The Social Work Department at Wright State University awards several scholarships annually. These awards are made available through the generous donations of social work graduates and university faculty and staff. A brief description of selection criteria is listed below. Applications must be received in the department by March 1st and are reviewed during Spring to be awarded for the following academic year. Recipients are expected to submit the University Scholarship application to the Financial Aid office by March 1st as well.
The scholarships in the Department are:
The Ellen Wiedemann-Berger Memorial
Blazer ScholarshipsThis award was established in 1993 in honor of the late Richard Blazer, a Dayton area social worker. The award is given to students who pursue the area of violence prevention by completing at least one term of field education in a violence prevention setting and completing a research paper on the topic. Students must submit a letter stating how they will meet the requirements for this award. Upon receiving the award students must select a faculty mentor to discuss the field education and research paper.
Social Work ScholarshipsFunds for the Social Work award come from the annual Wright State University Campus Scholarship Campaign. The awards are given to students under-represented in the major, such as minorites, non-traditional aged students, or students with disabilities. Applicants must clearly demonstrate a financial need that impacts their ability to complete the social work requirements. The student should submit a letter specifying the need and how the scholarship will be utilized, such as toward the purchase of books or transportation.
Gladys Turner Finney ScholarshipThe Gladys Turner Finney Social Work Scholarship was established in 1998 to promote and support academic excellence in social work through supplementary aid to African American students with a minimum GPA of 2.75 majoring in social work at WSU. Students may submit a letter acknowledging their qualifications for this award. Faculty may also submit a written letter of recommendation for a student to be considered for this award.
Student Professional Development
The purpose of this award is to provide students a broader exposure to the social work profession through attendance at national, state, and local conferences. Awards cover partial costs of transportation, lodging and food. Students are expected to volunteer at the conference in order to cover registration costs and are encouraged to submit a proposal to present at the conference. Students must submit a request for this award at least two months before the conference. Students must include conference brochures that describe the program and its costs. Students must submit a letter that discusses how attendance at the conference will promote their interest in social work. Students must submit a written report of how they utilized this professional development experience.
Colleen Mercuri-Johnson Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Colleen Mercuri-Johnson, BSW graduate in 2001. The intent of the scholarship is to encourage future social workers to work with persons with developmental and/or intellectual (D/I) disability and advocate for their right for self-expression. Ms Mercuri-Johnson has been a long-time advocate of the rights of persons with D/I disabilities, especially for their rights to healthy sexual relationships.
Updated August 16, 2012