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Social Work Scholarships

To apply for a School of Social Work scholarship, please review the scholarship information below. Once you have determined which scholarship(s) you would like to apply for, please complete the following application:
Fall 2015 Scholarship Application (PDF)

Applications are due on Friday, June 5, 2015 by 5:00pm CST. Late applications will not be accepted.

Judith Granger Birmingham Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

Benefactors
This scholarship honors the life and work of Judith Granger Birmingham, UT Arlington School of Social Work graduate, Director of Admissions, Graduate Advisor, Assistant Dean and Associate Professor. She devoted her career to the field of child welfare and was co-founder of the School of Social Work Center for Child Welfare.

Basic Requirements
BSW and MSW students

Preferred Qualifications
Full time student pursuing either a BSW or MSW in Social Work and

  • Have completed at least one semester of course work
  • Maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrated financial need

Scholarship recipients may reapply provided they remain in good standing in the School of Social Work. Reapplying students are given priority over new applicants.

No student shall hold this scholarship for more than two years.

Approximate Award Range
$1000 depending on available funding

Jeanette Coburn Scholarship

Benefactors
The Jeannette Coburn Scholarship is named for Jeannette Coburn and recognizes her commitment to The University of Texas at Arlington. Jeannette received her undergraduate degree in Psychology in l972 and her Masters in Social Work in 1975. She and her late husband, Tom McMahon, met on the UT Arlington campus and married in 1971. Tom received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 1968, served as an officer in the Navy during the Vietnam conflict, then returned to UT Arlington and received his MBA in 1972. Throughout their successful careers, Tom and Jeannette maintained contact with and interest in UT Arlington. They created an Endowed Professorship in Business Ethics in 1990, and sponsored two Ethics colloquiums, one in 1998, the other in 2000. Jeannette also created The Tom McMahon Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Business Administration in his honor.

Basic Requirements
MSW Students

Preferred Qualifications
Incoming or continuing MSW students in need of assistance to attend on a full-time basis.

Approximate Award Range
$1000 depending on available funding

Roy and Betty Dulak Endowed Scholarship Award

Benefactors
This fund was created by The Hillcrest Foundation, founded by Mrs. W. W. Caruth, Sr. The Trustees expressed their friendship, high esteem and respect for Roy Dulak, and for the support of his wife, Betty, through the establishment of this scholarship fund in his honor.

Roy E. Dulak spent thirty years of devoted service as Executive Director of the Community Council of Greater Dallas. Following his retirement in 1979, Mr. Dulak began additional public service as an advisor and consultant to the Trustees of The Hillcrest Foundation. He played a principal role in spearheading the creation of The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work. As the Executive Director of the Community Council, he assigned his staff, first Dr. Peter Gaupp and later Ed Protz, to provide the necessary staff services for this effort.

The Community Council of Greater Dallas was the first community fieldwork agency for the new School of Social Work. Subsequently, Mr. Dulak came to the rescue of the new School several times in its early years by helping to organize political and other support for its budget. He served for many years on the Advisory Board of the Community Service Development Center and helped organize ongoing fundraising for the Center.

Basic Requirements
MSW Students

Preferred Qualifications
First and second year Master's students who are entering the field of Community and Administrative Practice. Recipients must give evidence of the following:

  • Interest in prevention of community problems
  • Commitment to developing improved approaches for deliverying human services to the less fortunate
  • Interest in the relief of poverty

Approximate Award Range
$1000 depending on available funding

Peter G. Gaupp Endowed Award Fund

Benefactors
Peter G. Gaupp, PhD, was a co-founder of the UT Arlington School of Social Work. He also founded and directed the School’s Community Services Development Center from 1980 until his retirement in 1994. He was named Social Worker of the Year in 1992 by the Tarrant County unit of the NASW Texas chapter. He received a Commendation Medal from the Assistant Surgeon General of the United States in 1991. In 1995 he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus at UT Arlington.

Basic Requirements
MSW Students

Preferred Qualifications
First year graduate students who intend to major in community and administrative practice and give evidence of the following:

  • Interest in the prevention of community problems
  • Interest in large scale or comprehensive approaches to resolving community problems
  • Commitment to discover or develop improved approaches for delivering human services
  • Prevention of social problems
  • Commitment to vulnerable populations


Stipends will be awarded to MSSW students:

  • With financial need, who might not otherwise be able to obtain a graduate college education
  • Who have shown they are deserving of such education

Preference is given to students who are interested in second year field work in the Community Services Development Center of the School.

If a suitable first year graduate student is not found, the award may be given to a qualified second year graduate student.

This endowment will support stipend awards for Master’s students who intend to concentrate in community and administrative practice.

Approximate Award Range
$1000 depending on available funding

Lila B. Hagins Scholarship

Benefactors Lila B. Hagins was the first of seven faculty members assembled to initiate the master’s program for the new Graduate School of Social Work at UT Arlington in 1968. Assistant Professor Hagins was a native Texan with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, an MSSW from UT Austin and experience with the Texas Department of Public Welfare in child welfare services. An experienced social work educator, she had chaired the social welfare policy and services sequence at Florida State University. She later served as Assistant Dean, Graduate Advisor, and Admissions Director before retirement in 1989.

Basic Requirements BSW, MSW, PhD Students

Preferred Qualifications Full time students who:

  • Have been accepted and are enrolled in the School of Social Work
  • Plan to pursue a social service career
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Can demonstrate financial need
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors who can validate work experience
  • May include a statement regarding any special circumstances which could be considered in the decision to award the scholarship
  • Submit a short essay addressing the question: How will your degree assist you in making a contribution in your chosen method of practice, i.e., direct practice, administrative and community practice.

Scholarship recipients may reapply provided they remain in good standing in the School of Social Work. Reapplying students will have priority over new applicants.

No student shall hold this scholarship for more than two years.

Approximate Award Range
$1000 depending on available funding

Carolyn C. and Santos H. Hernández Scholarship Endowment for the School of Social Work

Benefactors

Santos H. Hernández, PhD, was Dean of the UT Arlington School of Social Work from 1998 to 2008. Dr. Hernández established this scholarship fund as a tribute to his wife Carolyn C. Hernández, who as a single parent of a two-year-old, went back to school and completed her undergraduate and then her master’s degree while working full-time to support her daughter and assist her aging parents, all the while being the only member of her immediate family to attend college.

Basic Requirements
BSW, MSW, and PhD Students

Preferred Qualifications
Preference given to full-time or part-time Social Work students who

  • Are first generation college students,
  • Are single parents, or
  • Have overcome personal obstacles in pursuit of their educational goals.

Consideration also given to students who had an interruption in their educational careers.

Approximate Award Range
$1000 depending on available funding

Glen W. and Miriam S. Rollins Mental Health Graduate Scholarship

Benefactors
Glen W. Rollins was a dedicated social worker who gained both regional and national recognition throughout his thirty-four-year career in the field of mental illness. A mental health consultant for the National Institute of Mental Health during the last 17 years of his career, Mr. Rollins served as a board member of the Texas Mental Health Association following his retirement. He was also active on the Advisory Board of the Community Services Development Center of the Graduate School of Social Work at UT Arlington and on the Advisory Board of Home Health Services Inc., in Dallas.

Glen Rollins began his interest in the field of mental health when he served as the personal assistant to a psychiatrist while in the Army during World War II. In February of 1946, he became a social worker at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Waco, Texas. He received a master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin in 1952. In October of 1960, he became the Executive Director of the Dallas Mental Health Association. Mr. Rollins held a life-long interest in building the self esteem of others and in the use of education to broaden one’s knowledge about self and others.

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Glen W. Rollins and his wife, Miriam S. Rollins.

Basic Requirements
MSW and PhD

Preferred qualifications
Provides an annual award to a deserving student pursuing graduate study:

  • In the field of mental illness or
  • In public social service

The award is intended for incoming or continuing students in the graduate School of Social Work and may be renewed.

Approximate Award Range
$1000 depending on available funding

Coleen Shannon Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund

Benefactors
Dr. M. Coleen Shannon was an expert on biofeedback in stress reduction and management, and operated a biofeedback laboratory in GSSW facilities. This scholarship was established in 2002 to honor and recognize Dr. Shannon for her positive influence on UT Arlington social work students and contributions to the profession of social work, and to provide financial assistance for social work students at UT Arlington.

Basic Requirements
BSW and MSW students

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergrad or graduate students whose major field of study is Social Work
  • Students must apply in writing to compete for this scholarship
  • One or more of the following:
    • Demonstrated financial need
    • Evidence of academic potential

Approximate Award Range
$1000 depending on available funding

Federico Souflée Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Benefactors
Dr. Souflée was an alumnus of the UT Arlington PhD program and joined the School of Social Work faculty after a distinguished career in Child Welfare. He served on the School of Social Work faculty from 1981 until his death in 1998. He was Associate Professor of Administration and Community Practice. He helped establish a dual degree Social Work PhD program between U Arlington and the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL) in Monterrey, Mexico, and served as its first coordinator. At the time of its founding, this program was the only Social Work PhD program in Mexico.

Dr. Souflée is remembered as a gifted scholar and teacher, an activist in the Chicano movement of the 1970s, a Child Welfare program innovator, and as a pioneer and leader in advancing social work education with an emphasis on work with Chicanos and other Mexican-Americans.

Basic requirements
BSW and MSW students

Preferred Qualifications

  • Student whose major field of study is Social Work
  • MSW students or students in their senior year of the BSW program Student must apply in writing to compete for this scholarship
  • History of involvement with the Mexican-American community and one or more of the following:
    • Demonstrated financial need
    • Evidence of a solid academic record
  • Satisfactory progress toward a degree, as determined by the Scholarship Selection Committee
  • Recipients may continue to receive this assistance for subsequent years.

Approximate Award Range
$1000 depending on available funding

Joseph, Lucille and Rebecca Hegar Endowed Scholarship Fund

Benefactors
This scholarship was established by Professor Rebecca Hegar in 2013, in memory of her parents, Joseph and Lucille. At UT Arlington since 1997, Dr. Hegar teaches social policy, as well as courses in Community and Administrative Practice. She has received Social Work’s Torgerson Teaching Award (2003) and been nominated for the university President’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2012). In 2013 she was inducted into UT Arlington's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Basic Requirements
PhD students

Preferred qualifications
PhD students who have successfully defended their dissertation proposals

Approximate Award Range
$1000 depending on available funding

Reba Wadel Scholarship – through the Dallas Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women

Benefactors
(Sponsored by the Dallas Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women) Reba Wadel received her degree in social work in 1922 from Goucher College in Baltimore MD. This scholarship was dedicated to Ms. Wadel by her parents for her service in the field of education, children, and social work. She died in a plane crash at Love Field in 1949.

Basic Requirements
Second year Masters student

Preferred Qualifications
Second year MSW students who

  • Have a financial need
  • Are willing to work in the area of child welfare, child development, teen pregnancy, or family violence


Additional requirements:

  • Prior year IRS tax return
  • References from two faculty members

Approximate Award Range
The award is $1000 for two semesters; $500 in the fall and $500 in the spring.

UT Arlington Alumni Association Scholarship
http://www.uta.edu/alumni/scholarships
Mental Health Association of Tarrant County Scholarship
http://www.mhatc.org/scholarships.php
UT Arlington Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
http://wweb.uta.edu/ses/fao/
Graduate Financial Aid
http://grad.uta.edu/students/finances/