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Thanks to the generosity of its donors, the School of Social Work offers a range of competitive awards for its Master of Social Work students in both the Full-Time and Part-Time Programs, as well as for its Bachelor of Social Work students. Please contact scholarships@socwork.wisc.edu with questions!

The School of Social Work also offers a federal training grant from Title IV-E funding for MSW and BSW students interested in pursuing a career in Public Child Welfare. The Title IV-E Traineeship is a competitive grant with a work payback requirement, post-graduation. For more details, please visit the Public Child Welfare Training Program website.

Application Information

Social Work students need only fill out the single application once to be considered for all eligible awards. Responses to the application will be assessed to determine eligibility for the awards. If you wish to see details on what awards and scholarships are being offered, please visit the Scholarships and Awards page on the School of Social Work website.


The Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program has a separate application. We encourage students to review the Program website prior to applying. All applicants will be contacted within two weeks after the application deadline regarding their status. Student chosen to continue in the application process will be asked for a personal interview with Program faculty, after which final decisions will be made.
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Applications Opened Yearly

Fall Competition Scholarship

Early October - Late October

Scholarships for this Program

Scholarships Descriptions
This scholarship is designed to support students in the MSW program who have financial need and are struggling to complete their degree.
This scholarship is designed to support students in the MSW program who have financial need and are struggling to complete their degree.
Current full-time or part-time program MSW student in her/his Generalist Practice year who demonstrates a financial need in the context of challenges that could prevent completion of the MSW, and who demonstrates a commitment to the social work profession. Students should have good academic standing and potential.
This award is open to MSW students who have a strong commitment to social work with an interest in social policy.
This award is open to MSW students who have a strong commitment to social work with an interest in social policy.
Current full-time or part-time program MSW student who has a demonstrated commitment to social work practice and a financial need that presents a hardship in terms of completing the program.
This scholarship is intended to support social work students committed to working with clients affected by mental illness.
This scholarship is intended to support social work students committed to working with clients affected by mental illness.
Current full-time program and part-time program MSW students interested in the Mental Health focus area. Preference is given to Wisconsin residents focused on a career in in-patient psychiatric care, with a strong emphasis to students in field at Mendota Mental Health Institute or Winnebago Mental Health Institute.
This scholarship was established to support MSW students pursuing studies in the mental health field who are interested in working with persons with serious and long-term mental illnesses.
This scholarship was established to support MSW students pursuing studies in the mental health field who are interested in working with persons with serious and long-term mental illnesses.
Current full-time program and part-time program MSW student who demonstrates a commitment to work in the mental health field with persons with serious and long-term mental illnesses, and has a good academic record. Preference will be given to students who are financing their own graduate education.
This award supports BSW or MSW students in financial need.
This award supports BSW or MSW students in financial need.
This fund will be used to support need-based scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students in the UW-Madison School of Social Work.
This scholarship is designed to support MSW students who intend to practice social work.
This scholarship is designed to support MSW students who intend to practice social work.
The scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student obtaining a MSW. The student must have excellent academic credentials, be passionate about social work, interested in direct practice, and show potential for leadership in the future.
This scholarship supports students who are committed to working with those with alcohol and other drug abuse problems and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.
This scholarship supports students who are committed to working with those with alcohol and other drug abuse problems and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Current BSW student, full-time program MSW student, or part-time program MSW student. The award is intended to support students who are committed to working with those with alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) problems and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), especially veterans and current military personnel.
This scholarship is open to MSW students who demonstrate a strong commitment to professional social work practice, particularly in the areas of mental health or social work benefiting children.
This scholarship is open to MSW students who demonstrate a strong commitment to professional social work practice, particularly in the areas of mental health or social work benefiting children.
Current full-time or part-time program MSW student in her/his Advanced Practice year who has a strong commitment to professional social work practice. Preference is given to students in the area of mental health or social work benefiting children (e.g. adoptions). Preference is also given to Wisconsin residents with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, and to those of Polish heritage. Preference is given to students in the area of mental health or social work benefiting children (e.g. adoptions). Preference is also given to Wisconsin residents with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, and to those of Polish heritage.
This award is for students who demonstrate a strong commitment to social work and who are working their way through school.
This award is for students who demonstrate a strong commitment to social work and who are working their way through school.
Current BSW, full-time, or part-time program MSW student who has a strong commitment to social work, a demonstrated financial need, and who is working his or her way through school.
This scholarship was created to support students who demonstrate a commitment to the field of child, youth, and family services with an interest in foster care and/or special needs adoption.
This scholarship was created to support students who demonstrate a commitment to the field of child, youth, and family services with an interest in foster care and/or special needs adoption.
Current full-time or part-time program MSW student who demonstrates a commitment to the field of child, youth and family services. Students with an interest in foster care and/or special needs adoption are especially encouraged to apply.
This scholarship is open to MSW students pursuing studies in the mental health field who are in need of financial aid.
This scholarship is open to MSW students pursuing studies in the mental health field who are in need of financial aid.
Current full-time program and part-time program MSW student in the mental health focus area who demonstrates financial need.
This award is open to students who are in the Aging focus area or who are working with elders.
This award is open to students who are in the Aging focus area or who are working with elders.
Current MSW student in the Aging focus area or a BSW student who is currently in a field placement working with elders.
This fund was created to support social work students who have demonstrated an interest in aging and geriatric social work.
This fund was created to support social work students who have demonstrated an interest in aging and geriatric social work.
Current BSW students and MSW students who have a demonstrated interest in aging and geriatric social work.
This award is open to students interested in International Social Work and who will be undertaking an international field placement.
This award is open to students interested in International Social Work and who will be undertaking an international field placement.
This award is open to undergraduate social work and social welfare majors and MSW students interested in International Social Work and are involved in a for-credit international experience under the direction of a School of Social Work faculty member. The Awards Committee will consider candidates who demonstrate a commitment to international social work and financial need. FAFSA required prior to awarding decisions.
This award is open to students that best exemplify Mr. Schwert¿s dedication to the profession and values of social work in the criminal and juvenile justice field.
This award is open to students that best exemplify Mr. Schwert¿s dedication to the profession and values of social work in the criminal and juvenile justice field.
Current full-time program MSW student in the School's Juvenile and Criminal Justice field unit, in good academic standing, who is preparing for a career in Corrections and Criminal Justice.
This award is open to MSW students who have experienced unexpected financial challenges.
This award is open to MSW students who have experienced unexpected financial challenges.
Current full-time or part-time program MSW student in good standing who has experienced unexpected financial challenges, and for whom the scholarship will be helpful in completing her/his education.
The Public Child Welfare Training Program operates with federal funds made available through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, which provides specified financial support for students committed to a career in public child welfare (i.e. child protective services, foster...
The Public Child Welfare Training Program operates with federal funds made available through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, which provides specified financial support for students committed to a career in public child welfare (i.e. child protective services, foster care, or special needs adoption).
Current or Newly Accepted students in the School of Social Work BSW or MSW Programs Interest in a career in public child welfare.
Scholarships marked with FAFSA required prior to awarding decisions in the list above require a completed Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for awarding decisions. To learn more about applying for financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.