The School of Social Work and Criminal Justice has multiple opportunities to support students in our degree programs by contributing to scholarships. These scholarships expand educational access for students with financial need and celebrate our students’ academic successes. Through field practicums and internships, and in their careers as alumni, our students work in and around the South Puget Sound region, providing vital social services and deepening our community’s commitment to justice, wellbeing, and the dismantling of systemic inequities. As such, your donation to one or more of our scholarships not only supports our students, but also supports our communities in alignment with the School’s social justice mission and UW Tacoma’s urban-serving, community-engaged mission.
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Joseph Gary Jensen Scholarship Fund
The School of Social Work and Criminal Justice 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. 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.
Simon Family Endowment to Establish Programs that Enrich Lives and Provide Resources for Adults with Autism
The Simon Family Endowment recognizes and supports graduate social work students as future professional providers of lifelong care for adult individuals diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or an Intellectual Disability.
Because there is a dire need in the South Sound for such providers, the objective of the University of Washington Tacoma Simon Family Endowment is to offer funded Master of Social Work Fellowships and fieldwork practicum opportunities in agencies serving autistic or intellectually disabled adults.
In memory of Bishop Curtis Montgomery and his wife Dr. Elinor Montgomery, the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice 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 a result of generous donations from Associate Professor Emerita. Janice Laakso and her husband, John Laakso, the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice 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.
Joane T. Moceri, Ph.D. and Stephen P. Moceri MSW Endowed Fellowship
Established by Steve (UWT MSW alum) and Joane Moceri (former UWT Nursing faculty), the distributions for this fund are split between Social Work and Nursing. For our program’s portion, the purpose is to directly support graduate students in the MSW degree program. Student selection is based on academic merit or financial need (financial need not required). Students of color and first generation students are strongly encouraged to apply. Any MSW student who is a prior recipient of this fellowship can reapply for the fellowship in a subsequent academic year.