Scholarships and Financial Aid

The 2018-2019 School of Social Work Private Scholarship Application is now available. Each year, several private scholarships are offered to encourage talented students to continue their education. These scholarships are designed to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in academic programs offered by the School of Social Work.

Completed applications must be submitted to the School of Social Work, Office of Admissions and Student Services, by midnight on March 1, 2018.

To apply for the various scholarships, please complete our online application which can be accessed by clicking this link: 2018-2019 Scholarship Application.

As indicated on the application, applicants wanting consideration for the Anna Katz Brenner, Carol Barron, Patricia L. Dillick, Rose Kaplan, Maldo E. Talick and/or Dean's Scholarship must upload an essay.  Applicants can apply for multiple scholarships, but must upload separate essays addressing the requirements for each individual scholarship.    

All applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or an Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). This information will be verified through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Wayne State University. 

Receipt of a scholarship award is contingent upon agreement that we may provide your name, along with general information regarding your qualifications for the award, to the scholarship donor. Additionally, you must agree to attend the Scholarship Reception and must also send a thank you letter to the scholarship donor. A copy of the thank you letter must be provided to the Office of Admissions and Student Services. Failure to do so will result in the rescinding of the scholarship award.

Important Downloads

Student Loan Repayment presentation and reference document 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

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Competition Instructions

Brehler Scholars Program Forms:
STEP 1: Competition Registration 
STEP 2: Manuscript Submission

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 29, 2018, 2:30 - 3:30 pm: Kick-off for the Manuscript Competition: Attend the information session in the School of Social Work Conference Room 233 (5447 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202) to learn about the competition and hear from previous winners.

The following two deadlines must be met:

STEP 1: Registration Date - Friday, December 21, 2018, 5:00 pm EST: By this date and time, complete and submit STEP 1, the online competition Registration Form.

STEP 2: Manuscript Submission Date - Monday, March 18, 2019, 5:00 pm EST: By this date and time, complete and submit STEP 2, the online Manuscript Submission Form, which includes the uploading of the final manuscript submission. Please note that only the submission form should contain the author's identifying information, do not place your name on the manuscript submission document. All papers become the property of the School of Social Work. 

The next steps will be:

April 2019: The Brehler Scholars Committee will meet and determine the winning manuscript. All applicant/authors will be notified via email of the Committee's decision.

The winner will be announced the week of April 22, 2019. The award recipient will be formally recognized and the award will be presented at the Dean's Graduation Luncheon at the end of the Winter semester.

For more information or the status of an application, contact Betsy Vanderstelt at

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