Leadership Fellows

Social work student posing in hallway

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 Science in Social Administration. Fellows also earn $500 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:

  • Two specialized required courses: Evidence-Based Practices and Theory and Practice of Leadership
  • 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
  • Alumni network: Leadership Fellows graduates are invited to serve as mentors to new fellows and encouraged to participate in the program’s seminars, lectures and informal gatherings

All applicants to the on-campus social work program are automatically considered for all scholarship opportunities upon the submission of a completed application.

Students may be identified as a candidate for the Leadership Fellows Program if they meet the following criteria:

  • Applying for the full-time, two-year social work program
  • Held a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average in their undergraduate coursework
  • Demonstrate exemplary leadership potential and commitment to the field

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.

Questions about the program should be directed to Richard Sigg.