John Moline Undergraduate Scholarship 

The purpose of the John Moline Undergraduate Scholarship is to enhance the educational and professional
development of those seeking an undergraduate degree in the health and human service field.

Click here to download the John Moline Scholarship Application.

MSSA Congratulates Laura Benzkofer and Heather Johnson, 2017-2018 John Moline Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients!


Laura Benzkofer, Winona State University

"My name is Laura Benzkofer and I am a junior at Winona State University pursuing a degree in Social Work. My interest in the health and human service field stemmed at a young age and continued as I grew older. I’m drawn to this work and would like to use my passion for taking care of people by getting the resources they need and having a greater impact on people’s lives."



Heather Johnson, College of Saint Scholastica

"I am married with two daughters ages five and seven. I am a senior at the College of Saint Scholastica's extended campus in Austin, MN working towards a Bachelor's degree in social work. Social work was an obvious choice for me after helping people with disabilities for 19 years in a residential setting. The impact those individuals had on me was life changing because they taught me patience, empathy, understanding, compassion, respect, and trust. I am grateful for all of the individuals I cared for because they helped me make the decision to become a social worker,so that I could continue to advocate for individuals just like them."


MSSA will award two $1000 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year to two undergraduate students enrolled in a health and human service related major or program.  Applicants must have at least two semesters of college remaining during the relevant school year.

Applicants will be judged upon the following criteria: 

  • Has been accepted for admission, or is currently enrolled, in an undergraduate education program in the health and human service field

  • Will be enrolled as a full time college junior or senior during the 2017 fall semester

  • Can demonstrate how they plan to use their degree in the health and human service field

  • Is enrolled in a Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota or South Dakota college/university

  • Possesses the ability to successfully complete the chosen course of study

  • Demonstrates financial need

The Board of Directors, through the Membership and Diversity Committee is the administering body for the MSSA Scholarship Program. The review and selection of applicants is managed by the Awards and Scholarship Chair as appointed by the MSSA President.

To apply, applicants must provide the following:

  1. Complete answers to the questions on the application form

  2. A copy of most recent college transcript  demonstrating the applicant received at least a 3.0 grade point average (unofficial transcripts will be accepted)

  3. Two (2) letters of reference

It is not necessary to be a MSSA member to apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship application must be received by the MSSA office between April 1, 2017 and May 20, 2017.

Scholarship recipients will be published in various MSSA communications, including (but not limited to) the membership newsletter, website, and social media. Scholarship recipients will be asked to submit verification of attendance for the fall semester 2017.

Contact Beth Ringer at bringer@mnssa.org or 651-789-4328 with questions.

John Moline (1948-2014) was the Senior Director of Counseling, Youth, and Family Services at Lutheran Social Services from 1975-2012. He also served as MSSA's board president in 2008 and received the Individual Distinguished Service award in 2011. His dedication to serving youth and families lives on through the programs he created and MSSA's John Moline Undergraduate Scholarship.


Painting of John Moline at the Center for Changing Lives in Duluth
Artist: Michelle Wegler