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

Beginning in 2020, MSSA will award two (2) graduate scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each.

Application Timeline

November 1: Application period opens
January 15: Application period closes
February 15: Judging process completed
March 1: Scholarship winners announced

Graduate Scholarship Details

Eligibility Requirements

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 majors and Masters programs include, but are not limited to:
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Counseling
    • Healthcare Services Administration
    • Criminal Justice
    • Human Development and Family Services
    • Sociology
    • Public Administration
  • The scholarship award recipient will be asked to submit verification of full-time enrollment for the fall semester. 
  • Preference is given to applicants planning to work in the Midwest—Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota or North Dakota. 
  • For the Undergraduate Scholarship and Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship, applicants must:
    • Be a junior or senior. 
    • Have declared a health and human service-related major. 
  • For the Graduate Scholarship and Graduate Diversity Scholarship, applicants must: 
    • Have applied to, or have been accepted into, an accredited graduate degree program. Payment of the award will be contingent on the full admission of the candidate into the program.

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Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Graduate Scholarship winners!

 Patrick Connelly
University of Minnesota School of Social Work
Josette Wynne
Widener University