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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Scholarships & Stipends

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The Department of Social Work is committed to providing financial support for our students. We provide several scholarship opportunities for qualified BSSW and MSW students each year. 

Applications are accepted and reviewed during the Spring Semester of each year and awarded for the following academic term or year. Work with your advisor to have your application ready for submission in order to be ready for the announced deadline date announced each Spring semester.


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DEADLINE: February 28, 2019. 


Wayne and Carol Sandee Scholarship (BSSW)

  • Amount: $750

  • Who is eligible: Minority student who is an undergraduate pre-social work major or who has been admitted to Social Work major.

Bill Anderson New Student Scholarship (SOWK Undergraduates)

  • Amount: $1500

  • Who is eligible: Undergraduate student with 3.0 GPA in high school, who maintains 3.0 GPA 1st semester at MSU, enrolled in SOWK 180 or 215 & SOWK 212 in 1st year of attendance, and plans to be a Social Work major. 

Alumni & Faculty Scholarships (BSSW and MSW)

  • Amount: $500  (Number awarded depends on availability of funds)

  • Who is eligible: Undergraduate Social Work major or MSW student, 3.0 GPA, demonstrated leadership, volunteer activities & other service experience considered. 

MN Social Service Association Scholarships (BSSW and MSW)

  • Amount: $1000/award; (Number awarded depends on annual gift from MSSA Region 9)

  • Who is eligible: Undergraduate or graduate social work major, minimum 3.0 GPA, leadership, volunteer activities, & other social services experience considered. 

Social Work Study Abroad Scholarship

  • The Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded to social work majors (and MSU students) who are participating in a Department of Social Work International/Study Abroad Trip or Exchange program.
  • Selection is based upon: 1) completed application; 2) GPA of 2.8 or higher (BSSW) or 3.0 or higher (MSW); 3) written statement of financial need; and 4) written description as to how this opportunity will contribute to their work as a social worker in an increasingly diverse and globalized society.
  • Amount: Up to $500. 
  •  Number awarded depends on availability of funds.

MSW Scholar Award (MSW)

  • Amount: $500

  • Who is eligible: MSW graduate student who writes and submits scholarly paper and is in good academic standing; award based upon blind reviews of papers. A scholarly paper is one that examines a social work issue, drawing from a body of scholarly literature, and applies APA Style guidelines.

MSW Social Justice Award (MSW)

  • Amount: $1000
  • Who is eligible: 1)MSW student in good standing (3.0 GPA) and is making progress towards on-time degree completion; 2)Has demonstrated work to further social and/or economic justice issues, particularly with diverse or underserved population; 3) In a concentration year MSW Field Practicum at an agency whose mission, at least in part, has a focus on social or economic justice issues and/or provides services to diverse, oppressed, or underserved populations (Placement/Practicum agency should be discussed in essay, and appear on resume.)

 Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Stipends (BSSW majors & MSW students)

  • Amount: Significant stipends provided each semester for which a student qualifies.
  • Who  is eligible: Social work majors (BSSW and MSW) who will committ to working in child welfare upon graduation. BSSW students must be in the final 3-semester practice course sequence of the major. Call for applications will be sent out.
  • NOTE: These stipends DO NOT USE the Scholarship Finder General Application. This is a separate application process, please contact coordinators listed below:
  • For Application Information Contact:
    • BSSW - Contact Debra Gohagan, 389-1699,
    • MSW - Contact Kimberly Zammitt, 389-1219,


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences – Scholarships

 Robert D. Schmidt Family Scholarship

  • Amount: Approx $1000

  • Who is eligible: Undergraduates who pursue involvement with Kessel Institute for Peace & Change

University Supported Scholarships are also available. Please use "Scholarship Finder" to search for more opportunities at