School of Social Work Support Opportunities
Ryan Short Memorial Scholarship
Award varies; Non-renewable
The Ryan Short Memorial Scholarship has been established in memory of Ryan Short. Ryan was a freshman at Grand Valley State University when he was killed by a drunk driver on July 29, 1995. It is ironic that Ryan was killed by a drunk driver when he had become a fierce advocate against drinking and drugs.
In order to continue Ryan’s work, his family wants to help others pursue a career in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and education. By seeing his work continue through the students awarded this scholarship, Ryan’s family can find comfort and peace.
The scholarship provides assistance to MSW students who are pursuing a career in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Education through the MSW program. Applicant must demonstrate a strong academic background (at least a 3.2 GPA) and community involvement related to this field, also be enrolled at least six hours per semester.
2020/2021 Gabriel Hernandez, Abigail McKenzie, Karleena Tillotson
2019/20 Mara E. Furlich, Glen A. Brookhouse, Paige E. Cunningham, Karleena A. Langenfeld
2018/19 - Autumn L. Putnam, Kayla M. Holz
2017/18 - Yesica Ramirez-Perez, Maija J. Dunham
2016/17 - Natalie J. Sernick, Deangelo K. Johnson
2015/16 - Abigail M. Wroble, Sara K. Sawinski
2014/15 - Jamie L. Dahlquist, Faye I. Shanley, Peter S. VanTil
School of Social Work Scholarship
Award is up to $1,000; Non-renewal
This scholarship is awarded to students who are in the School of Social Work, who have excelled in their coursework and have financial need.
All BSW applicants must have degree-seeking status and be a second semester junior or have senior status. All MSW applicants must have degree-seeking status and have completed four core courses or have Advanced Standing. All applicants must provide financial aid information as the award is based on need as well as a 3.3 cumulative GPA.
2020/2021 Gillian Garton-Borowitz, Lariesha Lee, Gerardo Vasquez
2019/20 - Kalli N. Feldpausch, Laura M. Muniz, Heather R. Reid, Caitlin R. Quantock
2018/19 - Noelle M. Lynn, Leah J. Hoffer
2017/18 - Ashley J. Dwarshuis, Danielle T. O'Brien, Mackenzie L. Boston, Katie A. Perry
2016/17 - Emma J. Budros, Jaqueshia L. Allen, Carolina Brito
2015/16 - Kaylee N. Lohman, Heather L. Blenkle
2014/15 - Aubrey M. Valleau, Jessica L. Rienstra
Rodney Mulder Social Work Scholarship
Award varies; Non-renewable
Established in 2003 by Richard Tadgerson in honor of Dr. Rodney J. Mulder. This scholarship benefits Social Work students at the upper class or graduate levels. Dr. Mulder was a long standing professor and Dean of the School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University. Richard Tadgerson was once counseled by Dr. Mulder and subsequently became a successful business person in the tool and die and metal stamping industries. Students who demonstrate a commitment to community service will be chosen to receive this scholarship.
This scholarship recognizes social work students who demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism and community service. Recipients of this scholarship shall have been accepted for or currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). They must be a [undergraduate junior or graduate student] enrolled for 6 credit hours or more in the [School of Social Work and shall be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University.
2020/2021 - Anca Enache, Kylea Lund, Maggie Obermeyer, Brittney Statema, Daniel Unekis, Alyssa Vodak
2019/20 - Kelly A. Leikert, Elizabeth M. Swan, Sophie M. Postema
2018/19 - Tracey Y. Whiting, Lorissa K. Matthysse, Summer L. Mendez, Allison L. Van Kampen, Glen A. Brookhouse, Brendan R. O'Donnel, Amanda L. Luurtsema
2017/18 - Chelsea M. Taylor, Mary E. De Young, Cassidy A. Grooms
2016/17 - Kaitlin C. Malone, Karen G. O'Strander, Emma K. Krive, Bree J. Austin-Roberts, Arijeta Ahmeti
2015/16 - Kaitlyn M. Grangood, Cassandra L. Kiger, Kelsey J. Ball, Jessica N. Janecke, Kolby A. Cole
2014/15 - Brandon M. Goeman, Elizabeth A. Robison, Jacquelyn C. Deur, Everetta A. Cole, DaMesha M. Jackson
Dr. Rodney Mulder was a long-standing professor and former Dean of the School of Social Work at GVSU.
Rodney and Lucarol Mulder Social Work Scholarship
Award varies; renewable by reapplication for maximum of 6 semesters provided the recipient continues to meet the qualifications stated below.
Dr. Rod Mulder served as a faculty member in the French, Sociology, and Social Work Departments at Grand Valley State University during a tenure that lasted 44 years. In 2008, he retired from his post after 15 years serving first as a dean of the School of Social Work, and then as the first Dean of the new College of Community and Public Service. After Rod's sudden passing, and further reflection by his immediate family, we decided to create a new scholarship in memory of Rodney and his wife Lucarol that would assist students with greater difficulties accessing higher education.
Rod and Lu were lifelong advocates for inclusion, diversity and social justice; Rod valued a professional school that better reflected the diversity of populations that social workers serve in West Michigan and nationally. This scholarship recognizes diversity across dimensions, for example, race and ethnicity, age, family structure, socio-economic status. The new scholarship assists students that have faced challenges with completing their education due to family commitments, lack of access, financial need, or systemic barriers.
The purpose of this scholarship is to promote diversity in the social work profession by assisting undergraduate and graduate nontraditional students and students from underrepresented ethnic groups with the costs of their education at GVSU.
To qualify students must:
*be accepted for or currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University (GVSU)
*be an undergraduate junior or senior enrolled for 12 credit hours or more, or, graduate student enrolled in 6 credit hours or more
*have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
*be meeting satisfactory academic progress (https://www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/satisfactory-academic-progress-sap-17.htm)
Preference will be given to nontraditional students and students from underrepresented ethnic groups, particularly those with paid experience in social services.
Financial need may be considered, and shall be demonstrated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
This scholarship may be renewed with reapplication for a maximum of 6 semesters provided the recipient continues to meet the qualifications stated above.
2020/2021 Stacie Fifelski, Hannah Noorman, Gregory Retzlaff
Rod and Lucarol Mulder
The McFadden International Child Welfare Scholarship
Award varies; renewable maximum of three semesters for full time students, five semesters for part time students
Emily Jean McFadden, a professor in the Grand Valley State University School of Social Work for thirteen years, established this scholarship with the intent of benefiting students who are pursuing a Master in Social Work degree and plan to work with children.
Professor McFadden taught for more than 28 years and dedicated her life’s work to child welfare, and in that capacity held many professional roles including caseworker, therapist, grant director, program manager, and researcher. She authored several books, many training manuals, and numerous chapters and articles. Some of her work has been translated into languages such as Norwegian, Hungarian, French, and Zulu.
The donor, Emily Jean McFadden, hopes that this scholarship will prepare competent and committed social workers who upon graduation will work toward international understanding of the well being of children in the world. Jean continues her strong commitment to children, social justice, and peace by establishing this scholarship to empower students to reach their full potential.
The purpose of this scholarship is to assist with preparing competent and committed social workers who will work toward international understanding of the well being of children in the world.
- Recipients must be accepted for or be currently enrolled at GVSU
- Must be enrolled with full or part-time status as a Master of Social Work, degree-seeking student
- Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
- Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
- Recipients must demonstrate interest in international social work, and an aptitude for working with children by taking course work that aligns with this interest. This demonstration might also include study or service learning with children in the United States or abroad.
- Special consideration will be given to candidates who express specific interest in working in the area of international social work as it pertains to children in a developing country
- Special consideration will also be given to candidates whom may have attended grade school and high school in a country outside of the United States and have a desire to work with children internationally
Financial need will be considered as demonstrated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Renewal Criteria: This scholarship may be renewed without reapplication for a maximum of three semesters if a full-time student, or for a maximum of five semesters if enrolled part-time, provided the student continues to meet the qualifications stated above.
2020/2021 Tierney Cargo
Jean McFadden, retired School of Social Work professor from Grand Valley State University.
Social Work Minority Scholarship
Award up to $1,000; Non-renewable
The Social Work Minority Scholarship is awarded to minority students who have given back to their communities by advocating for social justice for minority population.
All BSW applicants must have degree-seeking status and be a second semester junior or have senior status. All MSW applicants must have degree-seeking status and have completed four core courses or have Advanced Standing. Recipients must have a 3.0 or higher GPA and be Black/Non-Hispanic, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander or Native American.
2020/2021 Marigold Cobbina
2019/20 - Melinda L. Aviles, Florencia Herradon
2018/19 - Rachel M. Ibarra Jacqueline Ortiz
2017/18 - Carolina Brito, Shaylynnkinne Y. Ivory, Kristy M. Dayson
2016/17 - Noelia Garcis, Fluarry D. Jackson
2015/16 - Nazeer T. Zerka, Tiara M. Parks, Jaqueshia L. Allen, Trenessa L. Allen
2014/15 - Geoffrey Beene, Latasha N. Robertson-Crump
Ram and Usha Singh Social Work Scholarship
Award up to $1,000; Renewable maximum of 4 semesters received
During the last 13 years of Dr. Singh's career, he taught in the School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University. From the moment of his arrival at Grand Valley and the Grand Rapids community, his presence and his person were living examples of his humanity. Dr. Singh’s quest for knowledge, personal growth, and learning were thirsts he did not seek to quench. He was forever a teacher and a student, and he unselfishly shared his zest, vision and enthusiasm with others. The impressions made by Dr. Singh upon those who knew him were many, and without exception, included compassion, kindness, respect, and “unconditional positive regard.” In a positive affirming manner, Ram Singh possessed the ability to make one believe daunting tasks were undaunting and the impossible was indeed possible. He was devoted to his work and was respected by peers and students. He was very well read and was an expert in philosophy, Indian religions, and social work. He gave as many as 10 papers a year around the country and the world, mostly on topics of social work or Indian religions. He usually returned to his native India at least once a year to see family and friends. He had also hired a part-time social worker to work in a village of “untouchables”. He brought electricity to that village, a school and other kinds of community organizations. This scholarship was created in Dr. Ram Singh’s memory and in honor of his loving wife.
This scholarship was established for international students who are pursuing a degree in Social Work.
Students must be degree-seeking and entering their Junior undergraduate year or pursuing a Masters of Social Work and must have a 3.0 GPA (provide an unofficial transcript). Candidates and recipients must have familial residence and citizenship outside of the United States and enrolled at GVSU under a J-1 or F-1 visa.
2020/2021 Marigold Cobbina
2019/20 - Marigold Cobbina
2017/18 - Peter D. Dunlop
2015/16 - Anteneh T. Aberra
2014/15 - Anteneh T. Aberra, Lauren Doxtater
Douglas and Ellen Chung Asian Social Work Graduate Scholarship
Award varies; Renewable maximum of 4 semesters received
This graduate Social Work scholarship was established by Douglas K. Chung to promote social work services in the Asian countries and communities. Douglas K. Chung, MSW, MA, Ph.D., had been a professor in the School of Social Work in the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University since 1989 and is now retired. He is a commissioner on the United States Council of Social Work (CSWE) since 2001. Trained as a researcher in mental health, community organization, and family therapy, he has extensive practice and teaching experience and has publications in cross-cultural social work education and practice. He is engaged in building culturally sensitive models for personal and social transformation through the integration of Qigong Technologies and human services.
This scholarship was established to promote social work services in the Asian countries and communities and support Asian students who are pursuing degrees in Social Work.
Candidates must be Asians or Asian Americans who demonstrate by an essay their eagerness to bring culturally sensitive social work to their home countries around the Pacific Rim or to their Asian communities in the western world and must be admitted to the School of Social Work to study at the graduate level in a degree seeking course. Candidates must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.3 or better and be making satisfactory academic progress (3.0 or better in graduate school) according to the norms established by Grand Valley State University School of Social Work and enrolled as a full-time student. Demonstration of financial need not required.
2020/2021 Xiao Wang Lin, Kara Thomazin
2019/20 - Allison L. VanKampen, Xiao Wang Lin
2018/19 - Allison L. Van Kampen
2017/18 - Khue B. Dinh
2014/15 - Annie Jang
Dr. Douglas Chung, retired professor in the School of Social Work.
The School of Social Work is allotted a very limited amount of financial assistance to be directly distributed to students by the School. Such resources are allocated based primarily on the financial needs of the applicant.
Although the resource is extremely limited, we wish to provide the opportunity to apply to all students who believe they are in need of such assistance. A decision on your application will be made prior to the beginning of the academic year.
Applications become available to all degree-seeking students in the Spring of each year. Applications are sent to degree-seeking students by email, or by clicking on the links below: