Leadership Fellows Program

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7 full-tuition scholarships each year

The Leadership Fellows Program at the Mandel School is designed for exceptionally qualified, highly-motivated candidates who are interested in leadership, best practice approaches to human service delivery and community practice, and making a positive influence in the world.

The program awards full-tuition scholarships to highly qualified full-time, two-year students pursuing a Master of Social Work. Fellows also earn $250 per year for participation in professional development activities (such as attending or presenting at conferences).

The Leadership Fellows Program was developed in consultation with Mandel School faculty and alumni and numerous community leaders in social services, education and philanthropy. It includes the Louis Stokes Fellowship in Community and Social Development, established in honor of Cleveland civil rights pioneer and former Congressman Louis Stokes, which provides a full-tuition scholarship to a student who has demonstrated leadership in community development.

Fellows participate in a number of educational opportunities, including:

  • A specialized course during the final semester in Evidence-Based Practice – Selection, Implementation, and Practice Issues
  • Innovative field placements and seminars: Focused upon the planning and implementation of evidence-based practice for vulnerable populations
  • Capstone project: An individual or group project addressing the implementation of a best practice or evidence-based practice. Capstones are presented at a student-led seminar in the final semester..
  • Mentoring: Fellows are matched with an outstanding community leader who will provide individual consultation and support for leadership and career development
  • Informal group activities: Lunches, seminars and discussions organized by the program director in consultation with the fellows

All applicants to the on-campus, two-year social work program are automatically considered for all scholarship opportunities upon the submission of a completed application. The minimum undergraduate gpa requirement for the Leadership Fellowship consideration is 3.2.

Candidates are selected based on stellar undergraduate educational performance, distinguished human service work or volunteer experiences, and demonstrated leadership potential.

Selected Fellows candidates will be contacted by the Application Review Committee to complete an interview process and submit any additional information that may be needed.

For more information, please contact:

David L. Hussey, Ph.D., LISW-S
Associate Professor & Director of the Mandel Leadership Fellows Program