IU School of Social Work is headquartered on the IUPUI campus with locations on 8 IU Campuses. The school also has the Department of Labor Studies
Enrolled social work students will receive an announcement each Fall via their official IU email address regarding internal scholarship opportunities.
Students within the School of Social Work are eligible for scholarships managed by the School. If you are a student in good standing within Social Work you are eligible to apply for these internal scholarships. You will receive an email inviting you to apply. Often, the time between your invitation to apply and submission due date is short. Read the scholarship requirements, think about your submission, plan to apply, and watch for an invitation to apply. Contact your Campus Social Work Office if you have any questions. Below are examples of scholarships that are typically offered each year to social work students.
Barbara Hirsch Bass earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Service from IU in 1956. As a volunteer, she has helped people cope with mental illness so that they could lead independent and productive lives. This fund was established in 2006 to be used to support scholarships for students pursuing a degree at IUSSW.
A scholarship fund established to honor Dr. Cyrus Behroozi, IUSSW professor emeritus. Dr. Behroozi earned his master’s degree from the IU Division of Social Service in 1962. As a professor he taught group work and group dynamics. He has been a very involved member of the social work community locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. Dr. Behroozi was an IUSSW Associate Dean for four years. He was the first president of the Indiana Chapter of the Association for Social Work with Groups and, for several years, a member of the CSWE Commission on Accreditation. This fund was established in 2003 to encourage and support education for social work with groups.
Llewellyn H. (Lew) Linde graduated from the IU Division of Social Service in 1957. His late wife was Marcella Ruhr-Linde. Lew earned his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota in 1960. His employment history includes child psychiatric social work, child welfare and corrections among other areas. He retired in 1991 and has been volunteering legal services in Minnesota since then. This fund was established in 2005 for MSW students who demonstrate a passion for the profession and have pressing financial needs.
Margaret A. McCormick earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the IUSSW in 1981. She had a unique understanding of the need for the School to have the ability to provide opportunities for deserving non-traditional students and she was very interested in the partnership that the School has formed with Moi University in Kenya. This fund was established in 2005 for non-traditional MSW students in good standing to assist with the cost of their education.
Genevieve Means McLeod received a B.A. in Sociology from IU in 1920 and also completed coursework for an M.A. in Social Work from IU. She worked for the Marion County Department of Public Welfare in Indianapolis and also worked in the Social Service Department of the Indianapolis Public Schools. She tirelessly practiced the values of the Social Work profession in both paid and voluntary positions throughout the city of Indianapolis. This fund was established in 2000 to be awarded to a female student achieving academic excellence (a GPA of 3.0) and having a demonstrated financial need.
Note: Scholarship will be renewable throughout the recipient’s academic career as long as the recipient maintains demonstrable need and satisfactory progress toward the social work degree.
The Patchner Family Endowed Scholarship was originally established in May, 2010. The intent of the Donors, and the Foundation is that this gift be used to support undergraduate scholarship or graduate fellowships for students in the School of Social Work, who intend to prepare for a career in the service of people with developmental disabilities.
Mr. Quan earned his Master’s Degree from the IU Division of Social Service in 1951. He led a life dedicated to helping veterans and children. He worked at the Ft. Lyons VA Hospital where he established a foster home program for veterans being discharged from the hospital. He was respected by the social work community for his competence, generosity and successful accomplishments in his work with clients. This fund was established in 2005 for MSW students in good standing that are interested in working in mental health and with vulnerable populations.
A fund established in honor of Minnie and Mary Rigg that awards a female student who has demonstrated a commitment to working with community-based agencies with philosophical ties to the settlement house movement.
Will Scott was born in Texas in 1925. He earned his MSW at IU in 1964 and his Doctorate in Education from IU in 1965. He had a distinguished career in social work education and earned a reputation for being an advocate of student development and for graduate education. He was recognized by the Council on Social Work Education and the National Association of Social Workers for lifetime achievement and by IUSSW as an outstanding alumnus. He was a founding member of the National Association of Black Social Workers. This fund was established in 2003 for students pursuing an MSW. Preference is given to students whose academic and professional interests are in the area of child welfare.
The late, Dr. Sheldon Siegel served as Dean of IUSSW from 1985 to 1994 and later as the interim Dean from 1999 to 2000. His wife is Dr. Natalie Siegel, LCSW, LMFT, a long-time private practitioner and psychotherapist. Natalie Siegel has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University. In 1994, Sheldon Siegel was awarded the distinguished Sagamore of the Wabash for his work as chair of the state commission on abused and neglected children and their families. In April 2008, Dr. Sheldon Siegel was presented with the Community Leadership Award for his work with senior citizens. This scholarship honors his dedication to the profession of social work. This fund was established in 1994 to provide scholarships for students working in or demonstrating a commitment to the field of community organization and development.