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MSW Program Scholarships

Finding Your Funding

We encourage all MSW Program students and applicants 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 graduate students to submit the MSU Denver General Scholarship Application in addition to applying for the MSW Program specific scholarships listed below.

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 for the 2021-2022 academic year: March 1, 2021


The MSU Denver MSW Program invites applications for its Commitment to 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 committed to serving those with diverse backgrounds. There are two awards; each is for $5,000 during the academic year of 2021-22  One-half will be distributed in Fall 2021 and the remaining half in Spring 2022.

We are seeking applications from students committed to serving people with diverse backgrounds (persons from a historically underrepresented ethic 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)
  • Commitment to working with diverse communities
  • 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 commitment to serving diverse groups (persons from a historically underrepresented ethic or racial group, persons who identify as LGBTQ+, or persons with a disability) will inform and contribute the work you do

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.

2021-2022 MSW Program Commitment to Diversity Scholarship Application

Application Due Date: March 1, 2021

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 2021-22.  One-half will be distributed in Fall 2021 and the remaining half in Spring 2022.

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.

2021-2022 MSW Program Gerontology Scholarship Application

Application Due Date: March 1, 2021

The MSU Denver MSW Program invites applications for its Bilingual Scholarship award.  This award was created by the faculty of the MSW Program in order to promote our mission to educate professional social workers to serve diverse communities. The award is for $10,000 during the academic year of 2021-22.  One-half will be distributed in Fall 2021 and the remaining half in Spring 2022.

We are seeking applications from students who are bilingual (fluent in Spanish and English) with a commitment to the profession, to bicultural awareness and appreciation, 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 awareness and appreciation
  • 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 bilingual skills 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)

2021-2022 MSW Program Bilingual Scholarship Application

Application Due Date: March 1, 2021

The MSU Denver MSW Program invites applications for its Roadrunners Rising scholarship awards. These awards were created by the faculty and staff of the Department of Social Work in order to meet the community’s needs for social workers from diverse backgrounds. There are five awards; each is for $3,500 during the academic year of 2021-22.* Scholarship selection is completely separate from the admission review, raking, and decision process. The scholarship committee will only award Roadrunners Rising scholarships to applicants accepted in the Advanced Standing MSW Program.

We are seeking applications from students who have a commitment to working as a social worker in Colorado’s multicultural communities. Applicants must be graduates of MSU Denver’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program. The scholarship application is open to Summer 2021 applicants of the Advanced Standing MSW Program who have graduated, or will graduate, from the BSSW Program at MSU Denver.

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the profession and to our program’s mission. Students may be either part-time or full-time and must be in the Advanced Standing Program. 

*The scholarship award is distributed across three semesters ($500 summer, $1500 fall, $1500 spring).

Criteria:

  • Graduate (or pending graduation) from the Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program at MSU Denver
  • Applied to the Advanced Standing MSW Program for a Summer 2021 start
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 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 social work with culturally diverse and marginalized populations.
  • The skills and traits you will bring to the work.
  • How your diverse background and experiences will inform and contribute to the work you do.

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.

2021-2022 MSW Program Roadrunners Rising Scholarship Application

Application Due Date: 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.

Resources:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA): https://cdhe.colorado.gov/students/preparing-for-college/colorado-application-for-state-financial-aid 


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 CASFA data demonstrates a high financial need. This is typically determined by the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) data provided to the Office of Social Work Student Services, Finance and Administration 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 at socialwork@msudenver.edu.

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Contact Information

Main Office Phone:

303-615-0555

Location:

Main Office
Central Classroom Suite 201

Office of Field Education
Central Classroom Suite 202

Office of Social Work Student Services
Central Classroom Suite 206

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Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Social Work
PO Box 173362 CB 70
Denver, CO 80217-3362


Accreditation

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Our MSW and BSSW Programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education - the sole accrediting body for social work education.