We are pleased to announce the call for applications for scholarships. Please read the description of each scholarship, prior to applying, to ensure application qualifications are met.

For questions, please contact Janice Cuddy at or 330-972-5275.


This endowed scholarship fund was established in 1983 by friends of Abbie Hawk, social work, administrator, educator, and friend to colleagues and children alike, who knew and were assisted by her during a 41-year career as a social worker, 31 of which were spent with the Summit County Children’s Services Board. Endowment income is made available to a deserving junior or senior, who is preparing for a career in the field of child welfare. Selection of the recipient is made by the University Scholarship Committee on the basis of merit, not necessarily need, and without regard to race, creed, color, sex, or national origin.

We will be offering 2 scholarships @ $2,000 each to be awarded for fall 2017.

Submission deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017 



The Dr. Gregory C. Keck Scholarship in Social Work
was established in 2005 by Dr. Gregory C. Keck. Dr. Keck is the founder and director of the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio, specializing in working with adoptive families whose children experienced early trauma. He has been an advocate for children, family, and professionals in the foster care and adoption system providing valuable educational tools, training, and support services both nationally and internationally since 1990.  Dr. Keck has also published numerous articles and co-authored two books on the topic: Adopting the Hurt Child and Parenting the Hurt Child.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to either a graduate or undergraduate student(s) majoring in social work with preference given to students, who have previously been in foster care or who have been adopted. If no student meets the above listed criteria, it is preferred that the student be majoring in social work with an emphasis in adoption and foster care. Students currently working in the foster care or adoption field may also qualify. The recipient(s) shall be selected annually by the director of the School of Social Work, in coordination with the Office of Student Financial Assistance. 

We will be offering 1 scholarship @ $500 to be awarded for fall 2017.

Submission deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017