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BSS Departmental Scholarships

Social Work Scholarships

The Roxie Craig Scholarship in Social Work

This scholarship is in memory of Ms. Roxie Craig who graduated from the Social Work Program in 1942.  Ms. Craig was a Senior Probation at Jefferson County Family Court who spent her professional life helping troubled children. Criteria include a financial need, and grade requirements for admission to the Program and/or Practicum (2.3 overall GPA; 3.0 GPA in Social Work).

The Louise White Dawson Social Work Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established by the family and friends of Louise White Dawson, a gradu­ate of Alabama College in 1930 and a member of the first group of social work majors at the college. Criteria include a GPA 3.0 or higher, junior standing, potential for professional contribution, and financial need.

The Dr. Jan Eagles Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences

The Jan Eagles Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding junior, majoring in a health field.  The student who receives the scholarship must exhibit outstanding potential for further study in his/her chosen field and must be dedicated to the highest standards of scholarship, scientific inquiry and integrity.  He/she should also exhibit a desire to be of service to humanity.  Criteria include a GPA 3.0 or higher, junior standing, potential for professional contribution, and financial need.

The Jeanette Niven Social Work Scholarship

The Jeanette Niven Scholarship was established by friends and former students to honor the woman whose caring concern for her clients and students has spanned five decades.  Criteria include a GPA 2.75 or higher, senior standing, potential for professional contribution, financial need, and a female whose education has been interrupted.

The Mary Edna Porter Family and Child Scholarship

Family, friends, and colleagues of Mary Edna Porter, retired Executive Director of Family and Child Services, established this scholarship to honor her commitment to families and children and to social work education. Criteria include a GPA 3.0 or higher, senior standing, potential for professional contribution, financial need, and an interest in working with families and children.

The Mel Dorrough Robinson Scholarship in Social Work

Endowed by class of 1952 alumnus Mel Robinson, this scholarship is for students who have been admitted to the professional Social Work Program. Preference for this scholarship will be given to Social Work majors who intend to practice within a medical setting or who intend to pursue a graduate degree in social work with a specialization in medical social work. Recipient(s) must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be in good standing with the University. Recipient(s) of the Mel Dorrough Robinson Social Work Scholarship may receive the award for a total of two academic years.

The Anne and Harrison Blair Foundation Scholarship in Social Work

Endowed by the Blair Foundation, this scholarship is for students who have been admitted to the professional Social Work Program. Preference for this scholarship will be given to female Social Work majors who intend to practice within a medical setting or who intend to pursue a graduate degree in social work with a specialization in medical social work. Recipient(s) must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be in good standing with the University. Recipient(s) of the Anne and Harrison Blair Foundation Scholarship may receive the award for a total of two academic years.

The Dr. Susan Vaughn Advocacy Scholarship

This scholarship is endowed by Class of 1971 alumnae and UM Professor Emeritus Dr. Susan Vaughn, former director of UM’s Social Work Program and Department Chair.  Recipients of this scholarship will be student(s) at the University of Montevallo, preferably a junior or senior meeting the requirements for admission to the Social Work Program and demonstrating financial need as well as a strong desire to help vulnerable and underserved populations through advocacy and community service. If no qualified student majoring in social work can be identified, then a similarly qualified student from the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences will be taken into consideration.

Hiroko Oikawa Scholarship

Gifted by the family of Class of 1953 alumnae Horoko Oikawa, this scholarship was established to honor Ms. Oikawa and to provide financial assistance to a deserving junior or senior student(s) enrolled at the University of Montevallo majoring in Social Work. Recipient(s) must be accepted to the Social Work program and have a major GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Recipient(s) must also be dedicated to human service work and to the mission, values, and ethics of the social work profession.  Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Joyce Greathouse Advocacy Scholarship

Endowed by class of 1956 alumnus Martha Joyce Greathouse, this scholarship is for a student majoring in social work with a 3.0 overall GPA or higher.  Preference will be given to a senior field-education student completing the practicum experience with Children’s Aid Society where Ms. Greathouse retired as director after a long and distinguished career in public service to vulnerable children and their families.  If no qualified student is placed at Children’s Aid Society, then the scholarship may be awarded to a student who is dedicated to a career providing social work services to children and families in some capacity.