Scholarships for Social Work Students

In addition to program scholarship opportunities and the information and support provided by the Office of Financial Aid, students may find guidance in the Office of Student Fellowships & Awards

The Office of Student Fellowships & Awards offers support to UW Tacoma students in their applications for competitive institutional, national, and international fellowships. In collaboration with campus partners, the Office raises awareness of fellowship opportunities, helps students develop the skills and personal insights necessary to pursue scholarships, and provides assistance throughout the application process. Visit the Office's website for more information and a searchable fellowship database.

► Montgomery Scholarship (closed)

► Jacque DaCamara Endowed Student Support Fund (closed)

► Decade Celebration Scholarship (closed)


Montgomery Scholarship for Social Work Students

In memory of Bishop Curtis Montgomery and his wife Dr. Eleanor Montgomery, the Social Work and Criminal Justice Program is pleased to announce the Montgomery Scholarship. With the continued support of the Montgomery Family, there are four book-aid scholarships available. The one-time awards of $300.00 are available to UW Tacoma students enrolled in social work degree programs, with two awards intended for BASW and two awards intended for MSW students. The Montgomery’s wish was to encourage student leadership and excellence and to aid students struggling with the financial undertaking of higher education. As such, preference will be given to scholarship applicants who are members of Phi Alpha and have the highest financial need. Financial need will be determined by the UW Tacoma Financial Aid Office with data received from the individual's 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled University of Washington Tacoma MSW or BASW student in good standing, with successful completion of at least one quarter of coursework.
  • Student excellence as evidenced by cumulative program GPA, with preference given to Phi Alpha members.
  • Quality of personal statement addressing importance of education for student’s goals and sacrifices being made in pursuit of this education.
  • Verification of student financial need through the FAFSA evaluation process with priority given to the highest need.

Application Procedure:

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must provide the following to the Social Work and Criminal Justice Program office in WCG-203:

  • Completed Montgomery Scholarship Application
  • An unofficial UW Tacoma transcript (printed from MyUW)
  • Complete a FAFSA for the current year online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and list the "University of Washington Seattle, WA" as a school information should be released to. The University of Washington Title IV code is 00379. Note, while the priority, on-time deadline has passed, it is not too late to complete this application if you have not previously done so.
  • A personal statement addressing the importance of this social work education to your professional goals, any sacrifices you are making as a result of pursuing and prioritizing your education, and what receipt of the Montgomery Scholarship would mean to you. The length of the essay should be one page, typed, double-spaced and 11- or 12-point font.

Application Deadline:

► TBD

Deliver or mail materials to:

Social Work and Criminal Justice Program
University of Washington Tacoma
Campus Box 358425
Attn: Montgomery Scholarship Committee
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3100


Jacque DaCamara Endowed Student Support Fund 

As a result of generous donations from Dr. Janice Laakso and John Laakso, the University of Washington Social Work and Criminal Justice Program will offer financial support for participation in policy-focused activities to students enrolled in the BASW and MSW programs. Jacque DaCamara was a cousin and close friend of the donors and shared with them a passion for politics, the political process, and making a difference through advocacy. This financial support based on available funds will be awarded to the successful recipients after meeting the criteria and submitting the application materials below. Applicants must also continue their degree progression in spring quarter when the scholarship funds will be awarded.     

Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled University of Washington Tacoma MSW or BASW student in good standing. 
  • Quality of personal statement addressing the student’s interest in and goals related to social welfare policy and advocacy.  

Application Procedure:

To apply for this financial support, applicants must provide the following to the Social Work and Criminal Justice Program office in WCG-203:
  • Jacque DaCamara Endowed Student Support Fund Application
  • An unofficial UW Tacoma transcript (printed from MyUW)
  • A personal statement addressing your interest in and goals related to social welfare policy and advocacy. Discuss all activities in which you participate that are related to advocacy and social policy. The length of the essay should be 1-2 pages, typed, double-spaced, with 11 or 12 point font.

Application Deadline:

► TBD

Deliver or mail materials to:

Social Work and Criminal Justice Program
University of Washington Tacoma
Campus Box 358425
Attn: Montgomery Scholarship Committee
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3100


Decade Celebration Scholarship for Social Work Students

As a result of generous donations to the University of Washington Tacoma Social Work and Criminal Justice Program, we are pleased to offer one scholarship to be awarded to a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW) student and the second to a Master of Social Work (MSW) student. These tuition dollars will be awarded to the successful recipients during the spring quarter after meeting the criteria and submitting the application materials outlined below.  

Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled University of Washington Tacoma MSW or BASW student.
  • Successful completion of one-quarter of coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (BASW) and 3.5 (MSW).
  • Quality of personal essay addressing one’s previous and/or current experiences with community support, involvement, or engagement.
  • Letter of support from a professional colleague who can speak to your commitment to community engagement.

Application Procedure:

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must provide the following to the Social Work and Criminal Justice Program office in WCG-203:
  • Decade Celebration Scholarship Application
  • An unofficial UW Tacoma transcript (printed from MyUW)
  • An essay addressing your efforts in regards to community engagement. The length of the essay should be 1-2 pages, typed, double-spaced, with 11 or 12 point font. Further instructions are included in the application.
  • One letter of support from a professional colleague who can speak to your community engagement

Application Deadline:

► TBD

Deliver or mail materials to:

Social Work and Criminal Justice Program
University of Washington Tacoma
Campus Box 358425
Attn: Montgomery Scholarship Committee
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3100