School of Social Work Scholarships

Director's Scholarship

Deadline: August 10, 2018

Director's Scholarship is awarded on the entering student’s academic achievement. Awards up to $4,000 for the academic year based on GPA at time of application. The Award will be distributed equally over the entire academic year. For example, a $2,000 award will be distributed as follows: $1,000 in the fall semester and $1,000 in the spring semester. In order to retain the scholarship for the spring semester, the recipient must maintain a 3.5 GPA in their fall semester courses. If the student falls below a 3.5 GPA, the award will be rescinded for the spring semester. A currently enrolled student who has a cumulative 3.5 GPA may apply or reapply in subsequent years. Subsequent year funding may be less based on availability of funds.

Graduate Assistantship

Deadline: August 10, 2018

Graduate Assistantship is awarded to students who desire to build their research skills through assisting SSW faculty members with their research. The recipients are required to have a 3.5 GPA at time of application and be able to work 7 hours per week over fall and spring semesters with a faculty member and/or an administrator. The Graduate Assistantship award is based on current School of Social Work tuition cost for one class per fall and spring semesters. For example, a student working 7 hours per week will receive tuition remission for one course in the fall semester and one course in the spring semester. A current recipient or a currently enrolled student who has a cumulative 3.5 GPA may apply in subsequent years.

Davlin Family Scholarship in Aging

Deadline: August 10, 2018

The Davlin Family Scholarship in Aging, endowed by a generous gift from Irene Frye in the name of the Davlin Family to honor Sr. Mary Clemente Davlin, O.P. (19??-2018) who has helped the Dominican community pursue truth, give service, and create justice in sustained, visible, and transformational ways.  Sr. Clemente’s role as professor at Dominican University is well recognized.  However, it is her role as mentor and spiritual guide to the Dominican University family of students, staff and faculty that has inspired countless generations.  Sr. Clemente’s life is representative of the contribution individuals can make throughout their lives.


Gerontology Scholarship

Application available Fall 2017

SSW Hartford Fellowship Program in Aging is a initiative funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Social Work Leadership Initiative, which prepares graduate social work student for competent culturally sensitive practice in gerontological and geriatric social work.

The Horizons Project (HRSA Grant)

Deadline: August 10, 2018

Dominican University’s School of Social Work has received a $1,775,106 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to enhance recruitment and retention strategies for economically disadvantaged minority students and to ultimately train them for placement in primary care settings in medically underserved communities.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the primary federal agency for achieving health equity through access to quality services and a skilled health workforce. The HRSA programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated and economically or medically vulnerable. This includes people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, mothers and their families, and those in need of high quality primary health care.

The four-year grant (July 2016 to June 2020), titled “The Horizons Project: Recruiting, Retaining and Training Social Workers for Primary Care,” will focus on increasing the number of individuals with master’s degrees in social work employed in primary care settings in medically underserved communities in Chicago’s Austin, North and South Lawndale, Pilsen, and East and West Garfield Park neighborhoods as well as in Lake County, Illinois. The grant will provide scholarships up to $22,200 per academic year for up to 51 racial and ethnic minority students in Dominicans MSW program between July 2016 to June 2020.

Application Instructions

Kott Scholarship (Gerontology)

The Kott Gerontology Program scholarships provide $10,000 for a standard academic year, paid directly to interns’ universities for deposit into their personal student accounts. Three equal payments are disbursed during the fall, winter and spring. Interns are required to be registered as full-time students during their internships to maintain their scholarships. Partial and part-year scholarships are not offered, and internships are offered in the summer only under specific conditions relating to professional training schedules. The funds are for use as directed by individual Kott Gerontology Scholars to defray their academic expenses, including tuition, loan repayment and other expenses, and not for deposit into general university scholarship funds.