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April 2, 2010

Social Work Scholarships

socialworkscholarshipsDo you want to help your community, improve society, and see others benefit? Are you trying to get started on the path to a career in social work but you aren’t sure how to pay for college? College fees, tuition, books, room and board, all add up to a huge expense. Sure, student loans are available, but who wants to start out with such a huge financial obligation over their head. Looking into scholarships for social workers is a great option. There are specific ones for the social work field and several available for the various levels of schooling. Of course, this doesn’t rule out applying for other types of scholarships as well including the unusual scholarships for college . Maximize the number of awards you can get.

If you would like to receive a degree with a concentration in elderly or older individuals then there are two scholarships available for you; the AARP Andrus Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Program and the AARP Andrus Foundation Graduate Scholarships. The undergraduate scholarship is for those individuals who are studying to receive their bachelors in social work degree and are focused on gerontology. The award is $5,000 for one year. The Graduate Scholarship is for students striving for master’s and doctorate degrees. The award is $15,000 for doctorate degree and $7,000 for a master’s degree for the year.

If you are seeking a career in helping young children and special needs than the Barbara Lewis Roberts Memorial Scholarship from Youngstown State University in Ohio is worth a try. Youngstown University also offers a scholarship for social work students who wish to work with the chronically ill patients called Kimberly Ann DeOnofrio Memorial Scholarship. New York University has scholarships for students who are interested and studying to work with drug and alcohol addictions. It is the Claudia Mann Oberweger Scholarship Fund. If you are unsure of your concentration but you have excellent academic achievement the Shirley M. Ehrenkranz Scholarship from NYU is a social work scholarship that is available to showing a financial need.

That National Association of Social Workers offers several scholarships for those individuals who are striving to help the Hispanic and Native American populations as well students who fall into various ethnic groups. The Carl A. Scott Book Scholarships is a $500 award given to African American, Asian American, and other ethnic groups that are studying to help their community by pursing a social work degree. Pursue your dream for higher education and be in a field that has so many inner rewards. There are also specific types of awards such as Scholarships for Minority Women to research.


  1. I am starting on my Master’s in Social Work and trying to find anyone whether scholarship, grants or individuals who would I can find to help me to pursue my dream of higher my education. Any information will be greater received.


    Comment by Frieda — April 9, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

  2. I received my MSW years ago but I received 3 different scholarships of 100 dollars from small organizations. You really have to market yourself and work hard at it but it is not like a loan requiring repayment.

    Comment by Morris — April 19, 2010 @ 12:52 am

  3. Is the social work profession right for someone who cares about people but also needs a lot of alone time? I am not sure how I would do seeing people all day at work and if it would be too much. But there’s no way to tell until you do it. I want to get a social work degree but fear that I will have days I don’t want to listen.

    Comment by Rita — April 24, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

  4. To whom it may concern;
    How to I apply for the AARP Andrus Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship? There are no directions. Does anyone know?

    Comment by Samantha — July 26, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

  5. I am a postgraduate and would love to go back and study social work but I fear that I won’t be able to get funding or scholarship since I already have a degree.Any advice?

    Comment by FAITH — August 19, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

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