Full Tuition Scholarships: The Leadership Fellows Program

The Leadership Fellows Program at the Mandel School is designed for exceptionally qualified, highly-motivated candidates who are interested in leadership, best practice approaches to human service delivery and community practice, and making a positive influence in the world. It awards full-time, two-year students pursuing a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) with full-tuition scholarships, plus $500 per year for participation in professional development activities (such as attending or presenting at conferences).

The Leadership Fellows Program was developed in consultation with Mandel School faculty and alumni and numerous community leaders in social services, education, and philanthropy. It includes the Louis Stokes Fellowship in Community and Social Development, established in honor of Cleveland civil rights pioneer and former Congressman Louis Stokes, which provides a full-tuition scholarship to an African-American or Hispanic student who has demonstrated leadership in community development.

Fellows participate in a number of educational opportunities, including:

  • Two specialized required courses: Evidence-Based Practices and Theory and Practice of Leadership.
  • Innovative field placements and seminars focused upon the planning and implementation of evidence-based practice for vulnerable populations.
  • Capstone project: An individual or group project addressing the implementation of a best or evidence-based practice that will be presented at a student-led seminar in the final semester.
  • Mentoring: Each fellow will be matched with an outstanding community leader who will provide individual consultation and support for leadership and career development.
  • Informal group activities: Lunches, seminars, and discussions will be organized by the program director in consultation with the fellows.
  • Alumni network: Leadership Fellows graduates will be invited to serve as mentors to new fellows and encouraged to participate in the program’s seminars, lectures, and informal gatherings.

Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline will be considered if they demonstrate the following:

  • Superior undergraduate educational performance and a 3.2 grade-point average or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • An exemplary record of previous school, community, or human services volunteer or work-related experience
  • Evidence of leadership capabilities as demonstrated by previous positions of leadership, letters of reference, and a personal statement in the program application
  • Interest and capability to pursue a rigorous academic program, including additional program requirements

How To Apply:

Applicants are automatically considered for all scholarships when they submit our online application. If our Admissions office reviews your application and identifies you as a candidate for the Leadership Fellows Program, they will be in touch about its requirements and any additional information that may be needed. Questions about the program should be directed to Richard Sigg, Director of Admissions, at 216.368.1655 or via email at Richard.Sigg@case.edu.

Leadership Fellows Program Director:
David Hussey, PhD
Associate Professor of Social Work