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School of Social Work Scholarships

The School of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno, offers scholarships to juniors, seniors, and graduate students admitted to the social work program. Scholarship awards and criteria are listed below.

Between November and February 1st of each year, to be considered for any institutional scholarship including departmental scholarships, continuing UNR students must complete the scholarship application in MyNEVADA: go to > Student Center > Supplemental Forms > Scholarship Application. Students are not eligible candidates for Department Scholarships without a University General Scholarship application on file with the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarship.

To be eligible for consideration for scholarships which require financial need, by March 1st annually students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov and include federal school code 002568; University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV.  Students not eligible to complete the FAFSA (such as international students or students with DACA status), may complete the Financial Aid Calculation for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students form by March 1st annually.

Note: To apply for Social Work specific scholarships students must complete the School of Social Work Scholarship Application indicating scholarship(s) of interest to you. Along with the one-page essay response, include a brief description of relevant activities, employment, and career plans. Each scholarship has slightly different requirements, so be sure to read the description carefully. All applications and letters of interest should be turned in to the School of Social Work Office, AB 523, no later than January 15th.

  1. The Alicia Smalley Scholarship is a $500.00 scholarship awarded to eligible candidates that the Social Work Department nominates. Eligible candidates must be baccalaureate seniors in their final year or master's degree students in Social Work. Candidates must also have financial need. Recipients must earn a minimum of 24 undergraduate or 18 graduate UNR credits per academic year (fall and spring semester) and maintain a minimum 3.0 UNR Grade Point Average (GPA) for the duration of the award. A change in major results in the loss of this scholarship. This scholarship is not renewable. Preference will be given to a student that has an abiding interest in social justice and demonstrated financial need. Applicants must submit a one page essay depicting their interest/involvement in Social Justice Issues.
  2. The John and Louise Semenza Family Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate student who plans a career in practice within public agencies that serve special needs populations. Eligible candidates must be social work majors and earn a minimum of 24 undergraduate or 18 graduate UNR credits per academic year (fall and spring semesters) and maintain full-time enrollment each semester. A change in student status will result in the loss of this scholarship. Applicants must submit a one page essay addressing future plans to serve a special needs population within a public agency.
  3. The Kris Tower Scholarship is a $500.00 scholarship awarded to eligible candidates that the School of Social Work selects. Eligible candidates must be admitted to the School of Social Work as an undergraduate or graduate student. Recipients must earn a minimum of 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate credits per academic year (fall and spring semesters) and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative UNR GPA for the duration of the award. A change in student status will result in the loss of this scholarship. This scholarship is non-renewable. Preference will be given to a promising undergraduate or graduate student interested in working with persons with disabilities. Applicants must submit a one page essay discussing interest in serving persons with disabilities.
  4. The Heather Morsberger Memorial Scholarship is available to undergraduate (junior or senior) and graduate students in social work with an emphasis in child abuse prevention or child abuse protection who can demonstrate a financial need. Eligible candidates must earn a minimum of 24 University of Nevada, Reno, undergraduate or 18 graduate credits per academic year (fall and spring semesters) and maintain full-time enrollment each semester. Recipients must also maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative UNR GPA for the duration of the award. A change in student status will result in the loss of this scholarship. Applicants must submit a one page essay discussing desire to work within the field of child abuse prevention and protection.
  5. The National Association of Social Workers Scholarship is a $500.00 scholarship for either an undergraduate in the Professional Sequence or a graduate student. A 3.25 GPA is required along with membership in NASW. The essay for this scholarship should focus on commitment to social work and to service and advocacy, as well as applicant's plans for continued involvement in the profession and its professional organizations. One statewide scholarship is awarded each year.
  6. The School of Social Work Diversity Scholarship is a $500.00 scholarship available to eligible candidates admitted to the program as an undergraduate or graduate student. The School of Social Work awards these scholarships. Recipients must earn a minimum of 24 undergraduate or 18 graduate credits per academic year (fall and spring semesters) and maintain full-time enrollment each semester. Recipients must also maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative UNR GPA for the duration of the award. A change in student status will result in the loss of this scholarship. The Diversity Scholarship honors the profession's commitment to justice and diversity and provides support for students of color and others committed to working with diverse populations. Applicants must submit a letter of introduction which describes why applicant is applying for the scholarship and a 1-2 page response to the following question: Examine your feelings and attitudes about human diversity issues, and explore the role and influence of applicant's personal racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and/or cultural background in choosing social work as a profession.
  7. The Division of Health Sciences Scholarship is available to eligible candidates admitted to the program as an undergraduate or graduate student. The School of Social Work awards these scholarships. Eligible candidates must earn a minimum of 24 University of Nevada, Reno, undergraduate or 18 graduate credits per academic year (fall and spring semesters) and maintain full-time enrollment each semester. A change in student status will result in the loss of this scholarship. Applicants must submit a one page essay discussing applicants' understanding of Cultural Humility and how it shapes their world view.