Scholarships

There are several scholarships available to students majoring in Social Work who are entering their junior or senior year. Below are the criteria for each scholarship.

Beltrami County Behavioral Health Scholarship

The purpose of the Fund is to provide a scholarship fund, which shall be used to promote Bemidji State University (BSU) and build capacity for mental health professionals by providing scholarships to full time students majoring in social work, nursing, or psychology who intend to work in the mental health field and intend to work in the Bemidji area.

The recipient of this award must be a sophomore, junior or senior majoring in social work, nursing or psychology. Recipients must have graduated from a high school in Beltrami County, Clearwater County, Hubbard County or Lake of the Woods County. American Indian students are highly encouraged to apply. Recipients are expected to work for a non-profit in Bemidji for 5 years after graduation. Scholarship awards may be renewable.

Beltrami County Behavioral Health Application

Jeanne Gillen Scholarship

This is a general scholarship available to Social Work majors. One scholarship is awarded bi-annually by May 1st. The award will be applied towards the cost of tuition.

To apply, students should meet the following criteria:
  • Accepted for admission to the Social Work major
  • Minimum GPA of 2.80
  • Significant service to the university or community while a Social Work major, such as volunteer work for human service organizations, Social Work Club activities (not just membership) or volunteer activities that go beyond the requirements for a course.
  • Be enrolled during the following academic year.
  • Completion of a short essay (no more than two typed pages) describing interest in, commitment to and abilities useful to their social work career goals
Priority will be given to an applicant who:
  • Can describe a commitment to career goals that have been thoughtfully considered
  • Have junior or senior standing in the Social Work major with a GPA over 2.80

Don Crompton Scholarship

This is a scholarship available to Social Work majors who are interested in family-child welfare or serving rural communities. One scholarship is awarded bi-annually by May 1st. The award will be applied towards cost of tuition.

To apply students should meet the following criteria:
  • Accepted for admission to the Social Work major
  • Minimum GPA of 2.80
  • Significant service to the university or community while a Social Work major, such as volunteer work for human service organizations, Social Work Club activities (not just membership) or volunteer activities that go beyond the requirements for a course.
  • Be enrolled during the following academic year.
  • Completion of a short essay (no more than two typed pages) describing interest in, commitment to and abilities useful to their social work career goals
Priority will be given to an applicant who:
  • Can describe a commitment to career goals that have been thoughtfully considered
  • Have junior or senior standing in the Social Work major with a GPA over 2.80

North Star Scholarship

This is a scholarship awarded to a Social Work student doing an internship in developmental disabilities. The annual award will be applied toward the cost of tuition.

To be eligible students must meet the following criteria:
  • Accepted for admission to the Social Work major
  • Carry a minimum GPA of 2.50
  • Be committed to interning in the field of developmental disabilities
  • Social Work major ready for the 480-hour internship
  • Community and/or university volunteer services

Other Sources of Scholarships:

American Indian College Fund

The American Indian College Fund was established in 1989 to provide scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending tribal colleges, and to fund and create awareness about the community-based accredited tribal colleges and universities that offer students access to knowledge and skills alongside Native culture, language, and values.

Minnesota Social Service Association

Each year the Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA) awards scholarships to students seeking human service-related degree programs. Applications and additional information for the three scholarships noted below are available at www.mnssa.org. The review and selection of applicants by MSSA volunteers is managed by the Awards and Scholarship Chair as appointed by the MSSA President.

MSSA offers three Scholarship options to applying students, please click on the links below for full information:

  • John Moline Undergraduate Scholarships MSSA will award two $1000 scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year to two undergraduate students enrolled in a health and human service related major or program. Applicants must have at least two semesters of college remaining during the 2015-2016 school year.
  • MSSA Diversity Education Scholarship MSSA will award a $1000 scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year to an undergraduate student enrolled in a health and human service related major or program. Applicants must have at least two semesters of college remaining during the 2015-2016 school year.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Jorgensen, ajorgensen@mnssa.org or phone, (651)789-4328.

Page Education Foundation Scholarship

The Page Education Foundation Scholarship is for students of color in our diverse Bemidji community. Deadline is May 1. The Page Education Foundation was founded to support the academic and professional success of youth of color throughout Minnesota. The PEF awards annual, renewable grants to students of color who are pursuing a post-secondary education. Students who accept a Page Grant must make a commitment to volunteer and tutor younger children of color in grades kindergarten – 8th through a clearly defined Services to Children Project. The goal of the Service to Children Project is to encourage and assist young children of color to do well in school, have a positive attitude about education, and see college as an attainable long-term outcome.

Sallie Mae Foundation Scholarships

  • Sallie Mae Fund’s First in my Family: For Latino undergraduate students who are the first member of their extended family to attend college.
  • Sallie Mae Fund’s American Dream: For African American undergraduate students
  • Sallie Mae Fund’s Unmet Need: For undergraduate students from low-income families.
  • Sallie Mae 9/11 Education Fund: For children of parents who were killed or permanently disabled in the 9/11 attack.
Orphan Foundation of America
  • Scholarship program to help “parentless teens.”

MN Association of County Probation Officers

The Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers strives to promote and to attract quality students to consider Corrections as a career.

In preparing a student for professional level practice, MACPO is offering a $750 scholarship to be used toward a Corrections related degree and/or internship. MACPO, by awarding this scholarship, will do so in the spirit of honoring deceased MACPO members who have made a significant contribution not only to MACPO, but to the corrections field as well.

 One $750 scholarship awarded to a student majoring in Corrections, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Work, or other related fields who will be/or is involved in an internship. This scholarship will be applied to the costs of tuition.

Minnesota State Student Scholarship Opportunities

  • Click here for scholarship announcements for students enrolled in Minnesota State’s colleges and universities.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

 


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