At Ball State, 80 percent of our students are eligible for financial aid. The Department of Social Work offers several scholarship opportunities for students majoring in social work. You may find more information below regarding each scholarship and its qualifying criteria.

Muncie, Indiana, residents Ed and Maureen Dobrow created this scholarship in 1996. Ed Dobrow is the owner and president of Dobrow Industries, Inc. in Muncie. With gratitude to the Dobrows, the Department of Social Work provides this resource to social work students.

Award Amount

Based upon fund availability, scholarship, and/or financial need.

Criteria

To be considered for the Dobrow scholarship, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • be a full-time, undergraduate student majoring in social work
  • have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • display a professional commitment to the field of social work through community volunteer and/or work experiences

In addition to the above eligibility requirements preference is given, but not restricted to:

  • non-traditional students
  • students demonstrating financial need

Awards may be renewed for subsequent years provided the student continues to meet the eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

Download Application (PDF)

In 1966, Karl Rehfeld and his wife, Lea, moved to Muncie to begin a social work program at Ball State. In the 10 years that followed, the program emerged from a few courses to a full department with a curriculum accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 1974.

In keeping with their dedication to helping students in the social work major, the Rehfelds provided a financial gift to the Ball State Foundation in 1981 to provide financial assistance for social work majors. With gratitude to the Rehfelds, our department provides this resource to students majoring in social work.

Award Amount

Based upon fund availability, scholarship, and/or financial need.

Criteria

To be considered for the Rehfeld scholarship, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • be full-time, undergraduate student majoring in social work
  • have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for scholarship
  • have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for financial assistance, with demonstrated financial need
  • service to Social Work profession

Awards may be renewed for subsequent years provided the student continues to meet the eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

Download Application (PDF)

In 2004, Dr. Harry J. Macy retired after serving as the Chairperson of the Social Work Department for 27 years. Under his leadership, Ball State University became nationally known as offering a premier accredited baccalaureate social work degree.

Ms. Delpha S. Macy retired from the social work profession in 2003. She was the founder and director of the family preservation program offered by a comprehensive mental health center serving three East Central Indiana counties.

Prior to earning their MSW degrees at Indiana University and beginning their professional social work careers in 1967, Dr. and Ms. Macy served 2 years as U.S. Peace Corps teachers in Tabora, Tanzania.

Together, Dr. and Ms. Macy provided a combined total of 75 years of social work practice, public education and professional service during their careers.

The Macy Scholarship program recognizes their life-long commitment to excellence in professional social work practice. The Macy Scholarship program was created to help the Department continue to provide high quality education to exceptionally well-qualified social work students. First awarded in 2008 and to continue in perpetuity, students receive academic, merit-based financial assistance from this scholarship program.

Award Amount

Based upon fund availability, scholarship, and/or financial need.

Criteria

To be considered for the Harry J. and Delpha S. Macy Scholarship, students must meet the following requirements:

  • be full-time, senior-level undergraduate student majoring in social work
  • have a commitment to advancing the social work profession
  • be dedicated to promoting social and economic justice and demonstrate energy, perseverance, and courage in addressing social problems
  • have a life-long commitment to voluntary service to others
  • have a history of scholarship and academic excellence
  • demonstrate vision and a potential for leadership in strengthening health and human service

How to Apply

Download Application (PDF)

The Indiana Child Services Education Program was created in an effort to increase the number of social work graduates employed within the Indiana Department of Child Service, Protective Services Unit. Senior social work majors participating in this program to take select child welfare courses, complete an internship within the Department of Child Services, and then move directly into a full-time position upon graduation.

Award Amount

Students receive full tuition, fees, and a $2,000 stipend each semester of their senior year.

Criteria

To be considered for the Indiana Child Services Education Program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • be a full-time, undergraduate student majoring in social work
  • have an overall GPA of 2.5 and a social work GPA of 3.0
  • have a minimum of two semesters remaining prior to graduation
  • be committed to working in child protective services
  • authorize the Department of Child Services to conduct a criminal background check, which reveals no criminal history
  • sign a contract with the Department of Child Services to commit to working for the Department for 24 months upon graduation

How to Apply

If interested, please complete the following application and submit it to the Department of Social Work. You may also download the reference form for your convenience.

 Download Application (PDF)     Download Reference Form (DOC)

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