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 Maggie Falwell, 2019-2020 Graduate Scholarship winner!

Maggie Falwell is a student at St. Mary's University working towards LPCC licensure and hopes to earn her Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology. Maggie plans to focus her career on sexual violence, exploitation, and trafficking. Maggie has a Master's in Global Youth Development from the University of Montana, where she concentrated her studies on the anti-trafficking movement. Maggie has created and presented to diverse audiences on issues surrounding sexual exploitation, and much of her knowledge comes from working directly with clients who have been exploited or trafficked.