Scholarship & Financial Aid
The School of Social Work offers new and continuing MSW students partial tuition remission merit based scholarships. MSW students receive scholarships ranging from $500-$10,000. Applicants who do not initially meet the scholarship criteria or who have applied for scholarship and are not awarded a scholarship may re-apply during their first semester in the MSW Program.
Scholarship awards are based on merit. Merit falls into two categories:
- High academic excellence
- Demonstrated community service.
Financial need is taken into consideration; however, the School of Social Work does not give scholarships based on need alone.
Applicants who do meet the merit criteria are encouraged to explore opportunities available through the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid .
Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence in the following categories:
- High cumulative GPA throughout the applicant's prior and or current academic studies.
- Academic credentials such as class rank, school activities that demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to learning such as honor societies, School of Social Work Director's list, or other academic credentials.
- Excellence in writing
- Special undergraduate scholarships that the applicant received for academic work and or research assistantship awards based upon excellence.
Applicants must demonstrate that they have been volunteering or serving their community in one or more of the following:
- Participating in AmeriCorps, PeaceCorps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, or other volunteer groups where the student has given a year or more of service.
- Local community volunteering demonstrated by the applicant's year(s) of service to an agency, agencies, or community.
- Applicants participating routinely in service trips or projects through their undergraduate program or other volunteer groups.
- Awards given to the applicant for community service
- Awards or volunteer activities related to social justice.
Applicants interested in being considered for a scholarship are encouraged to submit their MSW application for fall by March 1 and for spring by October 1. Applicants for scholarships must have received either full or provisional admission to be considered for a scholarship.
Students are considered for a scholarship based upon either academic or community service merit. Applicants will receive award confirmation letters via the mail.
Available Merit Scholarships
The Mary Martha (Hatch) Doerr Endowment Scholarship
These scholarships are based upon academic achievement, community service, and financial need.
The Bishop Joseph A. McNichols Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors Bishop McNichols' commitment to the value of human service. It is awarded to a student who displays both academic excellence and a documented commitment to social justice and service.
The Reverend Paul C. Reinert, S. J. Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates high academic achievement in prior college work and proven leadership ability in the workplace and community.
The Reverend Aloysius H. Scheller, S. J. Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates high academic achievement in prior college work; leadership potential demonstrated by activities and interests in the area of social service and human concern; financial need; and demonstrated interests in the theological and philosophical perspectives of the human-social situations central to the social work profession.
The Joan M. Smith Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates high academic achievement in prior college work, commitment to serving international populations in his or her own country of origin.
The School of Social Work Grants
These grants are given to students who demonstrate high academic achievement in prior or current college work and financial need.
If you have questions regarding merit based scholarships, please contact the Director of Admissions.