Diversity Scholarship 

The purpose of the Diversity Scholarship is to assist students from diverse backgrounds in
completing their undergraduate education in the health and human service field.


MSSA congratulates Asiah Reedy, 2018-2019 Diversity Scholarship recipient!

Asiah Reedy, Winona State University

"My name is Asiah Reedy, I am an African American woman and am currently completing my Junior year at Winona State University working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.  I am eager to increase my knowledge about the field being that growing up I only had a one-sided view about social workers.  When I was younger I went through the foster care system and had a social worker who had helped me through that time.  Since then I now understand that a social worker can be anywhere if they help individuals.  In addition, I have two minors: music and ethnic studies.  These I believe are great assets to the social work major because they both involve understanding and interacting with people.  Although I have been accepted into the Social Work program, I have been actively thinking about my future goals.  After I complete my Bachelor’s degree from Winona State University’s social work program, I would love to partake in the AmeriCorps.  I believe this will assist in furthering my professional knowledge and skills.  After I complete my time with AmeriCorps, I want to earn and receive my Master’s degree from Winona State University.  Proceeding this, I want to work in the cities to pursue my goal of working in foster care and adoption services.  I have strong feelings that this path is one I want to take because it hits so close to home.  I want to thank the Minnesota Social Service Association for choosing me to receive the Diversity Scholarship, this will help me greatly as I am funding my own post-secondary education."

MSSA will award a $1000 scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year to an undergraduate student enrolled in a health and human service related major or program. Applicants must have at least two semesters of college remaining during the relevant school year.

The applicants shall be judged upon the following criteria: 

  • Has been accepted for admission, or is currently enrolled, in an undergraduate education program in the health and human services field
  • Will be enrolled as a full time college junior or senior during the 2018 fall semester
  • Can demonstrate how s/he plans to use their degree in the health and human service field
  • Is enrolled in a Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota or South Dakota college/university
  • Possesses the ability to successfully complete the chosen course of study
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Is a student from a historically marginalized background or underrepresented—this can include (but is not limited to) racial/ethnic background, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, and religion.  

The Board of Directors, through the Membership and Diversity Committee is the administering body for the MSSA Scholarship Program. The review and selection of applicants is managed by the Awards and Scholarship Chair.

To apply, applicants must provide the following:

  1. Complete answers to the questions on the application form
  2. A copy of most recent college transcript  demonstrating the applicant received at least a 3.0 grade point average (unofficial transcripts will be accepted)
  3. One (1) letter of reference

Applicants must be a current member of MSSA. Student memberships are free for all full-time students enrolled in a health and human service related degree program. To register for your student membership, start here.

Scholarship application must be received by the MSSA office between April 1, 2018 and May 31, 2018.

Scholarship recipients will be published in various MSSA communications, including (but not limited to) the membership newsletter, website, and social media. Scholarship recipients will be asked to submit verification of attendance for the fall semester 2018.

Contact Marney at mthomas@mnssa.org or 651-789-4328 with questions.