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6 Social Work Scholarships You’ve Never Heard Of

Written by Baylor School of Social Work Team on 09.12.19

Graduate school is an investment of resources and time. But one thing that often deters prospective students from applying to grad school is the cost of tuition. 

To help offset (or even cover) the cost, many programs offer departmental scholarships and grant-based opportunities. However, many students forget about searching for aid they could be eligible for — sometimes with requirements as simple as submitting an essay about their passion for social work. To help you in your search, we’ve put together a list of opportunities that are not widely known. Best of luck! 

Explore many of Baylor University's financial aid opportunities with our  downloadable infographic!

Holm Award 

Sponsored by EPICC, this award is named for Judith Holm, MSS, BCD, the first President of the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. EPICC is the national online 24/7 support group for clinical social work students and new clinical practitioners. This community gives new social workers the chance to interact with peers, track new trends, and formulate career opportunities. 

Award amount: Two $1,000 awards and one $500 award for the runner-up

Deadline: May 4, 2019

  • Final year Master of Social Work student 
  • Submit a paper
  • Must be a member of EPICC

Learn more about this scholarship!

Minority Fellowship Program 

The CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) opportunities support the mission of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to reduce the effects of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. This is accomplished by increasing the number of individuals trained to work with underrepresented and underserved racial/ethnic minority persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

Award amount: $6,500 per fellow

Deadline: Opens Spring 2020

  • A final year or advanced standing master’s-level commitment to providing mental health and/or substance use disorder services to racial/ethnic minority populations
  • Enrolled full-time in a CSWE-accredited master’s program
  • American citizenship (international students, DACA student, worker visa holder not eligible) 
  • Internship (placement) providing mental health or substance use disorder serving racial/ethnic minority populations
  • Completion or upcoming completion of at least two advance masters of social work courses in one or both of the following categories: (a) mental health and/or co-occurring substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery; (b) culturally competent evidence-based practices.

Learn more about this scholarship!

Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund 

The Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund was established by the CSWE Board of Directors in recognition of Carl A. Scott's contributions to CSWE and the social work profession. The components of the fund includes an annual lecture series given at the annual program meeting, a publication program, and scholarship assistance. Scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to work for equity and social justice in social work. Winners will be notified late September.

Award amount: Two $500 scholarships

Deadline: August 23, 2019

  • Be in last year of social work bachelor’s or master's degree
  • Expected graduation date no later than summer 2020
  • Be an American citizen 
  • Have a cumulative grade point average least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be enrolled full time during the period in which the grant is awarded
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to promoting equity and social justice.

Learn more about this scholarship!

Cenie Jomo Williams Tuition Scholarship 

Cenie “Jomo” Williams, Jr. was the first elected President of the National Association of Black Social Workers. He was elected President of the New York City Association of Black Social Workers in 1969 and developed many community programs that brought positive changes in the New York community, and built the New York City Chapter into the organization’s largest chapter. When elected to the Presidency of the National Association of Black Social Workers in 1970, Williams’ made tremendous efforts to develop and organize new chapters, both nationally and internationally.  

Award amount: Two $2,500 awards

Deadline: Not open yet

  • Have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Be an African American and demonstrate community service.
  • Express research interest in the black community.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited social work program in the semester that the award will be granted. 

Learn more about this scholarship! 

Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship  

The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship is awarded to master's degree candidates in social work who have demonstrated a commitment to working with, or who have a special affinity with, American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations. Candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with public or voluntary nonprofit agencies or with local grassroots groups in the United States are also eligible. 

Award amount: Ten $4000 scholarships awarded

Deadline: Not open yet 

  • Students must be a member of NASW and have applied to, or have been accepted into an accredited MSW program (payment of the award will be contingent on the full admission of the candidate into the program).  
  • Students must have the potential for completing an MSW program and have a GPA of 3.0 or above. 
  • Students enrolled in an MSW program for more than one year may reapply to the Foundation for part or all of a second year. 

Learn more about this scholarship! 

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans 

Every year, the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports 30 new Americans, immigrants, or children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. The competition is merit-based. Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment. The program values a commitment to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. 

Award amount: up to $25,000 in stipend support per year 

Deadline: November 1, 2019


  • New American Status 
  • Academic Standing 
  • Age 30 or younger

Learn more about this scholarship! 

Aid from the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work 

The Diana R. Garland School of Social Work is dedicated to working with each student individually on a financial aid package to best accommodate his or her needs. Baylor MSW applicants have access to more than 15 departmental scholarships, tuition remission benefits, and graduate stipends. Each departmental scholarship award amount varies. Tuition remission is given as a direct discount off of tuition costs. A graduate stipend is funds earned as a graduate assistant working ten hours per week for a total of 15 weeks per semester. 

At Baylor University, we are committed to helping you finance your education. If you want to learn more about Baylor scholarships and financial aid opportunities, please explore our MSW financial aid page. Be sure to submit an application to the MSW program and the supplemental paperwork for financial aid before the February 1, 2020 priority deadline. If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to us — we look forward to hearing from you!

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Posted by Baylor School of Social Work Team

We are the admissions team at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, at Baylor University. We believe social work is about service and justice; it is about the dignity of individuals and the power of relationships; it is about integrity and competence, and our mission here is preparing social workers to do these things well. We hope you find our resources helpful and informative as you explore and pursue a degree in social work!