Scholarships

Selected scholarships are available for graduate level social work students entering their final (concentration) year in the program. Information regarding deadlines for scholarship applications will be sent out by the department to all students in the late spring. Scholarship amounts depend upon a variety of funding sources, and thus individual scholarship amounts vary each year. All students entering their concentration year are encouraged to apply for scholarships for which they qualify.

AARP Chapter 34 Scholarship

The scholarship recipient will be chosen by the AARP Chapter. Scholarship amount will vary based on funding and will be awarded for the fall semester of each year.

Qualifications include:

  • A strong desire to work with the aging population
  • A second year internship working with the elderly
  • Demonstration of financial need
  • A grade point average of 3.25 or higher

The recipient will be required to make a presentation during his/her second year internship to the AARP chapter sponsoring this scholarship, sharing with that group his/her experience working with the aging.

Dr. Nancy Jane Harm Endowed Scholarship

This one-time scholarship is awarded for the fall semester as funds are available to a single mother exhibiting academic excellence and financial need.

Dr. Robert E. Elliott Memorial Scholarship

The Robert E. Elliott Memorial Scholarship shall honor the memory of Dr. Robert E. Elliott for the benefit of the School of Social Work. This scholarship is available to a second year MSW student as funds are available.

Qualifications include:

  • MSW student who is interested in pursuing or furthering a graduate degree in Social Work with an emphasis in mental health
  • Academic accomplishment
  • Financial need

The recipient will attend at least one board meeting of the Robert Elliott Foundation and participate in three of the major annual events of the foundation.

Gisela Spieker Scholarship

Gisela Spieker, former Dean of the School of Social Work at UALR, will award an annual scholarship to a second year student in the Graduate School of Social Work. The award will be made in the fall semester of the concentration year as funds are available.

Qualifications include:

  • MSW student who is interested in working with family violence and/or substance abuse
  • A planned second year internship in an agency working with family violence and/or alcoholism
  • Academic excellence

Rebecca Ward Scholarship

This one-time scholarship will be awarded as funds are available in the fall semester to a second year MSW student who exhibits academic excellence and financial need. Scholarship will be applied toward tuition, books, and fees.