MSU Denver

The Department of Social Work at MSU Denver prides itself in accessibility and affordability. Coupled with our commitment to our community, providing students with scholarship, workforce stipends, and other monetary scholarship opportunities is a top priority.

Explore our opportunities and contact the Office of Social Work Student Services, Finance and Administration at [email protected] if you have questions.

Finding Your Funding

We encourage all social work students in both the BSSW and MSW Programs to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to fund their education. This includes submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) (for undocumented, ASSET, DACA, or International student) application even if you aren’t planning on taking out loans – this is what helps need-based funders find you!

We also encourage all students, both undergraduate and graduate, to submit the MSU Denver General Scholarship Application in addition to applying for social work specific scholarships and stipends listed below.

MSW Program Scholarships

Merit & Special Interest Based Scholarship Awards

The following opportunities are available to MSW applicants and continuing MSW students. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully.

The deadline for all MSW Program Scholarship Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year was March 1, 2021.

Need-Based Scholarship Awards

No application is required for the following award. Students should complete the FAFSA or the Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) to be eligible for need based scholarship awards.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA):

Colorado Child Welfare Scholars Consortium

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The Colorado Child Welfare Scholars Consortium (CCWSC), formerly the Child Welfare Stipend Program, aims to grow and support a well-educated and prepared child welfare workforce through social work education and post-graduation professional development.

The ‘Scholars Consortium’ is designed for undergraduate and graduate social work students interested in pursuing a career in public child welfare in Colorado. In addition, the CCWSC contributes to the child welfare workforce through research, evaluation, and professional development opportunities for program graduates and our partners.

The CCWSC is a partnership between the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Colorado county departments of human services and participating schools of social work throughout our state.

MSU Denver currently leads the Scholars Consortium.

Visit the CCWSC website to learn more about the program and our partners!

Learn more about MSU Denver’s program requirements below.

Social Work Student Travel Program

The Department of Social Work provides travel grants to social work students who wish to participate in conferences, workshops, and/or conventions locally, nationally, and internationally. All Social Work students, who are in good academic standing with the Department, are eligible to apply including Undeclared Seeking Social Work majors, Social Work majors, and Master of Social Work students. Grants typically range between $600 and $1200, however additional amounts will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Student must start the application process at least 60 days before travel. Exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis until 30 days prior to travel for out of state travel.  Local conferences may require less lead time.

For more information, contact:

Melissa Grogan Gore | Administrative and Financial Services Coordinator

Office of Social Work Student Services, Administration & Finance

[email protected] | 303-605-7037

Eligibility & Application Process

Eligibility Criteria

Declared Undeclared Seeking Social Work major, Social Work major, or accepted and/or enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program.

In good academic and professional standing with the Department of Social Work and the University.

Presenting, moderating, or volunteering at the conference and/or a clear and specific plan to share information learned with the campus community (department meeting, classroom, conference on campus, etc.)

Application Process

Submit the Student Travel Intent Survey

What Happens Next?

After the Student Travel Intent Survey is submitted, the Department of Social Work will assess the best course of action for eligible students to optimize funding opportunities.

In some cases, the applicant will be referred to MSU Denver’s Student Travel Program to optimize funding opportunities. In that case, the Student Travel Program will require an additional application and the Department of Social Work will partner with the Student Travel Program through the review process. In this case, the Department of Social Work may supplement funding offered by that Office.

If the applicant is not eligible for MSU Denver’s Student Travel Program, the Department of Social Work will guide the applicant through an internal application process.

In both cases, the student travel award amount is typically the same.