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 application will be available late summer 2015. At that time, information to apply for the HRSA Scholarship will be sent to currently enrolled students.
MSW Financial Assistance
The Spalding University School of Social Work has several sources of financial assistance for MSW graduate students. Recently, we awarded approximately $220,000 in financial assistance:
- The Milanof, Koo, and We Can Scholarships are based upon financial need and other factors
- The University Graduate Scholarship is focused upon leadership abilities
- The Marie V. & Michael Cummings BSSW to MSW Scholarship awards money to Spalding BSSW graduates accepted into the Spalding MSW Program
- The HRSA Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students provides scholarships equivalent to one-half of tuition costs to students with financial need in order to promote diversity among health profession students and practitioners
- The School of Social Work Tuition Scholarships provide employees of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services with a 25% tuition reduction once admitted into the School of Social Work—up to $5,000 per year
- The Knowlton and Jillian Johnson Social Work Scholarship supports a faculty-determined award for the best macro/policy-level Culminating Project of a Concentration Year student. It is allocated in May.
- The Marie Cummings Emergency Loan Fund is an emergency loan fund for students
To apply: Complete the Application for Graduate Social Work Scholarships, and provide a one page essay for each scholarship sought. MSW Scholarship Application
Lillian C. Milanof Scholarship
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 MSW 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
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.
We Can Scholarship
The “We Can” Scholarship was begun by the School of Social Work MSW Alumni in 2012. The scholarship was inspired by the father of a MSW graduate from the Spalding University School of Social Work who put his children through college using money he raised by collecting cans and selling them to recycling companies. This “Can Do” spirit imbues all of our students, who pursue their education in order to serve the community.
The “We Can” Scholarship recipient selection is based on three criteria: (1) Enrolled in or entering the MSW program at Spalding University; (2) Demonstrated financial need, as determined by the FAFSA; (3) Background of rising above adversity to pursue their educational goals, as demonstrated in a brief essay.
Selection of the student(s) will be the responsibility of the School of Social Work, with input from Alumni representatives. The We Can Scholarship will provide funds to underwrite the student’s tuition, books, or fees. The scholarship will be credited to the student(s) account. The scholarship is not intended to be renewable. The scholarship is supported through fund-raising efforts (such as recycling cans) and donations by MSW alumni and friends. The scholarship shall be awarded as funds are available. Applications due by August 30. Notification of award by September 30.
Knowlton and Jillian Johnson Social Work Scholarship
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 April 15. Notification of award by May 15.
University Graduate Scholarship
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. Representatives of the School of Social Work will choose the recipient(s) and forward the awardees to the University scholarship committee for approval and notification. Applications due by August 30. The timeframe for notification of award is determined by the Office of the Provost.
Marie V. & Michael Cummings BSSW to MSW Scholarship
The School of Social Work offers up to three scholarships of $1,000 each to Spalding University BSSW graduates who wish to pursue their MSW at Spalding University, but who face financial challenges in paying the tuition. In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to the MSW program, successful applicants must have: (a) an undergraduate GPA of 3.25, and BSSW GPA of 3.70, and (b) minimal drop/add/ withdrawals throughout their undergraduate course of study. Applications due by May 1. Notification of award by May 30.
The HRSA Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students
Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, this 4-year grant provides scholarships up to one-half tuition costs to full-time MSW students with financial need from disadvantaged backgrounds to promote diversity among health profession students and practitioners. To be eligible to receive funding students must be full-time, must have submitted a FAFSA for the academic year, must be willing to complete program fieldwork/practicum requirements in medically underserved communities (MUC) and students must be committed to post-degree career paths working with underserved populations in primary care settings.
The application will be available late summer 2015. At that ime, information to apply for the HRSA Scholarship will be sent to currently enrolled students.
School of Social Work Tuition Scholarships
Employees of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services receive a 25% tuition reduction once admitted to the School of Social Work MSW Program — up to $5,000 per year. The School will verify employment with the Cabinet in order for the scholarship to be awarded. Two-year Regular Program and One-year advanced-standing program students are eligible to seek the scholarship.
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 must 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.