MSW Student Scholarships

The UConn School of Social Work offers scholarship opportunities for MSW students. Please carefully read the information below to ensure you meet the required guidelines.

Spring Scholarship Guidelines

  • Deadline for Scholarship Application: 11:59 pm on Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Application packet (refer to requirements below) must be emailed to sswstudentservices@uconn.eduIncomplete/late applications will not be considered
  • All recipients are required to attend the Scholarship Program on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm 
  • If applying for multiple awards, only one packet must be submitted per student as long as all scholarships applying for are indicated on the Applicant Information Form

PLEASE NOTE:

  • All matriculated students are eligible to apply, including those graduating in the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Students can apply to more than one scholarship, however, may only be eligible to receive one.
  • If a student was awarded a scholarship for the Fall, they may still apply for Spring scholarships. However, this may be taken into consideration in deliberation.
  • Scholarships awarded are applied to the Spring 2020 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.

Spring 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 award for $1,250
  • 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 setting

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 six 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 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 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 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 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 award for $500
    • 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 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 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 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 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 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

    Spring Scholarship Application – Deadline: 11:59 pm on Friday, January 31, 2020

    Application packet* must include (in the following order):

    1. Completed Applicant Information Form
    2. A one to two page letter which addresses the scholarship criteria
    3. A copy of your unofficial transcript - If you are an incoming student, please use Undergrad transcript

    *All requirements must be combined into one PDF document before submission. PDF documents can be combined at http://www.pdfmerge.com/