Robin M. McKinney Dissertation Honor Fund Endowment
The School of Social Work Dissertation Honor Fund was renamed in memory of Robin Michele McKinney, a doctoral candidate who passed away unexpectedly in February 2010. McKinney was actively working on her dissertation, a project to help us better understand the disproportionate incidence and impact of intimate partner violence on African-American women. The Robin M. McKinney Dissertation Honor Fund supports doctoral student research that strives to make a difference in the lives of people served by social workers and expand our knowledge base for developing and sustaining responsive client-centered human services and culturally relevant programs and services. Given to those whose research seeks to expose social injustices or advance social justice, or extend our appreciation of, and response to, the diversity of human experience.
The School of Social Work awards the Hans S. Falck Scholarship to registered Ph.D. student who has successfully passed their comprehensive examinations, and is actively engaged in conducting their dissertation research that seeks to expose social injustices or advance social justice, or extend our appreciation of, and response to, the diversity of human experience. To apply for the scholarship, students should submit:
An up-to-date vita
A cover letter that describes their dissertation research, including a timeline for completion of the research, and discusses how the scholarship dollars will be used in the conduct of the research
A letter of support from the applicant’s dissertation chair that includes an assessment of the Ph.D. candidate’s progress toward the completion of the degree