School of Social Work Scholarships & Grants

Each year, the School of Social Work provides well over $250,000 in scholarship and grant awards from its own resources to incoming graduate students. There are two categories of award from the School of Social Work: (1) those that DO NOT require a separate application and (2) those that DO require an application to be submitted after acceptance to the program.

Awards that do not require a separate application process:

Eligibility for these awards is based on information provided in the MSW application. There is no separate scholarship/grant application. These awards include the Dean's Scholarship based on undergraduate academic achievement; Diversity Grants; Service Grants, and Alumni Grants for undergraduate alumni of ACTC (Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities) institutions, regardless of major. Award notices are sent after acceptance to the program.

Details:

The St. Thomas MSW program offers Dean's Scholarships for high academic achievement based on cumulative undergraduate GPA (or most recently completed graduate degree GPA, as appropriate). The exact GPA required for elibility changes slightly each year, but generally those with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 and above will be eligible. Eligibility is determined by undergraduate (or graduate) transcripts as of the admission deadline.

The Dean's Scholarship represents a tuition discount of 20%. The scholarship will be deducted from each semester's tuition for the duration of the MSW program, as long as the student remains in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above). Award notices are sent after acceptance to the program.

School of Social Work Mission

As a clinically engaged faculty with a passion for social justice, we prepare clinical social workers for culturally responsive reflective practice, and emerging leadership. 

Purpose

The purpose of the MSW Diversity Access Grant is to recruit, train, educate and retain MSW students who represent the communities where social workers serve; to meet the community’s and profession’s need for a more diverse workforce; to support historically underrepresented students in building community; and to create inclusive and equitable learning environments that will assist in building cultural competence and awareness among the student body as a whole.

In creating a diverse community, students will be able to share and learn from multiple perspectives, enhance the cultural competency of the overall program and be prepared to practice at the highest professional standards, as set forth in the Council on Social Work Education Accreditation Standards and the NASW Code of Ethics.  

Guidelines

  • The MSW Diversity Access Grant represents a tuition discount of 20%. 
  • The MSW Diversity Access Grant will be deducted from each semester’s tuition for the duration of the student’s enrollment. Students will not need to reapply or notify the program again once it has been awarded.  
  • All qualifying students are eligible to apply for and receive other grants and scholarships (in addition to the MSW Diversity Access Grant), except for the Hennepin County Pathways and Catholic Charities discount programs.

Eligibility and How to Be Considered

Applicants will be automatically reviewed based on a holistic review of their applications. We will consider applications that demonstrate unique background or experiences that will contribute to the diversity and cultural competence of the student body or social work profession and how it contributes to the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and reimagining a future for the communities we live in free from racial disparities.  

The St. Thomas MSW program places a high value on social service experience and recognizes that students who have served at least one year in a service program such as AmeriCorps and the Catholic Volunteer Network have gained valuable professional, educational, and life skills, including cross-cultural experience and civic engagement.

In summer 2020, St. Thomas joined the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Applicants who have served (or are serving) at least one year in a qualifying AmeriCorps program are eligible. Additionally, applicants who have served (or are serving) at least one year in full-time, service placement within the Catholic Volunteer Network (a network of 185+ programs) are eligible for the MSW Service Grant. This service should be indicated on the survey that will be sent to all St. Thomas MSW admitted students.

The MSW Service Grant represents a tuition discount of 10%. The Service Grant will be deducted from each semester's tuition for the duration of the MSW program. All qualifying students will receive the service grant in addition to the other scholarship/grant(s) for which they are eligible, except the ACTC alumni grant, which cannot be received in addition to the service grant. Students are eligible only if they are starting the program as new students in summer or fall 2021.

The St. Thomas MSW program will offer undergraduate alumni from any ACTC (Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities) university a tuition discount of 10%. This opportunity applies to all graduates of St. Thomas, St. Kate's, Augsburg, Hamline, and Macalester, and includes all undergraduate majors.

The ACTC Alumni Grant represents a tuition discount of 10%. The ACTC Alumni Grant will be deducted from each semester's tuition for the duration of the MSW program.  All qualifying alumni will receive the alumni grant in addition to the other scholarship/grant(s) for which they are eligible, except the MSW Service Grant, which cannot be received in addition to the alumni grant.

Awards that require a separate application:

After acceptance to the MSW program, incoming students are provided information about additional scholarship and financial assistance programs for which they are invited to apply. 

These opportunities include the following:

Students can apply for the following endowed scholarships offered by the School of Social Work:

  • Jan Andrews Schenk Memorial Scholarship for a student who demonstrates commitment to the promotion of social justice through social group work. JASMS Summary

    Application for 2021 is available HERE. The application deadline is May 1, 2021.

  • Bernard P. Hart Scholarship for a student returning to school after raising a family.

    Application for 2021 is available HERE. The application deadline is May 1, 2021.

  • Archbishop John Ireland Scholarship is for full-time students who are of African-American/Caribbean decent.

         Application for 2021 is available HERE. The application deadline is May 1, 2021.


Please note: You will not have the ability to save the application while in-progress and return later. You may click the application link to review the full application and questions before returning to submit.

The School of Social Work offers the following areas of emphasis scholars programs in clinical practice that include a tuition stipend of $1000. For priority consideration, please submit your application by April 1. Applications submitted after April 1 are dependent on space availability. 

Please note: You will not have the ability to save the application while in-progress and return later. You may click the application link to review the full application and questions before returning to submit.

 

We have reached our distribution limit for the Shanti Sah Emergency Grant for this academic year. We hope to offer this grant again next year. Please check back for updates. We encourage you to re-apply if and when the grant is offered again.

The Shanti Sah Emergency Grant was established as a tribute to Shanti Sah, who lived in the Himalayas and had limited financial resources but was committed to helping others and supporting the education of those who were not able to pay for their own education.

This grant provides financial support to undergraduate (junior or senior status) and graduate students who are experiencing significant financial barriers to their education in the Morrison Family College of Health. Each recipient must demonstrate financial need of an urgent nature and describe the circumstances that may be disruptive to the completion of their education.

This grant is for students from underrepresented populations who are currently enrolled in a degree-granting program within the College of Health. The family requests that students receiving the Shanti Sah Memorial Scholarship send a thank you letter to the family and that they receive and read the Shanti Sah Tribute letter. An excerpt from the letter appears below:

“In spite of Shanti Sah’s limited financial resources she was unfailingly generous. She extended her hospitality and help to many, regardless of their caste, creed, or socio-economic status. That is how she continues to inspire her family, and the family is honoring Shanti’s memory by helping dedicated young people to achieve their dreams.”

Apply for the grant.

The School of Social Work offers numerous graduate research assistantship opportunities each year. Applying for a research assistantship is an excellent opportunity to work with individual faculty or staff on academic research or special projects. Research assistantships run from September - May and are paid $14.25/hr. Students are awarded a certain number of total hours for the year (typically 100 hours), depending on the faculty / staff member needs they are matched with.

The 2021-2022 research assistant application will be available in July.

If you have any questions or issues completing the application, please contact Lisa Dalsin - lmdalsin@stthomas.edu

Prospective MSW students are encouraged to seek additional outside scholarships from other professional associations/organizations. This list represents those with which we are currently familiar, but many students find additional opportunities through their own research.

The St. Thomas Graduate Financial Aid website also has links to outside scholarship searches that graduate students should explore for additional scholarship opportunities. The link to recommended search sites can be found here»

The University of St. Thomas Graduate Access Grants offered through the Graduate Financial Aid office are a different award and can be applied for each year. St. Thomas graduate students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA and who bring to the school distinctive personal characteristics or who have overcome significant obstacles or hardships are encouraged to apply for a Graduate Access Grant.

Opportunities tied to field placement 

Application details will be shared during field orientation.

The Family Partnership's (TFP's) DSWAP program is designed to increase the number of individuals from immigrant, refugee, LGBTQ and minority communities working in the field of mental health. The School of Social Work partners with TFP to select up to three DSWAP Scholars each year.

DSWAP Summary

 

A program providing mentorship, scholarships and training to empower people of color in Minnesota to enter the mental health field.

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