Paying for Graduate School

Paying for education is an important challenge for those seeking to further their careers in social work or for those who wish to shift their careers to helping others by obtaining a Master of Social Work degree.  On this page is a growing list of training grants, scholarships and fellowships available at UMKC or through other organizations that students and prospective students might qualify for

NCWWI University Partnership Grant Award

UMKC School of Social Work is one of only eleven MSW or BSW programs awarded a five year (2014-2019) National Child Welfare Workforce Initiative (NCWWI) University Partnership Grant!

At the core of this effort are UMKC School of Social Work traineeships that feature intensive, integrated, and well-supported coursework and field learning in a true cohort experience.  Visit the NCWWI Page.

Contact the Principle Investigator for more Information

Dr. Rosalyn M. Bertram (816-235-1026 or

Minority Fellowship Program – Y

“The purpose of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health-care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent master’s-level behavioral health professionals serving children, adolescents, and populations in transition to adulthood (aged 16–25).”  This Initiative is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services.  Application Cycles start each Fall.  See the CSWE website for more information.

Dr. Bob Prue 816-235-5861 is a MFP alumni, feel free to contact him for more information or assistance

UMKC Student Financial Aid

The university maintains a listing of scholarship opportunities on their webpage.  While many are only for undergraduate students or for specific disciplines there are graduate scholarships available :