Department of Social Work

MSW Financial Aid Information

Child Welfare Scholars Program: The UMD Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholars Program is available to MSW students through collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The primary goals of the stipends are to:
  • Reach out to practitioners in county and tribal child welfare agencies, recruit them to return to school and obtain an MSW, and provide financial support for them to do so.
  • Encourage others entering the MSW program to commit to beginning a career in public or tribal child welfare by offering financial support and excellent, relevant educational opportunities.
  • Provide graduate-level educational opportunities that prepare scholars to be culturally competent child welfare practitioners.

NEW: ICWA Scholars Program

Are you committed to creating better outcomes for American Indian children and families?

Are you interested in becoming a leader in American Indian child welfare practice?

Are you interested in receiving an $18,000 training stipend for your MSW program and receive professional development opportunities to prepare you as an advanced child welfare practitioner?

If so, consider applying for the new, Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies' ICWA Scholars Program! Learn more on the Child Welfare Scholars Homepage.

Students receive a financial stipend that can be used to cover a portion of tuition. In return, graduates who receive this fellowship are required to seek, and if available, accept employment in public or tribal child welfare services for a period of time. Other requirements include completing field placements in county or tribal child welfare agencies, completing curriculum requirements specific to child welfare practice, and completing a final project on a child welfare topic.

More complete information about the Child Welfare Scholars Program is available in the Child Welfare Scholar Handbook located on the Department of Social Work website. Applications for both the Child Welfare Scholars Program and ICWA Scholars Program are due May 15, 2014!!

Other Scholarships Awarded to Enrolled Students:

Will Dodge Memorial Scholarship: This award was established to support students with experience, expertise, and long-term interests in grass roots community organizing. Community organizing activities could include locality development, social planning, or social action. Grass roots organizing refers to working directly with vulnerable or under served populations to achieve goals identified by that community. Application process will be announced to admitted students.

Peggy L. Scheller Memorial Scholarship

Don and Sylvia Schimd American Indian Child Welfare Leaders Scholarship

Graduate School Awards:
A limited number of fellowships and scholarships are available through the Graduate School. Please check their web site at:

Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowships:
The Graduate School Diversity Office administers the DOVE fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to approximately 20 first-year students from under-represented groups (U.S. citizens or permanent residents). The fellowship provides a $22,500 stipend, tuition at regular graduate school rates (up to 14 credits per semester), and subsidized health insurance for one academic year. Graduate programs must nominate prospective students by the deadline, usually early February. Students who wish to be nominated should contact the Student Support Assistant, at For more information, visit the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE) web site at

The Graduate School of the University of Minnesota has designated at least two of its DOVE fellowships McNair Scholars are encouraged to be awarded to McNair Scholars. McNair Scholars are ideal candidates for the DOVE Fellowship since they meet the DOVE Fellowship definition of diversity of views and experiences.

Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship
 was established in Carol's memory to assist "non-traditional" women in completing their education at the University of Minnesota. Scholarships are one-time awards and range from $1,000-$6,000. Deadline is 4:30pm on the 1st Friday in June. Please see website for eligibility, application process and more detailed information.

Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo' Scholarship
assists University of Minnesota women students with financial need in completing their education at the University, with special focus on women of color, new immigrants, and first generation college students. Scholarships are one-time awards and range from $1,000-4,000 for the academic year. Deadline is 4:30pm on the 1st Friday in June. Please see website for eligibility, application process and more detailed information.

Students Loans:
Graduate students are eligible to apply for the federally insured loan programs. Information on the loans may be obtained from:

UMD ONE STOP Student Services; Solon Campus Center, Room 23; 1049 University Drive; Duluth, MN 55812


Other Scholarship Opportunities

External Sources for Scholarship Opportunities

UMD Social Work Department

220 Bohannon Hall
1207 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812

(218) 726-8497
1 (888) 534-9734

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