HFNLC Social Work Scholars Program

Through the generous funding of the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County (HFNLC) Social Work Scholars program, Dominican University is able to offer a limited number of scholarships for students completing Dominican University’s MSW program at University Center of Lake County.  The scholarship will cover a significant portion of the tuition required to complete an MSW degree contingent on continued annual funding.  The scholarships for fall will be awarded to new or current students who enroll in the MSW program at Dominican University and attend classes at University Center. Preference criteria for selection will be based on the following:

  • A citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas will not be eligible.
  • Commitment to work with high need and high demand populations.
  • Personal experience with culturally diverse populations
  • Bi-cultural and bi-lingual fluency in Spanish
  • Students who are original residents of Antioch, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Third Lake, Great Lakes, Gurnee, Lake Villa Lindenhurst, North Chicago, Round Lake, Wadsworth, Waukegan or Zion and are affiliated (employed, volunteering, etc.) in northern Lake County. This includes the geographic area north of route 137 and east of route 21.
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Students must be and remain in good academic standing in GSSW Program (GPA of 3.25 or higher)

HFNLC Social Work Scholars Program Application Instructions

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Awards are not guaranteed. The applicant must apply for the scholarship and meet the following qualifications:

  • Recipients of the scholarship are required to sign a letter of intent to work with the underrepresented population within North or Northeastern Lake County for two years post-graduation.
  • All scholarship recipients will commit to continuing employment with the agency they are working with at the time of receiving the scholarship. In cases where budgetary cuts dictate termination of employment, scholarship recipients commit to continue working within Lake County with a diverse, underrepresented, underserved and economically challenged population in the targeted geographic area.
  • Scholarship recipients will agree to a 3-month check-in for 2 years post-master's to document continued employment.
  • Scholarship recipients will sign a contract agreeing to pay back any and all scholarship funds disbursed if the student:
  1. Willingly terminates employment with agency employed at time of receiving scholarship.
  2. Discontinues working with a multicultural, underserved, underrepresented, financially challenged population.
  3. Drops more than 2 courses during the course of completing MSW degree.
  4. Is placed on academic probation (less than a B average) for more than one semester during the course of completing MSW degree.
  5. Drops out of Dominican University’s GSSW prior to completing MSW degree.
  • Student must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0 scale or a 4.25/5.0 scale at their undergraduate institution.
  • Student must register for a minimum of 6 credit hours (2 courses) at University Center.
  • New students only must submit a completed MSW admissions application (which includes all required admissions materials—application, 3 letters of recommendation, personal statement, resume, application fee and transcripts).
  • Completed and signed HFLNC Scholarship application and required materials.
  • Students who apply for the HFLNC scholarship must submit a personal statement (2 pages in length) detailing the work they do at their current place of employment with the targeted population, their experience in the helping profession and long-term goals within the field of social work. In addition, the student’s employer must submit a letter or recommendation. This should include a brief description of the population the student currently works with.

Deadline: It is the responsibility of the applicant to make certain that all the above materials have been received by August 1, 2016. Action on your scholarship cannot be taken until all your MSW admissions application and scholarship materials have been received.