Enrolled social work students will receive an announcement each Fall via their official IU email address regarding internal scholarship opportunities.

Students within the School of Social Work are eligible for scholarships managed by the School.  If you are a student in good standing within Social Work you are eligible to apply for these internal scholarships.  You will receive an email inviting you to apply.  Often, the time between your invitation to apply and submission due date is short.  Read the scholarship requirements, think about your submission, plan to apply, and watch for an invitation to apply.  Contact your Campus Social Work Office if you have any questions. Below are examples of scholarships that are typically offered each year to social work students.

BARBARA HIRSCH BASS SCHOLARSHIP/FELLOWSHIP

Barbara Hirsch Bass earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Service from IU in 1956. As a volunteer, she has helped people cope with mental illness so that they could lead independent and productive lives. This fund was established in 2006 to be used to support scholarships for students pursuing a degree at IUSSW.

Requirements:
  • Complete application form.
  • BSW or MSW student.
  • Two-page double spaced narrative describing student’s commitment to a career in social service and how the student will utilize funds from this award.

Theodora Allen Memorial Scholarship

A fund established in memory of Dr. Theodora Allen, a former professor at the Bloomington campus. Preference is given to BSW students at the Bloomington campus. Please contact the Bloomington BSW Program Director for further information.

Agnes Anderson Memorial Fund

This fund was established in 1956 in memorial to Agnes Anderson of the Department of Social Services to award a current student for his/her distinguished academic achievements.

Dr. Gayle J. Cox Student Travel Fund

An annual award is available to a BSW or MSW student to offset the costs associated with attending a national social work conference.

Brad Lighty Memorial Fund

Established in 2005, this fund honors the memory of Bradly Robert Lighty who was an alumnus of the Indiana University School of Social Work and a faculty member and advisor at the Indiana University School of Social Work. Bradly Robert Lighty was a champion of students and was known for his ability to find good in every person. He was a beloved member of the faculty. The intent of the Donors and the Foundation is that this award be given to students who are pursuing a BSW degree.

Mondonna Pang Endowment

This fund was established in memory of Ms. Pang and is to be awarded to students interested in working in the mental health field, particularly with persons affected by schizophrenia and other related disorders.

Genevieve Means McLeod Scholarship

Genevieve Means McLeod received a B.A. in Sociology from IU in 1920 and also completed coursework for an M.A. in Social Work from IU. She worked for the Marion County Department of Public Welfare in Indianapolis and also worked in the Social Service Department of the Indianapolis Public Schools. She tirelessly practiced the values of the Social Work profession in both paid and voluntary positions throughout the city of Indianapolis. This fund was established in 2000 to be awarded to a female student achieving academic excellence (a GPA of 3.0) and having a demonstrated financial need.

Requirements:
  • Complete application form.
  • BSW or MSW student
  • Preference given to women.
  • Two-page double spaced narrative describing student’s academic achievements and any pressing financial need.
  • One paragraph (no more than 50 words) stating the financial reasons that may affect your ability to complete course of study within the IU School of Social Work
  • Student must have GPA of 3.0 or above.

Note: Scholarship will be renewable throughout the recipient’s academic career as long as the recipient maintains demonstrable need and satisfactory progress toward the social work degree.

PATCHNER FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

The Patchner Family Endowed Scholarship was originally established in May, 2010. The intent of the Donors, and the Foundation is that this gift be used to support undergraduate scholarship or graduate fellowships for students in the School of Social Work, who intend to prepare for a career in the service of people with developmental disabilities.

Requirements
  • Complete application form.
  • BSW or MSW student.
  • Two-page double spaced narrative describing student’s work and commitment in the area of developmental disabilities.

MINNIE AND MARY RIGG FELLOWSHIP

A fund established in honor of Minnie and Mary Rigg that awards a female student who has demonstrated a commitment to working with community-based agencies with philosophical ties to the settlement house movement.

Requirements:
  • Complete application form.
  • Female student.
  • BSW or MSW student.
  • Two-page double spaced narrative describing student’s commitment to working with community-based agencies with philosophical ties to the settlement house movement. The narrative can address volunteer, paid or practicum experience.

SHELDON AND NATALIE SIEGEL SCHOLARSHIP

The late, Dr. Sheldon Siegel served as Dean of IUSSW from 1985 to 1994 and later as the interim Dean from 1999 to 2000. His wife is Dr. Natalie Siegel, LCSW, LMFT, a long-time private practitioner and psychotherapist. Natalie Siegel has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University. In 1994, Sheldon Siegel was awarded the distinguished Sagamore of the Wabash for his work as chair of the state commission on abused and neglected children and their families. In April 2008, Dr. Sheldon Siegel was presented with the Community Leadership Award for his work with senior citizens. This scholarship honors his dedication to the profession of social work. This fund was established in 1994 to provide scholarships for students working in or demonstrating a commitment to the field of community organization and development.

Requirements:
  • Complete application form.
  • MSW or BSW student.
  • Two-page double spaced narrative discussing community organization and development. This commitment may be demonstrated through field placement, volunteer experience(s), or employment experience(s).

IUSSW Undergraduate Education Scholarship

This fund was established in 1997 for students who have demonstrated a need for financial assistance and are pursuing a BSW degree on either the Bloomington or Indianapolis campuses. The award will be made on the recommendation of the BSW Program Director, IU School of Social Work. The number, amount, and recipients of the scholarship will be determined by the Scholarship Committee of the School.