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School of Social Work Endowment Scholarships

Criteria for every scholarship:

Include an unofficial transcript with at least a GPA 3.0

Good standing

Each will include a cover letter, resume, and essay

Graduate scholarships are available to online and on campus students.

 

Criteria for each specific scholarship:

Karen Brown Endowed Scholarship

$1600

Bachelor’s degree student in good standing

Identify volunteer and/or work experience with vulnerable children and families on cover letter and resume.

3-page double-spaced essay demonstrating:

  1. Intent to practice with vulnerable children and families
  2. Preference for policy practice with vulnerable children and families
  3. Bilingual Spanish/English or working to be
  4. Intent of licensure after graduation
  5. Financial need

 

David-Luke Henton and Terry Hernandez Pacheco Endowed Scholarship

$950 for a Bachelor’s student in good standing

$950 for a Master’s student in good standing

Enrolled in Field in 2020

Identify volunteer and/or work experience with social justice and underserved populations on cover letter and resume.

2-page double-spaced essay demonstrating:

  1. Intent to practice with underserved populations within a social justice framework
  2. Two clearly articulated professional goals that address social justice and working with underserved populations
  3. Bilingual Spanish/English or working to be
  4. Financial need

Recommendation from MSW/BSW Coordinators

 

Dr. Sally Jones Endowed Scholarship

$500

Master’s degree student in good standing

Enrolled in Field in 2020

Identify volunteer and/or work experience with mental health and aging on resume and cover letter.

2-page double-spaced essay demonstrating:

  1. Intent to practice with mental health and aging
  2. Two clearly articulated professional goals that address mental health and aging
  3. Intent to complete an internship in hospice.

 

Molina Endowed Scholarship

$1000

Bachelor’s degree student in good standing

Identify volunteer and/or work experience shows commitment/service towards LGBT, suicide prevention, or developmentally disabled community organization.

2-page double-spaced essay demonstrating:

  1. Commitment/service towards LGBT, suicide prevention, or developmentally disabled community organization.
  2. Intent to do BSW internship with an agency that shows commitment to LGBT matters

 

Terri O’Gara Murdock Endowed Scholarship

$1300

Master’s degree student in good standing

Identify volunteer and/or work experience shows commitment to social work mission and practice in the public sector on cover letter and resume.

2-page double-spaced essay demonstrating:

  1. Commitment to the mission of the School (see webpage) for social work practice in the public sector
  2. Two clearly articulated professional goals that address mission of the School (see webpage) for social work practice in the public sector

 

Dorothy Jean and Walter Richter Endowed Scholarship

$1550 for Bachelor’s degree student in good standing

$1550 for Master’s degree student in good standing

Identify volunteer and/or work experience in public policy work on cover letter and resume.

2-page double-spaced essay demonstrating:

  1. Commitment to policy practice in public sector
  2. Current interests and past activities in policy practice in public sector
  3. Clearly articulate two professional goals that include public policy

Submit an original policy analysis paper using the following instructions (3-5pages):

Start with a “prospectus” (background) on the policy. It is to include:

  1. Describe the history of the issue in the local community and in the state or nation, and any rationale for implementing such a policy in the first place.
  2. Description of the problems that necessitated the policy, including the issue using data (local, state and national—obtained from relevant research) and whom the project affects. When? Where? How?
  3. Description of the current policy and the effect it has on the oppressed population.
  4. Analysis of the policy, including political goals and their political, economic, and administrative feasibility.

Suggestion: Begin with a large issue and keep narrowing it down to a very specific policy change.

You will need to find out as much as possible about the who, what, when, where, how, and why of the chosen policy, including the players, the rules, and the formal and informal power structures. What are the politics and societal values surrounding the issue?

The paper should include the reliability of the information and possible political problems related to the facts. For example: Was the information obtained from someone who could be affected by a policy change and may have a “motive” for not giving complete or accurate information?

After the prospectus is complete, develop policy solutions:

  1. Review the information through a social work ethical lens to be clear on how the problem can and should be addressed.
  2. Ask every possible question about the problem you have identified. Ask “what if” questions. If the policy were changed one way, what would happen to the clients and to the organization? Remember, for every policy change there will be some negative fallout. What are the policy implications of your proposed changes? Look at policy from a broad perspective by considering agency policy, local policy, state policy, and national policy. You may have to do more fact-finding.
  3. List the questions you have considered in analyzing the policy issue, and then give your conclusions.

Remember that your aim is to develop a policy to implement that will be the best possible solution to remedy the social injustice affecting the target population, and to make the policy more just for the target population. Be specific about what you want to accomplish.

Application and submission for each scholarship:

Submit all application criteria (transcript, resume, and essay) electronically to Dr. KeriAnne Moon (kmm255@txstate.edu) no later than Friday November 11th, 2019 by 5:00pm.

The complete application should consist of one document labelled as ScholarshipName.You rLastName. It should include all the information necessary (see selection criteria) for review. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. All correspondence will be via TXST email only.  You will be notified through your TXST email no later than December 10, 2019. You may apply for as many School of Social Work Scholarships as you would like but you will only be awarded one. Thank you!

Direct questions to Dr. KeriAnne Moon, kmm255@txstate.edu