Social Work Scholarships

Want to make a difference in the world? Majoring in social work, counseling or human development and family studies is a huge step in the right direction – in your career and in the lives of the people that need your help.

Social workers typically specialize in four areas: 1. children, family and school; 2. mental health and substance abuse; 3. medical and public health; and 4. policy and planning. There are specific college class requirements for each – some majors will take more psychology and economics courses while others will focus on biology and speech – and these concentrations can be further customized with a second major like a foreign language. After college, there will be employment opportunities available to those with a bachelor’s degree but for most, a master’s or doctorate is required. What does that mean to you as a student? That’s right: Additional years of education to fund.

The good news is that there are countless social work scholarships and grants out there for social workers to-be. These are available at the university level (NYU’s Silver School of Social Work awards social work scholarships to 95 percent of its full-time students) and at the professional level (the Council on Social Work Education and the National Association of Social Workers offer financial aid and support to their members), as well as from a number of local organizations. Scroll down to view some of the social work scholarships listed in the database or conduct your own free scholarship search to find even more opportunities to help you pay for school.

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Scholarship for College Students
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
Bethesda Lutheran Communities offers two $3,000 scholarships to Lutheran students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any area of service to people with developmental disabilities.

Eligible candidates are active, communicant members of a Lutheran church, are classified as a freshman, sophomore or junior status at a college or university (not necessarily a Lutheran college), have earned a minimum [...] More

Dr. Alma Adams Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
As an expression of gratitude to Dr. Alma S. Adams for giving six years of dedicated service and leadership on its Board of Directors, the American Legacy Foundation has established a scholarship fund in her honor. The Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to reduce tobacco use among Priority Populations will award a total of $10,000 annually for up to two [...] More

James F. Reville Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 09, Annually
The James F. Reville Scholarship is awarded to students enrolled full-time in any year of their college, training in a field related to intellectual and other developmental disabilities and who are not currently employed by NYSARC, Inc. NYSARC, Inc. employees are not eligible.

Two $3,000 awards are presented annually in $750 installments. The successful nominees will serve individuals with [...] More

Jewish Community Center (JCC) North American Graduate Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The JCCs of North America Graduate Education Scholarship Program is designed to deepen and enhance the professional knowledge of current and future JCC professionals. Incorporating classroom study, internships, networking opportunities, professional development conferences and seminars, JCC Association Graduate Scholars are on the fast track to become effective and successful JCC [...] More

Maryland Graduate and Professional School Scholarship
Application Deadlines:
Who may apply: Degree-seeking graduate and professional students.

How to apply: Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Also contact the financial aid office of the institution you will attend and ask to be considered for a Graduate and Professional Scholarship.

When to apply: Contact the financial aid office of the school you will attend for their [...] More

Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarships serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students in select majors (Education, Health Service/Science, Religious Studies, Sacred Music, Social Service/Science) by providing aid for the expenses of their third and fourth years of an undergraduate program. Preference in this program is extended to racial ethnic students in order to [...] More

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