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Ph.D. scholarships

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Graduate research assistantships, university fellowships and tuition assistance

Graduate research assistantships, university fellowships and full- or partial-tuition assistance are available to most full-time Ph.D. students in their first four years. Some traineeships and scholarships are also available to full- and part-time students and are awarded based on availability and student qualifications and interests.

The Frank and Pat Baskind Gift-Giving Fund for Students with Special Needs

This fund, created by Dean Emeritus Frank Baskind and his wife, Pat, provides financial assistance to part- and full-time B.S.W., M.S.W. or Ph.D. students who have a special need and are experiencing a particularly challenging situation concurrent with the pursuit of their degree.

Hans Falck Doctoral Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to a Ph.D. candidate to help defray the expenses of conducting dissertation research that seeks to advance knowledge about human health and community. The Hans Falck Doctoral Scholarship is named for one of our emeritus faculty who is well-known nationally and internationally for his commitment to health social work and the development of the “membership perspective.”

Hurtado Family Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2009 by Dianna L. (M.S.W. ‘90) and Col. (RET) Arthur D. Hurtado, this fund supports students who demonstrate potential success and leadership in the profession.

Robin M. McKinney Dissertation Honor Fund

VCU’s School of Social Work renamed its endowed Dissertation Honor Fund in memory of Robin Michele McKinney, a doctoral candidate who passed away unexpectedly in February 2010. McKinney was actively working on her dissertation, a project to help us better understand the disproportionate incidence and impact of intimate partner violence on African-American women. To extend McKinney’s legacy, the award will be given to those whose research seeks to expose social injustices or advance social justice, or extend our appreciation of, and response to, the diversity of human experience.