Scholarships

photo: information kiosk between Sweeney Hall and Event Center

The School of Social Work and the College of Applied Arts and Sciences have a limited number of scholarships available for applicants and MSW students; therefore, not all financial need can be met. For financial aid and other scholarship information it is recommended that the candidate visit the Financial Aid website or call 408-283-7500.

The student should check the edition of the booklet titled, “Scholarship and Emergency Loan Programs”, a publication of the Financial Aid Office. Applicants to the program are encouraged to explore outside funding sources (e.g., through the Internet) as well.

The School of Social Work has a few competitive scholarships that are awarded on the basis of the candidate's academic performance and other specific criteria. They are as follows:

The Dorothy Miller Scholarship:

This scholarship was established by Dr. Jerry Miller and Dr. Rachel Miller Wrenn and is awarded yearly to a second year MSW student on the basis of academic performance and potential for making a contribution to the knowledge base of social work.

The Helen S. Hansen Scholarship:

This scholarship was established by friends of Helen Hansen to honor her many contributions to the social work profession and is awarded every other year. Candidates applying for this scholarship must have demonstrated leadership delivering social services to elderly population groups.

The Helen Walsh Solderstrom Scholarship:

This scholarship was established by Antoinette Broyles and her daughter Lucia Broyles-Gilbertson to honor their lifelong friend and SJSU alumna, Helen Walsh Solderstrom. This scholarship is awarded every other year to an MSW student whose career and life goals reflect those of Mrs. Helen Solderstrom. Candidates applying must have a demonstrated commitment in delivering social services to families and children, as well as to working in a public institution.

Deborah Ann Gregg Memorial Scholarship:

The School of Social Work has created the Deborah Ann Gregg Memorial Scholarship with the support of her colleagues at Gardner Family Care Corporation (Centro de Bienestar), the College of Social Work faculty and staff and her friends. Her parents, Jean Westerman Gregg and Dr. Robert Gregg made SJSU a substantial gift needed to establish a scholarship. Debbie was a social worker whose contribution included working as a psychotherapist with economically marginalized populations of color, developing political consciousness and helping her colleagues meet the requirements for obtaining their License in Clinical Social Work. She was also very active with the women's community, gay and lesbian community and the Native American community of the Bay Area. Debbie's spiritual practices, which were based on indigenous traditions, led her to live a life based on the principle of compassion for all living beings and respect for Nature.

Information is posted on the School of Social Work bulletin board and/or distributed to students at the point when the scholarship applications are available. The bulletin board is located near the students' mailboxes. The Scholarship Committee follows established criteria, and makes the final decision about scholarship awards.