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Five College Circle of Scholars

The Five College Circle of Scholars (5CCS) is a program available to students who are completing (or have completed) an undergraduate degree at one of the Five Colleges and who are interested in applying to the Smith College School for Social Work for their Master of Social Work.

SSW offers a nationally recognized, 27-month graduate program in clinical social work with a unique commitment to anti-racism. Through rigorous internships at sites across the country, we train our students to become exceptional clinical social workers, dedicated to social justice and to creating change in the world.

Scholarships and Other Benefits for Five College Circle of Scholars

  • Application fee waiver
  • Priority in admission decison making
    (and an admission decision before the winter break!)
  • Priority in grant-funded financial aid from SSW (ranging from $3,000-$22,000/year)
  • Consideration for the Five College Merit Scholarship Award ($3,000)
  • Consideration for the Ann M. Pappi Scholarship
  • Preference in the geographical location of your field internship

Qualifying criteria for the Five College Circle of Scholars program

Qualifying applicants must:
  • Have graduated from (or be about to graduate from) one of the Five Colleges.
  • Apply by November 30.

Ready to learn more about this opportunity?

Come to a free lunch on campus to learn more or contact the Office of Admission at or 413-585-7960
All luncheons open to any Five College student or graduate, regardless of campus affiliation. 
University of Massachusetts Amherst 
October 4, 2017
12:30-1:30 PM in the Goodell Lounge
Smith College 
October 5, 2017
12:00-1:00 PM in Campus Center room 205
Mount Holyoke College 
October 10, 2017 
12:30-1:30 PM in the Career Development Center, Workshop Room 

Registration not required.

Learn more about Smith SSW benefits available to Five College grads!