College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Departmental Fellowships, Scholarships, and Awards


Department of Family Social Science assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, and awards are available to students enrolled in the department's Master's and Ph.D. degree programs, as well as in the M.Ed. program in Family Education and Undergraduate program (where specified under award criteria).

Application information will be emailed to students early spring semester.

Annual Academic Awards for Master's and Ph.D. students

Mary Ellen McFarland Assistantship

Dr. Charlotte Biester established the graduate assistantship in honor of Mary Ellen McFarland to recognize her service, achievement, and leadership in Home Economics and to encourage students to prepare for advanced service in the family field. Mary Ellen McFarland served as President of the American Home Economics Association (AHEA), Chair of AHEA Foundation Board, President of the Minnesota Home Economics Association, and held other national and international offices.


David & Karen Olson Fellowship

David and Karen Olson established this Fellowship to help FSoS doctoral students to complete their dissertations. David was a faculty member in the Department of Family Social Science and Karen managed the PREPARE/ENRICH company. Together, they believe in the value of education and want to support family professionals.


Jean W. Bauer Family Economics and Policy Fellowship

This fellowship honors long-time researcher, educator, and faculty member, Dr. Jean W. Bauer, for her dedicated service to her profession, the University of Minnesota community, and the Department of Family Social Science.


Lucile Garley Blank Fellowship in Ambiguous Loss

To support graduate students in the Department of Family Social Science with outstanding research skills and exceptional potential in their field. Preference will be given to students working in the area of ambiguous loss. Second preference will be given to students working in the area of family stress and coping. This fellowship was established by Dr. Pauline Boss, professor emeritus, and Ms. Ellen M. Blank, in honor of her mother, Lucile Garley Blank.


M. Janice Hogan Fellowship

This fellowship honors the work of M. Janice Hogan, professor emeritus of the Department of Family Social Science, who is well known for her work in family resource management and gender roles. She has focused broadly on families, administration of programs that support families, international students, and administration in the College of Human Ecology.


Shirley L. & Peter D. Zimmerman Fund for Family Policy

Honors Shirley Zimmerman, FSoS professor emeritus whose area of expertise and passion is family policy.


Amy Jean Holmblade Knorr Family Social Science Fellowship

Dr. Amy Jean Knorr, a 1945 graduate of the College of Education and Human Development, established this fund to provide Family Social Science graduate student assistantships, fellowships, and other student financial aid.


Ardell H. Wantoch Fellowship

To provide student financial assistance to graduate students studying in the area of Family Social Science (formerly Home Economics Education).


Florence Munson Wilson Fellowship

Scholarship for graduate student in Agriculture, Forestry, or Family Social Science (formerly Home Economics) having demonstrated high scholastic ability and special promise in chosen field.


Frances Dunning Fellowship

Fellowships for the benefit of students in the Department of Family Social Science (formerly College of Home Economics).


HC & C Christofferson Fellowship

An annual scholarship supporting Family Social Science majors (formerly Home Economics).


Irene Ott International Student Fellowship

To provide funding for graduate fellowships in the Department of Family Social Science with exceptional potential in their field.


Knorr Endowed Fund for Family Education

Dr. Amy Jean Knorr established this fellowship to provide awards for graduate students studying family education in the College of Education and Human Development.


Letitia Walsh Memorial Fund

To be used by the Department of Family Social Science for "Special Needs" research in Family Social Science Education or basic research in Family Social Science.


Ludden Trust

Scholarship for a Minnesota resident of good moral character.


Marie Christenson Fellowship

To provide graduate student financial assistance to students studying in the area of Family Social Science.


Marjorie Brown Family Social Science Fellowship

To provide graduate student financial assistance to students studying in the area of Family Social Science.


Priscilla Rugg Family Social Science Fellowship

To provide annual scholarships to students who are studying and preparing to be leaders in Family Social Science.


Ragnhild E. Edwardson Fellowship

To provide financial support for graduate student research in the Department of Family Social Science.


Robert E. Keane Fellowship in Ambiguous Loss

To provide financial support to graduate students enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development, studying Family Social Science with an interest in ambiguous loss, who demonstrate academic merit and exceptional potential in their field.


Waller Fellowship (only available for summer semester)

To support students progressing toward their degree.


College of Education + Human Development Funding Opportunities

CEHD maintains a list of college awards and scholarships, scholarships and awards available through private institutions, financial aid resources, and more. These listings cover specialties and fields across all CEHD departments. Students are encouraged to explore these opportunities (check eligibility) for funding and support.


Annual Academic Awards for Parent and Family Education Students

Ford Foundation for Family Education Award

To provide funds for students preparing to be licensed parenting educators and/or who are pursuing the M.Ed. in Family Education and who demonstrate financial need.

Jean Illsley Clarke Fellowship for Parent Education

This fellowship will be awarded to a family education student with a strong interest in research, teaching, and application of parent education theories and practices.

Family Education Teacher Preparation Fellowship

To provide assistance for individuals preparing to be educators or teacher educators in the field of family education.

Travel Support for Master's and Ph.D. Students

Ruth E. Hall Fund for Graduate Student Professional Development

Gift money from Department of Family Social Science alumni, faculty, and friends to support graduate students who present scholarship and/or have major roles in a conference.

GradSEHD

Students may apply for a travel grant from GradSEHD. Applicants are eligible for one travel grant per year. Applications must be received in the GradSEHD office approximately two months prior to travel dates. See the website for application instructions.

Neubeck/Maddock Scholarship

This award is to be presented to a student who is giving a paper, who is a recipient of an award, or who is meeting some other professional responsibility at NCFR or another organization appropriate to the content of family social science.

COGS Travel Fund

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) gives awards to Master’s and Ph.D. students for travel to conferences and educational programs.

Annual Academic Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

The Fibiger Award in CEHD

To support the scholarship of full-time undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Development.

Gamma Omicron Beta Endowment Fund for CEHD

For undergraduate or graduate student scholarships in the College of Education and Human Development. It may be used for international internships or for study abroad.

CEHD Alumni Society Family Social Science Future Scholar Fund

The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship support to upper-division students who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in the Department of Family Social Science.

Beverly A. Busta Memorial Scholarship

The fund will provide payments to full-time undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Preference will be given to undergraduate students in the Department of Family Social Science who integrate study over multiple colleges and academic disciplines to maximize their educational exposure and engage in for-credit applied research with a faculty member and/or for-credit field placement as well as demonstrate high academic potential and a high probability of professional impact.

Elizabeth D. Cormack Endowed Scholarship

An annual scholarship to an undergraduate student enrolled in the Department of Family Social Science. The award will be based on character, leadership, extra-curricular activities and the potential contribution to the field.

Mildred and Russell Gute Scholarship Fund

Scholarships for sophomore, junior, or senior students enrolled in the Department of Family Social Science.

Natalie Gallagher Scholarship Fund

Undergraduate scholarships in the Department of Family Social Science for students who are nearly finished with their degrees following disruption of progress and who are in immediate need of financial support for program completion.

Marie and Clifford Christenson Endowment

Funds will be used as a scholarship to support students who are nearly finished with their degrees and who are in immediate need of financial support for program completion.

Ruth & Omer Netteberg Scholarship Fund

This need and merit-based scholarship supports undergraduate students in the Department of Family Social Science and is renewable. It was established by Veronica J. Johnson to honor her parents, Ruth and Omer Netteberg, who supported and encouraged her to pursue an education and earn a degree from the University of Minnesota.

Ruth S. Brown Scholarship

For this scholarship and the Ruth & Omer Netteberg Scholarship Fund, recipients are selected through Admissions, students do not need to apply.