Scholarships, Fellowships, Graduate Assistantships

At St. Ambrose University, there are several ways to help finance your graduate education: loans, assistantships, and scholarships.

To be considered for any type of financial assistance, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a FAFSA renewal form. Students planning to begin studies during the summer session will need to complete a FAFSA for both the previous and current years.

Applications for all School of Social Work assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships are available for prospective and admitted School of Social Work students taking at least 9 credit hours per semester.


Complete the FAFSA Admissions and Aid

Graduate Assistantships

3 available per year

The School of Social Work has three Graduate Assistantships (GA) available per academic year.

  • Must be an admitted MSW student to apply. 
  • Reports to MSW faculty members and the Director.
  • Pay is $12/hour for 10 hours/week on a 10 month contract (mid-August-May). No tuition remission.
  • Must take at least nine credits/semester and not on academic probation.

To apply, send the following to by April 15:

  • Résumé that includes social work areas of interest and any prior research experiences
  • Cover letter that includes the basis for interest in serving as a graduate assistant in the School of Social Work. Please explicitly state if you would like to work with specific faculty members. State what skills that you have or want to develop, time management skills, leadership abilities, and research skills and interest.
  • Contact information for three personal references (with current email address and phone number) from people familiar with your employment or academic record.

Additional GA Positions

Additional GA positions are available through other SAU departments. For more information about these scholarships visit

School of Social Work

Scholarships and Fellowships


St. Vincent Scholarships
$2,500 (2 available per year)
St. Vincent scholarship application

St. Ambrose Graduate Fellowships
$2,500 (2 available per year)
Fellowship application

Empowerment Scholarships
$5,000 (2 available per year)
Empowerment scholarship application


Chris Martin, PhD, Director

Master of Social Work
North Davenport Education Center
1950 E. 54th St.
Davenport, IA 52807

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