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Top 31 Social Work Scholarships in February 2024

Written by Maria Geiger

Maria Geiger is Director of Content at Scholarships360. She is a former online educational technology instructor and adjunct writing instructor. In addition to education reform, Maria’s interests include viewpoint diversity, blended/flipped learning, digital communication, and integrating media/web tools into the curriculum to better facilitate student engagement. Maria earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from Monmouth University, an M. Ed. in Education from Monmouth University, and a Virtual Online Teaching Certificate (VOLT) from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Updated: September 1st, 2023

Social work is a rewarding and ever-growing field! According to the US Department of Labor, the need for social workers will increase by 13 percent by 2029, which is much greater than most other occupations. A social work major has a number of career paths, including working in city/state agencies, school settings, substance abuse counseling, and geriatric settings. If you earn a master’s degree in social work, you can also become a licensed counselor. No matter what path you take, social work scholarships will help fund your education.

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

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The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

“Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $500
Deadline Jan 31, 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Scholarships360

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At Scholarships360, our mission is to help students find and fund their postsecondary education. We know that students have a variety of educational and career…Show More

At Scholarships360, our mission is to help students find and fund their postsecondary education. We know that students have a variety of educational and career…Show More

At Scholarships360, our mission is to help students find and fund their postsecondary education. We know that students have a variety of educational and career interests and aspirations. That is why we are offering the “Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship. This scholarship aims to support all current postsecondary students, regardless of the type of education they are pursuing. Thus, no matter your own unique educational path, we hope you apply for this $500 scholarship. In order to apply for the “Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship, students must submit an essay about their career ambitions. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We look forward to reading your application!Show Less

1 award worth $500
Deadline Jan 31, 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Apply

$40,000 BigFuture Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Apply

“Outstanding Undergraduate” Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $500
Deadline Jan 31, 2025
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Scholarships360

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The U.S. is home to over 2,000 four-year universities offering bachelor’s degrees. However, attending such universities can sometimes come with hefty costs that can deter…Show More

The U.S. is home to over 2,000 four-year universities offering bachelor’s degrees. However, attending such universities can sometimes come with hefty costs that can deter…Show More

The U.S. is home to over 2,000 four-year universities offering bachelor’s degrees. However, attending such universities can sometimes come with hefty costs that can deter students from attending. If you’re in a situation similar to this, we may just have the perfect scholarship opportunity for you: the “Outstanding Undergraduate” Essay Scholarship! With this scholarship, we aim to help out a lucky undergraduate student (enrolled during the 2024-25 academic year) who is passionate about their higher education journey and actively looking for ways to fund it. The scholarship is open to any U.S. citizen who is enrolled as an undergraduate at a four-year university in the U.S. during the 2023-24 academic year. In order to apply, submit an essay explaining how earning your bachelor’s degree will help you achieve your educational and career goals. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We look forward to reading your application!Show Less

1 award worth $500
Deadline Jan 31, 2025
Grade Level College Students
Apply

Niche $25,000 No Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

San Diego Foundation Scholarship Program

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by San Diego Foundation

Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $10,000
Deadline Mar 6, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Offered by San Diego Foundation

Are you a current, incoming, or re-entry undergraduate student who has resided in San Diego County (CA) for at least one year? If so, you…Show More

Are you a current, incoming, or re-entry undergraduate student who has resided in San Diego County (CA) for at least one year? If so, you…Show More

Are you a current, incoming, or re-entry undergraduate student who has resided in San Diego County (CA) for at least one year? If so, you may be eligible for some of the many San Diego Foundation Scholarships! There are a variety of scholarships available based on race/ethnicity, gender, religion, employment history, academic interest, background, and more. Winning applicants will be awarded between $1,000 and $10,000. To find out more about each scholarship’s specific requirements, we recommend checking out their individual profiles on the San Diego Foundation website. Upon completing the Common Application, students will be considered for each of the ~130 scholarships they may be eligible for. If you do fit the criteria for any of the scholarships, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $10,000
Deadline Mar 6, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship

Offered by NASW Foundation

Multiple awards worth up to $4,000
Deadline Mar 7, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by NASW Foundation

Are you a NASW (National Association of Social Workers) member who has been accepted to an MSW (Master's of Social Work) program? Further, are you…Show More

Are you a NASW (National Association of Social Workers) member who has been accepted to an MSW (Master's of Social Work) program? Further, are you…Show More

Are you a NASW (National Association of Social Workers) member who has been accepted to an MSW (Master's of Social Work) program? Further, are you committed to working with, or have a special affinity with, American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations? If so, the Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $4,000 to up to ten (10) NASW members who have applied or been accepted to MSW programs and want to work with Hispanic and Native American communities. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading for more application details.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $4,000
Deadline Mar 7, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Davis-Kozoll Scholarship

Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
Deadline Apr 4, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

Are you a college-bound high school senior from northwest New Mexico who will be pursuing a master’s, bachelor’s, associate's degree, or technical/vocational certificate in a…Show More

Are you a college-bound high school senior from northwest New Mexico who will be pursuing a master’s, bachelor’s, associate's degree, or technical/vocational certificate in a…Show More

Are you a college-bound high school senior from northwest New Mexico who will be pursuing a master’s, bachelor’s, associate's degree, or technical/vocational certificate in a science and/or human service discipline? If so, you may be eligible for the Davis-Kozoll Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards 1-2 awards worth between $1,000 and $5,000 to students residing in northwest New Mexico with a priority for those students residing within the communities of Counselor, Cuba, Gallina, La Jara, Lindrith, Lybrook, Nageezi, Ojo Encino, Regina, San Luis, and Torreon. If you're a college-bound high school senior from northwest New Mexico who will be pursuing a degree or certificate in a science or human service discipline, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
Deadline Apr 4, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Michael McMillen, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

Offered by Brooksville Education Foundation

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Jun 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Brooksville Education Foundation

The Michael McMillen, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to supporting students who are passionate about pursuing careers in the caring professions. This scholarship is…Show More

The Michael McMillen, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to supporting students who are passionate about pursuing careers in the caring professions. This scholarship is…Show More

The Michael McMillen, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to supporting students who are passionate about pursuing careers in the caring professions. This scholarship is specifically designed for those who are interested in fields such as health, counseling, social work, early childhood education, or eldercare. Applicants must be residents of Brooksville, Maine, whether because they live full-time in Brooksville, or if they are under the age of 26 and have family still living full-time in Brooksville. If you are a Maine resident committed to making a difference in the lives of others, this scholarship could be a great opportunity to help you achieve your goals. Apply and take the first step towards a rewarding career in the caring professions.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Jun 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Students

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Students
Apply

George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Deadline Varies
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

The George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship is funded by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., a historically African-American fraternity that leverages its power, influence, and…Show More

The George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship is funded by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., a historically African-American fraternity that leverages its power, influence, and…Show More

The George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship is funded by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., a historically African-American fraternity that leverages its power, influence, and more than 100 years of commitment to uplift their people and communities. Every year, their George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship awards up to $5,000 to multiple Omega Psi Phi fraternity members pursuing graduate studies in social work, the social sciences, or criminal justice. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Deadline Varies
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started

Senior Planning Social Work & Eldercare Award

Offered by Senior Planning

Multiple awards worth $900
Deadline Biannual
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Senior Planning

Are you a high school senior or college student passionate about a career in senior care? If so, consider applying for the Senior Planning Social…Show More

Are you a high school senior or college student passionate about a career in senior care? If so, consider applying for the Senior Planning Social…Show More

Are you a high school senior or college student passionate about a career in senior care? If so, consider applying for the Senior Planning Social Work & Eldercare Award! The scholarship is open to prospective and current undergraduate students working towards a career in medical social work for the senior population. An Arizona-based organization called Senior Planning offers this scholarship opportunity. Senior Planning helps find reliable, trustworthy caregivers at no charge for seniors in need in the Phoenix area. They established this scholarship to support the next generation of social workers in carrying out their mission of helping America's seniors. Between one and five recipients are chosen to receive around $900, twice a year. Fall semester applications are due July 31st and Spring semester applications are due December 15th, respectively. If you are passionate about senior care and looking for some help to fund your education, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $900
Deadline Biannual
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Pi Gamma Mu Scholarships

Offered by Pi Gamma Mu

Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by Pi Gamma Mu

Are you a Pi Gammu Mu member pursuing a graduate degree in a social science field? If so, consider applying for the Pi Gamma Mu…Show More

Are you a Pi Gammu Mu member pursuing a graduate degree in a social science field? If so, consider applying for the Pi Gamma Mu…Show More

Are you a Pi Gammu Mu member pursuing a graduate degree in a social science field? If so, consider applying for the Pi Gamma Mu Scholarships! The scholarships are open to Pi Gammu Mu members attending graduate school to study a social science, social work, or related interdisciplinary fields. The scholarship is funded by Pi Gamma Mu, the oldest and preeminent interdisciplinary social science honor society and a nonprofit organization. Since 1924, they have encouraged and promoted excellence in the social sciences field and uphold scholarship, leadership, and service. Thus, every year, they award scholarships worth up to $2,000 to help students attend graduate school. If you are a Pi Gammu Mu member looking for help funding your graduate degree, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started

The Beinecke Scholarship Program

Offered by The Sperry Fund

Multiple awards worth $35,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level College Junior

Offered by The Sperry Fund

Are you an exceptional and motivated college junior who hopes to complete a graduate degree in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences? If so, consider…Show More

Are you an exceptional and motivated college junior who hopes to complete a graduate degree in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences? If so, consider…Show More

Are you an exceptional and motivated college junior who hopes to complete a graduate degree in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences? If so, consider applying for the Beinecke Scholarship Program! The scholarship is funded by The Sperry and Hutchinson Company, an organization led by the Beinecke brothers who shared a deep affection and interest in leading a company that set the pace for corporate philanthropy. To honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke, the board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company created this scholarship in 1971 to provide financial support and to encourage exceptional young students to pursue opportunities available to them in the field of arts, humanities, and the social sciences. Each chosen scholar will receive $5,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. If you’re passionate about completing a graduate degree in the arts or social sciences and are looking for some help to fund your graduate study, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $35,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level College Junior
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Angel Scholarship for Social Work, Peace, and Justice Studies

Offered by Catholic Community Foundation

1 award worth $5,000
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Catholic Community Foundation

The Angel Scholarship for Social Work, Peace, and Justice Studies is an incredible opportunity for Catholic high school seniors in Phoenix seeking an undergraduate degree…Show More

The Angel Scholarship for Social Work, Peace, and Justice Studies is an incredible opportunity for Catholic high school seniors in Phoenix seeking an undergraduate degree…Show More

The Angel Scholarship for Social Work, Peace, and Justice Studies is an incredible opportunity for Catholic high school seniors in Phoenix seeking an undergraduate degree in social work, social justice, peace/justice studies, sociology, public administration, or public health. This $5,000 award is open to full-time seniors attending a Catholic high school within the Diocese of Phoenix. Applicants must be registered practicing Catholics, and must plan to enroll at a 4-year college or university in Arizona. If interested, visit the scholarship website to apply. Don't miss out on this amazing chance to kickstart your journey towards a brighter future!Show Less

1 award worth $5,000
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Blakemore Freeman Fellowship

Offered by Blakemore Foundation

Multiple awards worth Full Program Costs
Expected deadline December 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by Blakemore Foundation

Are you a bachelor's degree holder pursuing a career that involves the use of an East or Southeast Asian language? If so, consider applying for…Show More

Are you a bachelor's degree holder pursuing a career that involves the use of an East or Southeast Asian language? If so, consider applying for…Show More

Are you a bachelor's degree holder pursuing a career that involves the use of an East or Southeast Asian language? If so, consider applying for the Blakemore Freeman Fellowship! The Blakemore Freeman Fellowship is open to college graduates pursuing a professional, business, or academic career that will require the regular use of East or Southeast Asian languages. Applicants should have already formally studied their target language for at least three years and be willing to partake in extensive language study during the term of the grant. The scholarship is offered by the Blakemore Foundation, a Washington-based charitable trust dedicated to encouraging the use of Asian languages and increasing the understanding of Asian art within the United States. Every year, the fellowship covers tuition, and awards a stipend for related educational expenses, and basic living and transportation costs for the language programs of each of the winning applicants. If you’re looking for some help to pay off your East or Southeast Asian language program, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth Full Program Costs
Expected deadline December 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students
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How to win scholarships for social work students

There are many social work scholarships out there, but there are even more applicants. That’s why it’s important to craft applications that stand out to the reader. One of the best ways to do that is by focusing on your essays.

Before you start writing, try sitting down and doing some reflection. Think about what has led you to pursue social work. What impact do you hope to make, and what have you done so far that indicates you’ll be successful? Try jotting down some ideas as you brainstorm, without concerning yourself with prompts or word limits or grammar. Then, once you’ve done your reflection, you can craft it into essays.

Essay writing tips

Once you’ve thought about your main points to address in the application, it’s time to get writing. We have a host of guides to help you through the process. These include how to start and end a scholarship essay, how to write about yourself, and how to write a winning scholarship essay. We can also help you tailor your writing to 250 or 500 word limits. Finally, check out our guide to writing a scholarship resume. Good luck!

Resources for social work students

Like students in any field, social work students stand to benefit from networking with professionals in their field. Being in touch with people who have progressed further in their career can help you gain perspective on what you want to do, figure out how to accomplish your professional goals, and more. Here are a few organizations that social work students may consider joining to network with social workers.

National Association of Social Workers

The NASW works to connect social workers and social work-adjacent professionals across the country. These connections help advance and refine the field of social work, and put its workers in communication with people in other fields. Student membership costs $60 per year and comes with a host of benefits, including literature, conferences, and networking tools.

Clinical Social Work Association

The Clinical Social Work Association works to advocate for social workers across the nation. It fights for equitable wages and offers an opportunity for professionals in the field to connect. They also offer job postings and other ways to get students involved. Membership is only $25 per year for students.

Council on Social Work Education

For those who are interested in educating a next generation of social workers, this organization will be of special interest. Here, you’ll find conversations on how social work is taught and initiatives to shape the policy surrounding the field.

Financial aid for social work students

If you are a social work student, the scholarships search is just one way to pay for your degree! Current and prospective social work students can also access need-based financial aid, which includes grants like the FSEOG Grant and Pell Grant, federal student loans, and work study.

To access any of these types of need-based financial aid, students will need to actually apply for need-based aid. There are two major applications that you should know about:

Every college’s financial aid process will vary and we always recommend that students consult with the college in question for details and deadlines.

Frequently asked questions about social work scholarships

Can I use psychology scholarships to study social work?

Some psychology scholarships, such as the NAJA scholarship, also allow students pursuing social work. Although the two are separate fields, they share some key similarities and oftentimes, you will find that organizations geared towards psychology will also be concerned with social work. But as always, you should read the terms and conditions of each scholarship carefully before applying.

Does social work pay well?



This is an important question to consider when deciding how much you can afford to take out in student loans. According to the 2020 BLS data, social workers have a median salary of $51,760 per year.

This is on the lower end of the spectrum as far as college-educated salaries go. So, if you are interested in becoming a social worker, you should be sure to budget very thoughtfully to ensure that you don’t take out more in debt than you can afford to pay back.

How many years of school do you need to be a social worker?

In most states, you’ll have to complete your bachelor’s degree, and then complete a two-year masters program to become a licensed social worker. You may also have to perform up to two years of supervised work before you obtain a license to work unsupervised. If you know that you want to be a social worker before you start your undergrad, you might be able to bring this down to four total years, by obtaining a Bachelor’s in Social Work, or BSW.

Are there social work scholarships for graduate students?

Yes! Many of the scholarships on this list are meant for students getting their masters in social work. We also have a dedicated list of scholarships for graduate students, and a free tool to custom-match you with vetted scholarships. This is a great tool to use for any stage of your education.

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