Scholarships

Create opportunities for the next generation

Agnes Anderson Memorial Fund

Agnes Anderson was a faculty member of the IU Division of Social Service from 1945 to 1956.

This fund was established in 1956 for a scholarship to be awarded to a current student for their distinguished academic achievements.

Project AFFIRM Fund

This fund, Action for Furthering the Identification and Recruitment of Minorities, was established in 1979. Its purpose is to support the school’s efforts to identify and recruit minority students for its various academic programs. Funds can be used for, but are not limited to, emergency minority student support. Preference is given to minority students of color.

IU School of Social Work Fund

This fund was established in 1989. It is a multiuse account.

Mary H. Houk Memorial Fund

Mary Houk earned her master’s degree in social work at the University of Chicago. She worked for the Oklahoma Relief Administration and for the National Travelers Aid Society during WWII. She joined the faculty of the IU Division of Social Service in 1945 and was appointed as its director in 1951. Houk became the first dean of the Graduate School of Social Service in 1966, and shortly thereafter, she retired due to the fact that IU had a compulsory retirement age of 65 at that time.

She helped the Division of Social Service grow from 12 students in 1945 to 112 students in 1966. In addition to her own focus on developing field placements for students, she continued the school’s mission of recruiting students with high academic and professional promise, and continued revision of the curriculum to meet changing professional demands. This fund was established in 1989 to be used for graduate students with special financial needs.

Mondonna Pang Fund

Mondonna Pang was born in 1901. She graduated from Indiana University in 1931 with a B.A. in psychology. She was employed at the Marion, Indiana, VA Hospital starting in 1946. This hospital provided care for veterans with psychiatric illnesses and many of them were diagnosed with schizophrenia. She died in 1989.

This fund was established in 1990 for scholarships for students interested in working in the mental health field, particularly with persons affected by schizophrenia and other related disorders. (Similar scholarship funds were also established in 1990 for the IU School of Medicine and the IU Department of Psychology.)

Dan and Hanna MacDonald Scholarship

Dan MacDonald was the president of the United Way of Central Indiana until 1995. This fund was established in 1992 for a graduate MACRO student, preferably of color, who is participating in a field practicum at the United Way/Community Service Council or a designated United Way agency.

Sheldon and Natalie Siegel Scholarship

Dr. Siegel served as the dean of the IUSSW from 1984 to 1994 and later as the interim dean from 1999 to 2000. His wife is Natalie Siegel. He has led a life committed to helping those who could not always help themselves. In April 2008, Dr. Siegel was presented with the Community Leadership Award for his work with senior citizens. This scholarship honors his dedication to the profession of social work. This fund was established in 1994 to provide scholarships for students working in or demonstrating a commitment to the field of community organization and development.

Alice B. Moore Fellowship Fund

Alice B. Moore was born in 1901 in Ashland, Ohio. She studied social work at the University of Akron and moved to Bloomington in 1922 when her husband was hired to teach 18th-century literature at IU. During her years in Bloomington, she worked at the IU library, raised a family, helped to establish the Bloomington Christian Center, and was an active volunteer. She held a special interest in community affairs, particularly in low-income communities. This fund, established in 1996, provides a graduate fellowship.

IUSSW Alumni Association Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in 1996 to provide scholarships for M.S.W. students with high academic achievement and who demonstrate financial need.

Murray/Powers Research Symposium Fund

Jerry Powers is a retired IUSSW faculty member. His wife is Margaret Murray. Jerry received his B.S. in sociology and philosophy from the University of Scranton in 1960, his M.S.W. from Fordham University in 1963, and his Ph.D. in social work research from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973. He was a faculty member at IUSSW from 1980 to 2002, during which time he helped to get the Ph.D. program started and taught research courses, among others. This fund was established in 1998. It is a general endowment, multiuse account with some restriction.

Michael and Muriel Wallace International Scholarship Fund

Michael and Muriel Wallace were a host family in England for students from the IUSSW who studied internationally. They met students at the train station and had them stay in their home until their permanent host family arrangements were completed. This fund was established in 2000 to continue aiding students who desire to study internationally but lack the sufficient means to do so.

Genevieve Means McLeod Scholarship

Genevieve Means McLeod received a B.A. in sociology from IU in 1920 and also completed coursework for an M.A. in social work from IU. She worked for the Marion County Department of Public Welfare in Indianapolis and also worked in the Social Service Department of the Indianapolis Public Schools. She tirelessly practiced the values of the social work profession in both paid and voluntary positions throughout the city of Indianapolis. This fund was established in 2000 to be awarded to a female student achieving academic excellence and having a demonstrated financial need.

Stephanie Allison Black Scholarship

Stephanie Allison Black received her M.S.W. from the IU School of Social Work in 1996. She was an Indianapolis Public Schools social worker. She was also an activist and volunteer for a number of organizations including Neo-Fight Center, Students Run Indy, and the AGAPE Program. She was instrumental in founding the baby rocking program at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and she served on the IUSSW Alumni Board. This fund was established in 2001 to be awarded to a nontraditional student planning to practice in the field of education.

Marion Wagner Feminist Organizing Scholarship

Marion Wagner recently retired from the IUSSW faculty, where she had overall responsibility for M.S.W. education. She received her B.A. in government from California State University at Los Angeles, her M.S.W. from San Diego State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Her areas of interest include social policy, organizing, administration, and diversity, with a special focus on feminist organizing and social advocacy. She maintains ongoing community involvement related to social justice. This fund was established in 2002 for a student who demonstrates a commitment to pursuing educational and professional goals in the area of feminist organizing as it relates to the empowerment of women and girls.

Behroozi Scholarship for the Study of Social Work with Groups

Cyrus Behroozi earned his master’s degree from the IU Division of Social Service in 1962. He has a long and distinguished relationship with the IUSSW beginning as a student and continuing with his role as professor emeritus. He has been a very involved member of the social work community locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. This fund was established in 2003 to support scholarships for students pursuing an M.S.W and it is intended to encourage and support education for social work with groups.

Theodora Allen Memorial Scholarship

Theodora Allen was born in Montana in the early 1900s. She earned her master’s degree in social work at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the IU faculty, she held supervisory positions in child welfare in New York, Illinois, and Indiana. She also worked with the United Nations Relief Administration in the U.S. and Europe during and after WWII assisting displaced persons and refugee children. She joined the IUSSW as a faculty member on the Bloomington campus in 1957 and retired from this position in 1972. Subsequently, she was very active as a volunteer in the Bloomington community and helped to establish Meals on Wheels and a social work department in the Bloomington Hospital, among other agencies and services. This fund was established in 2003 to be awarded to either M.S.W or B.S.W students who demonstrate an interest in interpersonal coursework. Preference is given to students on the Bloomington campus.

Dr. William Scott Scholarship/Child Welfare

Will Scott was born in Texas in 1925. He earned his M.S.W. at IU in 1964 and his doctorate in education from IU in 1965. He had a distinguished career in social work education and earned a reputation for being an advocate of student development and for students to pursue graduate education. He was recognized by the Council on Social Work Education and the National Association of Social Workers for lifetime achievement and by the IUSSW as an outstanding alumnus.

This fund was established in 2003 for students pursuing an M.S.W. Preference is given to African-American students whose academic and professional interests are in the area of child welfare.

William Evans Quan Scholarship

Mr. Quan earned his master’s degree from the IU Division of Social Service in 1951. He led a life dedicated to helping veterans and children. He worked at the Ft. Lyons VA Hospital where he established a foster home program for veterans being discharged from the hospital. He was respected by the social work community for his competence, generosity, and successful accomplishments in his work with clients.

This fund was established in 2005 for M.S.W. students in good standing who are interested in working in mental health and with vulnerable populations.

Margaret A. McCormick Scholarship

Margaret A. McCormick earned her master’s degree in social work from the IUSSW in 1981. She had a unique understanding of the need for the school to have the ability to provide opportunities for deserving nontraditional students and she was very interested in the partnership that the school has formed with Moi University in Kenya.

This fund was established in 2005 for nontraditional M.S.W. students in good standing to assist with the cost of their education.

Bradly Robert Lighty Memorial Scholarship

Bradly Lighty was a faculty member and student advisor at IUSSW. He was also an alumnus of the school, having graduated in 1997 with his M.S.W. degree. He was a champion of students and he found good in every person. He was beloved by his students, colleagues, and friends.

This fund was established in 2005 for students pursuing a B.S.W. degree.

Linde-Ruhr Scholarship

Llewellyn H. (Lew) Linde graduated from the IU Division of Social Service in 1957. His late wife was Marcella Ruhr-Linde.

Lew earned his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota in 1960. His employment history includes child psychiatric social work, child welfare, and corrections, among other areas. He retired in 1991 and has been volunteering legal services in Minnesota since then.

This fund was established in 2005 for M.S.W. students who demonstrate a passion for the profession and have pressing financial needs.

Barbara Hirsch Bass Scholarship/Fellowship

Barbara Hirsch Bass earned her Bachelor of Arts in social service from IU in 1956. As a volunteer, she has helped people cope with mental illness so that they can lead independent and productive lives.

This fund was established in 2006 to be used to support graduate fellowships or undergraduate scholarships for students pursuing a degree in the IUSSW.

Sharon K. Byrkett Social Work Scholarship

A scholarship has been established in the memory of Sharon Byrkett. Sharon graduated from the IU School of Social Work in 1984 and was a role model and advocate for people with disabilities. Sharon Byrkett led the kind of life that most people would have found exhausting. Being born with muscular dystrophy certainly didn’t slow her down. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, she simply worked even harder. She passed away in October of 2009. The scholarship will be given to students enrolled in the school who have a demonstrated disability (physical disabilities are given preference).