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Scholarship Eligibility & Application Requirements

Thank you for your interest in applying for a University at Buffalo School of Social Work scholarship.  As a result of the generous support of our donors and friends, the school is proud to be able to offer scholarship opportunities to incoming and continuing students.

2016-2017 Scholarship Application is Closed

Scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year have been allotted.  Should additional funding become available, the scholarship applications portal will open.

Please visit the UB Financial Aid website for further scholarship opportunities.

Pending available funding, students currently enrolled in the following programs are eligible to apply:

  • BA/MSW
  • MSW
  • MBA/MSW*
  • MPH/MSW*
  • JD/MSW*

*Must be enrolled in MSW courses in the upcoming academic year.

The application is only available online. No paper submission will be accepted.

Prior to logging on to the application process, please review and prepare the following application requirements, as some of the sections require thought and reflection.

Information Required in Application

  • FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Score. (*If eligible, please file your 2016-2017 FAFSA prior to completing this application.)
  • Social Work-related (paid) employment history (past two years). (limit = 500 characters)*
  • Volunteer experience (past two years). (limit = 500 characters)*
  • Career goal. (limit = 500 characters)*
  • Personal statement of need. (limit = 1500 characters)*

        Personal statement of need includes, but is not limited to:
    • Description of unique challenges or obstacles overcome to attend graduate school.
    • In what ways receiving scholarship funds will assist you in achieving your academic/career goals.
    • Any additional information that would distinguish need.

*It is recommended that you prepare the above requirements in a word processing program and then utilize the cut and paste function to enter the information.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the ONLY application period for the 2016-2017 academic year. Scholarship awards will be granted for Fall 2016-Spring 2017 only. Summer scholarship awards are no longer available.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulty with the application process, please contact

If you are a current student applying for a scholarship, you may contact:

Dana M. Horne
Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Affairs

Office: 683 Baldy Hall
Phone: 716-645-1229

New applicants to the School of Social Work may contact:

Kathryn Kendall
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment

Office: 672 Baldy Hall
Phone: 716-645-1265