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. If eligible, notices of these awards are included in the applicants' acceptance packets and there is no separate scholarship/grant application. These awards include the Dean's Scholarship based on undergraduate academic achievement; Diversity Grants; and Alumni Grants for St. Kate's or St. Thomas undergraduate alumna/us, regardless of major.

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 upon acceptance to the program.

Applicants that identify as an ethnic origin other than white on the MSW application for admission, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, may be eligible to receive a Diversity Grant from the School of Social Work. 

The School of Social Work Diversity Grant will represent a tuition discount of 20%. The grant 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 upon acceptanceto the program.

*Note: The University of St. Thomas Diversity 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 UST diversity grant.

For all program completion tracks starting in 2020, this new PILOT program will offer undergraduate alumni from any ACTC (Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities) university a St. Thomas Master of Social Work 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.

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 is available HERE (when active)

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

    Application is available HERE (when active)

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

          Application is available HERE (when active)


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.

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 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 2019-2020 research application is HERE.

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.

St. Catherine University has compiled this list of Health Professions Graduate Student Funding Opportunities, many of which are applicable to MSW students.

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»

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 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

DSWAP application is available HERE.

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.

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

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