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Reaching for Excellence

REX Students receive a campus tour

Endowed by the Maconda Brown O’Connor Future Leadership Scholarship, Smith College SSW invites nominations for a weekend full of courses and lectures designed to challenge and stretch bachelor-level human service workers and to inspire them to consider graduate education.

The next Reaching for Excellence weekend will be September 14-16, 2017.

By nominating yourself or someone you know, you HELP SMITH:

  • Invest in the best students

  • Nurture a commitment to the profession

  • Develop professional leadership capacity

  • Encourage aspirations toward an M.S.W. degree

If selected, REX participants receive:

  • A grant to cover all coursework, lectures, and room and board for REX

  • Half of domestic travel expenses to the REX weekend exceeding $50

  • 18 Continuing Education credits

  • Waiver of the $60 Smith College M.S.W. application fee

  • Geographic location preference for M.S.W. program field placement

To qualify, nominees must:

  • Be a bachelor-level social worker or other human service provider with at least two years experience

  • Have earned a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0*

  • Demonstrate a passion for human services work

  • Have not yet received or applied for their master’s degree in social work or similar field

* The 3.0 GPA requirement is based on a 4.0 grading scale. We understand that, on occasion, circumstances beyond your control intervene, making it impossible to maintain a 3.0 GPA. If your GPA is below a 3.0, you may apply, but you must include a statement outlining the reason the low GPA is not an accurate representation of the your capacity.

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