Mary Ryan Social Work Scholarship Fund

For more information, contact:

Priscilla Griggs, LCSW, ACSW, CCM
254-724-0649
pgriggs@swmail.sw.org Send an e-mail

Sharon Dunham, LBSW
254-724-0286
sdunham@swmail.sw.org Send an e-mail

About the Scholarship Fund

You might be a candidate to receive financial assistance through the Mary Ryan Social Work Scholarship Fund if you are pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a Social Work program at:

  • Texas A&M University - Central Texas
  • University of Mary Hardin Baylor
  • Baylor University
  • University of Texas at Austin

Anyone anticipating enrollment in a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited Bachelor’s or Master’s program for Fall 2012 is eligible to apply. The scholarship fund provides financial assistance for expenses directly related to social work school. Each semester the following scholarships will be awarded:

  • $500
  • $500
  • $1,000

How to Apply

To be considered for the Scott & White Mary Ryan Social Work Scholarship, applicants should provide the following:

  • Application for Social Work Scholarship  PDF Document
  • Photo of applicant (photo should not be older than one year and no larger than 4x6 inches)
  • Most recent academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Professional reference as required
  • Recommendation from supervisor (for Scott & White employees only)

Applications are being accepted between March 15 and June 1, 2012. An application will NOT be considered if it is turned in after June 1, 2012, missing any items from the checklist and/or submitted with an item not on the checklist.

About Mary Ryan

Born into a farming family near Waco, Texas in 1920, Mary Ryan has lived an enriched and full life by pouring herself out in service to others. She enlisted in the Women’s Army Corp in 1943 and spent 30 years in military service. Mary served on active duty for eight years and then in the reserves for another 22 years.

Her transition into the reserves happened concurrently with the enactment of the GI Bill, which allowed her to pursue her dream of college education. At the University of Maryland, she earned a degree in Psychology. Two years later she received a Masters of Social Work degree at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

After she finished her education, Mary set to work primarily in psychiatric social work assisting those with physical and mental handicaps. She spent 21 years in social work in California before moving back to Texas in 1978. In 1979, Mary’s sister was badly burned in an explosion in Arizona where she was hospitalized from February until June, at which point she was transported to Scott & White Healthcare in Temple for continued treatment.

The very next week Mary Ryan began what would become a lifetime of volunteer service to Scott & White. Over the next 30 years, Mary dedicated 30,000 hours of her time to assist others through our various volunteer programs, including hospice. In 2011, the Mary Ryan Social Work Scholarship Fund was established to help inspire others to lives of service through the pursuit of academic degrees in social work.


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