Think Scholarships

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A message from the Dean

At any private institution, education is expensive. A quality social work or nonprofit management degree is no different. In the past, federal funding was available to help most students defray costs. Today, top students who want to enroll in the Mandel School receive very little to no public funding.

However, scholarship support not only lowers student debt upon graduation and helps students pay off loans faster; it helps students have a greater positive impact on the community immediately because they can take on more learning experiences while in school that provide them with unique skills, which they implement in their field work and later in jobs after graduation. Scholarships allow students to maximize their learning, which in turn benefits society.

You can help students realize their dreams and go back into the community to make the changes only they can make, without the significant debt that can hold them back from economic advancement.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to think scholarships and help generations of change agents to come!

Grover C. Gilmore, PhD
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences

Our top priority

Increase enrollment of the best students and keep them by securing more scholarship dollars now to:

  • Offer more full-tuition scholarships to top students
  • Increase the average scholarship award per student to reduce post-graduation debt to less than the average first-year salary
  • Offer increased scholarships for second-year students

Our scholarship campaign

  • Part of a university-wide initiative focused on supporting students’ financial needs now
  • Goal: $1.5M
  • Objectives: Attract top students and make debt load comparable to starting salary to lessen the financial burden

Make your gift now

Annual fund

  • Donations provide immediate support to students

Scholarship funds

  • Partial or full-term scholarship: Make an impact now by creating a named scholarship that will immediately cover part or all of a student's tuition for a year or multiple years
  • Endowed scholarship: Permanently fund a scholarship in your name that will support a student yearly in perpetuity
  • Existing endowed scholarship fund: Give a gift to a current fund to extend its impact and honor someone – such as a professor or alumnus

Ways to give

  • Cash or check
  • E-Z Giving - Electronic Fund Transfers
  • Employer Matching Gifts
  • Outright Gifts of Stocks, Bonds or Mutual Funds
  • Planned Gifts - such as the Bequest in a Will or Trust, Real Estate, Retirement Assets (Annuities or IRAs), or Life Insurance - qualify for the President's Challenge, which allows your gift to be awarded as a scholarship now, even though proceeds from your gift will not be received for years to come. 

Make your gift now


Claire Ober headshot

Getting a scholarship to the Mandel School made it feasible to pursue my education in social work. I am eternally grateful to our donors and alumni who decide to invest in the next generation of Change Agents. I hope to one day pay it back, as many have for me, in order to help the next group of Change Agents pursue their dreams.
— Claire Ober, MSSA Student


Community impact

The Mandel School's research and training centers and programs address the region's most important social problems, shape public policy and build stronger, more inclusive communities. The centers also provide field placement and training opportunities for students to participate in all aspects of the research process. 

Making Cleveland Stronger

  • Students conduct their field education at 1,024 agencies/sites throughout Northeast Ohio and the U.S.
  • In addition to $7.7M in economic impact resulting from student field placements, millions more dollars in impact come from faculty research projects and community-based class projects
  • 80% of our graduates stay in Northeast Ohio, contributing to brain gain in our area

Donovan Young headshot

The generous aid of others is what helps make my dream a reality each day I step in the classroom or arrive at my field placement. Scholarships help keep our strong tradition of graduating Change Agents alive and well, and help enable us to be the change we want to see in the world.
— Donovan Young, MSSA/MNO Student