Schiller Endowed Scholarship

The Schiller Endowed Scholarship began in 1979 by John and Aleen Schiller. Professor Schiller served as a sociology faculty member, department chair and dean during his tenure at PLU and was the professor who was instrumental in bringing the social work undergraduate major to PLU. This award is “stackable” meaning that it does not have a negative impact on other financial aid. Eligibility criteria: junior standing, majoring in social work; overall GPA of 3.2; student record of service and community outreach not only tied to course work.

Keller Endowed Scholarship

The Joseph and Guycelle Keller Scholarship was first awarded in 2021 in honor of Joseph and Guycelle Keller, both first generation college students, and the parents of JoDee Keller, a long time social work faculty member. Its purpose is to support an undergraduate social work student with a strong commitment to social justice. Preference will be given to first generation and/or students of color. It may be awarded to a sophomore entering the major or a junior continuing in the major. This award is stackable and is also based on need.

Kathleen Zellers Russell Field Work Fund

The Russell Field Work Fund is named for Kathleen Zellers Russell, a social work faculty member from 1999 – 2020. The Russell Field Work Fund is to provide financial support for undergraduate social work seniors participating in field placements who have financial hardship. Each spring, Student Financial Services will determine the undergraduate rising social work seniors with the most unmet need. Students can be awarded between $500 and $6,000 depending on their level of unmet need. This award will stack on top of existing aid rather than replace it up to the level of each student’s unmet need.


Social Work Organization

Students in the Social Work Program may become involved in a variety of activities. There is a Social Work Organization, which has sponsored discussions, volunteer activities, service projects, and social events. We have put together Thanksgiving baskets, sponsored holiday parties for children who are homeless, and held a clothing drive for teens in need. All are welcome to participate. For more information, contact a social work faculty member.

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