The Social Work Student Assistance Fund supports undergraduate and graduate social work majors who are in financial crisis and have exhausted all options through the Office of Financial Aid. Priority for funding is given to students who are in their last semester before graduation.
Social work majors face greater challenges to degree completion than the average University of Memphis students. On average, the annual family income of a social work student is more than $23,000 less than the annual family income of a typical University of Memphis students. Social work students are also on average five years older than typical University of Memphis students. In other words, social work students often have greater family responsibilities and less family support. They are more vulnerable to crisis than the typical University of Memphis student. When students are in crisis, a little bit of financial assistance can improve chances of retention and graduation.
All funds raised by this project will go into a designated emergency scholarship fund that is used solely to support social work students who are experiencing significant financial crisis and at risk of dropping out.