BSW Scholarships


Mary Pat Mahoney Memorial Scholarship - BSW

  • one award of approximately $500.00
  • must be or become a senior by the fall of the award given
  • must  have 2.75 overall grade point average
  • must have a 3.00 grade point average in social work courses
  • award will be advertised approximately mid-April every year (see School of Social Work main office for announcement and application details)

Dick Shields Memorial Scholarship - BSW

  • one award of approximately $500.00
  • must be at least sophomore standing
  • 3.0 overall grade point average 
  • award will be advertised approximately mid-April every year (see School of Social Work main office for announcement and application details)

Helen and Dan Kidder Scholarship - BSW

  • one to two awards of approximately $500.00-$1,000.00 bi-annually (even years)
  • priority given to students with a gerontology focus or minor
  • preference given to students who are graduates of high schools in Missoula, Lake or Flathead counties
  • must have a 2.75 in all college level work
  • award will be advertised approximately mid-April every applicable year (see School of Social Work main office for announcement and application details)

Title IV-E Stipend Program

  • $7,000 received per academic year
  • University of Montana: Social Work, Psychology, or Sociology major
  • Montana State University: Human Development and Family Science major
  • Montana State University -Billings: Human Services Major
  • In good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Able to commit to employment with Child and Family Services Division (CFSD) or Tribal Child Welfare after graduation. Six months of employment are required for each semester of the stipend

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Davidson Honors College

BSW External Scholarships

Women's Opportunity Award (For Female Ravalli County Residents)

  • one award of $2,000 and eligibility to compete for a $5,000 regional award and then one of three $10,000 finalist awards
  • scholarship available to women who face economic and personal hardships and are primary financial support for their family
  • students will receive application announcements and details during fall semester 

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund

  • multiple awards of $2,000 annually, renewable up to 5 years
  • must be a woman, age 35 or older
  • must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • must be enrolled in, or accepted to, a regionally or ACICS accredited school
  • must be pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree
  • must be considered 'low-income'

Montana Gerontology Society

  • one award of $1,000 academic scholarship
  • applicant must be a student at a Montana college or university
  • pursing a career in the field of aging
  • in need of financial assistance to achieve goals
  • scholarship announced at the annual Montana Gerontology society conference in the spring

Loan Forgiveness & Repayment

Many of the School's program graduates are hired to provide services for organizations that are located within Montana communities that qualify as Health Professional Shortage Areas.  The National Service Corps will help to offset educational loans through the Loan Repayment Program for qualifying students who agree to serve in designated communities.  For more information contact:

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program forgives any remaining debt after 10 years of full, on-time qualifying payments while working for qualifying government or 501(c)3 employers. The
borrower must have made 120 payments as part of the Direct Loan program in order to obtain this benefit. Only payments made on or after October 1, 2007 count toward the required 120 monthly payments. For more information:

The following link will connect you to a list of potential state resources that can also assist with loan repayment: