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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Scholarships

More than 95 percent of GSSW students receive scholarships, grants or stipends. All awards are based on merit and/or need.

Outstanding MSW applicants may be eligible for scholarships, currently ranging from $10,000 to full tuition.

Scholarship recipients in the two-year MSW program will see no decrease in the amounts of their awards as long as they maintain good academic standing and are enrolled full-time. Students entering with advanced standing will receive their first financial aid award during the summer they begin courses.

To maximize your scholarship eligibility:

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. You must file the FAFSA to be eligible for need-based financial aid. FAFSA online is available on January 1 each year. The institutional code for the University of Denver is 001371.
  • Submit your GSSW admission application as early as possible. To be considered for the "Named and Endowed Scholarships" listed here, your completed application must be received in our office by January 15. In most cases, your admission application also serves as the application for most of our scholarships.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INCOMING TWO-YEAR AND ADVANCED STANDING STUDENTS

GSSW Scholarships

  • Dean's Scholarships: $21,000 scholarships awarded to incoming students
  • Faculty Merit Scholarships: $18,000 scholarships awarded to incoming students
  • Alumni Scholarships: $13,000 scholarships awarded to incoming students
  • Tuition Scholarships: $10,000 scholarships awarded to incoming students

These scholarships are awarded on an ongoing basis from fall to summer; applications completed after January 15 will be considered for these scholarships, while funds are still available.

Students are notified of these awards in their letters of admission.

Named and endowed scholarships

To be considered for the following scholarships, your application for admission must be completed and submitted to the GSSW Office of Admission by January 15. These scholarships are awarded in mid-March, and recipients are notified in late March.

  • Chancellor's Scholarships:two full-tuition scholarships to incoming students, based primarily on merit
    • GSSW Chancellor's Scholars must be enrolled full-time and maintain a grade point average of 3.7 or above.
  • Georgeann Bassman Scholarship: scholarship funds awarded to full-time students
  • Libby Bortz Endowed Scholarship: scholarship funds awarded to full-time, second-year students
  • Casey International Student Scholarship: scholarship funds awarded to full-time international students
  • Violet Casey International Scholarship: scholarship funds awarded to full-time international students
  • Richard T. Castro Memorial Scholarship: scholarship funds awarded to a Latino/a student who is enrolled full-time and is in the community practice concentration
  • Margaret and Jean East Endowed Scholarship: scholarship funds awarded to full-time students
  • Harry Richard Lenna Scholarship: scholarship funds awarded to an incoming student of color who is enrolled full-time
  • Ohman Endowed Scholarship: scholarship funds awarded to full-time students
  • Youlon D. Savage Scholarship: scholarship funds awarded to an incoming African-American student who is enrolled full-time
  • Mildred C. Tallman Scholarship: scholarship funds awarded to an incoming student who is enrolled full-time
  • Yourtz Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship: scholarship funds awarded to full-time, second-year students with an interest in social justice
  • 1931 Legacy Endowed Scholarship: scholarship funds awarded to full-time students
  • Peace Corps' Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Scholarships: two $5,000 tuition scholarships awarded to selected incoming two-year and advanced standing MSW students who are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs)
    • These scholarships are awarded in addition to any other scholarships these students may receive. The GSSW Peace Corps Fellows Application must be completed and submitted to GSSW—along with the student's application for admission—by January 15.
  • Teach for America Scholarships: two $5,000 tuition scholarships awarded to selected incoming two-year and advanced standing MSW students who are Teach for America alumni
    • These scholarships are awarded in addition to any other merit-based and/or need-based scholarships these students may receive. The GSSW Teach for America Application must be completed and submitted to GSSW—along with the student's application for admission—by January 15.

Scholarships for concentration students

  • Micheal Lopez Memorial Scholarship: one $5,000 tuition scholarship for one academic year, awarded to a second-year student who is enrolled full-time and who is in the community practice concentration
  • David W. Miles Scholarship: one $5,000 scholarship for one academic year, awarded to a second-year student who is enrolled full-time and who is in the clinical practice concentration
  • Constance L. Calkin Scholarship: one $5,000 scholarship, awarded to a second-year, full-time student for outstanding field internship performance
  • Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work Scholarship: one $1,000 award to a second-year, full-time student who is in the clinical practice concentration, active in a service organization and planning to work in Colorado after graduation
  • PROGRESS Scholarships: awarded to second-year and advanced standing students accepted into the PROGRESS (Providing Real Opportunities for Gero-Rich Experience in Social Work Services) gerontology program.