Great Minds Social Work Scholarship

Ohio Dominican has been awarded a Great Minds Fellowship Program from the Ohio Department of Higher Education for social work majors. The purpose of the grant is to prepare and recruit behavioral health professionals to meet the current needs in Mental Health and Addiction Services. This grant will provide financial aid to Ohio resident students who are within two years of graduating and who demonstrate a commitment to serving in an Ohio Community Behavioral Health Center (CBHC) for at least one year.

About the Scholarship

Starting in the Fall 2023 semester and continuing through March of 2025 ODU will award scholarships of up to $10,000 to students who are majoring in social work and who meet the eligibility criteria, to assist with the costs of obtaining their degrees. Allowable expenses include paid senior social work practicum/internship at one of Ohio’s Community Behavioral Health Centers (CBHC); and the costs of required license preparation and exams (and other costs related to the degree).

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be considered for the scholarships, you must:

  • Be an Ohio resident
  • Be a current junior or senior ODU student or incoming transfer student majoring in Social Work, who is not already receiving a full scholarship
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Make progress in the junior and senior years, toward completing the Bachelor’s degree with a Social Work major
  • Commit to the following:
    • meeting with your assigned social work faculty academic advisor at least once per semester
    • completing both semesters of the Ohio Dominican senior undergraduate social work practicum in the same Ohio Community Behavioral Health Center (CBHC)
    • serving at least one year in an Ohio CBHC following graduation

Preference will be given to students who have unmet financial need, students in underrepresented demographics and first generation college students, although all are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

  • Complete the application
  • Include a video (maximum length 5 minutes) or personal statement (minimum 300 words) in which you describe why you are well suited to future social work practice in a setting that serves clients with mental health and addiction disorders
  • Submit an unofficial transcript (if transferring from another college or university)

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