Financial Aid for Minority Students

Whether you aim to make a difference in your neighborhood or on a global scale, a social work degree can give you the tools necessary to counsel individuals in difficult circumstances. However, paying for your degree can be a challenge; college tuition and fees continue to increase by triple-digit percentage rates. The rising cost of education can be especially problematic for minority students, many of whom still struggle for access to education in a school system that, as recently as the 1960s, segregated minority students in underfunded institutions.

Luckily, numerous social work scholarships for minorities exist, and minority students regularly win roughly a third of all scholarships each year. The U.S. Department of Education recently invested almost $100 million to support scholarships and grants for minority students in all disciplines. The lists below outline examples of scholarships designed for minority students studying social work, showcasing financial aid opportunities for African-American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and undocumented students. Read on to find the requirements for these scholarships, as well as further financial aid resources.

Scholarships for African-American Social Work Students

The Ron Brown Scholarship Program
Who Can Apply: Applicants should submit a list of extracurricular activities, two 500-word essays answering the application’s prompts, two letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, and academic transcripts. Application finalists will attend interviews and participate in activities during a fully funded weekend retreat in the District of Columbia. Students must be a high school senior at time of application and should print and mail all application materials in one packet. This scholarship is for African-American high school seniors capable of demonstrating academic excellence, leadership potential, and experience in community service. Students should also be able to demonstrate financial need.
Amount: $40,000 ($10,000 annually for four years of undergraduate study)

Cenie ‘Jomo’ Williams Tuition Scholarship
Who Can Apply: This scholarship is offered through the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW). Applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate African-American students, members of the NABSW, and have at least a 2.5 GPA. Students should submit a two- or three-page statement of purpose outlining their past experience in a social work setting, along with their professional goals and potential social work interests. The application also requires two letters of recommendation, school transcripts, and proof of good academic standing. The NABSW awards social work scholarships to minority students who can demonstrate community service experience and a commitment to researching and serving the needs of African-American communities.
Amount: $2,500

Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Applicants must be NAACP members younger than 25. Students must submit an academic transcript, two letters of recommendation from instructors in the field of social work, a Student Aid Report (SAR), and evidence of enrollment in a full-time university or college social work program. Graduating high school, undergraduate, and graduate students are eligible to apply, but students must be enrolled in a college or university undergraduate or graduate program. The NAACP also prefers applicants who can demonstrate a need for significant financial aid.
Amount: $2,000

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Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Applicants must be National Association of Social Workers (NASW) members with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must demonstrate enrollment in or admittance into an MSW program. The application should also include a two-page biographical essay, two letters of recommendation, and academic transcripts. This scholarship is for students who have experience working or an interest in working in a health or mental health setting and are specifically interested in serving the African-American community.
Amount: $4,000, plus $1,500 in funding for conference attendance and leadership development

Emma & Meloid Algood Tuition Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Applicants must be African-American students enrolled in a bachelor’s in social work program with at least a 2.5 GPA. Students should submit a two- to three-page statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, school transcripts, and proof of good academic standing from the school registrar. The NABSW awards this scholarship to students who demonstrate an interest or experience in aiding financially disadvantaged members of the African-American community.
Amount: $1,000

Professional Organizations for African-American Students

  • The National Association of Black Social Workers: The NABSW is committed to promoting social justice and development for African-Americans, as well as bringing together African-American social workers from diverse professional and academic backgrounds. For 50 years, the organization has not only been an important advocate for African-American rights, but has run national conferences providing professional training for African-American social workers.
  • National Black Student Union: Black student unions emerged at numerous campuses across the country in the 1960s, advocating for the increased enrollment and employment of African-American students and professionals in higher education. Today, the NBSU is a nonprofit organization that fosters professional networking opportunities and promotes graduate study opportunities for African-American students.
  • NAACP: Since the early 1900s, the NAACP has been at the forefront of social activism, fighting for African-American rights through the advancement of economic opportunity and equal access to education. In addition to offering academic scholarships, the NAACP also supports several professional resources, including JobFinder, an online resource connecting applicants to a professional network of employers.

Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Social Work Students

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Who Can Apply: High school applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA, and undergraduates and graduates should have at least a 2.5 GPA. All students should plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program. Students should provide an updated resume, a SAR, and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) award letter, if applicable. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is a merit-based scholarship for Hispanic high school, community college, undergraduate, and graduate students in all majors. The scholarship prefers applicants who demonstrate plans to serve their communities.
Amount: $500-$5,000

National Association of Puerto Rican Social Workers Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Students should be in their first year of a master’s in social work (MSW) program at one of the following universities: Adelphi, Stony Brook, Long Island University Post, Fordham, or Columbia. To apply students must submit a current academic transcript, one letter of recommendation, a FAFSA letter or other aid program stating necessity, and an essay outlining individual professional interests as a social worker. The National Association of Puerto Rican Social Workers Scholarship awards scholarships to bilingual Spanish-speaking students committed to serving and advocating for the Puerto Rican or Latino community. Students must demonstrate need for financial assistance.
Amount: Varies

Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Students must submit a biographical essay, a statement of financial need and merit, two letters of recommendation, and academic transcripts. Applicants should be members of the NASW and have at least a 3.0 GPA. This scholarship is offered by the National Association for Social Workers. The Consuelo W. Gosnell Scholarship awards students who are committed to serving, or who have a personal connection to, Hispanic/Latino and Native American communities.
Amount: $4,000

La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Applicants must identify as Hispanic or Latino and be enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s program. The application includes academic transcripts and a letter of recommendation attesting to the student’s commitment to social justice issues involving Hispanic or Latino communities. The scholarship recognizes students with a commitment to civic service, including those pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work. The La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship Foundation recognizes applicants committed to empowering the Hispanic or Latino community.
Amount: $250-$1,000

HACER National Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Applicants should be high school seniors with at least a 2.7 GPA who plan to enroll in a two- to four-year college or university. The application also requires academic transcripts, a personal statement, a letter of recommendation, a FAFSA report, and an outline of involvement in community service projects. Students should also expect to complete an in-person or phone interview. This scholarship is offered by the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The HACER scholarship is only for students with at least one parent who identifies as Hispanic. Winners should be able to demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, and a commitment to community service.
Amount: $100,000 ($25,000 per year for four years)

Professional Organizations for Hispanic and Latino Students

  • Latino Social Workers Organization: The LSWO is committed to helping Latinos pursue social work positions, as well as retaining Latinos in social work educational programs. LSWO offers educational opportunities for social work professionals, annual conferences, and collaborative partnerships with schools of social work and social service organizations.
  • Association of Latino Professionals for America: The country’s first professional organization for Latino professionals, ALPFA has empowered Latino leaders in all occupations since the early 1970s. This association is open to both current professionals and students, connecting the latter with paid internship positions, annual scholarships, and an online career center with listings in multiple fields.
  • The National Association of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Social Workers: Since the early 1980s, the NAPRHSW has empowered social workers to serve Puerto Rican and Hispanic communities. In addition to offering social work scholarships for minorities, this organization also cosponsors an annual youth conference, maintains a dropout prevention program for Hispanic students, and regularly updates an online job board featuring professional social work listings across the country.

Scholarships for Native American Social Work Students

Indian Health Service Scholarship Program
Who Can Apply: Applicants must be 18 years or older, registered for selective service (if male), and be a U.S. citizen. Students should have at least a 2.0 GPA and evidence of application to or acceptance into an eligible degree program. Students must also submit a sample curriculum from their proposed major and academic transcripts. The IHS scholarship funds Native American or Alaskan Native students studying in multiple health-related disciplines, including social work, in exchange for a two-year term of service in Tribal communities or approved Native American health care programs.
Amount: Varies, but generally covers tuition, fees, and living expenses

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Applicants must be sophomores or juniors at an undergraduate institution and should provide academic transcripts and three letters of recommendation describing a commitment to public service. Students must submit an 800-word essay discussing a selection of Morris K. Udall or Stewart Udall’s writing and explain its impact on and relevance to their interests and goals. The Udall Scholarship is for Native American or Alaskan Native students dedicated to public service in Native American communities. Ideal applicants will have interests in academic interests related to environmental conservation, healthcare, or Tribal/public policy.
Amount: Up to $7,000

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship
Who Can Apply: Eligible applicants can pursue a graduate degree in any discipline, but they must demonstrate financial need and proof of Native American or Alaskan Native ancestry. The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) Fellowship is a broad scholarship program for graduate students in any discipline. Applicants to the AIGC fellowship are automatically considered for smaller scholarships according to discipline, including two relevant social work scholarships for minorities: the Grace Wall Barreda Memorial Fellowship for public health and environmental studies, and the Ruth Muskrat Bronson Fellowship for health-related programs.
Amount: $1,000-$5,000 per academic year

Navajo Nation Graduate Fellowship
Who Can Apply: Applicants must submit evidence of full or part-time enrollment in a graduate degree program. All graduate student applicants must be members of the Navajo Nation and must provide academic transcripts with at least a 3.0 GPA. This scholarship is offered by the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance. The Navajo Nation Trust Fund provides the graduate fellowship for eligible Navajo Nation graduate students. The Trust Fund prioritizes students with a demonstrable financial need.
Amount: $5,000-$10,000 per academic year

The American Indian College Fund
Who Can Apply: Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Students will respond to three short essay questions and submit academic transcripts and proof of tribal affiliation. The American Indian College Fund supports two scholarship programs for Native American undergraduate and graduate students: the TCU Scholarship Program and the Full Circle Scholarships. The former specifically supports students enrolled in programs at tribal institutions for higher education, while the latter supports Native American students at tribal, non-tribal public, and nonprofit private colleges across the country.
Amount: Varies

Professional Organizations for Native American Students

  • National Indian Education Association: In 1969, Native American educators gathered at Princeton University to discuss methods of improving Native American education. That council inspired the formation of the NIEA, an educational and professional organization that helps Native American students apply to college and scholarships. The organization also maintains a job forum listing openings across the country.
  • American Indian College Fund: For nearly 30 years, the AICF has promoted Native American access to higher education through an extensive scholarship program. Today, the organization offers career development along with financial aid, connecting students with opportunities for professional mentorship aligned with their specific interests or goals.
  • National Congress of American Indians: The NCAI is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting policy measures to improve the native community. Among its many youth programs is an internship program for Native American university students. Students complete summer or semester-long internships for college credit and gain experience in policy development dealing with issues such as Native American education, economic support, or environmental conservation.

Scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Social Work Students

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Who Can Apply: Applicants must identify as Asian or Pacific Islander and plan to enroll in an undergraduate program. Students should have at least a 2.7 GPA and submit one letter of recommendation. The application requires students to be citizens of the U.S., the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau. The organization’s scholarship committee prioritizes students who come from a low socioeconomic background, are first generation college students, and demonstrate participation in community service or leadership roles.
Amount: $2,500-$20,000

Hsiao Memorial Social Sciences Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Applicants should be Asian-American graduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA pursuing a degree in the social sciences. Students should also be able to demonstrate financial need. This scholarship awards students of Asian heritage whose research interests benefit Asian-American communities of low socioeconomic status. Applicants should demonstrate an ability to follow the example of Dr. Liang-Lin Hsiao, an economics professor who devoted his career to serving the neediest Asian communities.
Amount: $1,000

US Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation
Who Can Apply: Students should be high school seniors of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage and have at least a 3.3 GPA. Applications must include an essay between 250-300 words, transcripts, a copy of a recent tax return, two letters of recommendation, and a description of a proposed major and estimated costs for full-time undergraduate education. Students must print and mail their application. This organization sponsors multiple scholarships for students of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage. Generally, the committee awards scholarships to students who demonstrate leadership, financial need, and an involvement in community service.
Amount: $3,000-$5,000

Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Applicants must have at least a 3.5 GPA and should submit academic transcripts, an essay, and letters of recommendation. The application also requires a phone or in-person interview and a video presentation describing the student’s leadership roles and community service work. Against the Grain Productions awards Asian-American high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students who display leadership experience that have also had a positive impact in serving Asian-American communities. Applicants should be able to demonstrate significant community service contributions.
Amount: $1,500

Chin: Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Unique among social work scholarships for minorities, this award requires students to either be employed at an Asian cuisine restaurant, or come from a family with a history of working in Asian cuisine. Any ethnic heritage is accepted, and there is no requirement for citizenship status. Applicants should be freshman in college or full-time undergraduates at a two-year community college, four-year college, or university. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required, and students should demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is for students committed to advocating for social justice issues concerning Asian-American or immigrant communities.
Amount: $1,000

Professional Organizations for Asian and Pacific Islander Students

  • Ascend: The largest organization for Pan Asian professionals in the country, Ascend has connected Asian-Americans to diverse job opportunities since 2005. The organization is especially committed to launching the careers of young professionals, and they sponsor more than 30 student chapters. Ascend offers a 12-month mentorship program designed to help those being mentored to develop leadership qualities.
  • US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation: Since the 1980s, USPAACC has advocated for equal professional opportunities for Asian-Americans from all occupational backgrounds. In addition to awarding up to $100,000 in total scholarship funds each year, the organization fosters connections to a wide range of professional organizations, including nonprofits.
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Beginning in 1991, the AAJC has advocated for increased civil rights for Asian-Americans, working with a community partnership network comprised of local Asian-American and Pacific Islander organizations across the country. Additionally, the AAJC holds an annual youth leadership summit, giving college students the opportunity to participate in leadership, civic engagement, and advocacy trainings in the District of Columbia.

Scholarships for Undocumented Social Work Students

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Who Can Apply: Applicants should submit academic transcripts, personal statement detailing the student’s contribution to social activism, two letters of recommendation, financial information through a SAR or FAFSA, and evidence of financial need. The Davis-Putter Fund supports students committed to fighting for social justice issues in the U.S. Recent winners of the scholarship are social activists in the fight against issues such as homophobia, racism, and sexism. U.S. citizenship is not required, although students must demonstrate participation in activist movements and an intention to enroll in a college program based in the U.S.
Amount: Up to $10,000

Que Llueva Cafe Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Applicants must be current high school seniors or GED graduates planning to enroll in an undergraduate program for the first time. While students need to demonstrate potential for academic success, the Chicano Organizing and Research in Education organization (CORE) does not only consider GPA and test scores in determining this potential. This CORE scholarship specifically funds undocumented students planning to attend college in the U.S. Students of all majors are eligible. The scholarship committee is especially careful to consider the unique challenges, including financial need, that each applicant has overcome to succeed in his or her academic career.
Amount: Varies

Royal Prestige Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage and a dependent of a Royal Prestige customer or distributor. They can be high school seniors, undergraduates, or graduates with 3.0 GPAs. The Royal Prestige scholarship supports students related to the organization’s customers. Students can be U.S. citizens, permanent and legal residents, DACA recipients, or eligible noncitizens of Hispanic heritage. All major fields of study and graduate degrees are eligible.
Amount: $2,500

The Dream.US National Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Applicants should be high school graduates with at least a 2.5 GPA or community college graduates with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students should also be eligible for in-state tuition at one of the scholarship’s more than 70 partner colleges or universities. The application requires DACA or TPS status, or certification that students meet immigration eligibility. The National Scholarship is for DREAMers who have demonstrated the ability to overcome significant challenges to achieve academic success. While the scholarship committee takes into account each student’s GPA, test scores, grades, and participation in extracurricular activities, it also considers the challenges students have faced during their academic careers.
Amount: Up to $14,500 for an associate degree; up to $29,000 for a bachelor’s degree; in some cases students may be eligible to receive $4,000 for school-related supplies and expenses

The Dream.US Opportunity Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Applicants must reside in a state whose colleges either do not grant them in-state tuition or will not admit them based on immigration status. Students should have a GPA of at least 2.8 and have taken the SAT or ACT. The application requires DACA or TPS status, or certification that students meet immigration eligibility. The Opportunity Scholarship is for DREAMers whose immigration status effectively bars them from attending college in their state of residence. The scholarship requires that recipients relocate to attend one of more than 70 eligible partner colleges across the country.
Amount: Up to $80,000

Professional Organizations for Undocumented Students

  • The DREAM.US: In the three years since its founding, the DREAM.US has served almost 3,000 undocumented students and awarded more than $3 million in college scholarships. In addition to financial assistance, the DREAM.US also disseminates online resources helping undocumented students find affordable education opportunities and scholarships from outside organizations.
  • United We Dream: UWD helps undocumented students participate in social activist movements supporting diversity in the U.S. The organization is especially dedicated to empowering undocumented students, their families, and educators to fight for equal access to higher education. The UWD helps students get firsthand experience pursuing activist goals by organizing youth-led campaigns fighting for undocumented students’ rights and opposing anti-immigrant legislation.
  • Educators for Fair Consideration: E4FC supports career readiness for undocumented students by providing professional development, mentoring, and educational resources. E4FC not only connects undocumented students to multiple scholarship opportunities, such as the New American Scholars Program, but also offers resources that help undocumented students earn a living, pay their taxes, understand credit, and prepare for life after college.

Types of Funding Available for Social Work Students

  • Scholarships: Scholarships help decrease the cost of secondary education by offering the recipient a financial award that does not require repayment. Scholarships are usually merit-based, meaning that students with high GPAs, strong participation in extracurricular activities, and competitive standardized test scores win them. However, many scholarships also award students who belong to an underserved ethnic minority group and demonstrate significant financial need. In particular, there are many social work scholarships for minorities, as multiple organizations, like the NASW, provide financial assistance specifically for students of color who will use their college education to serve minority communities. The biggest drawback to scholarships is that, unlike grants, recipients usually receive their award only once.
  • Grants: Grants are financial awards that are typically need-based and do not require repayment. Both state governments and the federal government offer grants. Often, grants fall into two categories: ethnic and nonethnic. Nonethnic grants award individuals, such as students with physical disabilities, who face barriers to higher education that are not based on race. Like social work scholarships for minorities, ethnic grants support individuals from minority groups who have been historically underrepresented in higher education, including African-American, Hispanic or Latino, and Native American students. Eligible students can earn the same grant each academic year.
  • Work-Study: Work-study programs exchange financial aid for employment. Students in work-study programs often secure part-time positions working in the school cafeteria, residence halls, or other on-campus institutions. These positions are federally subsidized awards that, unlike scholarships, pay the student rather than the college or university, allowing students to spend their earnings on any school-related fees. Since work-study is for students from low-income backgrounds, minority students from traditionally underserved communities are usually eligible as long as they can demonstrate financial need. Students in work-study programs earn at least the federal minimum wage and do not need to pay back their earnings.
  • Federal Student Loans: Federal loans fall into two main categories: subsidized and unsubsidized. Both kinds of federal loans require the student to pay back the money they receive, but the way that students repay each type of loan differs. Subsidized loans award students who demonstrate financial need, and the government pays the interest the loan accrues until six months after the student graduates. Unsubsidized loans are not awarded based on financial need, and they begin to accrue interest immediately.
  • Private Loans: Offered by private, for-profit institutions, private loans usually charge higher interest rates and fees than federal loans. As a result, private loans are the most expensive form of financial aid and often result in high debt. Generally, borrowers need to begin repaying private loans almost as soon as they begin receiving money. Additionally, because private loans often have repayment schedules as short as five years, monthly payments can be dramatically higher than federal loan payments. Since the high fees and costly interest rates make private loans the riskiest form of financial aid on this list, they are not a viable form of financial aid for minority students from low-income backgrounds.

Filing the FAFSA

The FAFSA is an important online application for work-study and federal grants and loans. The application provides access to one of the largest offerings of financial aid available to college students. Applicants receive financial aid packages based on their financial need as demonstrated by income records and tax returns. To be eligible for federal aid, students must be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. Permanent Resident, a conditional permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen as defined by the FAFSA website. Undocumented students are not eligible for federal aid. Applicants must also have a high school diploma or a GED, be enrolled in an eligible degree-granting program, be registered for the selective service if you are male, and maintain a good academic record.

The FAFSA is due between the beginning of October and the end of June prior to the fall semester for which students are seeking aid. However, some states and colleges have specific deadline requirements. To avoid missing deadlines, students should file their FAFSA as soon as possible. To complete the FAFSA, students will need a Social Security number or Alien Registration number, federal tax returns, bank statements or investment records, and an FSA ID. The FAFSA must be completed in English, but language assistance services are available.

Scholarship Application Tips

  • Emphasize Social Work’s Power to Affect Change: Often, scholarship applications ask students to define their professional goals and interests, especially those interests with the potential to benefit underserved communities or populations. Social workers have a unique advantage in this respect, as their field of study is entirely concerned with helping the most disadvantaged members of society. As such, be sure to ground your scholarship essays in a description of the concrete ways your work as a social worker will help others.
  • Apply for Local and Smaller Scholarships: It’s tempting to go big when it comes to scholarship applications, but national awards are not the only option. In fact, it is often useful to apply for several local, smaller scholarships. To begin with, the competition will be far less fierce, making your odds for success much higher. And, while winning a few hundred dollars here and there might not seem useful, winning several small scholarships can add up over time.
  • Showcase Your Resilience in Overcoming Challenges: Scholarship and college applications usually ask students to describe an experience where they overcame an obstacle and how they learned from this experience. Since minority students must often overcome an array of social and economic barriers to succeed, they can usually craft more compelling essays than privileged applicants. As such, it is important for you to identify the unique challenges you have overcome as a minority student and how these challenges have helped you grow as a scholar and as an individual.
  • Show, Don’t Tell: In scholarship essays, it is easy to say that you work hard, but it is difficult for scholarship committees to take such general statements seriously, especially when they read hundreds of other essays that make similarly vague statements. Instead, show the committee how hard you work by describing experiences taking tough classes, balancing school with part-time work, or participating in extracurricular activities. Showing these experiences makes you stand out from the crowd and forces the reader to pay attention.
  • Work With Financial Aid Professionals: Most high schools and colleges have financial aid experts on campus to help students identify scholarship opportunities. This service is helpful for students applying to social work scholarships for minorities, as financial aid professionals can help you quickly find scholarships for social workers, specific minority groups, or both. Taking this step not only helps you ensure that your scholarship search is comprehensive, but also decreases the time spent looking for financial aid opportunities, leaving more time to finish the application itself.

Additional Scholarship Resources for Social Work Students

  • Federal Student Aid: The Federal Student Aid website is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education and provides invaluable assistance for students filling out the FAFSA. The website offers resources to help students navigate the college application process, understand the differences between types of financial aid, and estimate the federal aid they can expect to receive.
  • U.S. News and World Report: In addition to offering a comprehensive description of specific colleges and programs. U.S. News and World Report maintains a detailed Paying for College database. This page offers wide-ranging advice on earning scholarships, repaying your loans, and managing living expenses while in school. These resources are an ideal introduction into the world of collegiate financial literacy.
  • National Association of Social Workers: In addition to offering professional and career resources to social workers in a variety of specialties, the NASW offers annual social work scholarships for minorities and general scholarships for doctoral work and research. These scholarships award students who work directly with underserved populations and students who conduct large-scale research projects.
  • The College Grants Database: This database collects information about degree-specific scholarship programs at the national and state level. Alongside scholarships for social workers of underserved ethnicities, this site lists information on social work scholarships for many specific student categories, including single parents, adult learners, and survivors of abuse.
  • Social Work License Map: Though it largely focuses on helping social workers earn their state licenses, Social Work License Map includes an updated listing of many different kinds of social work scholarships. This site features social work scholarships for minorities, social workers with military experience, female social workers, and state-specific awards. They also assist students in finding MSW programs and jobs.