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Sources of External Scholarships for Social Work Master Students

Scholarship Information

All full-time applicants are automatically considered for partial scholarships offered by Tulane School of Social Work. There is no additional application process or paperwork to be submitted. Scholarship letters are mailed in Early April with an expected commitment date.

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

Social Work Related Organizations

National Association of Social Workers Scholarships

The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship awards $2,000 scholarships to students who demonstrate a commitment to working within the Native-American, Native Alaskan, and Hispanic-American communities. Eligible students must be members of the NASW, and must be enrolled in an accredited Masters in Social Work program. Up to 10 scholarships of up to $4,000 each will be awarded for the 2013 - 2014 academic year.

The Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship, awards up to $2,000 to students pursuing their Masters Degree in Social Work. Students must demonstrate a commitment to serving the mental and physical health needs of the African-American community. Eligible students must be members of the NASW, must be enrolled in an accredited Masters of Social Work program and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Up to 2 scholarships of up to $2,000 each will be awarded in the 2013-2014 academic year

National Association of Black Social Workers Recipients of these scholarships must have a 2.5 grade point average on a 4 scale. Students must also have demonstrated service to the community and express a research interest in the black community. Eligible students must be enrolled for full-time study at an accredited United States social work program in the semester the award will be granted. Several awards are available from the associations and they are:

Professional Organization and Foundation Resources

The Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship is sponsored by the American Legacy Foundation. Two $5,000 scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate and graduate students with an emphasis on the reduction of tobacco use in priority populations. Awards are determined by community service in an under-served community, and the best use of art and media in raising awareness concerning the harmful effects of tobacco.

American Association of University Women -- Career Development Grants 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. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation, and dependent care. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose last degree was received before June 30, 2008.

American School Health Association Scholarship provides financial assistance to students pursuing a degree with an emphasis on school health education. Three $1000 scholarships are awarded annually in the fields of pediatric and adolescent medicine or dentistry, school health education and school nursing. Through the Student Research Grants program, ASHA also provides financial support for students to complete research in areas related to the mission of ASHA. All student members of ASHA are eligible to apply.

Davis Putter Scholarship Fund -- Davis-Putter Scholarship is for students who demonstrate active participation in struggles for 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.

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

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.

Peace Corps Fellows Program -- 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.

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.

Dr. Carol Christopher Social Work Award Established by Christopher Youth Center (Formally Our House) in memory of Dr. Carol Christopher and in tribute to her many years of dedication to services for youth in distress.

  1. Recipient(s) must be  a resident of Louisiana and be accepted into a Graduate School of Social Work as prescribed in the chosen school’s current catalog and must be willing to work for two years in the area of youth services after receiving the MSW advanced degree in the State of Louisiana.
  2. The award will be based upon academic and field education excellence with the recipient(s) maintaining a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and remain a student in good standing at the University and in the program.
  3. The award will also be based upon the recipient(s) typifying the qualities of dedication and competence for which the social work profession has been traditionally and rightly honored, including leadership; professionalism; field education performance and quality of client services; and caring and compassion for youth.
Award: $ 500 per semester (restricted to four consecutive semesters).
Scope: Graduate School of Social Work attendees only.
Deadline: As established by Institution academic calendar. 

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.

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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