The University of the Pacific has partnered with the Abbott Fund, the foundation arm of health care company Abbott, to combat the diabetes crisis in Stockton by establishing the Abbott Fund Scholars to support aspiring health care workers in the City of Stockton. Students in the MSW program who are Abbott Fund Scholars will receive a scholarship and complete a sub-specialization in Diabetes Care and Management (DCM) within the healthcare specialization of the MSW program. This sub-specialization is designed for students interested in pursuing health social work careers focused on diabetes prevention, education, and management in Stockton. Abbott Fund Scholars in the MSW program will complete a workshop series, an elective course, a capstone project, and a 31-week field placement in diabetes care and management.


  • Applicants are required to be either residing or working in Stockton and demonstrate intent to serve Stockton by accepting to complete the MSW internship(s) in organizations that serve the Stockton community.
  • Applicants agree to work in Stockton upon graduation for at least two years.
  • Students must be admitted to the MSW program before applying for the scholarship.


Financial Benefits

  • Qualifying students will receive a scholarship for up to 50 percent of tuition.


Service Commitment

  • Abbott Fund Scholars are expected to pursue health or health-related social work careers in the City of Stockton upon graduation.


Application Procedure

  • Interested students will complete the Abbott Fund Scholar application upon admission to the MSW program.


Apply for the Abbott Fund Scholarship


The availability of this program for students matriculating in Fall of 2021 and Spring of 2022 will be confirmed by May of 2021.