MSSA Graduate Scholarship


The MSSA Graduate Scholarship is awarded to master's degree or PhD candidates in a health and human services-related graduate program who have demonstrated a passion for and commitment to working in the health and human service field.

Award Amount & Number of Scholarships

MSSA awards three (3) graduate scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each.

Eligibility Requirements - Graduate Scholarship

Only applications that meet all eligibility requirements will be reviewed.

  • To apply, applicants must be members of MSSA and must maintain active membership throughout the award period. Membership for students is free; more information can be found here.
  • Students must be enrolled in an accredited program at a nonprofit academic institution leading to a degree in a health and human service-related field. Common masters and doctoral programs include, but are not limited to:
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Counseling
    • Healthcare Services Administration
    • Alcohol and Drug Studies
    • Family Consumer Science
    • Health Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Human Development and Family Services
    • Sociology
    • Public Administration
  • The scholarship award recipient  will be asked to submit verification of enrollment prior to fund disbursal.
  • Preference is given to applicants planning to work in the Midwest—Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota or North Dakota. 
  • For the Graduate Scholarship, applicants must: 
    • Have at least one semester left before graduating (Fall 2024, Winter 2024, Spring 2025, Summer 2025).
    • Have applied to, have been accepted into, or are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate degree program. Disbursement of funds will be contingent on the admission of the candidate into the program.

Application Criteria

Applicants will complete the following:

  • Online application form
  • Two to three essay questions regarding career goals and interest in health and human services
  • Two letters of reference, with at least one from a professional or academic relationship
More information on this criteria can be found on the scholarship application.


Application Timeline

November 1, 2023: Application period opens  
January 15, 2024: Application period closes
April 2024: Judging process completed
May 2024: Scholarship recipients announced

Congratulations to our 2023-2024 Graduate Scholarship recipients!

Juan Carlos Quiñonez Garzon
Saint Catherine University

Clara Godoy-Henderson
University of Minnesota School of Social Work