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Social Work Scholarships

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

A career in social work takes a special person. Helping others and creating favorable social conditions are just two of their responsibilities. Being a social worker takes hard work, dedication, and a good education. Paying for college to earn a degree in social work can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.

Many colleges and universities offer social work scholarships through departmental scholarships. They also offer general scholarships based on merit and financial need through the financial aid office. Social work students can also seek scholarships offered by associations by searching the Internet.

Where to Find Free Money for Social Work Students

Scholarships are a great supplement to any student’s financial aid package. Why? It‘s free money that does not have to be repaid. Social work students can greatly benefit from scholarships because not only are there general scholarships, but those specific to the field of social work and all its specialties.

Here are examples of social work scholarships offered by colleges and universities:

New York University offers several scholarships through the School of Social Work. The Shirley M. Ehrenranz Scholarship is awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate a financial need. The Claudia Mann Oberweger Scholarship Fund is awarded to students with high academic achievements, a dedication to social work careers which help others, and who demonstrate a financial need.

Ball State University offers some scholarships within their Department of Social Work. One award is the Indiana Child Services Education Program. This scholarship includes full tuition, fees, and a $2,000 stipend awarded each semester. Awarded during the student’s senior year only. Must be a social work major with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher t be considered.

At Youngstown State University School of Social Work, students have several scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students. The Doris Burdman Scholarship is awarded to students with a financial need, pursuing a career in social work. The Kimberly Ann DeOnofrio Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, looking to work with chronically ailing individuals. The Barbara Lewis Roberts Memorial Scholarship is awarded to at least two students each year. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate desire to work with child welfare, or adoption services for special needs children.

The University of Nebraska—Omaha (UNO) offers several undergraduate scholarships through the School of Social Work. The Alice L. King Memorial Scholarship awards two students in the amount of $888 each. The Hawks Foundation Scholarship awards five students in the amount of $2,000 each. UNO also offers the Graduate Student Scholarship specific to graduate students in social work. There are fellowships and scholarships awarded to qualifying students. Award amounts range from $500 to $2,300.

Scholarships Administered by Associations

Besides those offered by colleges and universities, social work students can also find scholarships by using the Internet to find those administered and offered by associations.

Here are some examples:

The Council on Social Work Education administers the Carl A. Scott Book Scholarships. These scholarships are designed for social work students who are minorities and/or part of an ethnic group of color, such as Asian American, and African American. The award amount is $500 each.

For students pursuing one of the many specialties of social work, there are scholarships dedicated to those specialties. An example is the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education. This association offers a few scholarships dedicated to social work students seeking work with senior citizens, or older adults.

The National Association of Social Workers offers two scholarships for social work students at the graduate level. The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in a master degree program who would like to work with the Hispanic and American Indian communities. Award amount ranges from $1,000 to $4,000. The Verne LaMarr Lyons Scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in a master degree program looking to work with the African American community. The award amount is up to $1,000.

Key Points about Social Work Scholarships

  • Talk to school officials from the financial aid office to see what general scholarships and other financial assistance is available.
  • Meet with the department heads from the school of social work at the institution of choice for scholarships specific to your major and career interests.
  • Seek out other scholarships by using the Internet. Several organizations offer social work scholarships to qualifying students. With a little research and perseverance, the rewards could be big.

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