John Moline Undergraduate Scholarship

The purpose of the John Moline Undergraduate Scholarship is to enhance the educational and professional
development of those seeking an undergraduate degree in the health and human service field.

Click here to download the John Moline Scholarship Application.

MSSA Congratulates Rita Rai and Krystle Nelson, 2018-2019 John Moline Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients!

Krystle Nelson, College of Saint Scholastica
"My name is Krystle Nelson and I am finishing up my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work through The College of St. Scholastica. I developed a passion for social work after my brother became disabled as a result of a car accident. Over the past 7 years, I have had the pleasure of assisting individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health symptoms. Once I complete my Bachelors in Social Work Degree, my goal is to become employed as a social worker through a county agency. I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity of interning through the child and family unit at Mower County Health and Human Services. It is important to me to be able to advocate for individuals in need and provide them with any necessary resources that are available to them to ensure their health and safety needs are being met."   

Rita Rai, Metropolitan State University
"My name is Rita Rai and I am currently a junior at Metropolitan State University working towards a Bachelor's degree in social work. My educational aspiration is to acquire a Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Policy; on the other hand, my career aspiration is to someday work for organizations like the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or direct federal level human services programs. I aspire to be the voice for the refugees who are silenced, and I want to better improve resettlement procedures for new Americans. I am determined to serve vulnerable communities; furthermore, I am committed to using my service experience to inform political change so that we can eliminate the global refugee crisis and poverty among new Americans. In terms of the steps I must take to reach my aspirations, I see pursuing a Bachelor degree in social work as the first step I must take. From what I know, social workers approach their work from a social justice framework. Therefore, I want to attain the skill set of a social worker so that one day, I can inform policy changes through advocacy."

Scholarship applications are not currently being accepted. Stay tuned for dates regarding the next open application period!

MSSA awards two $1,000 scholarships to two undergraduate students 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.

Applicants will 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 service field

  • Will be enrolled as a full time college junior or senior during the 2019 fall semester

  • Can demonstrate how they plan 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

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 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 2019.

Questions? Contact Suzanne at

John Moline (1948-2014) was the Senior Director of Counseling, Youth, and Family Services at Lutheran Social Services from 1975-2012. He also served as MSSA's board president in 2008 and received the Individual Distinguished Service award in 2011. His dedication to serving youth and families lives on through the programs he created and MSSA's John Moline Undergraduate Scholarship.

Painting of John Moline at the Center for Changing Lives in Duluth
Artist: Michelle Wegler