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Scholarships & Funding

The School has has several sources of financial assistance available for B.S.W., M.S.W., and Ph.D. students who meet the various criteria.

Student Success

BSW graduates are employed or continuing their education
MSW graduates are employed full-time
PhD graduates obtained university faculty or research positions

Scholarship & Funding Opportunities

$555,012 in scholarships were awarded to 44 percent of School of Social Welfare students in the 2020 academic year.

Scholarship & FAFSA Deadlines

FAFSA early notification deadline for undergraduates
FAFSA Deadline for graduate students interested in financial aid or scholarships

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare has several sources of financial assistance available to B.S.W., M.S.W., and Ph.D. students who meet the various criteria. Awards are made on an annual basis and are applied directly towards tuition and fees in most instances. All students interested in applying are required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid as well as a School of Social Welfare application by March 1. All recipients are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students must renew their applications each year they wish to be considered.

These awards are made possible through the generous support of friends and alumni of the School of Social Welfare and the KU Endowment Association. We are grateful to all of our donors who have contributed to make these awards possible and to the KU Endowment Association for their faithful stewardship of these resources.  

Guaranteed Funding for PhD & Dissertation Award Opportunities

Full-time doctoral students are guaranteed three years of financial support, as long as student remains in good standing in the program.

PhD student presenting poster at conference

Scholars Programs

Added value opportunities that provide students with unique experiences and additional funding.

Scholars Programs

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Sigler Family Aging Scholars Program

(BSW and MSW students) The Sigler Family Aging Scholars Program aims to develop the next generation of leaders in the field of gerontological social work by offering an innovative, individualized, and community-engaged learning opportunity to Bachelor's and Master’s students in the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare who demonstrate a passion for serving older adults through multi-level gerontology practice, policy, and research.
3 students walking in front of Fraiser

Toni Johnson Scholars for Racial & Social Justice Program

(BSW and MSW students) 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.
Integrated Health Scholars Program

Integrated Health Scholars Program

(MSW advanced level) To expand the number of social work professionals prepared to serve populations across the lifespan in integrated healthcare settings in rural and other underserved areas in Kansas.

Amittia Parker, PhD student, presenting poster at the DEI End of the Year Celebration

Toni Johnson Racial & Social Justice Dissertation Award

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

Emergency Funding

The School's Emergency Fund helps students who experience unexpected needs.

Eric Sigler

"The School of Social Welfare’s Emergency Fund serves as a lifeline to students in need of financial assistance. This donation is the personification of one of the six core values social workers possess: recognizing the importance of human relationships."

Eric Sigler
MSW alum

In 2018, the School of Social Welfare established the Emergency Fund that helps provide necessary support for students who experience an unexpected need. Many don’t know where to turn and, without support, would be forced to take a break from school or drop out completely. Since its inception, the School has helped students with a range of items from assistance with rent, utility bills, car maintenance, technology needs, etc. In the past year, we have provided more than $50,000 in aid for students experiencing unexpected expenses due to the pandemic. 

A special thank you goes out to alum, Eric Sigler, for his generous donation last year of $10,000 towards the Emergency Fund. 

Graduate Student Travel Funding

Travel funding available for graduate students who are needing to travel to present their research or the disciplinary equivalent at a national or regional meeting of a learned or professional society.

  • Travel authorized for student development to graduate students who have been accepted to present their research or the disciplinary equivalent at a national or regional meeting of a learned or professional society.
  • The student should apply first to Graduate Studies for funding.
  • For supplemental funds from the School, e-mail a request to Elenor Crangle at to cover expenses.
    • The School may be able to assist in payment for lodging, registration and airfare (not meals, or other expenses) for up to two conferences. A $2,000.00 maximum payout may be possible per student for travel.  Additional expenses over the limit will be paid by the student. 
    • In each fiscal year, students applying for a first conference take precedence over students applying for a second conference. Approval will be made until available funds are depleted.

Students should contact Elenor Crangle at to receive instructions and complete the paperwork, including the School’s travel authorization request form, and, preferably, direct payment for the other expenses rather than reimbursement to the student.