MSW Student Scholarships

The School of Social Work offers scholarship opportunities to matriculated MSW students during the Fall and Spring semesters. Those applying should carefully read the information below to ensure all required guidelines are met before submitting an application.

Spring 2021 Scholarship Guidelines

  • All matriculated MSW students are eligible to apply, including those graduating in the 2020-2021 academic year, as long as they meet the specific criteria for the award(s) they are applying for.
  • Students can apply to more than one scholarship, however, may only be eligible to receive one.
  • Scholarships awarded are applied to the Spring 2021 term. Scholarships awarded may affect financial aid. Questions regarding financial aid implications should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid Services at financialaid@uconn.edu.

To apply, please submit the Online Application for MSW Scholarships which includes a one to two page statement addressing the criteria of the scholarship(s) and your eligibility.

Application Deadline: 11:59 pm on Wednesday, February 10, 2021

  • Incomplete/late applications will not be considered
  • If applying for multiple awards, only one application needs to be submitted (multiple scholarships can be selected within the form)

Spring 2021 Scholarships

Dr. Albert Alissi School of Social Work Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Albert S. Alissi, faculty emeritus, to provide financial assistance to a student conducting Group Work practice.

  • Scholarship offers one (1) award for $1,000
  • Eligible criteria:
    • Full-time incoming or continuing MSW student
    • Must be conducting Group Work practice in a work/internship setting
    • Demonstrate academic achievement
    • Demonstrate financial need
  • Preferential criteria:
    • Priority will be given to a student working or interning in one of the following areas: school social work, homelessness, criminal or juvenile justice, or other community based group work settings

      Albert Brown, Jr. Scholarship Fund

      This scholarship is awarded to a student currently conducting their field placement with UConn Student Health and Wellness – Mental Health.

      • Scholarship offers one (1) award for $500
      • Eligible criteria:
        • MSW student currently completing field placement with UConn Student Health and Wellness – Mental Health
      • Preferential criteria:
        • Second year MSW minority student
        • Demonstrate academic achievement and potential for future academic and professional accomplishments

      Frank V. Carollo Scholarship Fund

      Mr. Frank Carollo was a graduate of the UConn School of Social Work who worked part-time while attaining his education.

      • Scholarship offers four (4) awards for $2,000 each
      • Eligible criteria:
        • Full-time MSW student
        • Demonstrate academic achievement
        • Demonstrate financial need
      • Preferential criteria:
        • Demonstrate potential for future academic and professional accomplishments

      Shirley & Howard Dickstein Scholarship Fund

      This scholarship was established by Shirley and Howard Dickstein to assist students with their expenses while attending school.

      • Scholarship offers two (2) awards for $1,000 each
      • Eligible criteria:
        • Full-time incoming or continuing MSW student
        • Demonstrate academic achievement and potential for future academic and professional accomplishments
        • Made significant contributions to the community
      • Preferential criteria:
        • Demonstrate financial/extenuating circumstances

      Ivor J. Echols Endowment Fund

      Friends and colleagues of the late Dr. Ivor J. Echols, faculty member and prominent member of the African American community, established this award in her honor on her retirement.

      • Scholarship offers one (1) award for $1,500
      • Eligible criteria:
        • MSW student
      • Preferential criteria:
        • MSW minority student

      Karen Kellerman and Peter Arakas Fellowship in Social Work

      Karen Kellerman and Peter Arakas are both proud graduates of the UConn School of Social Work. They created this scholarship to provide financial support for MSW students.

      • Scholarship offers one (1) award for $2,000
      • Eligible criteria:
        • Full-time incoming or continuing MSW student
        • Demonstrate academic achievement
        • Demonstrate financial need

      Mary Ellen and John D. Killeen Master of Social Work Scholarship Fund

      Mary Ellen Killeen is a School of Social Work graduate who established this fund to provide financial support for students enrolled in the Master’s of Social Work program.

      • Scholarship offers one (1) award for $1,000
      • Eligible criteria:
        • MSW student
        • Demonstrate financial need

      The LeBoeuf Johnson Master of Social Work Scholarship Fund

      George LeBoeuf is a recent graduate of the School of Social Work, who, along with his wife, Shevonn Johnson, created this scholarship to support the educational needs of students enrolled in the Master’s of Social Work program.

      • Scholarship offers one (1) award for $1,000
      • Eligible criteria:
        • MSW student
        • Demonstrate financial need

      Donna Millette-Fridge Scholarship

      Donna Millette-Fridge Scholarship was established in her memory by the School of Social Work in recognition of her commitment to helping the mentally ill become self-sufficient.

      • Scholarship offers one (1) award for $500
      • Eligible criteria:
        • MSW student who demonstrate academic achievement and interest in working with the mentally ill

      Esther R. Pahl Fellowship for Social Work Excellence

      Esther Pahl is a 1952 graduate of the School of Social Work. She credits her UConn social work education for her long and meaningful career caring for others. She established this scholarship to provide meaningful support to a student in need with an interest in working in a mental health setting.

      • Scholarship offers one (1) award for $4,000
      • Eligible criteria:
        • MSW student with a concentration in Individuals, Groups and Families
        • Demonstrate academic achievement
        • Demonstrate financial need
      • Preferential criteria:
        • Priority will be given to a student with a field placement in a mental health setting who demonstrates a commitment to working with clients at risk of suicide or in the area of suicide prevention

      Murry Shapiro Endowed Fellowship Fund

      Paul Shapiro, a retired assistant attorney general and former Mayor of Mansfield, CT, established the Murry Shapiro Scholarship in memory of his late father, a former member of the Group Work faculty who taught at the School of Social Work.

      • Scholarship offers one (1) award for $500
      • Eligible criteria:
        • Full-time MSW student with a concentration in Individuals, Groups and Families
        • Demonstrate academic achievement
        • Demonstrate financial need

      Miriam Silverman Memorial Scholarship

      The Miriam Silverman Memorial Scholarship was established in her memory by her husband and friends to provide financial support to students in need.

      • Scholarship offers one (1) award for $1,000
      • Eligible criteria:
        • Full-time MSW student
        • Demonstrate academic achievement and potential for future academic and professional accomplishments
      • Preferential criteria:
        • Priority will be given to a female student

      Nancy Tarr Berdon Fund

      The family of Nancy Tarr Berdon established this award in her memory. Nancy Tarr Berdon was a noted professional social worker in the New Haven area committed to working with the poor.

      • Scholarship offers two (2) awards for $1,500 each
      • Eligible criteria:
        • Full-time MSW student
        • Demonstrate an interest in and has career plans for working with or for the advancement of the poor in a social services agency or educational institution or completing their practicum requirements in a social service agency setting
      • Preferential criteria:
        • Priority will be given to an in-state (Connecticut) resident
        • Demonstrate academic achievement and potential for future academic and professional accomplishments
        • Demonstrate financial need

        Mary Porter Wright and John Wright Fellowship in Social Work

        Mary Porter Wright is an alumna from UConn School of Social Work.

        • Scholarship offers one (1) award for $2,000
        • Eligible criteria:
          • Demonstrate financial need and/or demonstrate academic achievement