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Scholarships / Fellowships

Scholarships, fellowships, and loan forgiveness programs are available for all levels of social work education. The following list compiled in 2014 includes many opportunities to help defray the cost of a BSW, MSW, or PhD in social work. Please contact Mikaela Flynn at flynn@naswma.org if you hear of new scholarships or loan forgiveness programs.

Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship

Description: Fellowship awarded to a doctoral candidate whose dissertation focuses on health policy and practice
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Awarded by: NASW Foundation
Region: National
Level: Doctoral
Type: Fellowship
Amount: Up to $4000
Race / Religion Requirement: No

Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship

Description: Fellowship awarded to a doctoral candidate whose dissertation focuses on welfare policy and practice
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Awarded by: NASW Foundation
Region: National
Level: Doctoral
Type: Fellowship
Amount: $15,000
Race / Religion Requirement: No

Consuelo W. Gosnell MSW Scholarship

Description: Awards up to 10 scholarships for students who have demonstrated a willingness to work with American Indian/Alaska Native or Hispanic/Latino populations in the United States.
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Awarded by: NASW Foundation
Region: National
Level: Graduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: up to $4,000
Race / Religion Requirement: No

Verne LaMarr Lyons MSW Scholarship

Description: Scholarship awarded to four candidates who have interest and/or demonstrated ability in health/mental health practice and a commitment to working in African American communities.
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Awarded by: NASW Foundation
Region: National
Level: Graduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: $4,150
Race / Religion Requirement: No

USA Student Opportunity Scholarships

Description: Young members of the Presbyterian Church who have completed their sophomore year and are in good academic standing are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students must be pursuing a degree in education, social service, or religious studies and must be able to prove a need for financial assistance.
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Awarded by: Presbyterian Church
Region: National
Level: Undergraduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: up to $2000
Race / Religion Requirement: Presbyterian

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship

Description: Provided by the, the Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications awards $5,000 each to two students who can properly demonstrate their service to an economically or socially disadvantaged community. A focus on reducing alcohol, tobacco and drug use is preferred, and students must have maintained a 3.0 GPA for their most recent course year. An essay describing the students achievements is required at the time of application, as is proof of academic good standing.
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Awarded by: American Legacy Foundation
Region: National
Level: Undergraduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: $5,000
Race / Religion Requirement: No

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Service Scholarship

Description: One of many social work scholarships to active Lutheran students whose careers will benefit people with developmental disabilities. Eligible students must have a 3.0 GPA and provide letters of recommendation along with their applications. The best candidates are those who can demonstrate a sincere desire to work specifically with disabled individuals upon graduation.
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Awarded by: Lutheran Church
Region: National
Level: Undergraduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: up to $10,000 in grants
Race / Religion Requirement: Lutheran

Jewish Community Center (JCC) North American Graduate Scholarship

Description: Another very generous scholarship opportunity for future social workers, this grant is geared toward full-time students whose career path will someday take them to work in the JCC movement. Eligible students must coordinate with a scholarship coach to complete field work within the JCC community. Recipients must also agree to work for the JCC movement for a minimum of two years following their graduation.
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Awarded by: Jewish Community Center (JCC)
Region: National
Level: Undergraduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: Up to $10,000 per year for a one or two year period
Race / Religion Requirement: No

CSWE Scholars Program

Description: The CSWE provides this unique scholarship to doctoral students who have demonstrated a commitment to research projects that are of interest to the CSWE. Students must apply through the CSWE, and grants will be dolled out based on need and funding. Students and or faculty are eligible for this grant, provided they can demonstrate that their project fits the guidelines outlined by the application.
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Awarded by: The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Region: National
Level: Doctoral
Type: Scholarship
Race / Religion Requirement: No

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship Program

Description: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), offers fellowships to minority full-time direct practice focused master’s level students who are committed to providing mental health services to at-risk children and youths in underserved minority communities.
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Awarded by: The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Region: National
Level: Graduate
Type: Fellowship
Amount: Semiannual stipend for a 1-year period
Race / Religion Requirement: American Indian/Alaskan Native; Asian/Pacific Islander; Black; or Hispanic

The Cenie Jomo Williams Award

Description: The Cenie “Jomo” Williams award is available to African American students who support social, political and economic endeavors that will help better the lives of those in the African American community. Applicants should submit college transcripts as well as letters of recommendation and achievement.
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Awarded by: National Association of Black Social Workers
Region: National
Level: Undergraduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: Two awards of $2,000 each are given out annually
Race / Religion Requirement: African American

Emma & Myeloid Algood Undergraduate Scholarship

Description: Offered in honor of its namesakes’ tireless dedication to the poor in their community, despite their lack of proper education or training. The scholarship is awarded to an African American student who has shown similar dedication to improving the standard of living in the black community.
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Awarded by: National Association of Black Social Workers
Region: National
Level: Undergraduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Race / Religion Requirement: African American

Dr. Joyce Beckett Graduate Student Tuition Scholarship

Description: Designed to assist African American graduate students who plan to provide much needed social services to their local black community.
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Awarded by: National Association of Black Social Workers
Region: National
Level: Graduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Race / Religion Requirement: African American

Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust

Description: Available to New Hampshire residents who can demonstrate both financial need and enormous potential, this scholarship is awarded yearly. Students must be pursuing social work, nursing or medicine, and must submit college transcripts, letters of recommendation and a completed Federal Student Aid application.
Region: New Hampshire
Level: Undergraduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: amounts varying from $2,000 to $5,000
Race / Religion Requirement: No

Judith Holm Memorial Award

Description: The American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work is a national organization that attempts to set across-the-board standards for the Social Work profession. Its Judith Holm Memorial Award is intended to assist second-year graduate students who plan to become clinical social workers.
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Awarded by: The American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
Region: National
Level: Graduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: $2,000
Race / Religion Requirement: None

Davis-Putter Scholarship

Description: The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is a catch all for community activists whose goal is to support civil rights, economic justice and other progressive issues. Awards are based on financial need.
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Region: National
Level: Undergraduate & Graduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: as high as $10,000
Race / Religion Requirement: No

The Leopold Schepp Foundation

Description: Intended for students who can demonstrate both a financial necessity and a commitment to a graduate degree in community service, this scholarship is awarded to a few qualified individuals every year in various amounts.
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Region: National
Level: Graduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: Up to $8,500
Race / Religion Requirement: No

The Roothbert Fund Scholarship

Description: Students pursuing a degree in Social Work out of a desire for spiritual fulfillment may be eligible for one of these scholarships, which are open to all students at accredited universities. Students are required to prove financial hardship and submit a formal application.
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Region: National
Level: Undergraduate & Graduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: can range between $2,000 and $3,000
Race / Religion Requirement: No

Sarah Haley Memorial Fund

Description: The grant is only available to applicants who can demonstrate a dedication to working with post-traumatic stress disorder from childhood sexual abuse, family violence and / or violence against women.
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Awarded by: The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Region: National
Level: Graduate & Doctoral
Type: Scholarship
Amount: Up to $5,000
Race / Religion Requirement: No

National Association of Puerto Rican Hispanic Social Workers (NAPRHSW)

Description: First and second-year graduate students of Hispanic descent who are currently enrolled in a social work program may apply for this scholarship, which provides awards based on financial need and academic accomplishment.
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Region: National
Level: Graduate
Type: Scholarship
Race / Religion Requirement: No

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students

Description: This scholarship is geared towards students pursuing degrees in an altruistic or non-profit field. Students should demonstrate academic excellence and be a member of some minority group.
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Awarded by: Nonprofit Sector Research Fund of Washington, D.C.
Region: National
Level: Undergraduate & Graduate
Type: Scholarship
Amount: between $2,000 and $4,000
Race / Religion Requirement: American Indian/Alaskan Native; Asian/Pacific Islander; Black; or Hispanic

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Description: The PSLF Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, you may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on your William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loan Program) loans after you have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full-time by certain public service employers.
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Awarded by: U.S. Department of Education
Region: National
Level: Undergraduate & Graduate
Type: Loan Forgiveness
Race / Religion Requirement: No

Federal Perkins Loan Cancellation

Description: The following Federal Perkins Loan Program cancellations apply to individuals who perform certain types of public service or are employed in certain occupations including:
  • Full-time employee of a public or nonprofit child- or family-services agency providing services to high-risk children and their families from low-income communities.
  • Full-time staff member in the education component of a Head Start program
  • Full-time qualified professional provider of early intervention services for the disabled
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Awarded by: U.S. Department of Education
Region: National
Level: Undergraduate & Graduate
Type: Loan Forgiveness
Race / Religion Requirement: No

National Health Services Corps - Loan Repayment Program

Description: The NHSC continually seeks clinicians dedicated to working with the Nation's underserved. The NHSC created a program to connect these unique individuals with the communities that need them, and to support them during their initial time of service. Requirements include: commitment to provide primary care service in a priority health professional shortage area for a minimum of two years.
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Awarded by: National Health Services Corps (NHSC)
Region: National
Level: Undergraduate & Graduate
Type: Loan Forgiveness
Amount: Awardees receive up to $50,000 in exchange for two-years of service
Race / Religion Requirement: No

National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Loan Repayment Program

Description: This is specifically, for social workers and other professionals planning a career in the area of research involving clinical, contraceptive and infertility, pediatric, or health disparities. Prerequisites are as follows: 1) A doctorial 2) At least 50% of the time must be spent in research that is funded by either the local, state or federal government or a nonprofit organization 3) The educational loan debt should be equal or greater than 20% of their institutional base salary.
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Awarded by: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Region: National
Level: Post Doctoral
Type: Loan Forgiveness
Race / Religion Requirement: No

Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program

Description: Applicants sign contractual agreements with the Secretary for 2 years and fulfill their agreements through full-time clinical practice at an Indian Health Service facility or approved Indian health program. In return, the Loan Repayment Program will repay all or a portion of the applicant's eligible health professionals educational loans (undergraduate and graduate) for tuition expenses.
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Awarded by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Region: National
Level: Undergraduate & Graduate
Type: Loan Forgiveness
Amount: Up to $20,000 per year of service
Race / Religion Requirement: No

Student Loan Debt Assistance

Description: The Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project (website) can help loan saddled social workers and other borrowers to find out more information about the recently passed College Cost Reduction and Access Act, among other student loan related issues. This multi-featured website was created for people who already have student loans and want to know more about their options and rights. The site enables the borrowers to browse a wide range of issues, such as loan basics, default and delinquency, bankruptcy, loan cancellation, repayment, and collections.
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Awarded by: The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC)
Region: National
Level: Undergraduate & Graduate
Type: Loan Forgiveness
Race / Religion Requirement: No

Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program for Health Professionals

Description: Funded through the a combination of federal and state monies and provides educational loan repayment as an incentive for primary care clinicians, including licensed clinical social workers, to practice in communities where significant shortages of health care providers and barriers to care have been identified. The Primary Care Office at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) administers the MLRP.
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Awarded by: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Region: Massachusetts
Level: Graduate & Doctoral
Type: Loan Forgiveness
Amount: up to $20,000 per year ($40,000 total over two years)
Race / Religion Requirement: No

12/15/2014

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