not permitted. Please submit letters of nomination via email to Kathleen Thomsen in the Office of Student Affairs at kthomsen@illinois.edu $2,500
Becca Nimmer Marcus Scholarship Awarded to a deserving MSW student with a strong interest in the field of mental health. Academic merit and financial need will also be considered in the selection process. $1,700
Ruppert Downing Field Education Scholarship Awarded to a deserving MSW student performing unpaid field service as part of their degree program. $750
Educational Opportunity Scholarship Awarded to a deserving MSW student with preference given to Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC). All races and ethnicities will be considered and are encouraged to apply. $3,000
Janice M. Hartman Memorial Scholarship Awarded to a deserving MSW student with preference given to female, non-traditional students that have worked in the field. All gender identities will be considered and are encouraged to apply. $1,200
John K. Gibson Scholarship in Social Work Awarded to a deserving MSW student who has demonstrated commitment to any of the following areas: social justice, restorative justice, civil rights, and/or experience working with marginalized persons. A letter of support is required from a person familiar with your interests and experience as they relate to the above. Examples include (but are not limited to) a member of the faculty or staff at the School of Social Work, or a social work professional from the community. $500
Marietta Stevenson Scholarship Awarded to a deserving MSW student who has a demonstrated interest in social work policy and can provide supporting evidence of leadership. Examples can include (but are not limited to) contributions to class projects, student organizations, community service, and internship experiences. $1,000
Mark P. Hale Scholarship (nominated by faculty member) Awarded to a deserving MSW student who demonstrates potential for making a significant contribution to the social work profession. Nomination by faculty member required. Please submit letters of nomination via email to Kathleen Thomsen in the Office of Student Affairs at kthomsen@illinois.edu $700
Miranda J. Dresing Scholarship Fund Awarded to a deserving MSW student who will be entering an unpaid internship in the field of mental health. Preference shall be given to students with demonstrated financial need and who have received their undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. $1,000
Patchner-Ramanathan Scholarship Awarded to a deserving MSW student with preference given to candidates concentrating in the areas of health care and/or providing care for the older adult population. $700
Ron Moorman Scholarship Awarded to a deserving MSW student specializing in the field of child welfare. $500
Roxie A. Watson Scholarship Awarded to a deserving MSW student who demonstrates a desire to make a difference in the field of social work. Preference given to single parents, direct caregivers, and veterans. Additional consideration given to those students who may not qualify for typical financial assistance, as well as students who have encountered significant personal obstacles and succeeded despite those challenges. $750
Samuel and Ruth Blinick Memorial Scholarship in Geriatrics Awarded to a deserving MSW student who plans to work with the older adult population after graduation. $550
Shirley Wattenberg Scholarship Awarded to a deserving MSW student specializing in the field of health care. $1,500
Mur and Henry Taylor Scholarship in Social Work Awarded to a deserving MSW student with preference given to non-traditional students returning to school to further their education and experience in the field of social work. TBD
Jim and Joanna Dudley Scholarship Awarded to a deserving BSW or MSW student with preference given to those interested in social work at the macro practice level to address and overcome such problems as poverty, discrimination, poor health, and hopelessness in the lives of others. $1,000
Esther and Marvin Steinberg Memorial Scholarship Awarded to a deserving student with preference given to those that have experienced being homeless, or have worked with homeless and/or hunger-related issues. Additional consideration given to students who demonstrate future plans to work with homeless populations and/or persons experiencing food insecurity. $1,000

MSW Award Description and Requirements

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