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.

Social work scholarship applications

To be considered for any institutional scholarship including departmental scholarships, continuing University of Nevada, Reno students must complete the scholarship application in MyNEVADA 2.0. The scholarship application can be found under supplemental forms in MyNEVADA 2.0.

Social work scholarship eligibility

Students are not eligible candidates for School of Social Work scholarships without a scholarship application on file.

To be eligible for consideration for scholarships which require financial need, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 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 contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to complete the Financial Aid Calculation for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students form.

University scholarships for social work students

  • John Gancarek Scholarship

    The John Gancarek Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate social work student with an interest to work within child welfare or juvenile justice. A minimum GPA of 2.75 must be maintained, must have demonstrated need of financial aid.

  • Heather Morsberger Memorial Scholarship

    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 12 graduate credits per academic year (fall and spring semesters). Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative University of Nevada, Reno GPA for the duration of the award.

  • John and Louise Semenza Family Scholarship

    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 earn a minimum of 24 undergraduate or 12 graduate University of Nevada, Reno credits per academic year (fall and spring semesters) and maintain full-time enrollment each semester.

  • Alicia Smalley Scholarship

    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 University of Nevada, Reno credits per academic year (fall and spring semester) and maintain a minimum 2.75 UNR Grade Point Average (GPA) for the duration of the award. Preference will be given to a student that has an abiding interest in social justice and demonstrated financial need.

  • Kris Tower Scholarship

    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 University of Nevada, Reno GPA for the duration of the award. Preference will be given to a promising undergraduate or graduate student interested in working with persons with disabilities.

  • Barbara West Larsen Founders Scholarship

    Eligible candidates must be admitted to the School of Social Work as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Other social work scholarship and fellowship programs