Scholarships and Stipends

Training in Aging Diversity (TRIAD) Stipend

The TRIAD Project, supported by a U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration (HRSA), Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) grant provides a $10,000 stipend to students accepted into UNE’s MSW Program and earns them a Certificate In Aging Diversity.  Students interested in the health and well-being of Maine’s aging adults with a focus on diverse and underserved populations such as the rural poor, immigrants and refugees, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans; those with behavioral health and substance use disorders, and people living with development differences, are welcome to apply. Grants funds will also help subsidize housing costs for those who opt for a rural immersion. Learn more and apply.

School of Social Work Scholarship Funding

UNE’s School of Social Work offers scholarship funding to selected MSW students annually. Scholarship decisions are based on both need and merit. Admission is rolling and scholarships are offered as applications are processed (Nov.–July; April 1 priority deadline). To apply, submit a Scholarship Letter of Request as a pdf to Admission’s Counselor Sarah Bedell along with other application materials. In your half- to full-page letter, outline the reasons you are a strong applicant and have a need for this scholarship.

Charlene B. Rydell Endowed Scholarship

The Charlene B. Rydell Endowed Scholarship was established at UNE in memory of Charlene Rydell, HON ’95, who believed in the power of local community action to inspire and empower people on behalf of a just and equitable future. She was “a tireless advocate for policies that promoted the public's health including access to affordable health care for all, the right of individuals with disabilities to live normal lives within their own communities, and for services to children and families.” (Bangor Daily News)

This endowed scholarship supports an enrolled Masters of Social Work student from Maine who is studying in the Macro Practice concentration, with preference for a full-time student who demonstrates financial need and is committed to engaging in social work practice with communities and community action.

The School of Social Work is privileged to honor Charlene B. Rydell’s life of service and advocacy through this meaningful scholarship. This scholarship is offered for on campus students only. Please contact SSW staff, Robert Chance at for more information.

Alfond Foundation Debt Relief Program: Alfond Leaders

The Harold Alfond Foundation is rolling out a new grant program this year to help Maine residents or those who aspire to be employed by a Maine-based company who will work in the STEM area. Certain MSW careers fall into the category of eligible occupationsThey aim to give 150 recipients up to $60,000 in college debt relief per person over the next 3 years. Learn more about the grant.