MSW Financial Assistance Information

HRSA Grant

Spalding University’s School of Social Work has received a four-year $927,675.00 HRSA grant for MSW Graduate Student Scholarships. The grant will provide significant tuition assistance for MSW students based on FAFSA information, minority status, practicum site and medically underserved areas. The award was made possible through a grant from the Health Resources Services Administration: HRSA-12-079, grant T08HP25246.

The Spalding University School of Social Work manages a total of 5 sources of financial assistance for graduate students. The Milanof and Koo scholarships are based upon financial need and other factors. The Johnson Fund supports a faculty-determined award for the best macro/policy-level Culminating Project of a Concentration Year student. The University Graduate Scholarship is focused upon leadership abilities and the Marie Fund is an emergency fund for students.

To apply: Complete the Application for Graduate Social Work Scholarships, and provide a one page essay
for each scholarship sought.

Lillian C. Milanof Scholarship Fund

Established in 1998, the “Lillian C Milanof Scholarship Fund” at Spalding University is administered through the School of Social Work. This scholarship is awarded to graduate students enrolled in the University’s social work program whose interests reflect a desire to work with a diversity of family forms and who plan to pursue a career in social work. In addition, students must meet the University’s established academic standards for scholarship aid.

Awards will be a minimum of $500. Applications are prioritized and funds are distributed based upon academic merit and financial need as determined by Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Upon selection of the recipients by representatives of the School of Social Work and approval of the scholarship committee, the University will notify Ms. Lillian Milanof of the names of the recipients.

Applications due by August 30. Notification of award by September 30.

Koo Social Work Scholarship Fund

Established in 2008 in honor of Dr. Benjamin and Gretchen Koo to help support the mission of Spalding University and social work students, this fund will provide for tuition, books and/or other expenses and will be awarded annually. Students must meet three criteria:

  1. Demonstrated financial need as determined by FAFSA
  2. Undergraduate or graduate student in good standing
  3. Majoring in Social Work

Awards will be approximately $200 per student. Applications are prioritized and funds are distributed based upon academic merit and financial need as determined by Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Upon selection of the recipients by representatives of the School of Social Work and approval of the scholarship committee, the University will notify Dr. Benjamin Koo of the names of the recipients.

Applications due by August 30. Notification of award by September 30.

Knowlton and Jillian Johnson Social Work Scholarship Fund

Established in July 2000, the “Knowlton and Jillian Johnson Social Work Scholarship Fund” at Spalding University is administered through the School of Social Work. This scholarship is awarded to a graduate student enrolled in the University’s social work program who is engaged in research as it applies to social issues for policy-making that benefits or furthers human well-being.

The funds will be awarded at near the end of the academic year to one or more students in recognition of an outstanding culminating policy research project conducted by an MSW candidate during her or his final year of study. This award will be made on a competitive basis, with all MSW candidates who have presented a culminating policy research project eligible for consideration, and judged by the faculty of the School of Social Work. In the event that the faculty deems no research projects within the School of Social Work to be of
sufficient quality, the award may be given to a student from another graduate program at Spalding University who is pursuing appropriate research.

The recipient will receive an award amount equal to the current tuition cost of three (3) hours of graduate study at Spalding University. If, pursuant to the University’s spending policy, the endowment fund does not yield the total dollar amount equal to or greater than the cost of three hours of graduate study, the recipient shall receive the maximum awarded amount available under such spending policy.

Upon selection of the recipient by the representatives of the School of Social Work and approval of the scholarship committee, the University will notify Dr. Jillian Johnson of the name of the recipient along with the amount of the scholarship award. Applications due March 30. Notification of award by April 15.

University Graduate Scholarship Fund

Each year Spalding University allots a certain amount of funds to each School in the University. The School of Social Work determines the focus and eligibility requirements for these funds. The criteria for this scholarship include: (a) demonstrated financial need and (b) evidence of leadership and service.

Applications due by August 30. Notification of award by September 30.

Marie Cummings Emergency Loan Fund

The Marie Cummings Loan Fund at Spalding University is an emergency, zero-interest loan fund established by Patricia Cummings and Jillian Johnson, faculty members in the School of Social Work, in honor of Marie V. Cummings. Throughout her life, Marie Cummings exemplified a strong commitment to education and to helping others obtain educational opportunities. The fund is intended to provide emergency financial assistance to qualified graduate students at Spalding University.

Eligible students should be enrolled full time in graduate studies at Spalding University and be in need of an emergency loan up to $500. However, the loan committee may elect to provide funds to an undergraduate student at Spalding under special circumstances and/or extend beyond $500 if needed. The selection committee is composed of the Director of the MSW Program, a faculty representative from the School of Social Work, and one other faculty member. Assistance is granted in the form of a zero-interest loan that should be repaid within two years after graduation, in order for the fund to continue to provide assistance to future Spalding students.

To apply for a loan from the Marie V. Cummings Fund, request an application from the Social Work office.