Current Scholarships

BERNHARD SCHER UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP- Fund #5265

This scholarship, first presented in 1978, was established by the family of Dr. Scher. He served as Dean of the School of Social Work from 1968-1973 and was a member of the faculty until his death five years later. The undergraduate recipient of this award demonstrates a strong commitment to social work values through actions and words.

 

C. AARON MCNEECE FIELD EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP- Fund # 7175

Dr. McNeece retired in 2008 after serving on the CSW faculty for 30 years. He is internationally recognized for his work in chemical dependency and treatment for criminal offenders. He held various leadership positions at the College of Social Work and served as Dean from 2004 to 2008. This scholarship named in his honor was established by the CSW Field Advisory Committee to provide assistance to graduate and undergraduate students during their internships.

 

CHERYL ROLAND ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP – Fund # 7240

This endowed scholarship was established by Cherie Rowland an alumna and a strong advocate for women. The award goes to a student with interest in women’s studies and will have the first recipient in 2013.

 

CITRUS HEALTH NETWORK SCHOLARSHIP – Fund #5286

Established in 2002, this scholarship serves as a lasting tribute to the community services provided by  Citrus Health Network, Inc. It is awarded annually to graduate students who are interested in working in the behavioral healthcare field in the Miami-Dade County area.

 

COYLE & MABEL MOORE SCHOLARSHIP- Fund #5261

Dr. Coyle Moore came to Tallahassee in 1928 to develop a course of instruction in social work at the Florida State College for Women (FSCW). When FSCW became a University in 1947, Dr. Moore was appointed dean of the School of Social Welfare. Mrs. Moore, who had a degree in social work from the University of North Carolina, was an active advocate of community service. This award, created in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Moore, supports full-time undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate a commitment to the social work profession through strong character and service.

 

DIANNE F. HARRISON SCHOLARSHIP- Fund # 5257

Created to honor former Ph.D. Program Director and Dean, Dr. Harrison, this is a competitive award given to doctoral students with the best dissertation prospectus.

 

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS – Fund # 7526

Every year students may not fall in line with one of the above scholarship and this general fund is able to provide support to those highly performing and need base students.

 

GUY & DELORES SPEARMAN SCHOLARSHIP- Fund # 5251

This scholarship was created by 1975 MSW Alumnus Guy Spearman and his wife to support exemplary undergraduate and graduate social work students who come to FSU from Brevard County, Florida. Mr. Spearman is well known as a legislative lobbyist and an enthusiastic supporter of FSU.

 

HERNDON SCHOLARS PROGRAM- Fund # 5300

The Herndon Scholars Program, sponsored by the Helios Education Foundation, is an endowed fund that was created in 2007 and first presented in fall 2008. It provides annual scholarships to graduate students in the FSU College of Social Work. Recipients of the award must be Florida residents. Preference is given to students who have social work practice experience prior to graduate school.

 

JAMES & MARY KOALSKA UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP – Fund  #5260

This memorial scholarship fund was set up by Professors Paul and Betty Piccard in memory of Bettyʼs parents, James Koalska and Mary Brennan Koalska. The Koalskas were the children of Irish and Polish immigrants and entered the work force at a very young age. While they could not benefit from a college education themselves, they valued education and provided their daughters with opportunities in higher education – one in nursing, the other in social work. This award is intended to cover tuition for a social work undergraduate student whose parents did not attend college.

 

JOANNA F. GORMAN SCHOLARSHIP- Fund #5256

This scholarship was established to honor Dr. Gorman who had a deep commitment to the professions development and a clear vision of social workʼs mission to create a more just society. Full-time social work students receiving this award show evidence of outstanding academic achievement, exemplify the highest standards of character and plan to work for one year in the area of child welfare, health or mental health.

 

JOHN P. & JANE W. WAKEMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR ARTS IN SOCIAL WORK- Fund # 5278

This endowed scholarship has been established by Mary Wakeman in honor of her parents. It is for undergraduate or graduate students in the College of Social Work with an expressed interest in the study and practice of the arts in social work. 

 

JOYCE HARPER LAIDLAW SCHOLARSHIP IN CHILD WELFARE- Fund #5284

The Laidlaw Scholarship, established by FSU alumna Joyce Harper Laidlaw and her husband Don, was first presented in 2003. It is for graduate students who have decided to focus their studies on child welfare.

 

LAMAR F. EVERETT SCHOLARSHIP- Fund # 7269

This scholarship was established in 2009 as the result of a bequest from Mr. Everettʼs estate. The award is specifically earmarked to benefit economically disadvantaged and academically worthy undergraduate or graduate College of Social Work students.

 

MARK DEGRAFF & LULA HAMILTON DEGRAFF SCHOLARSHIP- Fund # 0553

This award, first presented in 1985, is given to a senior undergraduate or graduate student who intends to conduct research on factors influencing the growth and development of youth, or who intends to work professionally with youth.

 

MARGARET H. JACKS SCHOLARSHIP IN AGING – Funds #5259

Ms. Jacks was a formidable and outspoken advocate for elderly Floridians for more than five decades. This award is directed to graduate students studying gerontology. Recipients must have completed one course on aging or demonstrated a commitment to the field of aging through volunteer or work experiences.

 

MARY DINITTO ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP – Fund # 7437

Dr. Diana DiNitto established the Mary DiNitto Endowed Scholarship in honor of her mother’s 90th birthday.  This generous gift will provide support to students in the College of Social Work with strong interests in the profession and creative ideas for practice broadly defined. Preference will be given to students who exhibit financial need.  An alumna and former faculty member of the College, Dr. DiNitto is the Cullen Trust Centennial Professor in Alcohol Studies and Education and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.

 

M. SHARON MAXWELL FERGUSON SCHOLARSHIP IN FAMILY VIOLENCE- Fund # 5270

Dr. Maxwell retired in 2006, after serving nearly two decades on the faculty of CSW and establishing the Institute for Family Violence Studies (IFVS). She is a nationally recognized expert in intimate partner violence and a champion of community-based services for survivors and their children. This scholarship is designed to encourage undergraduates to work with the IFVS and explore career opportunities designed to help end family violence.

 

MSW CLASS OF ʼ75 MARCH GRADUATES SCHOLARSHIP- Fund #5279

The idea for this scholarship arose during a class reunion in March 2000, as attendees were sharing stories about their lives and they realized that FSU has had a defining influence on their successes. They created this award for full-time MSW students who are interested in community-based practice, advocacy or public policy, with a demonstrated commitment to social justice concerns.

 

PATRICIA VANCE SCHOLARSHIP- Fund # 5293

The Maurice M. and Patricia V. Vance Fund (5293) Ms. Patricia V. Vance, MSW “Pat” served on the FSU College of Social Work faculty from 1966-1986 providing support to students and faculty. She worked to promote the profession through her service and teaching. Upon retirement she and her husband Dr. Maurice Vance established this scholarship for students returning to school to forward their professional career in social work. Academic achievement, financial need and dedication to the field will be considered when each award is made, with the greatest emphasis on dedication. The award will be made to master or doctoral level students.

 

RICHARD M. KING SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK & BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION- Fund # 5280

This endowed scholarship was established by alumnus Richard King (MSW ʼ69) to encourage graduate students who demonstrate interest in earning both an MSW and a Masterʼs in Business Administration (MBA). Social work students who take electives in the College of Business are also eligible for the award.

 

ROBERT P. HURRLE DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP- Fund # 5289

Selected by the Director of the Ph.D. Program, this scholarship is awarded to full-time doctoral students who are newly entering the program. Academic excellence and dedication to evidence-based social work is considered during selection, with priority given to students interested in working with aged or veterans.

 

SARAH SEALEY MORRILL SCHOLARSHIP- Fund # 5258

Mrs. Morrill graduated from the FSU School of Social Work in 1955 and was a pioneering activist who planned and established counseling and guidance services for children in Leon County. Later, she assumed leadership roles in planning and managing programs for the elderly. This scholarship serves as a tribute to Sarah Sealey Morrillʼs life-long commitment to community mental health services and is for undergraduate and graduate students specializing in community mental health.

 

SPEARMAN SOCIAL WORK VETERAN SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIP – Fund #7991

This provides much needed support for College of Social Work post-graduate veteran students who are pursuing research on military service members, veterans, their families and communities.

 

VICTORIA E. WARNER SCHOLARSHIP- Fund # 5271

This award was established to honor Dr. Victoria Warner, a long-time faculty member and Chair of the Department of Social Work at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee. The scholarship is awarded to an MSW student who received a bachelor’s degree from FAMU and intends to pursue a career working within the African-American community.

 

VIOLET CROOK SCHOLARSHIP- Fund # 5299

Opened 2006 after Wendy Crook, a professor in the College of Social Work, create an endowment to support doctoral students in the college. Sadly, Dr. Crook passed away in 2007 prior to the pledge being fulfilled. At the passing of her mother in 2012 the scholarship was fulfilled to honor Wendy and her love for the college and social work.

 

WALTER W. HUDSON DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP- Fund # 5291

This scholarship honors Dr. Walter Hudson, a former faculty member who was named the first recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Social Work & Research in 1999. Dr. Hudson was an international leader in measurement theory, development and testing of assessment and outcome evaluation tools, statistics, evidence-based practice methodology, and computer applications for practice. This award is intended for a Ph.D. student at the College of Social Work.