MSSA Undergraduate Scholarship

The MSSA Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a passion and commitment to working in the health and human service field.

Award Amount & Number of Scholarships

Beginning in 2020, MSSA will award three (3) undergraduate scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each.

Application Timeline

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

Undergraduate 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 2019-2020 Undergraduate Scholarship winners!

Bali Frazer is a student at Bemidji State University, where she is pursuing degrees in both social work and criminal justice, with an emphasis on tribal justice. Bali hopes to pursue a career working with victims and survivors of sex trafficking. While at Itasca Community College, she took a practicum with the Honorary Judge Korey Wahwassuck. During this time, she observed child protection and domestic abuse cases and researched safe housing and treatment centers for sex trafficking victims in all 50 states. Bali's internship at Bemidji State will be somewhat of a continuation of this practicum—she will be interning at a safe house for area trafficking victims and survivors.


Emma Fuhrman is a student at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she is majoring in Social Work. Emma plans to get her MSW and, ultimately, a PhD. in Social Work. She has gained a robust generalist practice in the human service field, working on the micro-, mezzo-,and macro-levels. Emma hols two research assistant positions: In one position, she researches financial exploitation of the elderly; in the other, she examines the educational requirements of secondary school teachers. She has worked with the LGBTQ+ community, the elderly, and residents of Blue Earth County. In her junior field experience, Emma interned at her school's LGBT Center. She currently volunteers with the Blue Earth County Social Services Task Force, and works at an assisted living facility.