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Scholarships and Financial Aid

The 2016-2017 application for the School of Social Work private scholarships will be available Jan. 15, 2016. 


To encourage talented students to continue their education at Wayne State's School of Social Work, the school offers scholarships and financial aid. Private scholarships, loans, grants, fellowships and other forms of financial aid are available on a limited basis to students enrolled in the School of Social Work. BSW students with missing or remaining Wayne State University general education requirements are not eligible to receive school-based scholarships or financial aid. 


Completed applications must be received by the School of Social Work Office of Admission and Student Services (SSW OASS) by 5 p.m. on February 26, 2016. 
The application is writable. Upon completing the form, SAVE IT and send the saved completed application back to us. 
It can be mailed or delivered directly to the Wayne State University School of Social Work, Office of Admissions and Student Services at; 4756 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202. It can also be faxed at (313) 577-4266 or sent via email as an attachment to 

All applicants must complete a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). This information will be verified through the Wayne State University Financial Aid Office.  Receipt of this award is contingent upon agreement that we may inform the donor of the scholarship of your name and selected general information regarding your qualifications for this award. You must submit a copy of your thank you letter to the donor to the office of OASS and attend the annual scholarship reception.  Failure to do so will result in the rescinding of the scholarship award. 

Important Downloads

For non-social work related scholarships and financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid's website or the Office of  Scholarships website.

Elizabeth N. Brehler Scholars Program

Brehler Program Process

Competition Instructions

Applicant & Mentor Agreement Form

Manuscript Submission Form

Tips from the Brehler Program Committee

Statement of Purpose

Previous Winning Manuscripts

Brehler Video

The Manuscript Competition is open to any full or part-time Social Work Students; BSW, MSW, PhD or enrolled non-degree student attending the Wayne State University School of Social Work. The award to the author of a winning manuscript is $3,000. Important dates for this year are:

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Kick-off for the Manuscript Competition:  Attend the information session in Thompson Home, Suite 200 Conference Room to learn about the competition and hear from previous winners.

The following two deadlines must be met:

Registration Date - Friday, December 11, 2016, 5:00 pm: By this date and time, deliver an original signed Applicant/Author and Mentor Agreement form between you and your mentor to Betsy Vanderstelt in Room 105 Thompson Home, Office of Admissions and Student Services. 

Manuscript Submission Date - Friday, March 25, 2016, 5:00 pm: By this date, submit to the Office of Admissions and Student Services on the first floor of The School of Social Work (5447 Woodward Ave.) the following: the entry form, which has all of the author’s identifying information, and a printed copy of the manuscript.  Please note that only the entry form should contain the author’s identifying information. All papers become the property of the School of Social Work.  In addition, the manuscript must be e-mailed to fq0994@wayne.edu by the deadline.  Please include “Brehler Manuscript Submission” in the subject line of your email.

The next steps will be:

April 2016: The Brehler Scholars Committee will meet and determine the winning manuscript.  All applicant/authors will be notified via email of the Committee's decision.

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Presentation of the winning paper to faculty, family and friends.  A small reception will be held to honor the author and present the cash award.

For more information or an application, contact Betsy Vanderstelt at fq0994@wayne.edu.