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Merit & Special Interest Based Scholarship Awards

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

Deadline for all MSW Program Scholarship Applications: March 2, 2020


The MSU Denver MSW Program invites applications for its Diversity Scholarship awards. These awards were created by the faculty of the MSW Program in order to meet the community’s needs for social workers from diverse backgrounds. There are two awards; each is for $5,000 during the academic year of 2020/21.  One-half will be distributed in Fall 2020 and the remaining half in Spring 2021.

We are seeking applications from students from diverse backgrounds (persons from a historically underrepresented ethnic or racial group, persons who identify as LGBTQ+, or persons with a disability) with a commitment to the profession and to our program’s mission and who are academically prepared for graduate-level work. Students may be either part-time or full-time and can be in either the regular program or the Advanced Standing program. 

Criteria:

  • Acceptance to the MSW Program (MSW applicants are encouraged to apply, however only accepted students will be awarded)
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (if below a 3.0, you can still apply as long as you have taken at least 9 credits of graduate level courses within the MSW Program at MSU Denver and have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher)
  • Overall graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher (if have taken graduate courses in the MSW Program at MSU Denver)
  • Diverse background
  • Commitment to profession (essay)
  • Strong writing and analytical skills (essay)

To apply for the scholarship, follow the link below to fill out an application. You must also attach an essay to your application that addresses the following:

  • Your interest and commitment to working in social work
  • The skills and traits you will bring to the work
  • How your diverse group membership experiences (as a person from a historically underrepresented ethnic or racial group, a person who identifies as LGBTQ+, or a person with a disability) will inform and contribute to the work you do
  • The key social work issue you hope to address in your work
  • The rationale for this issue's importance to clients, the community, or society

Please reference the academic literature to support your arguments where appropriate and use the APA format to cite. The essay should be between 500 and 600 words, double-spaced, and conform to academic standards for writing and style.

MSW Program Scholarship Application

Application Due Date: March 2, 2020

The MSU Denver MSW Program invites applications for its Gerontology Scholarship awards. These awards were created by the faculty of the MSW Program in order to meet the community’s needs for social workers in working with older adults. There are two awards; each is for $5,000 during the academic year of 2020/21.  One-half will be distributed in Fall 2020 and the remaining half in Spring 2021.

We are seeking applications from students who are interested in working in gerontological social work (i.e., working in a setting where you would have frequent contact with older adults and would require competence with older clients and their families) with a commitment to the profession and to our program’s mission and who are academically prepared for graduate-level work. Students may be either part-time or full-time and can be in either the regular program or the Advanced Standing program.  

Criteria:

  • Acceptance to the MSW Program (MSW applicants are encouraged to apply, however only accepted students will be awarded)
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (if below a 3.0, you can still apply as long as you have taken at least 9 credits of graduate level courses within the MSW Program at MSU Denver and have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher)
  • Overall graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher (if have taken graduate courses in the MSW Program at MSU Denver)
  • Commitment to working in gerontological social work (essay)
  • Commitment to profession (essay)
  • Strong writing and analytical skills (essay)

To apply for the scholarship, follow the link below to fill out an application. You must also attach an essay to your application that addresses the following:

  • Your interest and commitment to working in gerontological social work
  • The skills and traits you will bring to the work
  • The rationale for gerontological social work's importance to clients, the community or society

Please reference the academic literature to support your arguments where appropriate and use the APA format to cite. The essay should be between 500 and 600 words, double-spaced, and conform to academic standards for writing and style.

MSW Program Scholarship Application

Application Due Date: March 2, 2020

The MSU Denver MSW Program invites applications for its Bilingual/Bicultural Scholarship award.  This award was created by the faculty of the MSW Program in order to promote our mission to educate a diverse group of professional social workers. The award is for $10,000 during the academic year of 2020-21.  One-half will be distributed in Fall 2020 and the remaining half in Spring 2021; the distribution for part-time students may carry over into the academic year of 2021/22.

We are seeking applications from students who are bicultural (Latinx/Hispanic) and bilingual (fluent in Spanish and English) with a commitment to the profession and to our program’s mission and who are academically prepared for graduate-level work. Students may be either part-time or full-time and can be in either the regular program or the Advanced Standing program.  

Criteria:

  • Acceptance to the MSW Program (MSW applicants are encouraged to apply, however only accepted students will be awarded)
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (if below a 3.0, you can still apply as long as you have taken at least 9 credits of graduate level courses within the MSW Program at MSU Denver and have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher)
  • Overall graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher (if have taken graduate courses in the MSW Program at MSU Denver)
  • Bilingual fluency (written and oral) in Spanish and English
  • Bicultural (Latinx/Hispanic)
  • Commitment to profession (essay)
  • Strong writing and analytical skills (essay)

To apply for the scholarship, follow the link below to fill out an application. You must also attach an essay to your application that addresses the following:

  • Your interest and commitment to working in social work
  • The skills and traits you will bring to the work
  • How your bicultural and bilingual experiences will inform and contribute to the work you will do
  • The key social work issue you hope to address in your work
  • The rationale for this issue's importance to clients, the community or society

Please reference the academic literature to support your arguments where appropriate and use the APA format to cite. The essay should be between 500 and 600 words, double-spaced, and conform to academic standards for writing and style. The essay must be submitted in both English and Spanish (in two separate Word or PDF documents)

MSW Program Scholarship Application

Application Due Date: March 2, 2020

Need Based Scholarship Awards

No application is required for the following award. Students should complete the FAFSA or the Dreamer Student Application for Institutional Aid (DAIA) to be elibable for need based scholarship awards.

Resources:

FAFSA Application: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

Dreamer Student Application for Institutional Aid (DAIA): https://msudenver.edu/financialaid/undergraduate/apply/assetstudents/


The Department of Social Work dedicates about 60% of its scholarship funds to the Elevate Education scholarship. The Elevate Education scholarship offsets tuition costs for MSW students whose FAFSA or DAIA data demonstrate a high financial need. This is typically determined by the Estimated Family Contribution(EFC) data provided to the Office of social Work Student Services, Administration & Finance by the Office of Financial Aid. 

Typically around 75 graduate students each Fall and Spring semester receive a scholarship ranging from $200 - $600 each term, however the amount and quantity are dependent on the budget available and EFC data generated each term.

Receiving other scholarships or stipends does not impact students' ability to receive an Elevate Education scholarship, so we encourage you to apply for multiple forms of funding.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Social Work Student Services, Finance and Administration.

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