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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 (closed)

► Graduate Merit Scholarship (open)

► Jacque DaCamara Endowed Student Support Fund (open)

► Social Work and Criminal Justice Program Scholarship (closed)

Joseph Gary Jensen Scholarship Fund (open)


Montgomery Scholarship for Social Work Students

Application closed

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 book-aid scholarships are available. These one-time awards are available to UW Tacoma students enrolled in social work degree programs with awards intended for BASW students and 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 current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.

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 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 open- Deadline November 27, 2018 by 5:00 PM

The University of Washington occasionally returns a small portion of graduate student tuition funds to the Social Work and Criminal Justice Program in the form of merit scholarships. The one-time awards vary, 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 current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. Application criteria and procedures are described below. Eligible applicants must continue their degree progression through winter quarter, when the scholarship funds will be awarded. Graduate Merit Scholarship (GMS) funds may only be used for tuition.

Please note it is possible that students who are already receiving tuition assistance such as grants, scholarships or stipend support may not be eligible for the full GMS amount. The UW Tacoma Office of Student Financial Aid will determine all awardees eligibility. 

Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled University of Washington Tacoma MSW student in good standing, with successful completion of at least one quarter of coursework.
    • MSW students meeting all eligibilty criteria may apply for the GMS funds in consecutive years.
  • Academic excellence as evidenced by cumulative program GPA.
  • Continuous enrollment during the time in which the funds are awarded.
  • 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 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 may have passed, it may 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

Application open- Deadline November 28, 2018 by 5:00 PM

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.

One-time awards are available to UW Tacoma students enrolled in social work degree programs, with awards intended for BASW and MSW students.

Application procedures are described below. Eligible applicants are students continuing their degree progression when the scholarship funds will be awarded.

Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled University of Washington Tacoma BASW or MSW student in good standing.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (BASW) or 3.0 (MSW)
  • Continuous enrollment during the time in which the funds are awarded.
  • 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 information to the Social Work & Criminal Justice Program office in WCG-203:
  • Completed 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.
  • 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


Social Work and Criminal Justice Program Scholarship

Application closed

As a result of continued and generous donations to the University of Washington Tacoma Social Work and Criminal Justice Program scholarships may be available for distribution.
 
The one-time awards are available to UW Tacoma students enrolled in social work and criminal justice degree programs, with one award intended for a student from each program: Criminal Justice (CJ), Social Welfare (BASW), and Social Work (MSW).

Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled UW Tacoma CJ, BASW, or MSW students in good standing, with successful completion of at least one quarter of coursework in their major/program.
  • Successful completion of one-quarter of coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (CJ and BASW) and 3.5 (MSW).
  • Continuous enrollment during the time in which the funds are awarded.
  • Quality of personal essay addressing one’s engagement with the community.
  • Letter of support from a professional reference who can speak to your commitment to community engagement.

Application Procedure:

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must provide the following information to the Social Work and Criminal Justice Program office in WCG-203.
  • Completed Social Work and Criminal Justice 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. Please see application for complete instructions.
  • One letter of support from a professional reference 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


Joseph Gary Jensen Scholarship Fund

Application open- Deadline November 28, 2018 by 5:00 PM

The Social Work and Criminal Justice Program is pleased to announce The Joseph Gary Jensen Scholarship Fund. The Joseph Gary Jensen Scholarship Fund was created to honor the life of Joseph Gary Jensen. Joey spent 18 years in prison and determined that “it is never too late to turn things around.” He stated, “I have paid my debit. I will not be held back by judgement of others. I will prosper and have a positive impact on the society in which I live. Like the Phoenix, I will rise from the ashes of my former existence and be reborn. I shall rise above.” He became a graphic artist, creating beautiful pieces of art. The Jensen family and others who contribute to this scholarship want to support and encourage applicants who desire to make a positive difference in the world.
 
One-time awards are available to UW Tacoma students enrolled in the Criminal Justice (CJ), Social Welfare (BASW) or Master of Social Work (MSW) programs.
 
Students who, like Joey, have a history of justice system involvement and who hope to make a positive difference in the lives of others with similar experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.
 
Application procedures are described below. Eligible applicants are students continuing their degree progression when the scholarship funds will be awarded.

Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled UW Tacoma CJ, BASW, or MSW students in good standing, with successful completion of at least one quarter of coursework in their major/program.
    • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (CJ/BASW) or 3.0 (MSW)
  • Continuous enrollment during the time in which the funds will be awarded.
  • Quality of personal statement addressing: 1) the importance of education to your professional goals and ability to make a positive difference in the world, 2) any adversity you have overcome to pursue and prioritize your education, and 3) what receipt of a Joseph Gary Jensen Scholarship would mean to you.

Application Procedure:

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must provide the following information to the Social Work and Criminal Justice Program office in WCG-203.
  • Completed Joseph Gary Jensen Scholarship Fund Application
  • An unofficial UW Tacoma transcript (printed from MyUW)
  • A personal statement addressing: 1) the importance of education to your professional goals and ability to make a positive difference in the world, 2) any adversity you have overcome to pursue and prioritize your education, and 3) what receipt of a Joseph Gary Jensen Scholarship would mean to you.
    • The length of the essay should be 1-2 pages, 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