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5 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!

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: $10,000 per fellow.

  • Award amount is subject to change depending on funding received from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrator.
  • All fellows are required to attend an in-person 2.5-day training session held in Alexandria, VA. All travel, food, and hotel expenses will be covered by the MFP.
  • 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.
  • This fellowship cannot be held concurrently with other federally sponsored fellowships or awards (federal loans excluded). Supplementation of the fellowship award from nonfederal funds is permitted. This fellowships is targeted to but not limited to minority ethnic/racial groups.

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

  • 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: One $2,500 award

  • Must be an active paid NABSW student member during the year of application to be eligible.
  • Be a full-time student (undergraduate, master's or doctoral) during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Submit a 500-1000 word, double-spaced, 12-point font, typewritten "statement of purpose" that includes the following:
    • Professional interests
    • Future social work aspirations and the relevance of NABSW
    • Previous social work experience (volunteer and professional)
    • Honors and Achievements (academic and community service)
    • Research interests within the Black Community (master's and doctoral students).
  • Submit an official letter from the school registrar officer verifying that th3 applicant is attending and in "good standing" with the university of college, and include dates of enrollment.
  • Submit an official academic transcript from your school or institution. First-year MSW students must present their official undergraduate transcript if a current academic transcript is not yet available. 

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

  • NASW membership, in good standing, is a mandatory requirement to receive an NASW Foundation Scholarship Award. Awardees must maintain active membership throughout the award period.
  • Applicants who are current members in good standing can apply for a scholarship using their current membership ID number.
  • Non-members interested in applying can join NASW if:
    • They have a social work degree (BSW/MSW) or are matriculation in a CSWE-accredited social work program; or
    • Are enrolled in or awaiting acceptance into a CSWE-accredited program
    • Applicants must be or plan to be enrolled in a social work degree program to maintain eligibility.

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 


  • New American Status 
  • Academic Standing 
  • Age 30 or younger
  • You may be applying to graduate school at the same time you are applying to this scholarship
  • Must be a program intended to be an in-person program regardless of online supplication during COVID-19
  • Students MAY NOT apply if they are pursuing joint graduate degrees

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 March 1 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!