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Scholarships

Students within the School of Social Work are eligible for scholarships managed by the School.  If you are a student in good standing within Social Work you are eligible to apply for these iternal scholarships.  You will receive an email inviting you to apply.  Often, the time between your invitation to apply and submission due date is short.  Read the scholarship requirements, think about your submission, plan to apply, and watch for an invitation to apply.  Contact your Campus Social Work Office if you have any questions.

BSW Scholarship Application (DOC, 26KB)

BARBARA HIRSCH BASS SCHOLARSHIP/FELLOWSHIP

Barbara Hirsch Bass earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Service from IU in 1956. As a volunteer, she has helped people cope with mental illness so that they could lead independent and productive lives. This fund was established in 2006 to be used to support scholarships for students pursuing a degree at IUSSW.

Requirements:
  • Complete application form.
  • BSW or MSW student.
  • Two-page double spaced narrative describing student’s commitment to a career in social service and how the student will utilize funds from this award.

BRADLY ROBERT LIGHTY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Bradly Lighty was a faculty member and student advisor at IUSSW. He was also an alumnus of the school, having graduated in 1997 with his MSW degree. He was a champion of students and he found good in every person. He was beloved by his students, colleagues and friends. This fund was established in 2005 for students who are pursuing a BSW degree.

Requirements:
  • Complete application form.
  • BSW student.
  • Two-page double spaced narrative describing how student has a demonstrated passion for the social work profession.

GENEVIEVE MEANS McLEOD SCHOLARSHIP

Genevieve Means McLeod received a B.A. in Sociology from IU in 1920 and also completed coursework for an M.A. in Social Work from IU. She worked for the Marion County Department of Public Welfare in Indianapolis and also worked in the Social Service Department of the Indianapolis Public Schools. She tirelessly practiced the values of the Social Work profession in both paid and voluntary positions throughout the city of Indianapolis. This fund was established in 2000 to be awarded to a female student achieving academic excellence (a GPA of 3.0) and having a demonstrated financial need.

Requirements:
  • Complete application form.
  • BSW or MSW student
  • Preference given to women.
  • Two-page double spaced narrative describing student’s academic achievements and any pressing financial need.
  • One paragraph (no more than 50 words) stating the financial reasons that may affect your ability to complete course of study within the IU School of Social Work
  • Student must have GPA of 3.0 or above.

Note: Scholarship will be renewable throughout the recipient’s academic career as long as the recipient maintains demonstrable need and satisfactory progress toward the social work degree.

PATCHNER FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

The Patchner Family Endowed Scholarship was originally established in May, 2010. The intent of the Donors, and the Foundation is that this gift be used to support undergraduate scholarship or graduate fellowships for students in the School of Social Work, who intend to prepare for a career in the service of people with developmental disabilities.

Requirements
  • Complete application form.
  • BSW or MSW student.
  • Two-page double spaced narrative describing student’s work and commitment in the area of developmental disabilities.

MINNIE AND MARY RIGG FELLOWSHIP

A fund established in honor of Minnie and Mary Rigg that awards a female student who has demonstrated a commitment to working with community-based agencies with philosophical ties to the settlement house movement.

Requirements:
  • Complete application form.
  • Female student.
  • BSW or MSW student.
  • Two-page double spaced narrative describing student’s commitment to working with community-based agencies with philosophical ties to the settlement house movement. The narrative can address volunteer, paid or practicum experience.

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