Toni Johnson Scholars for Racial and Social Justice Program


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The Toni Johnson Scholars for Racial and Social Justice Program supports BSW, MSW, and PhD students in the KU School of Social Welfare who have historically and contemporarily experienced marginalization and oppression. Through financial support, mentoring, leadership and professional development opportunities, the Toni Johnson Scholars for Racial & Social Justice Program aims to enhance community, retention, and success for program scholars. 

 The Toni Johnson Scholars for Racial & Social Justice Program provides three programs for BSW, MSW, and PhD students in the KU School of Social Welfare. 

  1. BSW Students: Toni Johnson Scholars ($3,000) 

  2. MSW Students: Toni Johnson Scholars ($6,000) 

  3. PhD Students: Toni Johnson Dissertation Award ($3,000) 

 

 

Toni Johnson Scholars are BSW students in the School of Social Welfare who have experienced historical and contemporary marginalization and oppression. Scholars receive an annual scholarship, mentoring, and professional development opportunities. Starting in fall 2021, this program encompasses the former Multicultural Scholars Program scholars and the DEI Scholars program. 

Eligibility:

  • BSW student in the KU School of Social Welfare

  • Identifies with at least one of the following groups (BIPOC and students within two or more groups will be prioritized):

    • Black, Indigenous, and/or person of color (BIPOC)
    • First generation college student
    • High financial need (federal Pell grant-eligible or other areas of financial need)
    • LGBTQIA+, two-spirit, or not heterosexual or not cisgender
    • Disabled, student with a disability, or with chronic health concerns

Program Details:

  • A minimum of two BSW students per program level (first year, sophomore, etc.) will be admitted to the program and can remain in the program until BSW graduation without needing to re-apply, as contingent upon meeting program requirements. 

  • Program requirements:

    • Engage in monthly 1:1 faculty mentoring with Director
    • Engage in monthly peer group/MSW student mentoring
    • Maintain good academic standing to the extent that student can remain enrolled in the BSW program 
    • Engage with academic support as needed 
    • Participate in at least one personalized professional development opportunity annually 
    • Note: program requirements include flexibility in terms of virtual/phone/in-person meetings and in other ways 
  • Benefits for Scholars:

    • Faculty, peer, and MSW student mentoring
    • Annual $3,000 scholarship ($1,500 per semester) 
    • Personalized professional development opportunities 
    • Affiliation with the Toni Johnson Center for Racial & Social Justice 
  • How to Apply:

    • Email announcements will go out to all current and recently admitted BSW students in May 
    • Application includes an online form with demographic and program questions, as well as an essay addressing the following in 500 words or less:
      • What does it mean to you to be a Toni Johnson Scholar for Racial & Social Justice? 
      • What do you hope to gain, personally or professionally, by being a Toni Johnson Scholar? 
      • What strengths do you bring to the program?
    • Application deadline July 2
    • Notice of awards July 16 
    • Required online application  

Toni Johnson Scholars are MSW students in the School of Social Welfare who have experienced historical and contemporary marginalization and oppression. Scholars receive an annual scholarship, mentoring, and professional development opportunities. Starting in fall 2021, this program encompasses the former DEI Fellows program. 

Eligibility:

  • MSW in the KU School of Social Welfare

  • Identifies with at least one of the following groups (BIPOC and students within two or more groups will be prioritized):

    • Black, Indigenous, and/or person of color (BIPOC) 
    • First generation college student 
    • High financial need (federal Pell grant-eligible or other areas of financial need) 
    • LGBTQIA+, two-spirit, or not heterosexual or not cisgender 
    • Disabled, student with a disability, or with chronic health concerns 

Program Details:

  • One or two MSW students will be admitted to the program for one academic year

  • Program requirements:

    • Monthly 1:1: mentoring with Director
    • Monthly group mentoring with BSW Scholars 
    • Identify a racial/social justice area of interest and present to the SSW/community 
    • Participate in at least one personalized professional development opportunity 
    • Maintain good academic standing to the extent that student can remain enrolled in the BSW program 
    • Note: program requirements include flexibility in terms of virtual/phone/in-person meetings and in other ways 
  • Benefits for Scholars:

    • 1:1 faculty mentoring 
    • $6,000 scholarship ($3,000 per semester) 
    • Leadership/Mentoring Skill Development 
    • Professional development opportunities 
    • Affiliation with the Toni Johnson Center for Racial & Social Justice 
  • How to Apply:

    • Email announcements will go out to all current and recently admitted MSW students in May 
    • Application includes an online form with demographic and program questions, as well as an essay addressing the following in 750 words or less: 
      • What does it mean to you to be a Toni Johnson Scholar for Racial & Social Justice? 
      • What strengths do you bring to mentoring BSW students within a racial and social justice lens? 
      • What do you hope to gain, personally or professionally, by being a Toni Johnson Scholar? 
      • What type of racial and social justice topics are you interested in presenting on in the spring 2022 semester? 
    • Application deadline July 2
    • Notice of awards July 16 
    • Required online application  

 

The Toni Johnson Racial Justice Dissertation Award provides financial support for one or more PhD students engaged in dissertation research pertaining to racial justice. 

Eligibility 

  • Enrolled as a PhD student in the KUSSW 

  • Will be conducting dissertation research during the upcoming academic year 

  • Dissertation has a racial and social justice focus 

Program Details 

  • One or more PhD students will be awarded up to $3,000 for one academic year 

  • Funds should be used to pay for research activities, defined broadly (software, participant incentives, access to secondary data, transcription, travel funds, etc.) 

  • Awardee Benefits:

    • Financial support for dissertation research 
    • Award for CV/resume 
    • Affiliation with the Toni Johnson Center for Racial & Social Justice 
  • How to Apply:
    • Email will go out to all PhD students in June 

    • Application includes a brief online form and an essay (500 words or less) that includes:

      • Dissertation topic and connection to racial justice 
      • How the award will help you carry out the research 
      • A brief description of how you intend to use the funding 

    • Application deadline: August (Date TBD) 

    • Notice of award: TBD (within 2 weeks of application deadline)




DEI Scholars Program Coordinator