B.S.W. scholarships

School of Social Work resources

Scholarship availability and application deadlines are announced by email.

B.S.W. Dennis Foundation Scholarship

The Dennis Foundation established this fund to provide assistance to a full-time B.S.W. student who has completed at least one semester of the program and demonstrates a contribution to the life of the School of Social Work through extracurricular activities, service projects and volunteer work.

Cesare and Ida Sclarandis Scholarship

This scholarship, for full- or part-time B.S.W. and M.S.W. students, was developed by alumna Aubrey Sclarandis (B.S.W. ’08, M.S.W. ’10) with help from her parents, Mario and Tina Sclarandis, in honor of her grandparents, Cesare and Ida Sclarandis. Their intent is to support the pursuit of culturally enriching learning experiences, such as domestic and international service trips and study abroad opportunities, that will enhance future social work careers in the multidisciplinary area of cultural and systemic issues. Funds are available on a rolling basis.

Fostering Success Scholarship

Established in 2016 by VCU School of Social Work emeriti faculty member, Marcia Harrigan, Ph.D. (M.S.W. ’74), to support students who have a passion for serving the community through positive child/youth/family development. Her intent is to encourage strategic leadership and competence within the public foster care system.

The Frank and Pat Baskind Gift-Giving Fund for Students with Special Needs

This fund, created by Dean Emeritus Frank Baskind and his wife, Pat, provides financial assistance to part- and full-time B.S.W., M.S.W. or Ph.D. students who have a special need and are experiencing a particularly challenging situation concurrent with the pursuit of their degree.

Hurtado Family Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2009 by Dianna L. (M.S.W. ‘90) and Col. (RET) Arthur D. Hurtado, this fund supports students who demonstrate potential success and leadership in the profession.

Pamela Nystrom Memorial Fund

Established by friends and family in honor of Pamela Nystrom (B.S.W. ’77), this fund provides need-based financial assistance to a full- or part-time, upper-level B.S.W. student.

Rita Schleuter Memorial Scholarship

Established by Joyce O. Beckett, Ph.D., professor emerita in the School of Social Work, with subsequent support from other donors, this scholarship benefits a full- or part-time, upper-level B.S.W. student with demonstrated understanding of the African-American culture and a demonstrated commitment to social work practice with African-Americans.

Virginia Council on Social Welfare Scholarship

This scholarship, established through a gift from the Virginia Council on Social Welfare, provides need-based aid to a full-time, upper-level B.S.W. student who is a Virginia resident.

VCU resources

Wayne C. Hall Undergraduate Scholarship (VCU Phi Kappa Phi)

The Wayne C. Hall Undergraduate Scholarship is a universitywide scholarship of $3,000. It is awarded to a full-time, rising senior with a 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA. Each academic unit with undergraduate programs may nominate one student.

State and national resources

Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship (CSWE)

Two book scholarships of $500 each are awarded each academic year to students who have demonstrated a commitment to work for equity and social justice in social work.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Study Abroad Grant

Fifty $1,000 study abroad grants are awarded each academic year to support students who are seeking knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.