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Social Work Scholarships

Here are some of the Social Work scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

Eligible Applicants You are eligible to apply for this scholarship at a school that participates in the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program if you are From a disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: An individual from a disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession; or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary, HHS, for use in health professions and nursing programs. A citizen, national, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States or the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico or the Marianas Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated State of Micronesia. Eligible Disciplines Under this program, funds are awarded to accredited schools of medicine osteopathic medicine dentistry optometry pharmacy podiatric medicine veterinary medicine nursing (associate, diploma, baccalaureate and graduate degree) public health chiropractic allied health (baccalaureate or graduate degree programs of dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, radiologic technology, speech pathology, audiology, and registered dietitians) graduate programs in behavioral and mental health practice (includes clinical psychology, clinical social work, professional counseling, or marriage and family therapy) programs providing training of physician assistants

AFSCME Scholarship

To be eligible you must: Be a college sophomore or junior during the application and interview process. Have a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Be a college student of color, including: African American, American Indian/ Alaskan Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Latino/a. Demonstrate interest in working for social and economic justice through the labor movement. Have a valid driver’s license. Reference Letter You Will Receive: 10-week summer field placement to participate in a union organizing campaign in one of several locations across the United States. A stipend of up to $4,000 for the summer. On-site housing at your location. A week-long orientation and training. An academic scholarship of up to $6,300 for the school year, based on successful performance.

Forensic Mental Health Association of California Scholarship

College/Department: General - Nursing, Social Work, Psychology and Criminal Justice Award is for a graduate student, majoring in nursing, social work, psychology, or majors related to criminal justice, who has shown a demonstrated interest in the field of forensic mental health and has a commitment to employment in an associated area of forensics.

Camp Roy-El Scholarship Endowment

Available to college-level juniors and seniors currently completing undergraduate degrees at Michigan-based colleges and universities. Applicants must be pursuing a profession dedicated to working with persons with disabilities and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA. Possible fields may include allied health, nursing, medicine, occupational therapy and physical therapy or students in social work and special education. Previous applicants are eligible to apply.

AFSCME/UNCF/Harvard University LWP Union Scholars Program

The future is in the hands of those with the ability and desire to change the world. People like you. That is why we are co-sponsoring the AFSCME/UNCF/Harvard University LWP Union Scholars Program. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), has joined with Harvard University and UNCF to let those of you who qualify experience what it is like to be part of the labor movement. You can work on the front lines of a real union organizing campaign, where you will talk to workers about gaining a voice on the job, fair wages and benefits for themselves and their families ...by joining a union. You will get an opportunity to do the day-to-day work of outreach to workers by phone and on home visits, campaign research and material development. But the best part is that you will have a chance to make a difference in the lives of people. Plus, you will receive scholarship funding as well as have a real world experience that may help you see what lies in your future. Valid Driver's License required. Program Requirements: - 2.5 GPA on 4.0 scale - College Sophomore or College Junior - Eligible Majors*: American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, English, Ethnic Studies, History, Labor Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Women's Studies - Attend a 4 year College/University - Student Application (includes Trancript and Resume) and a Recommendation Form ETHNICITY: African American, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES 4-Year Colleges

Lupe Anguiano Scholarship

To develop in students a vocation as well as a ministry in caring for and supporting the needs of individuals and families who are experiencing an end-of-life crisis. Students must take academic course work and have training and clinical practicum or internship in hospice care, ministry and grief counseling, or social work to hospice patients.

Dorothy A. Miller Memorial Scholarship

College of Social Work Applicants must be at least, half-time, fully matriculated students in the graduate social work program. Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic performance and on a determination of the applicant

Susan K. & Douglas E. Dodge Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:•Applicant must be a graduating senior of Reed City or Shepherd Community Schools. •Demonstrate academic ability with a minimum 3.25 GPA.•Demonstrate positive attitude toward school and community.•Demonstrate strong community involvement and volunteerism.•Have an interest in pursuing a career in public service (i.e. careers in the fields of education, health care, social services, ministry or political science)

Bert Muhly Scholarship Fund

College of Social Work - Urban Planning Applicant should be a graduate majoring in urban & regional planning. Award is based on academic excellence, and service to the profession, community and department.

Transgender Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be planning to attend a post-sencondary educational program during the next academic year. 2. Must be studying caring professions including Social Services, Health Care, Religious, Instruction and the Law in the United States. 3. Must be a trans-individual that are living full-time in a gender or sex role that differs from the one assigned to them at birth. 4. Must be Out and Proud as having a transgender identity to their peers as well as the educational and professional systems that they are seeking scholarship assistance for. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.tself.org/ for more information and an application form.

Michael Moody Fitness

The Michael Moody Fitness Scholarship offers $1,500 to a high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, participation and leadership in school activities and work experience, and interest in pursuing a career in the health and fitness related fields. The student may apply and use the money for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. The scholarship is sponsored by Michael Moody Fitness. The 2017 program will be accepting scholarship applications from August 2nd, 2017 until 1,000 scholarship applications are submitted or July 15th, 2018, whichever comes first. Your scholarship application MUST be one of the first 1,000 submitted by the deadline date.

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Small mistakes can make or break an essay. Today we are talking about some of the most common mistakes and how you can avoid them to ensure your essays are free of errors and always ready to be submitted.

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Overusing Cliches

While many scholarship essay prompts will ask you a cliche question, it’s important not to use cliches when you write your essay. Responses about “learning the value of hard work” or “finding your passion” are overdone and uninteresting. Instead, you want to show the reader who you truly are (cliche, I know). Make sure you are using your own words and telling your own story.


When an essay contains spelling errors, typos, and out-of-order words, it sends a clear message to the reader: you did not take the time to thoroughly proofread your work before submitting. Do not submit a first draft of your essay, or even a second. Triple-check for typos and spelling errors.

Grammar Mistakes

Grammar mistakes, like typos, send a clear message if they are found throughout the essay. It is essential that you do not make this mistake in your writing because this can truly make or break an essay. Grammar mistakes are often harder to spot than spelling errors or typos. This is where a second or third pair of eyes can make the difference.

Just Using Spell Check

Although, spell check applications can be very helpful during the draft stages of your essays, these applications should not be used alone. You should not rely on them to edit your essays completely. They do a great job of catching the major errors, but often they are not able to catch word order or phrasing issues. In addition, you may want to take the suggestion corrections with a grain of salt. The application may change a sentence around in order to correct the grammar, but doing so could change the meaning of the sentence. You are the author, so ultimately, it is up to you to ensure the writing is interpreted as you intended and that it is free of errors. The best way to do this is by proofreading your work multiple times and always asking others to help you proofread. Fresh eyes can often spot errors that you would never see.

Forgetting to Include Information

When submitting an essay, there is often other information that is requested, such as your name, address, intended college, and major. Some scholarships will ask for this information in their designated form while others will request it in an email when you submit your essay. It is essential that you double check that you are submitting all the information requested by the scholarship in the designated area.

Not Answering the Essay Prompt

In the essay you must, must, must be sure to answer the prompt fully. Even if you feel you touched on the topic partly, you should take the time to go back and make sure your points are clear to the reader. Ask your friends and family to read your essay to see if they feel you answered the prompt. Not answering the essay prompt is one of the largest mistakes you could make that could make or break your essay submission.

Not Following Instructions

College and scholarship essays often come with a very specific set of instructions. There may be formatting requirements such as font, size, spacing and margins. There is almost always a word count requirement. Always use the maximum amount of words allowed, but NEVER go over the word count. You may also need to save the document in a specific formation (.doc or .pdf). Finally, the essay will need to be submitted in manner described in the instructions.

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