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External Funding Sources

This is a partial listing of scholarship funds available to social work graduate level students, some of which promote community building, social justice, and other social work-related ideas.

City Year Scholarship

City Year is proud to partner with Tulane University School of Social Work, a leading graduate school focused on clinical-community practice and promoting social and economic justice with more than 6,000 alumni worldwide, offering 25% annual tuition scholarships. Scholarships do not apply to online courses. 

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Social Work Related Organizations

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) offers graduate school scholarships and doctoral fellowships.

National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) offers scholarship resources.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) offers funding opportunities for students.

EPICC, which is backed by American Clinical Social Work Association (ACSWA) and the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE) offers scholarships.

National Association of Puerto Rican Hispanic Social Workers offers scholarships to students of Hispanic descent, who are committed to issues affecting the Latino community, and are pursuing a degree in social work.

Phil Alpha Honors Society for social work offers scholarships.

Professional Organization and Foundation Resources


American Indian Education Program -- The Indian Health Services Health Professionals Program scholarship is eligible to students enrolled in a federally recognized tribe with a 2.0 GPA or higher. Students must be pursuing a degree in a health related profession or be a junior or senior in college planning to get a masters in social work or physical therapy.

American Association of University Women support women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is for students who demonstrate active participation in civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity, or other progressive issues. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community.

Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship provides educational scholarships to full time undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate a combination of fine character, academic excellence, financial need, compassion, a commitment to volunteerism and whose goal will benefit mankind.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a number of scholarships for persons of Hispanic background obtaining their first graduate degree.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders. 

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly known as Fellows/USA) is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a merit-based fellowship exclusively for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.

The Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential, despite the obstacles often put before them, to make a significant impact on society.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students offers funding for highly motivated graduate or undergraduate students from communities of color seeking to address issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector.

Religious Affiliations

Many religious organizations set aside funds to support students who are pursuing careers in community service and social work. These programs are typically restricted to members of the faith in general, and often to members of specific congregations. Students interested in pursuing social work as a career, should contact the leaders of their church, synagogue or other religious community for information on financial aid which may be available to help them pay for college.

These few examples will give an idea of the types of aid that may be available from within your religious community:

  • The Jewish Community Centers of North America Graduate Scholarship provides merit-based financial aid to Jewish students who are pursuing degrees in a number of fields, that will lead to contributions to the Jewish Community. Eligible students may receive up to $10,000 per year, for two years, while they pursue their graduate degree
  • United Methodist Scholarship Program -- The United Methodist Scholarship Program is a church-wide educational service providing several different kinds of scholarships to help supplement the financial needs of undergraduate and graduate students.