Current Scholarships

BERNHARD SCHER UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP – Fund #5265
Dr. Scher 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.   This memorial scholarship, established by the family of Dr. Scher, was first presented in 1978. The undergraduate recipient of this award demonstrates a strong commitment to social work values through actions and words.

 

BILL AND NOLIA BRANDT SCHOLARSHIP – FUND #7526
This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students who are in good academic standing, of high moral character, and demonstrate financial need. Students pursuing a dual MSW/MBA degree or the LEAD certificate are encouraged to apply.

 

C. AARON MCNEECE ENDOWED FIELD EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP – Fund #7175
Created by the College's Field Advisory Committee, this scholarship honors its namesake, Dr. McNeece, who served as a College of Social Work faculty member for 30 years. He held various leadership positions in the College and was the Dean from 2004 until his retirement in 2008. Dr. McNeece has received international recognition for his work in chemical dependency and treatment for criminal offenders. This award is intended to support BSW and MSW students during their internships.

 

CHERYL ROLAND ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP – Fund # 7240
Cherie Rowland established this scholarship, first awarded in 2013. Cherie is an alumna and a strong advocate for women. Graduate students with an expressed interest in women's issues are eligible for this award. 

 

CHRISTOPHER D. HEFREN CHILD WELFARE ENDOWED DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP – FUND #8285
This scholarship serves as a lasting tribute to donor Judy Hefren's son, Christopher. It supports doctoral candidates whose primary research focus is Child Welfare.

 

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.

 

DAVID L. ALBRIGHT SOCIAL WORK ENDOWED DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP – FUND #8416
This scholarship supports Ph.D. students that are committed to contributing to the research and scholarship on military populations or veteran-connected populations.

 

DIANNE F. HARRISON AWARD – Fund # 5257
This award was created to honor former Ph.D. Program Director and Dean, Dr. Harrison. It is a competitive award given to doctoral students with the best dissertation prospectus.

 

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS – Fund # 7526
This fund is available for students who may not qualify for other scholarships offered by the College. It is intended to support students who are high performing, and students who demonstrate financial need.

 

GOMORY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FOR HOMELESS SERVICES – FUND #7526
The Gomory Family Scholarship for Homeless Services is awarded to students who demonstrate a commitment to working with the poor and the homeless.

 

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 is sponsored by the Helios Education Foundation. This scholarship was created in 2007 and first awarded in Fall 2008. It provides annual scholarships to graduate students in the College of Social Work. Recipients must be MSW or Ph.D. students who are also Florida residents. Preference is given to students who have practiced in the field of social work before graduate school.

 

JAMES & MARY KOALSKA UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP – Fund  #5260
This memorial scholarship was established 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 workforce at a very young age. While they could not benefit from a college education themselves, they valued education. They 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.

 

JANE ADDAMS SCHOLARSHIP – Fund #08689
This scholarship, established in 2018, supports students in the College of Social Work who are enrolled full-time, in good academic standing, and demonstrate financial need.

 

JOANNA F. GORMAN SCHOLARSHIP Fund #5256
This scholarship was established to honor Dr. Gorman, who had a deep commitment to the profession's 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 & MEG PASCHAL INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP – Fund #08055
This scholarship is available to Social Work students who are studying abroad. Eligible recipients must have a 3.0-grade point average or higher, a passion for the profession, and demonstrated financial need.

 

JOHN P. & JANE W. WAKEMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR ARTS IN SOCIAL WORK Fund #5278
This scholarship was established by Mary Wakeman to honor her parents, John and Jane.  BSW and MSW students with an expressed interest in the study and practice of the arts in social work are eligible for this award.

 

JOYCE HARPER LAIDLAW SCHOLARSHIP IN CHILD WELFARE Fund #5284
First presented in 2003, the Laidlaw Scholarship was established by FSU alumna Joyce Harper Laidlaw and her husband, Don. This award is intended to support graduate students who have decided to focus their studies on child welfare.

 

LAMAR F. EVERETT SCHOLARSHIP – Fund #7269                                            
This scholarship was established as the result of a bequest from Mr. Everettʼs estate in 2009. The award is intended to support undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Social Work who are economically disadvantaged and academically worthy.

 

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 – Fund #5259
Ms. Jacks was a formidable and outspoken advocate for elderly Floridians for more than five decades. This scholarship is for 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 (MSW ’74) established the Mary DiNitto Endowed Scholarship in honor of her mother’s 90th birthday.  This generous gift supports 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 with financial need.  

 

MSW CLASS OF ʼ75 MARCH GRADUATES SCHOLARSHIP Fund #5279
During a class reunion in March 2000, attendees shared stories about their lives. They recognized the defining influence FSU had on their successes.  This award was created to support full-time MSW students who are interested in community-based practice, advocacy, or public policy. Eligible students must also have a demonstrated commitment to social justice concerns.

 

PATRICIA VANCE SCHOLARSHIP 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.  MSW and Ph.D. students in the College of Social Work are eligible for this award. Academic achievement, financial need, and dedication to the field are taken into consideration when selecting recipients.

 

RICHARD M. KING SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK & BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Fund #5280
This scholarship was established by alumnus Richard King (MSW ʼ69) to encourage graduate students who demonstrate an interest in earning both an MSW and a Masterʼs in Business Administration (MBA) degree. Social work students who take electives in the College of Business are also eligible for this 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 are considered during selection, with priority given to students interested in working with aged or veterans.

 

ROBERT P. HURRLE SCHOLARSHIP FUND – Fund #5282
This scholarship supports Social Work students who are completing their field internships in a foreign country, or, students who are studying abroad.

 

SARAH SEALEY MORRILL SCHOLARSHIP Fund #5258
This scholarship serves as a tribute to Sarah Sealey Morrillʼs life-long commitment to community mental health services. It is intended for undergraduate and graduate students specializing in community mental health. Mrs. Morrill graduated from the FSU School of Social Work in 1955. She 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.

 

SPEARMAN SOCIAL WORK VETERAN SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIP – Fund #7991
This scholarship is intended to support students in the College of Social Work who are also veterans. Eligible recipients should be pursuing research on military service members, veterans, or their families and communities.

 

SPEARMAN SOCIAL WORK VETERAN MSW FIELD SCHOLARSHIP – Fund #7991
This scholarship is intended to support MSW students in the College of Social Work who are also veterans. Eligible recipients must be completing their MSW field placement to qualify for the award.

 

VICTORIA E. WARNER SCHOLARSHIP- Fund #5271
This scholarship 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.   Full-time junior or senior level undergraduate students are eligible for this award.

 

VIOLET CROOK SCHOLARSHIP – Fund #5299
Dr. Wendy Crook was a professor in the College of Social Work who initiated the creation of an endowment to support doctoral students in 2006.  Sadly, Dr. Crook passed away in 2007 before her pledge could be fulfilled. Five years later, when her mother passed in 2012, the pledge was fulfilled.  This scholarship serves to honor Dr. Crook and her love for the college and social work. It is intended to support doctoral students who seek to contribute to the body of knowledge on women's issues in the macro social environment.

 

WALTER W. HUDSON DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP Fund #5291
Dr. Walter Hudson was a former faculty member and 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 to support Ph.D. students at the College of Social Work.

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