Various scholarships are available to students. Eligibility may depend on the year of enrollment, the discipline chosen for study, and other qualifying factors. It is important to study the scholarship criteria and to note the particular forms that are required as well as essays and interviews.

Students who are entering as freshmen are automatically considered for freshman scholarships via the freshman application for admission. For information and procedures applicable to incoming freshmen, visit the Financial Aid website.

Upper-class students (sophomore through senior years) will need to complete the "online scholarship application" found on the Financial Aid Scholarship page.

Child Welfare University Partnership Program (UPP)

The Child Welfare University Partnership Program (UPP) provides a post-graduation employment incentive ($5,000 or $10,000) to social work students (Junior and Senior Undergraduates and Advanced MSW Social Work Majors) who are interested in pursuing careers in child welfare. 

Apply here (rem. PDF) Once you have completed the application, please forward it to You may also reach out to Tracy Pritchard for any additional questions. 

For more information including resources for prospective applicants: visit the PCSAO Website

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Nina A. Montgomery Memorial Scholarship

The Nina A. Montgomery Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Nina A. Montgomery, a former student (Class of 1975) who was fatally injured in an automobile accident. The award is meant for a student pursuing a degree in social work. Academic achievement, good character, citizenship and financial need are strong endorsements in the selection of the scholarship recipient. The application form is circulated in the spring semester each year by the Department of Social Work office.

Ethel H. Moll Scholarship

The family of the late Ethel H. Moll, a Xenia, Ohio resident, created this scholarship. Moll came to Ohio University in 1953 to resume her interrupted college career and she later served as the first director of Jefferson Hall on the Ohio University campus for many years before her retirement. The scholarship is open to any student over the age of 25 who is returning to college to complete an interrupted education and who will be a first-, second-, or third-year student on the Athens campus. They must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and demonstrate financial need. To apply, contact Financial Aid, Chubb Hall, Ohio University, at 740.593.4141.

Florence V. Harper Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Florence B. Harper, Class of 1937, for full-time undergraduate students majoring in an academic area that will lead to a profession involved directly with helping people, such as teaching, social work, nursing, pre-medicine or pre-law. To be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need as well as achievement, dedication, and hard work through their academic and extracurricular pursuits. First priority will go to students from the city of Jackson, Ohio, with second priority to students from anywhere in Ohio. To apply, contact Financial Aid, Chubb Hall, Ohio University, at 740.593.4141.

Note: Students on the regional campuses can check with the regional campus student services offices to identify additional scholarship and grants.

Dr. Betty Hartford Endowment Scholarship

The Dr. Betty Hartford Endowment Scholarship is awarded to a student who is a social work major. Preference is given to incoming and second year MSW students who are interested in gerontology and/or research and demonstrate financial need. Notification of scholarship will be made mid-February.

You must complete the upperclassman scholarship form found here