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

MSSA awards three (3) undergraduate scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each.

How to Apply

Apply online using MSSA's submission portal. For details on the application process, including eligibility and required submission materials, see below.


Application Timeline

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

Undergraduate Scholarship Details

Eligibility Requirements - Undergraduate Scholarships

Only applications that meet all eligibility requirements will be reviewed. To meet all requirements, applicants must:

  • Be members of MSSA and maintain active membership throughout the award period. Membership for students is free; more information can be found here.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited program at a nonprofit academic institution.
  • Have declared a health and human service-related major. Common majors include, but are not limited to:
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Counseling
    • Healthcare Services Administration
    • Alcohol and Drug Studies
    • Family Consumer Science
    • Health Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Human Development and Family Services
    • Sociology
    • Public Administration
  • Plan to be enrolled for the 2023-2024 academic year.
    • The scholarship recipient will be asked to submit verification of enrollment for the Fall 2023 semester. 
  • At the start of the 2023-2024 academic year, be an incoming junior or senior and have and have at least two full semesters (i.e., fall and spring semesters) left before graduating.
  • Preference is given to applicants planning to work in the Midwest—Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota or North Dakota. 

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Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Undergraduate Scholarship recipients!

Brooklynn CasaDeCalvo, University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Brooklynn CasaDeCalvo is from Hudson, WI and is studying for her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. She currently works for Allina Health which has led her to be specifically interested in emergency mental health services, as well as AODA services. She plans on continuing her education by attending graduate school in Minnesota and hopes to one day better the mental health laws in Wisconsin to allow more clients to gain assistance.

Joniesha Hayes, Minnesota State University, Mankato

 Joniesha Hayes is a social work major at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Joniesha hails from Minneapolis and attended Southwest High School. After graduating with her bachelor's degree, her plan is to attend graduate school at MSU Mankato. She hopes to work in Child Protection and then move on to more macro work within the state legislature.