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Social Work Scholarships and Aid

In addition to federal and state financial packages which are developed with the Financial Aid Office (link to Admission and Aid page), the following information is helpful.

Florence A. Hangach Scholarship
Florence A. Hangach, UC'48, MSW, LISW, chaired the first Social Work Program Advisory Board, initiated at the time when the Program was in its Candidacy phase for Initial Accreditation, in 1992. At the time, Florence was the Executive Director of Catholic Social Services of Cuyahoga County. In recognition of her outstanding professional contributions, Catholic Charities and the Friends of the Catholic Social Services of Cuyahoga County jointly contributed $10,000 to initiate the Florence A. Hangach Scholarship. The Advisory Board, Alumnae and friends of the Program have continued to grow the scholarship. The monies are distributed to social work majors, based on need, through the Financial Aid Office.

Student Aid and Loan Forgiveness: the Social Work Reinvestment Act
H.R. 5447, "The Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act"
The Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act is the most comprehensive piece of federal legislation ever aimed at addressing the significant workforce challenges facing the profession of social work. Congressman and fellow social worker, Edolphus Towns (D-NY) introduced H.R. 5447 on February 14, 2008 and Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced the Senate companion bill, S. 2858 on World Social Work Day, April 15, 2008.

Congress passed the Higher Education Reauthorization and Opportunity Act on July 31, 2008. The President signed H.R. 4137 into law on August 14, 2008. HEA significant expands student aid. It includes loan forgiveness for social workers, increases the maximum Pell Grant amounts from $4,800 to $6,000 in 2009 up to $8,000 in 2014. The law encourages students to enter public service jobs by authorizing up to $10,000 in loan forgiveness for child welfare workers and others serving in the public interest. For each year of full time employment in an area of national need that a borrower completes on or after the law is enacted, $2,000 of the student loan obligation will be forgiven up to 5 years. Therefore the maximum a borrower could receive is $10,000. www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov/. Eligibility requires federal rather than private loans. Source: NASW-Ohio Chapter. September-October, 2008, 5, 22. See the NASW webpage for current updates: www.socialwork.org.