Scholarships and Endowments

Alumni, faculty, family, and friends of the UT School of Social Work have established scholarships and endowments to support students pursuing a social work education.  If you are interested in learning more about starting a scholarship or endowment fund, please contact Laura Turner, Director of Development.

Below is a list of scholarships available to BSW, MSSW, and PhD students.  Recipients are selected by an internal scholarship committee.

COLE WILLIAM ADAMS MEMORIAL ENDOWED PRESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
Established by the Amherst Foundation in 2013, this fellowship honors Cole Adams, teenage victim of a drunk driving incident. The fellowship is awarded to students with an interest in the field of addiction and recovery with a preference for students in the master’s degree program.

ELIZABETH ANN ADKINS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
Established in 2015 by her grandparents, Raleigh and Marjorie Johnson, this endowed scholarship honors alumna Elizabeth Ann Adkins, BSW ‘13, MSSW ‘14. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students pursuing a social work education.

GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP IN HONOR OF ADOPTIVE PARENTS
Drew Kanaly and Lisa Hoff established the Graduate Fellowship in Honor of Adoptive Parents in 2002. As adoptive parents, Mr. Kanaly and Ms. Wallace highly value the adoptive experience and social workers who help to match adoptive parents and children. Other donors, including the Fondren Foundation of Houston, have contributed to the growth of the endowment. The purpose of the endowment is to support graduate students who have a special interest in adoption, child welfare, and services for children and families.

SOCIAL WORK FOUNDATION ADVISORY COUNCIL ENDOWED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The endowment was established in 1993 to honor the School of Social Work Advisory Council, whose members work tirelessly to further the School’s mission. Their contributions and fundraising efforts are integral to building the School’s base of faculty and student support endowments. The award provides scholarship support to students chosen on the basis of merit or financial need at the discretion of the Dean.

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK ANNIVERSARY EXCELLENCE FUND
The School of Social Work Anniversary Excellence Fund was created through a campaign to honor the School’s 60th anniversary in 2011. The fund provides scholarship support to social work students.

DAVID M. AND ZURIA F. AUSTIN ENDOWED GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
This endowment was established in 2009 by friends, alumni, staff, faculty, and family in memory of former dean David Austin and his wife Zuria. Funds shall be used to support social work students in the doctoral program with consideration given to academic achievement and professional potential. A preference shall be given to support graduate research.

DEAN BARBARA W. WHITE EXCELLENCE FUND SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP
This endowment was created by friends, alumni, and staff in 2003 in honor of former dean Barbara W. White to support students at the School of Social Work.

CATHY AND MORRIS BART ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
Established in 2015 by Cathy and Morris Bart, inspired by their daughter’s pursuit of a BSW at the School of Social Work. This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students to support their social work education.

MICHAEL R. DALEY ENDOWED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS
The Michael R. Daley Endowed Presidential Scholarship for Doctoral Students was established in 1971 to honor Dr. Michael R. Daley, a prominent social work educator. Dr. Daley, a Texan and former social work student at the School, received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1983 and is a past Director of the Social Work Program at Stephen F. Austin State University. He has been active in the National Association of Social Workers and Council on Social Work Education as well as holding leadership positions in a number of Texas and community based organizations that focus on social work and family violence. This award provides recognition to outstanding social work students currently in or admitted to the School who may be chosen on the basis of merit or financial need.

DEAN’S ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Established in 2015 as the first and only unnamed endowment at the School of Social Work, this scholarship was created to allow donors to support students at any giving level. It is awarded to deserving undergraduate and graduate students.

LOUIS E. DEMOLL ENDOWED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Louis E. DeMoll Endowed Presidential Scholarship was established in 1991 to honor Louis E. DeMoll. Mr. DeMoll was a Professor Emeritus of Social Work, having served on the faculty from 1968 to 1987 after many years in public service. He was an active supporter of the School of Social Work and the University, and received appointments to and served on numerous campus boards and organizations. This award goes to selected students on the basis of academic achievement and professional potential.

VINCENT J. DINITTO ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2009 by Professor Diana DiNitto in memory of her father, this scholarship is used to support undergraduate students with financial need, with additional consideration given to academic achievement and professional potential.

ERIN KOECHEL AND JEFF DUCHIN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
Established by School of Social Work Advisory Council member Jeff Duchin, BBA ‘98, and his wife Erin Koechel, BBA ’98, in 2014, this scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students to support their educational pursuit of social work.

HELEN FARABEE MEMORIAL ENDOWED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Scholarship was established in 1993 to honor the memory of Mrs. Helen Farabee, deceased wife of Vice Chancellor Farabee. Mrs. Farabee, a former Assistant Dean of Women at The University, devoted her life to the improvement of health and human services in Texas and the nation. Her numerous volunteer positions included serving as Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Delivery of Human Services in Texas from 1978 to 1981, and her many awards were capped by her induction into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985. This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students on the basis of academic achievement and professional potential or financial need.

SUSAN MCCARTNEY FINNEGAN ENDOWED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
Created in 2014 by School of Social Work Advisory Council member Susan Finnegan and her husband William to support undergraduate social work students.

MARGARET LOVE GAITHER ENDOWED EXCELLENCE FUND SCHOLARSHIP
The Margaret Love Gaither Endowed Excellence Fund was established in 2009 to support social work students enrolled in the MSSW/JD (dual degree with the School of Law) and/or students in the Administration and Policy Practice (APP) concentration. Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence and professional potential, with consideration of financial need.

BONNY GARDNER SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
The Bonny Gardner Social Justice Award is given to a student who has shown an exemplary commitment to social justice through dissemination of knowledge, activism/advocacy, or leadership through class projects, field activities, and/or work within the community.

JOHN AND JENNIFER GATES ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
This scholarship was created in 2015 by John and Jennifer Gates, inspired by their daughter’s academic pursuit of a BSW at the School of Social Work. It is awarded to undergraduate students to assist with their social work education.

ST. DAVID’S FOUNDATION GRACE FELLOWSHIP
This annual scholarship from the St. David’s Foundation is for the support of students in the GRACE Program, to advance the field of gerontological social work. The Gerontology Resources and the Aging Community in Education (GRACE) Program is a field-based learning program designed to increase social work students’ knowledge of and experience with older adults.

KIM HEILBRUN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
This scholarship was established in 2014 by School of Social Work Advisory Council members Shawn Wells and Kara Nordstrom Wells to honor former UT first lady Kim Heilbrun, and her work helping at-risk students. Ms. Heilbrun helped create Horns Helping Horns, a UT organization that serves independent students who arrive at UT with limited resources and little to no family support. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need.

GEORGE K. HERBERT ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
The George K. Herbert Endowed Scholarship was endowed in 1989 through gifts from colleagues, faculty, and alumni, the Wolens Foundation, the Social Work Foundation Advisory Council, and other friends in recognition of Dr. Herbert’s dedication to high standards of professional service and contributions to social work education. Dr. Herbert served on the faculty and as Dean of the School. Students are awarded this scholarship on the basis of academic excellence and potential contribution to professional social work.

EMILY AND DON JACKSON ENDOWMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN JUVENILE JUSTICE
Emily and Don Jackson Endowment for Excellence in Juvenile Justice was established in 2003 by Ron Jackson in honor of his parents. Social work students selected to receive a scholarship from this endowment hold interest in juvenile justice, with consideration to academic achievement and professional potential.

KING S. STEPHENS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
The King S. Stephens Memorial Scholarship in Social Work was initiated by the faculty and staff of the School of Social Work in memory of King Stephens, a beloved faculty member. Mr. Stephens received his MSSW from the School in 1981 and was a social worker at many agencies before returning to the School as a Counseling Specialist in 1989, soon joining the faculty as a Field Specialist. He was active in many community organizations, and challenged and inspired people through his commitment to social justice. The scholarship was endowed in 1997 and is awarded to undergraduate students on the basis of academic achievement and professional potential.

CHARLES W. LAUGHTON ENDOWED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Charles W. Laughton Endowed Presidential Scholarship was endowed in 1975 primarily to honor Dr. Laughton and his many contributions to the students, educational programs, and the overall progress of the School of Social Work. Dr. Laughton was one of the first faculty members, serving from 1951 through 1975 and holding the positions of Associate Dean and Acting Dean within this time period. He provided leadership in the establishment of the undergraduate and Ph.D. programs at the School. The award provides scholarship to students on the basis of academic excellence and potential future contributions to the profession of social work.

MARGERY ENGEL LOEB AND ROBERT H. LOEB GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
This fellowship was established in 2012 by Margery Engel Loeb and Robert H. Loeb to support graduate students in the School of Social Work, with a preference for students with demonstrated financial need.

ADELE LORUSSO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Adele Lorusso Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at the School in 1992 with gifts from various donors who were friends, colleagues and family of master’s alumna Ms. Lorusso after she lost the battle against cancer. Ms. Lorusso was a dedicated social worker with a special interest in oncology, who became Director of Social Services at St. David’s Hospital and supervised social work students in field as part of this role. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students based on merit or financial need.

AMI LUNSFORD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN VICTIM SERVICES
The Ami Lunsford Memorial Scholarship in Victim Services was initiated by the Social Work Student Council in memory of Ami Lunsford, a May 1996 graduate of the School of Social Work. The scholarship was endowed in 1997 through gifts from family and friends. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievements and professional potential to undergraduate social work students with a special interest in victim services.

THE MELANIE WALTER-MAHONEY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK ESTABLISHED BY THE CHARLES AND BETTI SAUNDERS FOUNDATION
In December 2003 the endowment was established by the Charles and Betti Saunders Foundation to provide scholarship support for undergraduate social work students. Mr. and Mrs. Saunders were both graduates of UT Austin. Their daughter, Melanie Walter-Mahoney, received her MSSW from the School of Social Work in 1996 and a bachelor’s degree from UT in sociology. Melanie is currently the Project Coordinator for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) at Communities in Schools in Austin.

PATRICIA PUIG AND JOSEPH P. MUELLER DEAN’S EXCELLENCE FUND SCHOLARSHIP
The Patricia Puig and Joseph P. Mueller Dean’s Excellence Fund was established in 2001 to further the School of Social Work’s mission to provide leadership in social work practice, teaching, research and service. This award provides recognition to outstanding graduate-level social work students who may be chosen on the basis of merit or financial need.

STELLA CHURCHILL MULLINS ENDOWED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
This scholarship was created in 2010 in honor of Stella Churchill Mullins by friends and family to benefit deserving students in social work with an interest in the field of mental health/mental illness.

THE ROBERT CARL NESBITT MEMORIAL ENDOWED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Ms. Gayle Ann Nesbitt Vittorini, an alumna of the School of Social Work, endowed this scholarship in 1996 in memory of her father. Awards are made on the basis of academic achievement and professional potential.

DENISE AND RAY NIXON FELLOWSHIP FOR EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL WORK
The Denise and Ray Nixon Fellowship for Excellence in Social Work is an annual scholarship award created to assist Texas students with demonstrated financial need to pursue their degree in social work.

LEON AND JULIE STONE PAYNE FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
Created in 2014 to support undergraduate social work students, this scholarship was endowed by Advisory Council members Julie and Leon Payne. Julie graduated with her BSW from the UT School of Social Work.

VICTOR AND MYRA RAVEL SOCIAL WORK SCHOLARSHIP IN CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
The Victor and Myra Ravel Scholarship in Children’s Rights was initially endowed in 1990 for the Schools of Social Work and Law and later divided to endow scholarships in each school. In a variety of civic endeavors, both of the Ravels were aware of the need of advocacy for children. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ravel had been active participants on the boards and advisory groups of children’s organizations and associations including the Pebble Program, the Family Service Association of America, and the Governor’s Task Force for the White House Conference on Children. Students are awarded this scholarship on the basis of academic excellence and potential contribution to professional social work in the area of child advocacy.

DANIEL B. AND VICKI ROSS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
Established in 2016 by Advisory Council members Dan and Vicki Ross, this scholarship supports students interested in the areas of addiction and recovery or domestic violence and sexual assault.

RUTH J. RUBIO AND L.V. SCLERANDI, JR. ENDOWMENT
Established by former faculty member Ruth Rubio and her husband Larry Sclerandi in 2012, this endowment provides scholarships to undergraduate students in the School of Social Work. Preference is given to seniors with demonstrated financial need who are first generation college students and are participating in field practicum while working on a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.

SCHWAB FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
Established in 2016 by friends and family, this endowment was created in honor of alum and former faculty and administrator A. James Schwab, Jr upon his retirement, to recognize his commitment to the School of Social Work and its students. After completing both his MSSW and PhD in Business at UT, Dr. Schwab returned to the School, where his many roles over the years included Director of the doctoral program and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

SYLVIA SHAPIRO SCHOLARSHIP
The Sylvia Shapiro Scholarship was endowed in 1985 by Sidney S. Smith in memory of his cousin, as a living memorial to benefit future students in the School of Social Work. The funds were taken entirely from the estate of Ms. Shapiro, “who was a living example of a person’s determination to live her own life.” The scholarship award is made to support and recognize students pursuing a degree in social work, with an emphasis on work with older adults, at the undergraduate or graduate level.

JUDGE PAT SHELTON AND FAMILY: ELIZABETH, HAYLEY, IAN AND DAVID SCOTT SHELTON ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP
Established in 2016 by Judge Pat Shelton in honor of his family, this fellowship recognizes students who exhibit imagination, leadership skills, resilience, and a passion for bringing strong social work values into health settings. Preference will be given to students in health-related placements and/or taking courses cross-listed with other university departments and units.

ALAN SILVERMAN AND STEVEN CADWELL FELLOWSHIP IN LGBT SOCIAL WORK STUDIES
Established in 2017 by 1980 MSSW class members Alan Silverman and Steve Cadwell , this fellowship supports graduate students pursuing a career to work in the LGBT community.

SHERAL TROUSDALE SKINNER ENDOWED GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
The Skinner Endowment was created in 2013 in memory of Sheral Trousdale Skinner, MSSW ‘82, by friends and classmates. The fellowship is for students who have an interest in pursuing a career in Social Work services for the United States military, including services for active, retired and honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S., and their families.

SPONSOR A STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
Sponsor a Student program is an opportunity for donors to annually provide financial support to a social work student through a scholarship.

ST. DAVID’S FOUNDATION BILINGUAL SOCIAL WORK SCHOLARSHIP
Established by the St. David’s Foundation in 2012, this scholarship supports bilingual master’s level social work students who are preparing for mental health careers in social work.

JEANNE AND TERRY STARTZEL ENDOWED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
Established in 2014 by alumnus Terry Startzel, MSSW ‘85, and his wife Jeanne to support outstanding social work students.

STEPHENS FAMILY ENDOWED PRESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
The Stephens Family Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Social Work was established in 1999 by John F. Stephens, Sr. of Dallas to honor his daughter Patty, who earned her master’s degree at the School. Dr. Patty Stephens is president of Stephens and Associates in Austin, where her diverse practice includes psychotherapy as well as leadership development for personal, community, and organizational health. Dr. Stephens has held numerous prominent positions in local and state government, established a community education program for Austin and in Latin America, was a national W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow, and has received a number of honors including being named Social Worker of the Year in 1979 by the National Association of Social Workers. Awards are made to graduate students on the basis of academic achievement and professional potential.

PATSY STICE MEMORIAL GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
Dr. James Stice, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Chemical Engineering, created the Patsy Stice Memorial Graduate Fellowship in Social Work in 1998. Patsy Stice received an MSSW from the School in 1984. The fellowship funds benefit graduate students who have an above average cumulative grade point and plan to specialize in the counseling area.

AUGUST “GUS” N. SWAIN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
The August “Gus” N. Swain Endowed Scholarship was endowed in 1989 to honor Mr. Swain, the first African-American to receive an MSSW from UT Austin. August “Gus” N. Swain (1927 – 2006) began his career as a caseworker with Houston’s Child and Family Center. While in Houston, he joined with the community to form the city’s first predominantly black-owned and operated bank. In 1979, Mr. Swain accepted a position in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Swain was active in the profession at the local, state and national levels, including holding several faculty positions. He received many honors, including the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Education in the Inner City from the Mexican American Education Council and the Life Time Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers. Students are awarded this scholarship on the basis of academic excellence and potential contribution to the social work profession.

AUSTIN SOCIAL WORK ALUMNI NETWORK (SWAN-AUSTIN) SCHOLARSHIP
The Austin Chapter of the Social Work Alumni Network (SWAN) established an annual scholarship fund in 2004. This award goes to selected undergraduate and graduate students on the basis of academic achievement and potential for future contribution to the profession of social work. Recipients may be nominated for this award on the basis of merit or financial need. Students, faculty, and staff at the School are delighted by and appreciative of this support from alumni.

GEORGE C. TORRES ENDOWED GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
Established in 2009 by Colette Clarke Torres to honor her husband and Social Work alumnus George, MSSW ‘77, this endowment shall be used to award fellowships to graduate students with financial need, with additional consideration given to academic achievement and professional potential. Preference shall be given to students in the Administration and Policy Practice (APP) concentration.

STEPHEN JOSEPH TRIPODI ENDOWED EXCELLENCE FUND SCHOLARSHIP
The endowment, established in 2008, honors Stephen J. Tripodi, PhD. Gift funds were provided by Dr. Tony Tripodi, former dean of the College of Social Work at Ohio State University and professor emeritus. He is the father of the honoree. Stephen received a PhD from the UT School of Social Work in 2007, as well as a MSSW in 2000. The endowment was established in recognition of the school’s ability to provide Stephen with the skills to become a successful scholar. It also honors Stephen’s hard work and his ability to cultivate the skills that are important for his career in social work. The scholarship is awarded to students in the doctoral program with consideration given to academic achievement and professional potential.

TU-TING AND RACHEL TSAN ENDOWED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
The endowment honors Mr. Tu-Ting and Rachel Zuei-Tzz Tsan. Gift funds were provided by their children Ms. Jenny Hoang and Mr. Peter Tsan to establish this scholarship in 2012. Scholarship recipients are undergraduates with financial needs who plan to achieve their bachelor’s degree in four years.

DIANNE AND LESLIE WHITE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
The Dianne and Leslie White Endowed Scholarship was established in 2007 by Mr. and Mrs. White to award scholarships to undergraduate social work students selected on the basis of interest in mental health with consideration to academic achievement and professional potential.

ANNE WILKENS MEMORIAL REVOLVING SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Anne Wilkens Memorial Revolving Scholarship Fund was endowed in 1978 through gifts from family, friends, and alumni. The award provides recognition to outstanding graduate social work students who are nominated on the basis of academic excellence and potential contributions to professional social work.

MARTHA S. WILLIAMS ENDOWED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Martha S. Williams Endowed Presidential Scholarship was established in 1992 to honor Dr. Williams, Dean of the School from 1981-1991. During her career at the School, Dr. Williams authored a book and 103 articles, reports and book reviews; gave over 110 presentations; and prepared seven training manuals. She was named the “Outstanding Woman in Education” by the American Association of University Women and achieved numerous other honors. The Martha S. Williams Endowed Presidential Scholarship was established with funds given by colleagues, students, alumni, friends and family to honor Dr. Williams’ dedication to and leadership of the School of Social Work and The University of Texas at Austin. The endowment provides scholarships to students in the School of Social Work on the basis of need and merit.

JOHN F. YEAMAN ENDOWED GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP IN COMMUNITY AND ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP
John F. Yeaman Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Community and Administrative Leadership was endowed in 2015 by John Yeaman, after being an annually funded scholarship since 2008. It is awarded to a graduate student or students in the Administration and Policy Practice (formerly the Community and Administrative Leadership) concentration. This program will prepare students to contribute responsibly to the administration and planning of human service organizations and programs, and to pursue advancement of their own careers in social work.

DARREN ZELLER MEMORIAL ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP IN SOCIAL WORK
Established by friends and family in 2015, the Darren Zeller Memorial Endowed Fellowship honors the life and service of Darren Zeller, a veteran who ultimately succumbed to PTSD. The fellowship is awarded to graduate students with a strong interest in pursuing a career in social work services for United States military personnel and their families, including services for active, retired, and discharged armed forces personnel.

LOUIS A. ZURCHER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. Louis Anthony Zurcher was an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work from 1979 until his death in 1987, and Acting Dean in 1980-1981. The award, established in 2002, provides recognition to outstanding undergraduate social work students. Students are nominated on the basis of academic excellence and potential contributions to professional social work.