Support us, and together, we will support the next generation of social workers.

The UConn School of Social Work is a national leader in graduate social work education and the first public university in Connecticut to offer a bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degree in social work. Our MSW program ranks among the top 12 percent of graduate social work programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report, and we're no. 1 in CT. Our areas of distinction include aging, mental health, trauma and violence prevention and reduction; international social work and human rights; social and health disparities; diversity and cultural competence; and policy analysis, advocacy, and community organizing.

Your gift to the School of Social Work allows us to propel the School forward, supporting our students and faculty in their endeavors to make the world a more just and equitable place.

Ways to Give

Planned Giving

The Charles Beach Society honors the many individuals that support the University through will, trust, retirement plan, and life insurance gifts. The Society also honors donors who make gifts that will enhance their or a loved one’s financial position, and ultimately support the School of Social Work’s initiatives.

Memorial and Honor Donation

Many donors choose to honor a loved one or friend with a gift to support UConn in his or her name. Perhaps the gift is in memory of a grandmother who loved UConn athletics, an alum who attended the University, or in honor of an inspirational professor. Learn more about memorial or tribute gifts.

Meet Our Scholarship Recipients

Each semester, a number of superb students are honored with scholarships to help fund their social work educations. Made possible by our generous donors, School of Social Work scholarships help students in need and reward students for their academic and service achievements, enabling students to pursue the opportunities ahead of them and complete their BSW, MSW, or Ph.D. programs.

We are proud to honor our scholarship recipients and the donors who made their gifts possible. Learn more about our recent scholarship recipients.

I want to thank you for your generous Raymond and Mary Borecki Buck Endowed Scholarship. I plan to pursue a career in social justice which includes advocating and counseling young girls and women who have experienced injustices and trauma."

Avery Smith '21 BSW, 2022 Raymond and Mary Borecki Buck Endowed Scholarship recipient

"This scholarship will assist me with my commuting costs, book purchases, parking expenses, and general living expenses. My work at the Yale New Haven Hospital’s Intensive Outpatient Program interning [with] the Transitional-Aged Youth has been incredibly meaningful and has confirmed for me that I want to work with this population."

Rachel Brennan, MSW student, Spring 2022 Esther R. Pahl Fellowship for Social Work Excellence recipient

"I am very grateful for these two awards and plan on using them to offset the costs of my research. After getting my PhD, I would like to initiate and implement community-based research where sex workers will be co-researchers and be involved in their own liberation from systemic oppression."

— Alberto Cifuentes, Jr., Ph.D. candidate, 2019–2020 Rollin Williams/ Y.C. Wu Dissertation Research Fellowship and 2020–2021 Davidson Dissertation Stipend

Donor Spotlights

Alumna and donor Esther Pahl

I realize there are students who are struggling now as I did when I was a graduate student. I wanted to set up a program for students who are marginally making it so they can study without the stress of worrying about paying the bills that are involved in basic living.”
Read more at UConn Magazine

Esther Pahl '52 MSW

Alumna Cheryl Parks

"I felt well-supported at UConn. I want to carry that legacy on to give people who may still have some reservations about doing research in the area of lesbians or sexual minorities the support they need to pursue that area of study."
Read more at UConn Magazine

Cheryl Parks, former associate dean and social work professor