Social Change Psychology Essay Scholarships

Expert Contributor

Patty Hoban

Director of Financial Aid, Willamette University

Some scholarships only require submission of a few documents, while others have stricter criteria and, therefore, more paperwork. Finding a scholarship that addresses your interests and needs is not always easy, so we’ve compiled a handy list of psychology scholarships to help you minimize your debt so you can earn that psychology degree with fewer worries. In the end, applying for scholarships is well worth it — for you and your bank account.

Scholarships & Grants for Psychology Students

Undergraduate Scholarships

American School Health Association Scholarship
  • Sponsoring Organization: American School Health Association (ASHA)
  • Amount: Approximately $250
  • Application Deadline: TBD

ASHA awards one scholarship each year to ASHA members majoring in fields related to the healthy upbringing of children in the school environment, including students interested in school counseling or social work.

Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship Program
  • Sponsoring Organization: American Addiction Centers (AAC)
  • Amount: $2,500 – $5,000
  • Application Deadline: May 31

AAC hands out three awards annually to undergrads and graduate students interested in careers related to behavioral health and addiction. Students must be enrolled in a degree program that will lead naturally to a career in this area.

Clinton E. Phillips Scholarship
  • Sponsoring Organization: The Educational Foundation of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • Application Deadline: December 31

This award is for Californian scholars who plan to go into business as marriage and family therapists.

Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship Program
  • Sponsoring Organization: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Application Deadline: TBD

The Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship gives out multiple scholarships to students with financial need working toward a career in healthcare. The program rewards applicants who commit to giving back to the community and have an excellent academic record.

Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award
  • Sponsoring Organization: The Jed Foundation
  • Application Deadline: March 25

This award is given to undergrads or graduate students who are using their time in school to increase campus-wide awareness of mental health issues. Recipients should be leaders on campus who work to decrease stigma and/or improve university mental health services.

Lutheran Student Scholastic and Service Scholarship
  • Sponsoring Organization: Bethesda Lutheran Communities
  • Application Deadline: May 1

Lutheran undergraduates are encouraged to apply for this award. Up to two scholarships are given each year to applicants who demonstrate interest in a career working with people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program
  • Sponsoring Organization: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Application Deadline: March 14

This scholarship is designed for undergraduate students from various disadvantaged backgrounds who desire a career in behavioral, biomedical, and social science-focused research. Scholarships are offered for one academic year, but recipients can renew for up to four years. Applicants must be enrolled full time at an accredited university.

Psi Chi Diversity Article Awards
  • Sponsoring Organization: Eye on Psi Chi
  • Application Deadline: July 1

Two awards of $600 are offered to students who have written articles pertaining to issues such as LGBTQ, mental and physical disabilities, and ethnic minorities. Applicants must be Psi Chi members.

Thelma Hunt Research Grant
  • Sponsoring Organization: Psi Chi Honor Society
  • Application Deadline: September 15

Projects involving empirical research adhering to Psi Chi’s mission are highly desired. Preference is given to undergraduates, and applicants must be Psi Chi members.

Graduate Scholarships

American Psychological Foundation Graduate Student Scholarships
  • Sponsoring Organization: American Psychological Foundation and Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
  • Amount: $1,000 – $5,000
  • Application Deadline: June 30

Graduate students who intend to earn a PhD in psychology are eligible for 16 different general scholarships earmarked for research costs. Applications are judged primarily by the strength of the submitted research proposal.

Arc of Washington Trust Fund
  • Sponsoring Organization: Arc of Washington
  • Application Deadline: August 15

Grants are awarded to students researching intellectual and developmental disabilities. Interested students can send a letter of intent to Arc accepts letters of intent explaining how they would use the grant money. If the concept fits with Arc’s mission, applicants will be invited to submit a proposal. Applicants must reside in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska or British Columbia.

Basic Psychological Science Research Grant
  • Sponsoring Organization: American Psychological Association of Graduate Students
  • Application Deadline: December 2

Any APAGS member doing graduate-level research can apply for this award, so long as their research is innovative. APAGS awards three additional grants to psychology projects related to diversity.

Benton-Meier Scholarships
  • Sponsoring Organization: American Psychological Foundation
  • Application Deadline: June 1

This award is aimed at neuropsychology students only. Two awards are given each year.

John Frederick Steinman Fellowship Fund
  • Sponsoring Organization: Lancaster Online
  • Application Deadline: February 1

Students pursuing psychology, psychiatry or social work who can commit to working in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for at least one year after graduation should apply to the John F. Steinman Fellowship Fund. Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and want to become either a clinical or public school psychologist.

Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship
  • Sponsoring Organization: Television Academy Foundation
  • Application Deadline: TBD

Graduate students interested in working in children’s media are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Psychology students with coursework and/or work experience in early childhood education or child psychology are good candidates.

Nancy B. Forest and L. Michael Honaker Master’s Grant for Research in Psychology
  • Sponsoring Organization: American Psychological Association of Graduate Students
  • Application Deadline: May 4

Graduate student affiliates of the APA who are enrolled at least half time at an accredited institutions are eligible for this grant. Applications are judged against not only academic record but also a submitted research proposal.

Psychology Graduate Student Scholarships
  • Sponsoring Organization: Wisconsin Psychology Foundation (WPF)
  • Application Deadline: November 15

The Wisconsin Psychology Foundation offers three scholarships to graduate students enrolled in psychology programs in Wisconsin. Only student affiliates of the WPF may apply.

Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant
  • Sponsoring Organization: American Psychological Foundation
  • Application Deadline: November 15

Graduate students who plan on researching LGBT family therapy or psychology grant should apply to the Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant. Dissertation candidates are given priority.

Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship
  • Sponsoring Organization: American Psychological Foundation
  • Application Deadline: October 1

This scholarship aids full-time graduate students studying stigma and discrimination faced by adults with physical disabilities. Awards will be given to applicants dedicated to lessening psychological stigma.

Scholarships for Women

American Fellowships Dissertation Fellowships
  • Sponsoring Organization: American Association of University Women American Fellowships
  • Application Deadline: November 15

Though not explicitly for psychology students, this fellowship for women completing their first doctorate is specifically for women and is meant to offset the cost of living associated with the final year of completing a dissertation or publishing research.

Career Advancement Scholarship
  • Sponsoring Organization: Business and Professional Women’s Association
  • Application Deadline: Varies

Women above the age of 24 who will be graduating with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in STEM within two years can apply through one of the BPW Foundation’s state-based legacy partners for financial help getting their careers off the ground.

Graduate Women in Science Fellowship
  • Sponsoring Organization: Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science
  • Application Deadline: January 15

Female graduate students are eligible for this program, which hands out multiple scholarships every year to students using the scientific method to conduct their research.

NFRW National Pathfinder Scholarship
  • Sponsoring Organization: The National Federation of Republican Women
  • Application Deadline: June 1

Three scholarships of $2,500 are awarded to graduate students and undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Applicants must plan to work in the field of addiction and/or substance abuse, making this a perfect scholarship for psychology majors.

Psychology of Black Graduate Student Women Award
  • Sponsoring Organization: Society for the Psychology of Women
  • Application Deadline: April 5

The winner of this scholarship is a black female graduate student with an innovative research paper exploring how gender affects black women’s lives. Applicants need not to have their research published prior to submissions.

Wesleyan College Findlay Scholars Program
  • Sponsoring Organization: Wesleyan College
  • Amount: Full tuition (approximately $19,750 annually)
  • Application Deadline: November 15

High school seniors should take a look at Wesleyan College in Georgia, a liberal arts college for women. The school offers two generous— and renewable — scholarships each year to students studying in the humanities or social sciences.

Minority Scholarships

CEMRRAT2 Task Force Travel Grants for Students of Color in Psychology
  • Sponsoring Organization: APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs
  • Application Deadline: Rolling

This grant helps offset the cost of travel for psychology students of color at the master’s/doctoral level interested in presenting their research at conference. The work presented should focus on issues relevant to communities of color.

Diversity Fund Undergraduate Award
  • Sponsoring Organization: Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Application Deadline: TBD

Sophomore, junior or senior undergrads from underrepresented groups – including but not limited to LGBTQ and ethnic or racial minorities – have the opportunity to apply for this award if they are attending a school in the Southwest. Recipients are also invited to attend the annual SPSP conference.

Filipino American Psychology Scholarship
  • Sponsoring Organization: Asian American Psychological Association, Division on Filipino Americans
  • Application Deadline: December 1

This award was created to promote the numbers of Filipino American scholars in the psychology field. The sponsor will also provide scholarship recipients guidance in researching and networking. Applicants must be a graduating senior or a graduate student pursuing a degree in psychology.

Goldstein & Schneider Scholarships by the Macey Fund
  • Sponsoring Organization: Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Application Deadline: TBD

SIOP affiliates researching industrial-organizational psychology or a closely related topic are invited to apply for this scholarship, which specifically supports full-time minority graduate students.

Health Professions Scholarship
  • Sponsoring Organization: Indian Health Services
  • Application Deadline: March 28

Members of federally recognized tribes who are enrolled in programs leading to a career in healthcare are eligible for this generous scholarship. Multiple scholarships are given out each year.

NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program
  • Sponsoring Organization: National Association of School Psychologists
  • Application Deadline: November 3

This program supports the research efforts of minority students who plan to be school psychologists, rewarding multiple graduate students each year. Recipients also receive guidance from practicing school psychologists.

Predoctoral Scholarship in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • Sponsoring Organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Application Deadline: January 15

The SAMHSA provides scholarships to doctoral students in APA-accredited programs. Applicants do not necessarily need to be from an ethnic minority, but they must show a strong desire to work in the field of ethnic minority behavioral health services.

Ronald D. Lunceford Scholarship
  • Sponsoring Organization: The Educational Foundation of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • Application Deadline: December 31

This award is earmarked for minority students with an interest in marriage and family therapy. Applicants must choose one scholarship to apply for, or their application will be dismissed.

Services for Transition Age Youth (STAY) Fellowship
  • Amount: Up to $6,000 annually, plus travel to Washington, DC
  • Application Deadline: January 15

Though applicants do not necessarily have to be from an ethnic minority, this fellowship is reserved for doctoral students in an APA-accredited program who are committed to working with minority youth in a mental health service capacity.

Special Study Focus Scholarships

Associates in Behavioral Health Scholarship
  • Sponsoring Organization: Pride Foundation
  • Application Deadline: January 15

LGBTQ graduate students hailing from the Northwest may apply for this scholarship. Priority is given to those with financial need.

Distinguished Student Awards in Clinical Psychology
  • Sponsoring Organization: Society of Clinical Psychology
  • Application Deadline: November 1

Three awards are available — one each for students in the areas of research, practice and service — are made to doctoral students for contributions to the field of clinical psychology.

Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship
  • Sponsoring Organization: American Psychological Association
  • Application Deadline: November 1

This award, which was established to fund graduate research on child psychology, is given to applicants who have completed their doctoral candidacy and shown a significant contribution to research in the field.

Future Counselors of America Scholarship
  • Sponsoring Organization: Datingadvice.com
  • Application Deadline: June 30, annually

Future relationship counselors are eligible for this award, which is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants are required to write a short essay on the obstacles single people face in online dating venues and how relationship counselors can help them overcome them.

Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund
  • Sponsoring Organization: Ohio Psychological Association
  • Amount: Up to $500 per recipient
  • Application Deadline: January 8

This fund provides assistance to full-time graduate students who are researching issues related to inclusion and multiculturalism. Funds must be used to cover project-related expenses.

NAJA Graduate Scholarship Program
  • Sponsoring Organization: National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc.
  • Application Deadline: February 1

This scholarship is available to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri or Tennessee. Applicants should demonstrate a desire to do hands-on work with children and be pursuing a graduate degree in a field such as counseling or psychology.

Routh Research and Dissertation Grant
  • Sponsoring Organization: Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP)
  • Application Deadline: March 1

This grant supports promising research into clinical adolescent and child psychology by SCCAP members. Proposed projects must already be approved by the applicant’s program faculty prior to submissions. Up to four grants worth $2,500 are available each year.

Soaring Heart Scholarship
  • Sponsoring Organization: Pride Foundation
  • Application Deadline: January 15

Applicants for this scholarship must be Northwest residents — although they may study elsewhere — who are enrolled or planning to enroll in any type of postsecondary education. The Soaring Heart Scholarship was established to help students offer support services for those suffering from grief or trauma, especially if the threat of suicide is involved.

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Student Research Grant
  • Sponsoring Organization: Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)
  • Application Deadline: February 1 and June 1

Two $1,000 grants are awarded annually to SSSS members conducting research on human sexuality, which does not necessarily have to contribute to a dissertation. There are two funding periods — spring and fall.

Transgender Research Award
  • Sponsoring Organization: Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
  • Application Deadline: April 10

The Transgender Research Award was created to honor contributions to the study of transgender and gender diversity.

Q&A with Patty Hoban, Director of Financial Aid, Willamette University

How early do you recommend students start searching for scholarships?

They should start that early in the fall of their senior year. September is ideal. Earlier than that isn’t entirely effective, because the applications for the upcoming year probably won’t be quite there.

Given the competition for scholarships, what tips do you have for students hoping to receive one?

They have to certainly look everywhere. There isn’t any one database or source that is going to have access to all scholarships. The biggest tip is to talk to their high school guidance counselor. In addition, they should check with the financial aid office of the school they plan to attend. They should look online as well. There are guidelines for writing a good essay and any number of things they can do to present themselves in the best light. One good essay can be rewritten for any number of scholarships. The students who are the most successful are the ones who put a lot of applications out there and understand that applying for scholarships will require a time commitment their senior year.

Do you have any advice for students applying for psychology scholarships?

I don’t necessarily have any advice for that particular major. Obviously, it helps if people have an idea of what they want to go into, because then they can conduct a more focused scholarship search. The biggest piece of advice I give when I do presentations is not to expect that there’s going to be one silver bullet to provide all of the aid they need. Do the FAFSA. Apply for all the opportunities your school offers — between FAFSA, what the school’s going to give you, and the private awards. I have a lot of families who get admitted and think the FAFSA is going to take care of everything, but that’s not how it really works.

The High Cost of College

High college costs are an unforgiving reality for students, and as the graph indicates, those costs continue to rise every year. In fact, last year the cost of going to a four-year university increased at more than double the rate of inflation. Instead of loans, students should seek other alternatives for financial aid. Although the application process can be cumbersome, think of it this way: Even if it takes you five hours to complete a scholarship application for a $500 award, you’re still getting $100 an hour for your time. And you don’t have to pay it back.

Undergraduate Charges 2013-2015

Public Two-year in-districtPublic four-year in-statePublic four-year out-of-statePrivate nonprofit four-yearFor-profit
Tuition and Fees
2014-2015$3,347$9,139$22,958$31,231$15,230
2013-2014$3,241$8,885$22,223$30,131$15,040
$ Change$106$254$735$1,100$190
% Change3.3%2.9%3.3%3.7%1.3%
Room and Board
2014-2015$7,705$9,804$9,804$11,188
2013-2014$7,540$9,498$9,498$10,824
$ Change$165$306$306$364
% Change2.2%3.2%3.2%3.4%
Tuition and Fees and Room and Board
2014-2015$11,052$18,943$32,762$42,419
2013-2014$10,781$18,383$31,721$40,955
$ Change$271$560$1,041$1,464
% Change2.5%3.0%3.3%3.6%

Source: College Board, Trends in College Pricing 2014

Rising Student Loan Debt

It’s a vicious cycle — as college costs rise, so does student loan debt. Taking out loans is the default option for many students, but too often graduates are still paying off those loans decades after receiving their diploma. Not every university can offer a scholarship package to a student, so investigate other scholarship options before agreeing to loans — especially if they are unsubsidized. The graph below illustrates the rising student loan debt.

Average Debt per Borrower by Graduation Year

Source: Mark Kantrowitz/National Center for Education Statistics/Wall Street Journal

How to Find and Apply for Psychology Scholarships: The Steps

1Don’t wait! Start considering your financial aid options right away.

Scholarships are competitive, so the earlier you start looking for them, the earlier you can apply for them, and the higher your chances of success. It’s good practice to begin your search the summer before senior year of high school. When visiting potential colleges, ask about scholarships specific to any aspects of psychology you are interested in, and make a point to stop by the psychology department and ask professors if they have any advice.

2Narrow down your interests.

The field of psychology covers a wide range of divisions: clinical psychology, child psychology and so on. Organizations do exist that create scholarships and grants for specialized areas. If you already have an idea of what concentration you want to focus on, search for scholarships devoted to that field. Ask your teachers or career advisor if they have any recommendations for scholarships. When reading about scholarships, always make sure to read the fine print to determine if your area of interest is covered.

3Compile a list of scholarships and check eligibility requirements.

Social work scholarships are abundant at the undergraduate and graduate level to provide the financial support students need to afford turning their dedication to social justice into a successful career.

Social work is a specialized helping profession that focuses on helping people from diverse backgrounds solve or cope with problems in their daily lives. Having a bachelor’s in social work (BSW) is mandated for most social workers, but those working in healthcare settings and school environments often need a master’s (MSW) degree.

As the employment of social workers is projected to skyrocket faster than average by 19 percent, there will be a strong need for qualified graduates from CSWE-accredited programs.

If you’re ready to start truly making a difference in the world, consider the following 20 great scholarships for social work.

1. Alice M. and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship

Deadline: May 19th

Sponsored by the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF), the Alice M. and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship is presented annually for $1,000 to $5,000 to currently enrolled college students who are pursuing a degree in social work, medicine, or nursing. Qualified applicants must reside in New Hampshire, have limited financial support, attend an in-state post-secondary school, showcase scholastic excellence, and be at least freshmen. Along with the application, students must submit their student air report, certified school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a 500-word professional goals essay.

Contact

Alice M. and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship
127 Parrott Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(800) 719-0708
community @nhheaf.org
Scholarship Link

2. Barbara Solomon Scholarship for Social Work

Deadline: June 22nd

At Walden University, the Barbara Solomon Scholarship for Social Work is granted each year to three students for $5,000, $10,000, and full tuition coverage for earning the CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) or Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree online. To qualify, students must meet all admissions requirements, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.5, not have received another merit-based award from Walden, and exhibit a proven commitment to helping the underserved. Applications should include a current resume or CV, one letter of recommendation, and a 1,000-word essay on social change.

Contact

Barbara Solomon Scholarship for Social Work
100 Washington Avenue South Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(866) 492-5336
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

3. Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship

Deadline: April 20th

As one of the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) scholarships for social work, the Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship is designed to award $500 to minority students of African American, Native American, Asian, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander descent who are earning their BSW or MSW degree. Eligible recipients must be in their final year of studies, attend an accredited U.S. program, be American citizens or foreign nationals, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and maintain full-time enrollment. Selection will be based on applicants’ demonstrated commitment to working for equity and social justice.

Contact

Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship
1701 Duke Street Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 519-2061
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

4. Cenie “Jomo” Williams Tuition Scholarship

Deadline: February 15th

Sponsored by the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW), the Cenie “Jomo” Williams Tuition Scholarship will provide $2,500 annually to two African American students who are enrolled full-time in an accredited United States social work program at the bachelor’s or master’s level. Applicants must be active paid NABSW members, maintain good standing, possess a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, demonstrate community service, and express a clear interest in working with the black community. Eligible students must submit two letters of recommendation, verification of enrollment, academic transcripts, and a two-page statement of purpose.

Contact

Cenie “Jomo” Williams Tuition Scholarship
2305 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 678-4572
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

5. Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 5th

In honor of a devoted champion for civil rights who sought to improve living conditions for Native Americans and Latinos in America’s Southwest, the Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship is granted for $4,000 annually for up to 10 students through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Qualified candidates must be accepted into an accredited MSW program, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, have NASW membership in good standing, and be dedicated to working with minorities. Students should send a two-page biographical essay, a statement of financial need, two letters of support, and official college transcripts.

Contact

Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship
750 First Street NE Suite 700
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 408-8600
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

6. CSWE Minority Fellowship Program

Deadline: June 17th

In partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the CSWE Minority Fellowship Program is hosted annually for graduate students pursuing a practice-focused master’s or doctoral degree in social work. To apply, candidates must be in their final year or have advanced standing, enroll in a CSWE-accredited program full-time, have U.S. citizenship, represent an ethnic minority group, and be committed to providing mental health services to at-risk children or adolescents. Along with a generous stipend, recipients will participate in one year of specialized training on mental health issues impacting youth.

Contact

CSWE Minority Fellowship Program
1701 Duke Street Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-8080
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

7. Elmer Ediger Scholarship Fund

Deadline: April 1st

Created in 1968 by the Mennonite Health Services (MHS) Alliance, the Elmer Ediger Scholarship Fund will distribute three social work scholarships annually for $1,000 to $1,200 apiece to outstanding graduate students with vocational interests in mental health, developmental disabilities, or related fields. Eligible applicants must be attending an accredited master’s or doctoral program, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.25, actively participate in the Mennonite or Brethren in Christ congregation, and be citizens of North America. Students are required to submit one faculty recommendation, a pastor evaluation form, and proof of voluntary service related to social work.

Contact

Elmer Ediger Scholarship Fund
1112 North Main Street
Goshen, IN 46528
(574) 534-9689
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

8. Eulene Hawkins Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 31st

In the amount of $500, the Eulene Hawkins Memorial Scholarship is granted annually by the National Association of Social Workers Alabama Chapter (NASWAL) for one undergraduate and one graduate student in honor a pioneering social worker who worked for the American Red Cross during World War II and advocated for the BSW degree. Eligible candidates must have a minimum major GPA of 3.25, have a declared social work major, attend a CSWE-accredited school in Alabama, and have completed at least nine credits in social work. Applications won’t be completed without proof of enrollment, an unofficial transcript, and a personal essay.

Contact

Eulene Hawkins Memorial Scholarship
5015 Woods Crossing
Montgomery, AL 36106
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

9. George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 1st

Administered by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., the George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship is gifted for up to $5,000 every year to student members who are currently enrolled full-time in an accredited professional school in the United States to study social work, criminal justice, or a closely related social science. Qualified recipients must maintain good standing, exhibit financial need, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, exemplify the cardinal principle of manhood, and demonstrate service to the fraternity. For this graduate social work scholarship, students must submit an application packet with a 500-word typed essay on their humanitarian efforts.

Contact

George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship
3951 Snapfinger Parkway
Decatur, GA 30035
(404) 284-5533
[email protected]

10. Jane Baerwald Aron Doctoral Fellowship

Deadline: April 14th

In honor of her long-time social healthcare policy career with New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, the Jane Baerwald Aron Doctoral Fellowship was established by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) to award $13,500 in tuition support to graduate students earning a doctoral degree in social work. Applicants must be NASW members, attend a program accredited by the CSWE, be conducting dissertation research related to health policy, and show potential for assisting underserved populations. Doctoral candidates must submit a three-page research proposal, a letter of support, and a detailed curriculum vitae.

Contact

Jane Baerwald Aron Doctoral Fellowship
750 First Street NE Suite 700
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 408-8600
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

11. John Frederick Steinman Fellowship Fund

Deadline: February 1st

Annually, the John Frederick Steinman Fellowship Fund is honored to present up to 20 separate $6,000 graduate scholarships for social work, psychology, and psychiatry students who are working towards career advancement to help underserved rural communities. Qualified individuals must already possess a bachelor’s degree, be accepted at an accredited U.S. college or university, show dedication to mental health practice, maintain full-time uninterrupted studies, and reside in Pennsylvania. Recipients must be willing to agree to practice their behavioral specialty within Lancaster County for as many years as fellowship support is given.

Contact

John Frederick Steinman Fellowship Fund
8 West King Street
P.O. Box 1328
Lancaster, PA 17608
(800) 374-2721
Scholarship Link

12. Judith Holm Memorial Student Award

Deadline: April 30th

Through the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABECSW), the Judith Holm Memorial Student Award is bestowed for $2,000 each year upon a final-year graduate student who will be graduating with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in the upcoming spring. To qualify, candidates must attend an accredited social work program, carry full-time enrollment status, maintain satisfactory degree progress, show potential for entering professional clinical social work practice, and have unmet financial need. Interested students must submit an application with a maximum 4,000-word paper recounting therapeutic interventions from their final-year field placements.

Contact

Judith Holm Memorial Student Award
241 Humphrey Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
(781) 639-5278
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

13. Mildred Carter Bradham Social Work Fellowship

Deadline: February 2nd

Funded by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., the Mildred Carter Bradham Social Work Fellowship is awarded each year for $500 to $1,000 to student members who are currently pursuing their master’s or professional degree in social work at an accredited U.S. college or university. Eligible applicants must maintain full-time enrollment, demonstrate financial need, possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and be actively involved in community service. Along with the application, students should send three letters of recommendation, a 150-word career goals statement, proof of academic study, and a copy of their W-2 form.

Contact

Mildred Carter Bradham Social Work Fellowship
1734 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-3103
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

14. Miriam Dinerman Scholarship

Deadline: March 8th

Offering a $500 award and a complimentary one-year NASW membership, the Miriam Dinerman Scholarship is granted by the National Association of Social Workers New York City Chapter (NASWNYC) annually to second-year or advanced standing MSW students. Qualified applicants must have earned 30 or more graduate credits, attend an accredited school of social work in New York City, maintain good standing, already possess a bachelor’s degree, and be nominated by a faculty advisor. Candidates will be judged based on the submission of a 1,000-word essay describing how political activism will influence their career in social work.

Contact

Miriam Dinerman Scholarship
50 Broadway Suite 1001
New York, NY 10004
(212) 668-0050
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

15. NASW-CA Native American Student Scholarship

Deadline: August 30th

Each year, the National Association of Social Workers California Chapter (NASW-CA) gives the Native American Student Scholarship for $1,000 to up to 20 undergraduate and graduate social work students who have Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Alaskan Native heritage. Eligible applicants must attend a CSWE-accredited program in California, have at least senior-level status, maintain full-time enrollment, and have NASW membership. Applications won’t be reviewed unless candidates attach evidence of tribal membership, an official college transcript, a statement of financial need, two letters of recommendation, and a brief biographical essay.

Contact

NASW-CA Native American Student Scholarship
1016 23rd Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 442-4565
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

16. Patty Gibbs-Wahlberg Scholarship

Deadline: Varies

As the national social work honor society, the Phi Alpha Honor Society proudly offers the Patty Gibbs-Wahlberg Scholarship annually in the amounts of $1,000, $2,000, and $3,000 annually to three outstanding college students in the United States who are pursuing a CSWE-accredited bachelor’s degree in social work. Eligible recipients must be active Phi Alpha members, showcase academic excellence, be actively involved in community service, display good leadership potential, and be committed to the social work profession. The first-place winner will also be granted an all-expense paid trip to the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors conference.

Contact

Patty Gibbs-Wahlberg Scholarship
P.O. Box 70679
Johnson City, TN 37614
(423) 439-7467
[email protected]

17. Randy Wayne Ahuna Scholarship

Deadline: March 20th

Within the Pauahi Foundation, the Randy Wayne Ahuna Scholarship is presented for $800 annually to outstanding undergraduate and/or graduate students in Hawaii who have declared a major in social work, social sciences, or ministry. Students must demonstrate financial need, possess a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, be committed to assisting others in need, submit two letters of recommendation showcasing their overall character, attach their Student Aid Report (SAR), and write a one-page essay highlighting why they’ve chosen their vocation. Preference will be given to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry and candidates not residing on Oahu.

Contact

Randy Wayne Ahuna Scholarship
567 South King Street Suite 160
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 534-3966
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

18. Soaring Heart Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 15th

Since 2008, the Soaring Heart Scholarship Program has presented $2,000 awards annually through the Pride Foundation thanks to a generous donation from Mike Schaefer after he relied on community support to overcome the tragic suicide of his partner. Qualified candidates must be enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. institution to study psychology, social work, counseling, or therapy for providing care to trauma victims. Aspiring mental health practitioners should have resided within the Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington for at least 12 months for consideration.

Contact

Soaring Heart Scholarship Program
2014 East Madison Street Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-3318
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

19. Spike Wadsworth and Sherry Sheng Scholarships

Deadline: March 1st

As the largest graduate social work scholarships given at Portland State University, the Spike Wadsworth and Sherry Sheng Scholarships are designed to grant $4,000 annually to five extraordinary students enrolled in the university’s School of Social Work to receive their MSW or Ph.D. degree. Eligible applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, be committed to a career helping disadvantaged families, have experienced in evidence-based social work practice, and exhibit financial need. Other PSU social students may wish to apply for the $3,000 Bill and Julie Young Endowed Scholarship or the $2,500 Stoll Family Public Service Scholarship.

Contact

Spike Wadsworth and Sherry Sheng Scholarships
1800 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 725-8018
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

20. Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 4th

In memory of beloved social worker who committed his life to increasing awareness of pernicious health problems impacted African Americans before dying in 1989 while waiting for a heart transplant, the Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship is granted for $4,000 annually by the NASW. Qualified members in good standing must be accepted into an accredited MSW program, carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and wish to become a licensed social worker. Applications must be accompanied by a two-page biographical essay, two letters of reference, official college transcripts, and a signed release of information.

Contact

Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship
750 First Street NE Suite 700
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 408-8600
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

Earning a social work degree is a rewarding choice for compassionate students seeking to leave a lasting mark on our world by promoting societal change. However, social work isn’t a particularly high-paying field with an average annual salary of just $44,200. That’s why it’s essential that students entering this helping profession take advantage of scholarships for social work majors to lower their tuition costs and minimize student loan debt. Overcome your future financial worries and follow your passion for community service by applying to some of these great social work scholarships before their deadlines.

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