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Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students is a federally funded program that is only available to graduate students pursuing the Clinical Practice Concentration in the MSW program, who also meet the requirements described at the above link. Applications are separate from all other scholarship applications at the School of Social Work.




The University of Georgia’s School of Social Work is proud to offer a wide range of scholarship opportunities to students in 2018. All BSW, MSW, and MSW dual degree students are eligible to apply, however preference will be given to those who do not have any other current University-sponsored scholarships or assistantships. PhD students are not eligible to apply for these scholarships. For PhD students interested in information regarding financial assistance opportunities, please explore this link on the SSW website:

If you are a BSW, MSW, or MSW dual degree student and would like to be considered for a scholarship(s) please carefully read the description of each scholarship listed below, and submit applications for only those scholarships that are a good fit to your interests and/or experience.

The Online Scholarship Application system will be open from 9:00 am, September 1, 2017 through midnight, November 15, 2017. To apply please complete the application in its entirety via the online system at the following link:

The Online Scholarship Application system will generate an email to you when your application has been submitted. Please be sure to save this email.

Late applications will not be considered so be sure to submit yours by no later than midnight on November 15, 2017.

If you need assistance or have any questions please contact Mandi Albanese at

The School of Social Work has the following expectations of award recipients:

Please be advised that if this scholarship award results in a financial aid overpayment, the Office of Student Financial Aid will reduce, cancel, and/or ask for repayment of aid accordingly in compliance with federal/state/institutional regulations.

James D. Horne Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1995 in memory of University friend Jim Horne, this scholarship provides financial assistance to undergraduate or graduate students,with preference given to students interested in working with the homeless population.

Wilbur P. Jones Scholarship
Established in 1985 in memory of respected community activist Wilbur Jones, this scholarship promotes excellence, diversity, and equity in the profession of social work by diversifying the student population within the School of Social Work. The scholarship is typically awarded to a graduate student from an underrepresented group within the field of social work.

The Leadership in Addiction Treatment Scholarship
Established in 2013 by former faculty member Donna Leigh Bliss, provides scholarship support to second year graduate students interested in addiction treatment-centered social work practice. Eligibility is based on merit and interest in the addiction treatment field.

Pauline Durant Lide Scholarship
Established in 1987 in memory of former School of Social Work Professor Pauline Lide, provides financial assistance to graduate students demonstrating financial need and superior scholarship.

Elizabeth B. Loyd Scholarship
Established in 2009, this scholarship supports students pursuing a master’s degree with a clinical focus in family-centered social work practice

Joe and Diane Perno Scholarship Fund
Established in 1987 in memory of School of Social Work alumnus Joe Perno and his wife, Diane, provides financial assistance to social work students, with preference to students pursuing a graduate degree.

The School of Social Work Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established to provide the friends and loved ones of deceased School of Social Work students, faculty, and staff with an opportunity to make a memorial gift to the School. Money donated to this fund in a person's memory funds a one-time scholarship to a student.

Robert A. Vonk Scholarship
This fund, established in 2013, provides support for a student who is committed to providing excellent social work services to benefit people with developmental disabilities. Recipients shall demonstrate strong scholarship, and an interest in the field of developmental disabilities.

The Kenneth Whiddon Award Fund
Established in 2012 memory of its namesake, this fund supports a student in the master's degree program whose career goal is to enter the field of mental health

Heather Christina Wright Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
Established in November 1994, in memory of a former student of the School who died from cancer in her final year of study. Provides financial assistance to a BSW student, with preference given to students demonstrating financial need and the desire to work with cancer patients and their families.

Heather Christina Wright Memorial Graduate Scholarship
Established May 1995 in Heather's memory. Provides financial assistance to a MSW student using the same criteria as above.

The Sue (Brooks) Stephenson Single Parent Support Fund
This fund supports non-traditional single parent students with a clinical focus in the mental health field. The selection committee's criterion, in cases where all other factors are equal, is to choose a recipient from the Athens, Georgia area.

The Helen Bird Rasmussen and David J. Rasmussen Scholarship
This scholarship provides scholarship support for an outstanding MSW student who has a clinical focus in clinical social work practice. Criteria include the student’s academic record, financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid, and community volunteer service activities. Emphasis is on the student’s academic record and financial need.

The Helen Elizabeth Huey Scholarship Fund 
Established in 2014 in memory of the fund's namesake by her brother John W. Huey, Jr. and his wife, Kate Ellis Huey, the fund provides scholarship support for Masters of Social Work students. Strong preference is given to students devoted to protecting the interests of disenfranchised children, particularly those growing up in the foster care program.