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Scholarships and Special Programs

The School of Social Work has a number of special programs and scholarships that can support  you while you work toward the MSW. In general, these opportunities are available ​to you in the full-time and Advanced Standing graduate programs.

SAFE Fellowship

The Serving At-risk youth Fellowship Experience (SAFE) is a federally funded program to train social work students for behavioral healthcare practice with children, adolescents, and transition age youth. Advanced year MSW students (either Advanced Standing or second-year full-time students) enroll in a specialized curriculum and have a specialized field placement at one of eight partnering agencies. Students receive a $10,000 stipend. Seventeen fellows will be selected for the 2016-2017 academic year. Contact: Dr. Shauna Acquavita at

University Partnership Program

The University Partnership Program (UPP) trains social work students for careers in public child welfare. Students selected for the program undertake a specialized course of study and have a field placement with a children’s services agency. Completion of the program fulfills the training requirements for employment in an Ohio public child welfare agency, and upon securing employment there students are awarded a $5000 employment incentive payment. Three MSW students are selected for the program annually. Contact: Professor Xan Boone at

Joe Hall Scholarship

Established by the Children's Home of Greater Cincinnati to a student in field placement at that agency. Provides for scholarships to full-time, preferably minority students admitted to the graduate school of Social Work at the College of Allied Health Sciences. The scholarship generally goes to a first-year student and is renewable for the second year. Interested students may apply at the beginning of fall semester during the field education orientation program. To be eligible, students must be selected for placement by the Children’s Home.

Contact: Professor Lisa Zimmer at

Jean Sepate & Pete Djuric Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2012 by Jean Sepate and Peter E. Djuric, Pharm.D.  Provides tuition assistance awards to students enrolled in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The Fund will support students with a 3.0 grade point average and the desire to continue to serve as a role model in areas where the need for mentorship is greatest. Preference will be given to male African-American students enrolled in the MSW program. If there are no qualified candidates, then preference will go towards other minority students. Recipients may use the scholarship for such things as tuition, books, fees, room and/or board, and relevant costs related to the progression towards the MSW degree. Department faculty nominate eligible students in the fall semester; the scholarship committee selects the recipient and the award is made prior to spring semester.

Dr. Jeannette C. Taylor Diversity Scholarship

Established in 2016 by an anonymous donor in honor of Dr. Jeannette C. Taylor.  Provides tuition assistance for students enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program in the School of Social work.  Recipient(s) must have a diverse background, based on factors, including, but not limited to, socio-economic status (family income, wealth, etc.), parental education, cultural awareness, and history of overcoming adversity.  Scheduled for first award in 2019-20. This scholarship will be awarded based on the faculty nominations of current MSW students.

Graduate Assistantships

The School awards a number of assistantships annually that include full or partial tuition scholarships and stipends. Students are selected by faculty and act as research assistants, teaching assistants for undergraduate courses, or program assistants in the School.

For more information about financial aid, contact the UC Office of Student Financial Aid at or (513) 556-9171.



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School of Social Work
1515 French Hall
PO Box 210108
Cincinnati OH 45221-0108
Phone: 513-556-4615
Fax: 513-556-2077

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