Scholarships and Financial Aid

an Investment in your future

The School of Social Work understands that higher education is a significant investment. To help you determine the estimated total cost of your program, check out the WMU Tuition Calculator.

In addition to the tuition and fee estimates in the calculator, plan for a $185 fee each semester  you are enrolled in a field education seminar (two semesters for BSW students and Advanced Standing students, four for all other MSW students). This fee helps to cover the administrative costs of arranging your field placement as well as your student practice insurance.

Please note that many MSW programs include at least one summer term. Unfortunately, federal financial aid does not disburse loans for summer terms. To set up a payment plan, contact WMU's Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarships

In an attempt to assist students with some of their financial burden, the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University offers the following scholarship opportunities.
If you are interested in partnering with us to support our students, donate today!

BSW Scholarship Applications

Undergraduates applying for School of Social Work scholarships must be admitted and enrolled in the professional program. Pre-social work majors are not eligible for departmental scholarship funds.

Deadline: February 15
Awards announced by May 1

BSW Scholarship Application

MSW Scholarship Applications

Currently enrolled MSW students and new applicants to the MSW program are eligible to apply. Incoming MSW applicants are advised to turn in their scholarship application with their program application.

Deadline: March 15

MSW Scholarship Application

Questions?

For School of Social Work scholarship information,  please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services at swrk-admi@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8482.

Rebecca Binkowski Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be second-year, full-time MSW student
  • At least a 3.75 GPA
  • Applicants must submit two letters of reference from a supervisor or director with whom they have work experience in the field of human services
  • Financial need

Award amount: $1,000 to $4,000 depending on availability. Award may only be used for books, tuition, fees.

Charlene Cove Russell Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a MSW student
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Priority given to a working parent(s) pursuing a career in school social work
  • Prior experience in field, or active in community service

Award amount: no less than $500 depending on availability

Steven Crumm Scholarship  

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a full-time MSW student
  • Active in community service
  • Priority given to working parents
  • 3.0 GPA

Award amount: no less than $500 depending on availability

Note: Awarded to one student annually, split between fall and spring semester

Nathaniel McCaslin Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a BSW student or second-year MSW student 
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Member of a disenfranchised group
  • Priority given to those who meet one or more of the following criteria: first generation family member pursuing a college degree; commitment to working with adolescents; single parent status; history of, or interest in, working in a community service area

Award amount: no less than $250 depending on availability. Award may be used for education-related expenses

Note: Awarded to one BSW and one second year MSW in the spring semester.

Robert Barstow Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a full-time or part-time BSW student or first year MSW student 
  • Priority given to those who meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • The past or present TANF/AFDC recipient
    • Current or past employee of Department of Human Services
    • Express an interest in child welfare
  • Financial need

Award amount: no less than $500 depending on availability.

Note: Awarded to one BSW and one first year MSW in the fall semester.

Deloris Jordan Phillips Scholarship:

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be BSW or MSW student
  • Academic merit—awarded to the applicant with the best academic record 

Award amount: no less than $1,000 depending on availability. The scholarship is a two-year award which provides half the award during the fall semester of each year.

Elena Thomas Honorary Endowed Scholarship:

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a BSW or MSW student
  • Must be a non-traditional aged student
  • Financial need

Award amount: no less than $500 depending on availability

Victoria and willie h. pickard Endowed Scholarship:

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a full-time junior or senior BSW student
  • Financial need
  • At least a 3.0 GPA

Award amount: no less than $500 depending on availability. Award is for tuition, fees, and room and board.

John P. Mellein Endowed Scholarship:

Eligibility criteria:

  • Preference shall be given to enrolled, full-time BSW students
  • Demonstrated an interest in areas of study including but not limited to mental health, social justice, community planning and development, or social policy
  • At least a 3.3 GPA

Award: Award is for tuition, fees, and room and board.

Gayle Strutz Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Determined at discretion of Scholarship Committee

Award amount: at least $500

Whitney Young Scholar Award(s):

The Whitney Young Scholars Award is a faculty nominated award.  Student need not apply.  Faculty are encouraged to nominate students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student from any WMU academic department
  • At least a 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrated history of community service

Award amount: $500 

Note: Students are nominated by faculty or staff.

Other resources

Student Travel Scholarships

 Limited funds are available to assist students in attending conferences or study abroad trips. Please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services at (269) 367-3200 for more information.

WMU Graduate Student Employment

Western Michigan University provides fellowships and assistantships for students planning to pursue graduate study. 

WMU Financial Aid

WMU's Office of Financial Aid facilitates application to various financial assistance programs. For all loan information, contact the Office of Financial Aid early in the application process. Early loan applications have priority. It is best to apply between Jan. 1 and March 1.

One-Time Addictions Studies Interest Scholarship

Send this application in to Jennifer.klauth@wmich.edu before October 16, 2019