School of Social Welfare Scholarships

The School of Social Welfare offers scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. Because of the generosity of our donors – alumni and friends – the School has awarded over forty scholarships in the past year. The 2013-2014 scholarship cycle has concluded for this academic year. Awardees will be announced by mid-December, 2013. A list of the history and criteria for all scholarships may be found at this link.

School of Social Welfare Scholarship FAQs

How do I apply for a School of Social Welfare scholarship?

How do I apply for University-wide scholarships?

Who is eligible?

Do I need to apply separately for each scholarship for which I want to be considered?

Can I receive more than one scholarship in any academic year?

If I received a scholarship last year, will I be eligible to receive one this year?

My financial need is not very high. Can I still apply?

How can I get my GPA?

What if I’m a first-year MSW student and won’t have a GPA by the application deadline?

Who makes the decisions for scholarship awards?

What scholarships need a separate application?

If I am nominated for a scholarship by a faculty member, what other letters of recommendation do I need?

How does the financial part work?


How do I apply for a School of Social Welfare scholarship?
http://www.albany.edu/ssw/scholarships

How do I apply for University-wide scholarships?
http://www.albany.edu/financialaid/scholarships_main.shtml
http://www.albany.edu/uafoundation/uafscholarships.shtml
http://www.albany.edu/ifw/

Who is eligible?

  1. You need to be a current student at the University for the Fall 2014 semester at the time of application.
  2. Applicants must be matriculated for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  3. All current SSW students are eligible except those graduating in December 2014. However, December 2014 graduates may apply for the Ralph & Judith Sidman Scholarship.
  4. See history and criteria for specific scholarship eligibility requirements.

Do I need to apply separately for each scholarship for which I want to be considered?
You need to submit only one application document indicating the scholarships for which you wish to be considered but you must also include an essay for each scholarship for which you apply which describes how you meet the criteria (no more than two typed double-spaced pages).

Can I receive more than one scholarship in any academic year?
Yes, you are eligible to receive more than one scholarship in any academic year. However, each scholarship may be awarded only once to any individual.

If I received a scholarship last year, will I be eligible to receive one this year?
Yes, you are eligible to receive a scholarship this year. However, each scholarship may be awarded only once to any individual.

My financial need is not very high. Can I still apply?
We encourage all students to apply for scholarships. Some scholarships are given based on academic achievement or other conditions.

However, many scholarships are need-based. The only authorized means by which we can confirm your financial need is if you have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form on file with the Office of Financial Aid. The link to this form is found at http://www.albany.edu/financialaid/ or at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Please review the Office of Financial Aid’s scholarship information.

If you feel it will negatively impact your funding by receiving scholarship money, you may apply for the award for the academic recognition, and decline the monetary part.

How can I get my GPA?
Go to MyUAlbany. At the top of the page click on Academics, on the left side of the next page scroll down to and click on Records Services, on the next page click on My Grades. Print the page for inclusion with your application.

What if I’m a first-year MSW student and won’t have a GPA by the application deadline?
You may use the GPA you earned at the completion of your undergraduate degree, or the GPA you attached to your application to the School of Social Welfare, whichever is more current.

Who makes the decisions for scholarship awards?
Decisions for scholarship awards are made by the School of Social Welfare Scholarship Selection Committee**. Members of the committee are appointed by the Dean of the School of Social Welfare, and include faculty members (one serves as chair), and one student each from the doctoral, MSW, and undergraduate programs. The committee will review all nominations and will grant the awards for the Spring semester. You will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by mail.

** Important notes:

  • The Dr. Frank J. Filippone ’41 – Hillside House Scholarship award is made by the decision of a separate committee comprised of representatives from the School of Social Welfare, School of Education and the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. The committee will review all nominations and will grant the award in the Spring 2014.

What scholarships need a separate application?
There is a separate application process for the U.S.-Africa Partnership Summer Study Tour and the Internships in Aging Project (IAP) scholarships. Please click on these links for more information.

If I am nominated for a scholarship by a faculty member, what other letters of recommendation do I need?
For each scholarship for which you apply, you must have two letters of recommendation. If you are nominated by a faculty member, their nomination counts as one of your letters. Your second letter of recommendation for the scholarship for which were nominated can be from one or more persons. However, each letter must indicate how you meet the criteria for each scholarship for which you have been nominated.

How does the financial part work?
Scholarships are considered financial aid for the same academic year in which they are received. The scholarship money is deposited into your student account. It may automatically be used to reduce loans. The financial aid office will make every attempt to allow the scholarship to be an additional financial aid resource in cases where the student has other financial aid awards. However, federal regulations may require other financial aid awards to be reduced. In these cases, student loans will be the first aid award to be adjusted to allow for the receipt of the scholarship.