Scholarships

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

Are you a motivated student with ambition and passion for what you do? Interested in transformative opportunities such as research, language study, public service, study abroad, advocacy work, or graduate school?

Student Fellowships & Awards, within the Office of Global Affairs, is here to support engaged students in their applications to nationally competitive fellowships as well as some UW-wide opportunities. Not sure what a fellowship is? Find out on the website, or better yet, attend one of their upcoming info sessions.

Scholarship opportunities:

► Montgomery Scholarship (applications due November 27, 2017 at 5pm)

► Graduate Merit Scholarship (applications due November 27, 2017 at 5pm)

► Jacque DaCamara Endowed Student Support Fund (closed; coming soon)

► Social Work and Criminal Justice Program Scholarship (closed; coming soon)


Montgomery Scholarship for Social Work Students

Application Deadline: November 27, 2017 at 5pm

In memory of Bishop Curtis Montgomery and his wife Dr. Elinor 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 six book-aid scholarships available. The one-time awards of $500.00 are available to UW Tacoma students enrolled in social work degree programs, with three awards intended for BASW students and three 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 2017-2018 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.
  • Academic 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 2017-2018 FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and list the "University of Washington Seattle, WA" as a school which information should be released to. The University of Washington Title IV code is 003798. Please note that while the priority deadline has passed, it is not too late to complete the FAFSA 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 1 page, typed, double spaced and 11 or 12 point font.
  • Deliver or mail materials to:

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


Graduate Merit Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 27, 2017 at 5pm

For the 2017-18 academic year, the University of Washington has returned 1% of graduate student tuition funds to the Social Work and Criminal Justice Program in the form of merit scholarships. The one-time awards will range between $2000 and $5000, depending on the number of applications received and competitiveness of the applicant pool. Preference will be given to applicants who have the highest financial need. Financial need will be determined by the UW Tacoma Financial Aid Office with data received from the individual's 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Application criteria and procedures are described below. Eligible applicants must continue their degree progression through winter quarter 2018, when the scholarship funds will be awarded.

Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled University of Washington Tacoma MSW student in good standing, with successful completion of at least one quarter of coursework.
  • Academic excellence as evidenced by cumulative program GPA.
  • Continuous enrollment from autumn quarter 2017 through winter quarter 2018.
  • Quality of personal statement.
  • 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 Graduate Merit Scholarship application
  • An unofficial UW Tacoma transcript (printed from MyUW)
  • Complete a 2017-2018 FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and list the "University of Washington Seattle, WA" as a school which information should be released to. The University of Washington Title IV code is 003798. Please note that while the priority deadline has passed, it is not too late to complete the FAFSA if you have not previously done so.
  • A personal statement addressing the following prompt: This scholarship provides funds to MSW students actively working for peace and justice. Please describe in detail your commitment to the social, political, and/or economic endeavors which benefit your community. The length of your statement should be 1-2 pages, typed, double-spaced, with size 11 or 12 font.
  • Deliver or mail materials to:

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


Jacque DaCamara Endowed Student Support Fund

As a result of generous donations from Associate Professor Emerita. Janice Laakso and her husband, John Laakso, the University of Washington Social Work Program will offer financial support for participation in policy-focused activities to students enrolled in 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. The one-time awards of $600 are available to UW Tacoma students enrolled in social work degree programs, with one intended for a BASW and one intended for a MSW student. The funds will be awarded to the successful recipients during spring quarter 2017, after meeting the criteria and submitting the application materials below.

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.
    • Examples include: lobbying, organizing protests/demonstrations to advocate for policy change or new laws, participation in policy changes and/or advocacy projects, writing op-ed pieces, community involvement, community organizing, etc.
    • Be specific about the knowledge or skills you hope to add or gain from your education at UW Tacoma to enhance and inform your approach to social policy and advocacy work.
    • See the application PDF for further instructions.
  • Deliver or mail materials to:

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

Application Deadline: TBD


Social Work and Criminal Justice Program Scholarship*

* As of Autumn Quarter 2017, this scholarship will be available to Criminal Justice students in addition to BASW and MSW students. 
 
As a result of continued and generous donations to the University of Washington Tacoma Social Work Program, four $1000 scholarships are available for spring quarter 2017. The one-time awards are available to UW Tacoma students enrolled in social work degree programs, with two intended for BASW and two intended for MSW students. 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 engagement with the community.
  • 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:
  • Social Work Program Scholarship Application
  • An unofficial UW Tacoma transcript (printed from MyUW)
  • An essay addressing your efforts to change lives through enriching communities. The length of the essay should be 1-2 pages, typed, double-spaced, with 11 or 12 point font. See the application PDF for further instructions.
  • One letter of support from a professional colleague who can speak to your community engagement
  • Deliver or mail materials to:

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

Application Deadline: TBD