Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants

As anyone who has already been through school knows, scholarships do not need to be repaid. They are, in most cases, awarded to pay for tuition, books or living expenses, and the money often goes directly to the awardees’ schools.

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Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship

Amount
$500
Deadline
TBA for 2016

This scholarship, funded by the Council on Social Work education, is awarded to a minority student in the last year of their social work degree. The scholarship was created help students committed to equality and social justice pay for their books for one academic year.

Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarship

Amount
$4,000
Deadline
March 2016

Student members of the NASW, who have applied to or enrolled in an accredited MSW program and can prove need, are eligible to apply for this award.

Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship

Amount
$5,500
Deadline
March 2016

NASW offers its student members who plan to pursue an MSW through an accredited program the opportunity to apply for one of four scholarships for an academic year. The prize includes $4,000 paid directly to the student’s school for tuition and $1,500 for the student to use to attend a conference.

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarships

Amount
$5,000
Deadline
April 2016

Social work students, in good academic standing and who actively work to raise awareness of the harmful effects of smoking amongst “priority populations”, are eligible to apply for this award. Scholarship money can be used for tuition, books or living expenses.

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Amount
Varies
Deadline
April 1, 2016

Awards are given to students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university who actively contribute to social justice and fight for equality and peace. Awards are based on students’ living expenses needs and academic status.

27 Scholarships match your search
Renewable
Minimum GPA

Norman R. Schultz Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Deadline
March 1
Renewable
No

Applicant must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.

Mental Health Research Fellowship

Deadline
January 15
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is enrolled in a full-time doctoral program. Applicant must be a member of an ethnic minority group (including but not limited to African-American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian-American, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander) and/or demonstrate a commitment to a research career related to ethnic minority populations. Applicants who specialize in developmental, physiological, experimental, social, industrial, or educational psychology or plan careers in research are encouraged to apply. Applicant must submit an essay, three references, transcripts, and GRE scores.

Ben Nighthorse Campbell Prize

Deadline
February 21
Renewable
No

Applicant must submit an original paper on western Colorado studies.

Psychology Club Scholarship

Deadline
March 1
Renewable
Yes

Priority given to an applicant who is an active psychology club member and a degree-seeking student majoring in counseling psychology, interdisciplinary studies (psychology), or psychology, enrolled in at least nine semester hours (undergraduates) or six semester hours (graduates), have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (undergraduates) or 3.5 cumulative GPA (graduates), have completed at least nine semester hours of psychology at Texas A&M U - Texarkana and have a minimum 3.0 GPA (undergraduates) or 3.5 GPA (graduates) in psychology courses, and must be a resident of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or Texas residing in school's service area.

Lullelia W. Harrison Scholarship

Deadline
February 1
Renewable
No

Applicant must be enrolled full time in a counseling degree program and must submit three letters of recommendation, transcript, 150-word essay, and proof of enrollment.

Mildred Cater Bradham Social Work Fellowship

Deadline
February 1
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority, must be a full-time degree-seeking student at an accredited college, and must submit three letters of recommendation, transcript, 150-word essay, and documentation of academic study.

Master's in Social Work Department Scholarship

Deadline
None
Renewable
No

Applicant must have received Bachelor of Social Work degree from Walla Walla College and earn a minimum 3.0 GPA. Recipients may also be eligible for a Master's in Social Work Merit Scholarship.

Master's in Social Work Minority Scholarship

Deadline
None
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be an African-American, Hispanic, or registered Native American.

Master's in Social Work Merit Scholarship

Deadline
None
Renewable
No

Applicant must have a minimum 3.5 GPA. Award amount is based on GPA. Recipients qualify to receive the Master's in Social Work Departmental Scholarship.

Walla Walla College Master's in Social Work Grant

Deadline
None
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must show financial need.

Substance Abuse Fellowship

Deadline
January 15
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must pursue a career in substance abuse treatment and prevention as practitioners and researchers specializing in the delivery of mental health services to ethnic minority populations.

Psychology Scholarship

Deadline
January 11
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be a freshman student majoring in psychology. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.

David J. King Psychology Department Honors Project Award

Deadline
April 15
Renewable
No

Applicant must be enrolled in PSY 490H (Practicum in Honors Research).

Psychology Club Undergraduate-Scholars Cind Sprague Grant

Deadline
October 15; March 15
Renewable
No

Applicant must be enrolled in PSY 490H (Practicum in Honors Research).

William G. McGarvey Outstanding Senior Award in Psychology

Deadline
April 15
Renewable
No

Applicant must demonstrate academic excellence, achievements in psychology and contributions to the psychology program.

Smith College School For Social Work Scholarship for Military Personnel

Deadline
January 5
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be in active duty, a veteran or retired, and may be affiliated with any branch of the military, including the Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves. (Please submit a copy of your ID card and DD214 with your application materials.) Applicant must have completed their bachelor's degree or be in the process of completing their bachelor's degree, which must be awarded prior to matriculation into the program. Applicant must have a commitment to serving the mental health issues of military personnel and their dependents upon graduation. All application materials must be submitted no later than Early Admission deadline date of January 5.

Ina G. Tabor Scholarship

Deadline
May 1
Renewable
No

Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the social work major with 91 credits. High moral and ethical standards and a commitment to practice rural social work must be demonstrated.

Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Educational Program

Deadline
May 1
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a licensed mental health service provider who holds a full and unrestricted license to practice in California or are registered Marriage and Family Therapist or Clinical Social Worker in good standing. Program eligibility includes health-related work experience in a MHPSA or qualified facility and have received significant training in cultural and linguistic competence. Selection is also based upon professional goals for the next five to ten years, community background, and community service. Scholarship encourages licensed mental health service providers to practice in a mental health professional shortage area or qualify in California by authorizing a plan for repayment of their educational loans in exchange for their service in a designated shortage area for a minimum of two years. Program pays up to $15,000 in outstanding government or commercial educational loans for expenses incurred for their mental health service provider education.

Janet Wray and Mary Jean Lawhorn Wollenweber Scholarship

Deadline
March 2
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be a graduating senior or past graduate of Arsenal Tech High School who will attend a college, university or other post-secondary school in Indiana to pursue a degree in or related to social work. Minimum 2.5 GPA required.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Vermont Chapter Gilman Scholarship

Deadline
March 9
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a resident of Vermont enrolled in a CSWE-accredited BSW, MSW, or DSW/PhD program at an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Financial need, academic achievement and community service must be demonstrated.

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Loans

The most common loans available to graduate students are unsubsidized, federal loans that begin to accrue interest as soon as the loaned money is put to use. Like with undergraduate loans, students pursuing their master’s degree should fill out their FAFSA. Unlike the undergraduate process, graduate students are not required to provide their parents’ financial information on the application; federal loans at this academic level are determined on the student’s need alone. Receiving school or program specific scholarships based on the information provided through FAFSA is also less likely to occur for master’s students.

Social workers may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. After ten years of making regular monthly payments on your loans and working for a qualifying organization, you may apply to have the remainder of your Direct Loans forgiven. The NASW is actively working to promote legislation that will forgive more student loans for social workers.

The chart below compares the different federal loans you may qualify for as a master’s in social work student.

Loan Comparison Chart

Stafford
Eligibility Requirements No previous federal loan defaults; Must attend school at least half time
FAFSA Yes
Credit Check No
Amount Available Up to $20,500/year; $138,500 for entirety of degree
Interest Rates Tied to 10-year treasury note + 3.6%; Maximum of 9.5%
Fixed Rate/Subsidized Yes/No
Repayment 6 months after leaving school
Income-based repayment Yes
Forgiveness After 20-25 years; 10 years for public servants
Graduate Plus
Eligibility Requirements Must attend school at least half time; acceptable credit
FAFSA Yes
Credit Check Yes
Amount Available Full cost of graduate study, including living expenses
Interest Rates Tied to 10-year treasury note + 4.6%; maximum of 10.5%
Fixed Rate/Subsidized Yes/No
Repayment Deferred until 6 months after school or after attendance drops below half time
Income-based repayment Yes
Forgiveness After 10 years if employed in nonprofit or government
Perkins
Eligibility Requirements Must qualify as low-income student; income cut-off varies by school
FAFSA Yes
Credit Check No
Amount Available $8,000/year; varies according to college
Interest Rates 5%
Fixed Rate/Subsidized Yes/Yes
Repayment 9 months after leaving school
Income-based repayment Yes
Forgiveness Various Cases
Private
Eligibility Requirements Based on credit
FAFSA No
Credit Check Yes
Amount Available Varies
Interest Rates Varies
Fixed Rate/Subsidized No/No (Usually)
Repayment Immediately (Generally)
Income-based repayment No
Forgiveness No

Teacher, Graduate or Research Assistant Jobs

As a way to cut costs to graduate students, many schools and degree programs offer TA and RA positions. In general, these are part time employment opportunities that reduce the price of tuition, and some also pay students a stipend. In return for the tuition break, students are required to help professors with their research or preparing for their classes. The responsibilities for these positions must be fulfilled in congruence with your coursework, and most TAs or RAs are required to work at least 20 hours per week. If you are already employed, this may not be the best funding option for you to pursue.