Scholarships

Bonnie Carlson Scholarship

Established in honor of Bonnie Carlson’s 27 years of outstanding dedication and service as a scholar, mentor, researcher, professor and a member of our School’s faculty, and is awarded to support a doctoral student’s dissertation research.

Charles and Charlotte Buchanan Endowed Scholarship for a Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar Student

Established for students who have come through the Sponsor-A-Scholar program, and is awarded to an undergraduate UAlbany student.

Dennis Dooley Scholarship

Established in memory of Dennis Dooley, and is awarded to a returning student enrolled in the School’s MSW or doctoral program who demonstrates an interest and commitment to serving the elderly and their families.

Dr. Frank J. Filippone ’41 – Hillside House Scholarship

Established by the family of Dr. Filippone to honor his work, and is awarded to graduate students who demonstrate an interest in helping people with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Shirley J. Jones’ International Community Building Fund

Established to promote international education specifically for leadership, effective change, community building, global peace, security, and unity, and is awarded to a student, preferably of Black African descent, enrolled in the School’s MSW or doctoral program.

Elfrieda Textores Endowed Scholarship

Established by William Textores in memory of his wife, a tireless advocate for Albany’s South End community, and is awarded to a student enrolled in the School’s MSW or doctoral program, who demonstrates a commitment to community service and community building for at-risk or underserved populations in the inner city.

Florence Frazier Graduate Scholarship

Established to advance the education, clinical skills, and career aspirations of African-American MSW students.

Janet D. Perloff Endowment

Established in memory of School of Social Welfare Professor Janet Perloff, and is awarded to a student in the MSW joint degree program in Social Welfare and Public Health who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership and an interest in a career which combines public health and social welfare.

Kathryn Zox ’83 Scholarship

Established by Kathryn Zox ’83 and her mother, Ellen Wasserman, and is awarded to a student, preferably female and a United States citizen, enrolled in the School’s MSW program who demonstrates financial need.

Kenneth (Kent) Price Brown II Fund

Established to memorialize Kent Brown’s personal and professional dedication to the field of Social Welfare, and is awarded to a student enrolled in the School’s MSW or doctoral program who is committed to serving the aging who suffer from HIV/AIDS or other physical disabilities.

Ladan Alomar Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established to honor Ladan Alomar and her years of community service, and is awarded to advance the educational and career aspirations of a student, preferably Latino or Latina, enrolled in the School.

Nola R. Hooper Scholarship

Established by Hal Lawson and Katharine Briar-Lawson in memory of Katharine’s grandmother, and is awarded to a student enrolled in the School’s MSW program who demonstrates a commitment to developing innovative school-based services to promote the well-being of children, youth, and families through effective social work programs in schools.

Ralph and Judith Sidman Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established by Mrs. Judith Sidman in memory of her husband, a former University at Albany employee, and is awarded to an undergraduate student who has shown a commitment to community service and has completed at least 160 hours of volunteer work through the Community and Public Service Program.

School of Social Welfare Scholarship Fund

Established by an anonymous donor and is presented to a student enrolled in the School who is a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College.

School of Social Welfare Student Association (SWSA) Scholarship

Established by SWSA and is awarded to a student in the School’s MSW program who participates in SWSA meetings and/or SWSA-sponsored events, and demonstrates superior leadership abilities and a commitment to community service.

Seth W. Spellman Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Distinguished Service

Established in recognition of the outstanding contributions of the School’s former dean, Professor Spellman (1967-1985), and is awarded to a baccalaureate or MSW program student for exemplary community leadership and service.

Sharon Selib Epstein and Lawrence J. Epstein Scholarship in Social Welfare and Judaic Studies

Established by their children to honor the 40th wedding anniversary of their parents – Sharon Epstein ’72 MSW and Lawrence Epstein, ’67, ’68 MA, ’76 Ph.D., and is awarded to an MSW student enrolled in the School or an undergraduate junior pursing a minor in Judaic Studies.

Social Workers Advocating Respect & Equality for LGBTQ Communities (SWARE) Scholarship

Established by SWARE and is awarded to a student enrolled in the School’s MSW program who participates in SWARE-sponsored events and demonstrates a commitment to serving LGBTQ individuals, families and communities and advocating for respect and equality for LGBTQ communities.

South Korean Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established to advance the education, clinical skills, and career aspirations of students at the UAlbany School of Social Welfare, preferably South Korean, who demonstrate a commitment to developing innovative services to promote the well-being of Koreans.

William J. Reid Endowment

Established by Distinguished Professor of Social Welfare Dr. William J. Reid, a leader and an internationally recognized scholar in social work practice and research and is awarded to support a doctoral student’s dissertation research.

William Roth Endowed School of Social Welfare Scholarship

Established to provide support for a student with disabilities enrolled in the School.

William S. Rooney Scholarship

Established to honor Dr. William S. Rooney, former Acting Dean and Associate Dean and Professor, who made a profound difference in the first MSW class in the School of Social Welfare (established 1965), and is awarded to a graduate student who demonstrates financial need.

U.S.-Africa Partnership Summer Study and Services Tour

This award is presented to an MSW UAlbany student who has been accepted for the Summer Study Tour to Africa. This tour promotes stronger relationships by engaging, educating, empowering, and preparing leaders (students, faculty, and community-based practitioners) to function in a global society.
Note: several awards and scholarships are given, including one in memory of Eileen McCue.

Internships in Aging Project (IAP) Scholarships

Candidates for the following seven scholarships must apply for and be accepted in the School’s Internships in Aging Project (IAP). IAP is an academic and field program for students in their second or advanced year of their MSW who are training to work with older adults and their families. For more information, go to www.albany.edu/ssw/iap. You may also contact Linda Mertz at lmertz@albany.edu

IAP Alumni Endowment Award

Established by IAP Alumni to ensure the continuation of quality field and classroom education in social work with older adults and their families, and is awarded to an MSW student in the School’s Internships in Aging Project.

IAP Donor Fund

Established and is awarded to advance the education and career aspirations of an MSW student enrolled in the School’s Internships in Aging Project.

IAP Doug McCuen Graduate Endowed Fund

Established to honor Doug McCuen and is awarded to an MSW student enrolled in the School’s Internships in Aging Project who demonstrates a commitment to the care of those with Alzheimer’s and related disorders and their families.

IAP Student Award in Gerontology

Established to support a student in the School’s second-year MSW program, this award goes to a recipient who demonstrates public speaking, interpersonal and community-building skills, cultural competence, and leadership potential in the field of gerontology.

Pat Pine Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Pat Pine, former executive director of the New York State Office for Aging (NYSOFA), to advance the education and career aspirations of an MSW student enrolled in the School’s Internships in Aging Project for a field placement at NYSOFA.

Susan R. Sherman Endowed Fund

Established to advance the education and career aspirations of an MSW student who will spend his/her second year in a field placement at Albany Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York.

William Randolph Hearst Endowment

Established and is awarded to advance the education and career aspirations of an MSW student enrolled in the School’s Internships in Aging Project.

For more information on scholarships or supporting the School of Social Welfare, contact:

Stephanie H. Wacholder
Director, Special Projects and Strategic Partnerships
School of Social Welfare
University at Albany
Richardson Hall 183
135 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
(518) 442-5753
Fax: (518) 442-5380
swacholder@albany.edu