Scholarships provide additional financial support for eligible students. Through the UWM Foundation and the generosity and vision of friends, alumni and faculty, the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare has established scholarships for the benefit of its students.

  These scholarships are in addition to the scholarships available through UWM’s Financial Aid Office. Most scholarships require supplemental information to the application form (e.g., transcripts, etc.). Please carefully read all the information concerning the scholarship(s) for which you are applying. The scholarship selection committee will only consider complete applications.

  Status of scholarships are subject to change, new ones are often added, and there are some available that require a separate application process.

The submission period for all scholarship applications is now closed. We will post dates for the next scholarship submission period in early 2018.

  • Dean’s New Freshman Scholarship*
  • Undergraduate: Amount varies
  • Newly admitted freshman
  • Full-time enrollment for fall
  • 3.5 or higher GPA
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • Social Work or Criminal Justice major
  • *awarded by the UWM Admissions Office
  • Kathleen Scheller Memorial Scholarship
  • Undergraduate: Min. $500
  • Social Work major
  • Non-traditional student (40+ years)
  • Receiving financial aid
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • Undergraduate: Min. $1,000
  • Member of under-represented racial minority group with a preference for African-Americans
  • Junior or senior standing
  • 2.5 or higher GPA
  • Receiving financial aid
  • Interest in working in a correctional or criminal justice agency
  • Helen Bader Age & Community Scholarship
  • Graduate: Min. $2,000
  • Pursuing Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology
  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Renewable
  • Downloadable application
  • Irene Frye Scholarship for Gerontology
  • MSW or PhD student: Min. $1,000
  • Concentration in Gerontology
  • Receiving financial aid
  • A non-traditional student or member of an under-represented minority
  • Judy Kramer Scholarship for Bilingual Students Fund
  • Undergraduate and Graduate: Min. $1,000
  • Social Work student
  • Fluent in more than one language
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in the U.S. in a setting needing bilingual social workers
  • Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors Youth Foundation Scholarship
  • Undergraduate and Graduate: Min. $1,000
  • Student enrolled in Social Work or Criminal Justice program
  • Interest in career working with youth
  • Academic merit
  • Receiving financial aid
  • Creative Corrections Education Foundation Scholarship
  • Undergraduate
  • Student with an incarcerated parent or parent on parole
  • Open to all UW-Milwaukee students
  • Apply here
  • Karin Schmidt Non-Traditional Student Scholarship
  • MSW student: Min. $1000
  • Previous employment or volunteer experience
  • Non-continuous student with a substantial gap in his/her educational timeline
  • Aileen Rockjordan Scholarship
  • MSW student: Min. $1,000
  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting cultural diversity in delivery of social services
  • Members of under-represented racial minority groups
  • Receiving financial aid
  • Max and Kay Kurz Scholarship Fund
  • MSW student: Min. $1,000
  • Lynde B. Uihlein Scholarship Fund
  • MSW student: Min. $1,000
  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Financial need considered
  • Robert L. Stonek Memorial Award
  • Undergraduate and Graduate: Min. $1,000
  • Student enrolled in Criminal Justice program
  • Harry and Esther Kovenock Award
  • Undergraduate: $1000
  • Senior Social Work student
  • Academic merit
  • Receiving financial aid
  • Barbara Atchison Community and Organization Leadership Scholarship
  • MSW Student: $2000
  • Concentration in Community and Organizational Leadership
  • Non-renewable