MSSWA Scholarship Award Winners 2024

Nathan Hibbs - Bethel University

Olivia Oeltjen- Minnesota State University Mankato



About our scholarship:


1. Applicant must be currently enrolled and accepted in a BSW or MSW accredited program.

2. Preference given to those who have an interest in completing a School Social Work internship.

3. Preference will be given to student members of MSSWA.

• Two scholarships awarded each spring.

• Value of each scholarship is $500.00.

• Application must be postmarked by February 28th

• Submit application and other credentials to:

MSSWA C/O Jeri Nomeland

1120 Oakland Park Road, Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit copies of the following information:

A. Evidence of acceptance in an accredited MN Social Work Program.

B. Two to three letters of reference (one from a faculty member and one from a field placement supervisor, if appropriate).

C. Proof of student membership in MSSWA.

D. A current resume.

E. Statement in 200 words or less about future plans in School Social Work.

F. A current college transcript.

G.  The completed application form.  

Winner will be notified the week of March 8.  The award will be give during the noon luncheon at the MSSWA Day on the Hill event in March.

Contact Jeri Nomeland at #218-689-1808 with any questions.

About Don Rinkenberger

Don was elected MSSWA’s first president and began serving in 1969. He worked to promote the profession of school social work in Minnesota. The awards are given in recognition of his valuable service to all of us.  He was a school social worker at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis


Winners of the 2023 Scholarships

Corey Jeries - Bardon

MSW Student, Minnesota State University - Mankato

Hannah Rider

BSW Student, Bethel University, St. Paul


Winners of the 2022 Scholarships

Jana Brackey

MSW Student, Winona State University

Janae Tschida

BSW Student, Minnesota State University - Mankato


Winners of the 2021 Scholarships

Cassie Rollins

MSW Student, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul

Ellie McDowell

BSW Student, Bethel University, St. Paul


Winners of the 2020 Scholarships

Aracely Flores

MSW Student, Winona State University, Winona

Antje Veit

MSW Student, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis


Winner of the 2019 Graduate Student Award 

Amanda Overman

MSW Student, Arizona State University

Winners of the 2018 Scholarships:
Tutu Tran
BSW Student, St. Olaf College, Northfield

Mandy Doocy
MSW Student, Augsburg College, Minneapolis

Winner of the 2017 Scholarship

Christopher Lawler
MSW Student, Augsburg College, St. Paul


Winners of the 2016 scholarship

Aimee Love

MSW Student of University of North Dakota

Sarah Stadie 
MSW Student of Augsburg College


Julie Campanelli

Sherry Murphy

Courtney Stenseth

Brianna Nelson

Legislative Chair
Christy McCoy

Professional Development Chair
Abby Refsland

Kate Adams

Cara McGlynn

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