Minna B. Crook Fellowship

The Minna B. Crook Fellowship provides financial assistance to MSW students devoting their time and energy to a career in public service.

The Minna B. Crook Fellowship was established in 1986 in memory of Minna B. Crook by her sons, Peter and Christopher Crook. Minna B. Crook, born in Berkeley in 1919, was a lifelong resident of the East Bay and a graduate of UC Berkeley. Her entire working life was spent in public service as a social worker. She firmly believed in the importance of maintaining social welfare as a profession. In the later years of her life, she became concerned that society was becoming less concerned and less willing to devote its resources, time and energy to helping those in need.

2021-22 Minna B. Crook Fellowship Award

For the 2021-22 academic year, the Minna B. Crook Fellowship will provide a total of $7,500 in financial support, consisting of:

  • A $6,000 credit towards tuition and fees ($3,000 each semester for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022).
  • A $1,500 cash stipend ($750 each semester for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022).

Awards will be announced by May 15, 2021.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for this fellowship, students must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Must be a current MSW student in good academic standing.
  2. Must have an Expected Graduation Term of Spring 2022. Students graduating in Fall 2021, or Summer 2022 or later, are not eligible.
  3. Must demonstrate evidence of current, previous or anticipated experience oriented to public service as a social worker. You will be asked to upload a current résumé/CV to the online fellowship application form.

How to Apply

Application Deadline:

April 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Application Requirements:

  1. You must be signed into your @berkeley.edu email address to access the online application form.
  2. This fellowship application requires an applicant Statement of Interest:
    Please upload to your online application form a brief statement (no more than three (3) typed, double-spaced pages; Document or PDF file formats only) describing:
    1. your personal and professional interests in and experiences with social work in the public social services;
    2. your anticipated career goals and contributions you hope to make through a career in public social services; and,
    3. experiences that demonstrate a commitment to public-service social work with disadvantaged or marginalized individuals and communities.
  3. This fellowship application requires a current résumé/CV:
    Please upload a Document or PDF file of your current résumé or Curriculum Vitae to the online application form.