External Scholarship Resources
Below you will find a small sample of notable scholarships and organizations that have offered scholarship awards to NYU Silver MSW students.
Latino Social Work Coalition Scholarship Program
This program provides scholarships to Latinx men and women with significant financial need who reside in the New York metropolitan area and been accepted to the Silver School. Applicants must be bilingual and bicultural in Spanish, and must demonstrate commitment to working with the Latinx community upon completion of graduate studies.
Application also available at: Latino Social Work Coalition
Minority Fellowship Program-Youth for Master’s Students
MFP-Youth (NITT MFP-Y) program is designed to enhance the training of full-time, master’s-level, direct practice–focused social work students in their final year of study at a CSWE-accredited institution. Applicants must identify mental health service delivery to at-risk children, adolescents, and transition-age youths as the focus of their specialization and commit to seeking employment with this target population after graduation.
For more information and to apply, please visit CSWE’s MFP-Y – Master’s students website.
Giva Student Scholarship
Giva's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is for anyone attending a college or university worldwide. This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting undergraduate and graduate students to further their education and expand their social responsibility and community service footprint in the world. Please see the Giva Student Scholarship website for deadlines and further details.
Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program
An opportunity for full-time New York City local government employees (employed by a City agency) with undergraduate degrees to study at accredited colleges/universities in the metropolitan area. The Silver School funds a maximum of five new MSW and DSW students at up to 50% tuition only reduction scholarship. Please review the Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program website for more information.
Applicants to the Mayor's Graduate Scholarship Program will receive a decision on their scholarship application by early May.
Nassau/Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers Scholarship
The Nassau Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers has established a scholarship fund to provide financial support to social work students of Black/African ancestry. The applicant must be either: a Long Island resident attending a social work education program on Long Island or in NYC OR a NYC resident attending a Long Island social work education program. Two $1,000 scholarships are available for the Spring 2021 semester (1) BSW and (1) MSW. The deadline is February 28, 2021. Applications are available via Google forms.
The Brooklyn Section of National Council of Jewish Women, Inc.
The Brooklyn Section of National Council of Jewish Women, Inc. is offering their annual Social Work scholarship. This one-time scholarship will be offered to a student who will attend an accredited Social Work program, graduating in June, 2022 or in June 2023.
Brooklyn Section, NCJW, Inc. is a non-gender, non-denominational organization devoted to improving the quality of life for women, children and families.
No formal application is necessary, but they do require the following:
1. Academic excellence indicated by school transcript.
2. Three character references from supervisors or faculty members.
3. A letter from the applicant stating community service, educational plans and career goals.
4. Telephone number, address and email where the student may be reached.
Completed information must be submitted to:
Brooklyn Section, National Council of Jewish Women, Inc.
1001 Quentin Road,
Brooklyn, NY 11223,
Attention: Scholarship Committee
The deadline to submit materials is May 1, 2021.
The recipient is expected to attend the Brooklyn Section, NCJW, Inc. Annual Meeting and Luncheon. This scholarship will be presented to the recipient upon proof of full matriculation to the college.
All questions about this scholarship opportunity should be directed to the Brooklyn Section, NCJW, Inc. at 718-376-8164 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a short list of websites that may be helpful for students seeking information about financial aid and funding their graduate education at the Silver School:
External Organization Funding Options
We have compiled a list of organizations that provide monetary support for students pursuing graduate education. Please note that the Silver School does not have a relationship with or endorse these organizations; rather, we reference them as an option for you to apply for funding.
Agnes Jones Jackson Graduate Fellowship
4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
Provides stipends to members of the NAACP who are US citizens under the age of 25.
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing College Scholarship Program
3417 Volta Place, NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-5220, TTY (202) 337-5221
Several scholarships are available for full-time students, who are deaf and hard of hearing, use listening and spoken language, and who are pursuing a degree at an accredited mainstream college or university. This is a merit-based scholarship program and award selection is extremely competitive; over the past three years, 10–12% of applicants were selected to receive an award. Please see the website for eligibility criteria.
Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust
127 Parrott Av
United States 03802-4480
Scholarship awards for financially needy New Hampshire residents studying nursing, medicine, social work, or other related areas.
American Association of University Women
AAUW Fellowships and Grants
C/O ACT, Inc.
101 Act Drive
Iowa City, IA 52243-9000
(319) 337-1716 ext. 60
For women preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or reenter the workforce. Special consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Funds are not available for PhD-level work.
American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
Center for Clinical Social Work
241 Humphrey Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
Attn: Holm Awards
Holm Award: Meant to assist final-year grad students as they pursue careers in clinical social work.
Osman Award: Students pursuing a master's degree in the mental health field.
American Indian Graduate Center
3701 San Mateo, NE #200
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Fellowships for American Indian and Alaskan Native students. Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe, Alaskan Native group, or 1/4 degree Indian blood who is in need of financial aid and has applied for federal financial and campus-based aid, and is pursuing a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree as a full-time student.
American Society on Aging Awards
575 Market St., Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94105-2869 USA
ASA takes pride in recognizing leaders in the field who not only contribute to the success of ASA, but to the field at large. Several awards are offered to members and nonmembers.
The Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education: presented to an individual or program that exemplifies continued excellence in training and education in the field of aging.
Graduate Student Research Award: provided to the best unpublished graduate research paper on a completed project relevant to aging and applicable to practice.
Religion, Spirituality and Aging Award: recognizes outstanding individuals, programs and services in religion, spirituality and aging, in an effort to inspire more spiritual exploration in the aging services field.
Mental Health and Aging Award: recognizes outstanding achievements in mental health and aging by individual or organizational members of ASA's Mental Health and Aging Network (MHAN).
Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging: recognizes organizations that have demonstrated high-quality, innovative programs enhancing the lives of a multicultural aging population.
MindAlert Award: awarded to a mental fitness program serving the general population of older adults developed by a nonprofit organization.
Armenian International Women's Association
65 Main Street, #3A
Watertown, MA 02472
Scholarships are awarded to full-time female students of Armenian descent attending accredited colleges or universities. Awards are based on financial need and merit.
Armenian Professional Society
PO Box 10306
Glendale, CA 91209
Available to students who have been accepted or are enrolled in a graduate school in the United States. Selection is based on financial need, scholastic achievements, faculty recommendations, and involvement in the Armenian Community. An eligible candidate shall be awarded a scholarship no more than a total of two times.
Association of American Indian Affairs (AAIA)
966 Hungerford Drive, Suite 12-B
Rockville, MD 20850
Applicants must be Native American (continental US tribes) or Alaska Native. Applicants enrolled in federally recognized tribes must be 1/4 Indian blood or more. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students for both fall and spring semesters.
Is open to graduate students who are implementing research projects related to the development, management and governance of common interest communities and their community associations.
Career Development Grants by the AAUW
American Association of University Women Educational Foundation
2201 N. Dodge Street, Dept. 98
Iowa City, IA 52243-4030
Grants of $2,000–$12,000 to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are pursuing graduate study to advance their careers. Special consideration to women of color pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in non-traditional fields.
Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship
Council on Social Work Education
1600 Duke Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) awards two $500 scholarships to students in their final year of an MSW program at a CSWE-accredited program. Applicants from the following ethnic groups are eligible to apply: Puerto Rican, Asian American, American Indian, African American, and Mexican American.
Dalai Lama Fellowship
New York University is one of a handful of universities that offers the Dalai Lama Fellowship, a global program authorized by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. Candidates between the ages of 20-35 years old will be chosen who are currently engaged (or have well-articulated plans) for a social change project in one’s local community and sustained engagement throughout the fellowship year. The candidate must process in-depth knowledge of the community and the issue that the project is seeking to address, preferably with at least one year of previous experience working with the community. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who will be enrolled full-time at NYU are invited to apply.
The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are active in the progressive movement. Early recipients worked for civil rights, against McCarthyism and for peace in Vietnam. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity. Applicants must have participated in activities in the US, and there is a strong preference for applicants who plan on working in this country.
International Educational Exchange Program
Fulbright offers competitive, merit-based grants for students, scholars, teachers, professionals and groups. Grants are available for US citizens to go abroad and for foreign (non-US) citizens to come to the US.
Applicants must be an active, full member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year. Membership is determined by the date the applicant was confirmed and took membership vows with a United Methodist church. Applicants must be pursuing a degree program at any accredited institution within the US. Applicants are required to be full-time students according to their school’s standards for the program for which they are enrolled. Multiple scholarships and loans available.
George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
2714 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
The Founders of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. recognized the importance of the intellect in all matters pertaining to the advancement of humankind. As such, they made scholarship the foremost of the Fraternity’s four Cardinal Principles: Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift.
Gosnell Memorial Scholarship National Association of Social Workers Development Office
750 First Street, NE, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20002-4241
Awarded to NASW members who are MSW candidates and have demonstrated a commitment to working with American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latinx populations in public and voluntary nonprofit agency settings.
Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc.
NY Grace LeGendre Fellowship Committee
901 East Lake Road
Dundee, NY 14837
Provides awards to women who are candidates for master’s and doctoral degrees at colleges and universities throughout New York State. The number and amount of the fellowships vary from year to year.
Harriet Bloomfield Memorial Scholarship
30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a member of the New Jersey Chapter of NASW. The student must have applied to or have been accepted into an accredited BSW or MSW program. Interview required.
Hebrew Free Loan Society
675 Third Avenue, Suite 1905
New York, NY 10017
The Hebrew Free Loan Society makes loans on a nonsectarian basis where the availability of interest-free credit will make a significant difference in an individua’'s life. Scholarships are also offered.
HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)
333 Seventh Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001–5019
Scholarships are given to students who immigrated to the United States after January 1, 1992, based on academic merit, community involvement, and financial need.
The Houtan Scholarship Foundation
300 Central Ave
Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234
Students from all origins, Iranian and non-Iranian, who have high academic performance and proven interest in promoting Iran’s great culture, heritage, language, and civilization. One award of $3,500 per semester will be given toward a graduate school education for the selected applicant. The award is offered each fall and spring semester. Candidates for the award must demonstrate leadership ability and the desire to make a difference in the society in which they reside.
Applicants must be graduate students pursuing a degree in the social sciences with a minimum 3.0 GPA. They also need to focus on research that benefits the social or economic needs of Asian and Asian American communities. The scholarship committee confers greater preference to candidates whose life story mirrors that of Dr. Liang-Lin Hsiao, who struggled with financial uncertainty but maintained a commitment to serving his community. Preference for Asian heritage though not required.
Indian Health Service
IHS Scholarship Program
801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120
Rockville, MD 20852
For qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students applying to, accepted by, or enrolled in a health or allied health professions program (social work) and who commit to working in American Indian and Alaska Native communities after graduation. Health Professions Scholarship recipients receive financial aid covering tuition, required fees, and other educational and living expenses.
For full-time college students in a program related to the intellectual and developmental disability field such as behavioral sciences, social work, nursing, healthcare administration and management, or psychology.
Japanese American Citizens League
National Scholarship Program
c/o Portland JACL
PO Box 86310
Portland, OR 97286
Every applicant must be an active National JACL member. JACL Membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background.
Jewish Community Center Association
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
The Professional Development Scholarship Program intends to advance JCC professionals’ careers by investing money in those with aspirations to gain more knowledge, which will, in turn, keep the best and brightest in the JCC Movement. JCC Association will invest these funds in expanding educational opportunities for our current professionals.
Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) Chicago
216 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Open to Jewish full-time students with financial need. Scholarships are granted to students who show promise in their chosen careers, especially those entering professions dedicated to helping others. Applicants must be born and/or raised in the Chicago metropolitan area.
The John Frederick Steinman Fellowship Fund
8 West King Street
PO Box 1328
Lancaster, PA 17608-1328
One or more fellowships may be awarded to qualified applicants seeking advanced study in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, or social work. Fellowships will be awarded to those who have obligated themselves to practice their profession within Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, or in such other location serving in substantial part, residents of Lancaster County as the Fellowship Committee shall approve. The number of years each fellow shall be obligated to practice within Lancaster County shall be at least equal to the number of years fellowship support is received.
John A. Hartford Foundation Fellowship Grants
55 East 59th Street -16th Floor
New York, NY 10022-1713
Each year, the John A. Hartford Foundation offers a number of fellowship grants to both students and current social workers interested in geriatric social work. The requirements vary by grant, as do the amounts. Potential applicants are encouraged to search the website to find the right grants for them.
Jules Dorfman Scholarship
Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis
6705 Hoover Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260-4120
Established in memory of past JCC Executive Director Jules Dorfman, in honor of his years of service, to support graduate students with a focus in Jewish Communal Service, Social Work, or Jewish Education.
Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation
530 East Town Street
PO Box 38
Columbus, OH 43216
Most scholarships are available to all alumni of the fraternity. Some do have restrictions or preferences as requested by donors.
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
Open to US citizens and permanent residents of Polish descent who are beginning or continuing graduate studies and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Scholarships are given for full-time studies only.
Leopold Schepp Foundation
551 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3000
New York, NY 10176
Scholarships offered to US citizens enrolled full-time. Awards given to people under age 40 pursuing a graduate degree. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and academic excellence with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. An interview in New York City is required.
League of United Latina American Citizens (LULAC)
LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF)
1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
LULAC offers a variety of scholarships for students through its educational arm, the LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC).
The Margaret Yardley Fellowship
New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs
55 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1593
Annually provides between six and eight grants to deserving women who are New Jersey residents pursuing post-graduate advanced studies. Qualifications include scholastic achievement, career service potential, and charitable endeavors. The grant is applied solely to tuition expenses. Information (including application forms) regarding this fellowship fund is forwarded to all New Jersey universities, state colleges and independent four-year colleges plus graduate departments at Harvard University and New York University.
The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
World Bank Family Network
1818 H Street, NW, MSN J2-202
Washington, DC 20433
For students from developing countries who are currently studying in the United States or Canada and have a record of service to women and children and a commitment to improving the lives of women and children in developing countries.
The National Association of Black Social Workers offers a number of annual scholarships, one of which is the Cenie Jomo Williams Award, and the other is the Office of Student Affairs Community Leadership Tuition Scholarship.
The Cenie Jomo Williams Tuition Scholarship: Awarded to African American students who have shown commitment to improving the social, economic, and political lives of those in the African American community.
Office of Student Affairs Community Leadership Tuition Scholarship: Offered to an individual who has taken excellent strides in representing the Code of Ethics of the NABSW as well as those of the social work profession
Applicants must be working or planning to work directly with children and pursuing graduate level studies for one year in fields that address the special needs of children and youth. Graduate fields of study include, but are not limited to: Counseling, Psychology, Mental Health, Special Education, Speech Pathology, Exceptional Children, Remedial Skills Development, Hearing Impaired, Gifted and Talented, etc. Scholarships are not awarded for graduate work in administration or general education. Applicants must also be a US citizen and a permanent resident of a state with a Junior Auxiliary Chapter: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas.
The NASW Foundation accepts applications for scholarships and doctoral fellowships to help provide financial resources to social work students pursuing a variety of social work specialties.
Consuelo 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.
Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship: For MSW students who demonstrate an interest in, or have experience with, health/mental health practice and have a commitment to working in the African American community. One scholarship of up to $2,000 will be awarded.
NCJW, Brooklyn Section, Inc. is a non-gender, non- denominational organization devoted to improving the quality of life for women, children, and families. NCJW, Brooklyn Section offers a scholarship to a student in a regular Social Work program, graduating in June 2021 or June 2022. NCJW, Brooklyn Section can be reached at 718-376-8164 or via email at email@example.com.
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
The National Federation of the Blind offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty national scholarships All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, community service, and leadership. The finalists are announced every spring.
National Hispanic Scholarship Fund
General College Scholarship
55 Second Street, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94105
Designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage in obtaining a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis and award amounts vary.
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
The National Italian American Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to outstanding Italian American students from a variety of academic disciplines and backgrounds.
Provides financial assistance to eligible Navajo students attending graduate school, either full time or part time.
Scholarship to Greek women who are members of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) member fraternities and are attending or will attend a graduate program within a 50-mile radius of Columbus Circle in New York City.
Each year, the chapter confers a $500 scholarship and a one-year NYSSCSW membership on one student each from the Silver School and six other New York City schools of social work in recognition of outstanding clinically oriented writing done in their first year of the MSW program.
NWSA Women’s/Gender Studies Student Scholarships and Awards
7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 301
College Park, MD 20742
Award provides financial assistance to graduate students doing research in women/lesbian studies. Preference is given to candidates who are members in the National Women’s Studies Association. Scholarship amounts vary.
The NYS Child Welfare Worker Incentive Scholarship Program provides individuals who are currently employed at a New York State-licensed child welfare agency with scholarship awards to pursue an Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree that will enhance their ability to work as a child welfare worker.
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. The fellowship provides opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to a total of $90,000.
PEO Sisterhood - PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund
PEO Executive Office
3700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.
Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work
Phi Alpha Honor Society
East Tennessee State University
P.O. Box 70679
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phi Alpha National Honor Society est. 1964 The Phi Alpha Honor Society recognizes students in social work for their achievements in academia, and offers several grants, awards, and scholarships.
Pi Gamma Mu
Social Sciences Honor Society
1001 Millington, Suite B
Winfield, KS 67156
Scholarships are awarded only to Pi Gamma Mu members. Scholarships are intended for the first or second year of graduate work in a student's first graduate degree program in the following areas of study: sociology, anthropology, political science, history, economics, international relations, public administration, criminal justice, law, social work, cultural geography or psychology Pi Gamma Mu awards up to 10 scholarships each year.
The Point Foundation
1357 Broadway, Suite 401
New York, NY 10018
Provides scholarships, mentorship, leadership training, and hope for students of merit who have been marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Prism Foundation provides scholarships to empower outstanding students who are making a positive impact on the Asian & Pacific Islander and LGBTQ+ communities.
The Roothbert Fund, Inc
475 Riverside Drive, Room 252
New York, NY 10115
Grants for graduate study at accredited colleges or universities in the United States. The Fund seeks candidates who are “motivated by spiritual values” and works to foster fellowship among them. Grants are meant to be supplementary. Interview required.
The Ruth Taylor Award Fund
United Way of Westchester and Putnam
336 Central Park Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
Eligible individuals must be residents of Westchester County pursuing graduate level education on a full-time basis at accredited US colleges or schools in social welfare or public health. Criteria used in evaluating applications are public service, financial need, and scholastic capacity.
Sergeant John Basilone Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship
271 US Highway 46 West, Suite A-108
Fairfield, NJ 07004
The UNICO Foundation will grant two awards for graduate scholarships. The awardee must be initiating graduate study, full-time, at an accredited campus based college/university program in the United States. A candidate must be a United States citizen of Italian descent.
Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship
Stonewall Community Foundation
446 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
The Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship was established by Peggy Traub and Phyllis Dicker to encourage and support women-identified lesbians in their pursuit of higher education. This program provides one-year scholarships to those graduating high school or already enrolled in college in any year of study, including graduate school.
Scholarships are awarded for a maximum of two years and must be used toward tuition or related educational expenses. Scholarships are for students committed to a career at the UJA Federation of New York or a career in the broader Jewish communal sector.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. National Education Foundation Scholarships and Fellowships
1734 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Scholarships and fellowships are for graduate study. Some awards are only offered to members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Awards don’t exceed $2,500 per year.
Updated June 2020