Graduate Scholarship

The purpose of the Graduate Scholarship is to enhance the educational and professional
development of those seeking graduate education in the health and human service field.

Click here to download the Graduate Scholarship application.

MSSA Congratulates Brit Barkholtz, 2017-2018 Graduate Scholarship Recipient!

Brit Barkholtz, University of Minnesota

Brit Barkholtz is pursuing her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Minnesota with a focus on clinical mental health and a particular interest in trauma-informed care. Brit is passionate about working with under served/marginalized populations and reducing barriers to care access. She recently accepted an Integrated Behavioral Health Fellowship, which includes a specific curriculum and internship experience that emphasizes the integration of behavioral healthcare into primary care settings.

MSSA will award a $1500 scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year to a graduate student enrolled in a health and human service related program. Applicants must have at least two semesters of college remaining during the 2018-2019 school year.

The applicants will be judged upon the following criteria: 

  • Has been accepted for admission, or is currently enrolled, in a graduate education program in the health and human services field
  • 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
  • Demonstrate financial need

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 are encouraged to be current members 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 MSSA Staff at or 651-789-4328 with questions.