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 Scholarships.com database or conduct your own free scholarship search to find even more opportunities to help you pay for school.

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Lutheran Student Scholastic & Service Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/18/2020
  • Amount: $30,000
  • Bethesda Lutheran Communities offers two scholarships to Lutheran students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any area of service to people with developmental disabilities.

    Eligibility/Requirements:
    Be an active, communicant member of a Lutheran congregation. Be a freshmen, sophomore, or junior at an accredited college/university. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Have a career objective in the field of [...] More

Maryland Graduate and Professional School Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • You must be a Maryland resident and demonstrate financial need. You must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student, either part-time or full-time, and attend one of the following schools: University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Pharmacy, or Social Work; University of Baltimore School of Law; The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; The Virginia-Maryland [...] More

Senior Wisdom Video Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • A Place for Mom is proud to offer a scholarship to university students interested in the fields of aging and gerontology. As North America's largest senior living referral service, we know the importance of supporting the training and education of our future senior care leaders. This scholarship will be awarded to a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec) [...] More

The Jackie Spellman Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Jackie Spellman Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens who have been impacted in some way by leukemia or lymphoma, either as survivors, individuals diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma, or individuals who have a member of his or her immediate family who have or had leukemia or lymphoma while living in the same household. Eligible students include high school seniors or those attending community [...] More

The Melanie Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/5/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Melanie Foundation Scholarship is awarded to a candidate pursuing a doctoral or master's degree in the mental health field. You must be currently enrolled or accepted into a graduate program majoring in the mental health field in the United States and demonstrate experience and interest in one or more of the ideals to which Melanie Merola O’Donnell committed herself. The scholarship will be [...] More

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Last Reviewed: October 2019