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School of Social Work

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

The Joe Hall Scholarship awarded to a full-time minority student interested in children’s issues who is selected for placement at The Children’s Home of Cincinnati. The $6000 scholarship is given in the first-year and is renewable for the second year of study upon successful completion of the first year placement and coursework. Contact: Professor Lisa Zimmer at

Jean Sepate & Pete Djuric Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established by an alumna of the School and is given annually to a student selected by the faculty. Preference is given to an African American male.

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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