Scholarships

The School of Social Work has several scholarships for students that are awarded on the basis of the candidate's academic performance and other specific criteria. A Scholarship Committee comprised of faculty members from the School reviews applications based on established criteria, and makes the final decision about scholarship awards.

For information about financial aid and other scholarships available through the University it is recommended that the candidate visit the SJSU Financial Aid website or call 408-283-7500. Applicants to the Social Work program are encouraged to explore outside funding sources as well. 

Available scholarships 

The Dorothy Miller Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Jerry Miller and Dr. Rachel Miller Wrenn and is awarded each year 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 School 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.