M.S.W. scholarships

School of Social Work resources

Scholarship availability and application deadlines are announced by email to students via their VCU email address.

M.S.W. Graduate Research Assistantships

Yearlong graduate research assistantship positions provide stipend and tuition assistance to incoming full-time M.S.W. students. These highly competitive positions include a rewarding and educational service component. Previous assistantships have provided students the opportunity to engage in faculty-led research and develop faculty mentoring relationships.

Child Welfare Stipend Program at VCU

The Child Welfare Stipend Program is a partnership between the Virginia Department of Social Services and four state universities within Virginia including Virginia Commonwealth University. This specialized training program, funded through title IV-E of the Social Security Act, prepares social work students for a career in child welfare. M.S.W. students accepted into this program receive a $10,000 stipend per academic year. In exchange for the stipend and extensive child welfare training, the stipend recipient must commit to working one calendar year at a local department of social services within the Commonwealth of Virginia for each academic year the stipend was received.

More information about the Child Welfare Stipend Program is available online.

For questions about the program or to receive the link to the online application, contact Naomi Reddish, Child Welfare Stipend Program coordinator, at cwstipend@vcu.edu.

Adelante Scholarship: Sirviendo la Comunidad Hispana

The Adelante Scholarship: Serviendo la Comunidad was established through an initial gift of $10,000 from Dr. Diane Bernard and friends of the VCU School of Social Work.The scholarship is awarded to upper-level BSW and M.S.W. students in the School of Social Work with demonstrated Spanish language proficiency as well as cultural sensitivity, cultural competence and a deep understanding of Latino communities.

David P. Beverly Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2013 by Sally Jo Beverly (B.S.W. ‘62, M.S.W. ‘64) and the Beverly family, the David P. Beverly Memorial Scholarship was created to help VCU School of Social Work students focusing on community action and organization. David Beverly (M.S.W. ‘64), received his D.S.W. from Catholic University in 1971 and joined the VCU School of Social Work faculty in 1973, serving as the B.S.W. Program director and later as an associate professor. He retired in 1992 as an emeriti faculty member. He authored multiple articles and influenced many social work students in their studies and careers. Beverly was deeply committed to the principles of the school’s curriculum and social justice issues, specifically civil rights. 

M.S.W. Dennis Foundation Scholarship

The Dennis Foundation established this fund to provide assistance to a full-time M.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.

Emmett W. Cocke, Jr. Scholarship

This fund was established in 2000 through gifts from Pace Memorial United Methodist Church in memory of the Rev. Emmett W. Cocke Jr. who served as pastor of Pace and as the United Methodist campus minister at VCU from 1973-79. Cocke was deeply devoted to serving the poor and marginalized in society, and this scholarship provides aid to a full-time M.S.W. foundation or concentration student who demonstrates that same commitment.

Fostering Success Scholarship

Established in 2014 by VCU School of Social Work emerita faculty member, Marcia Harrigan (M.S.W. ’74, Ph.D. '89), the Fostering Success Scholarship provides tuition support to M.S.W. and B.S.W. students who have demonstrated understanding of the foster care system and commitment to pursuing a social work career related to positive youth development. 

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.

Dr. Green Just Research Award

Robert Green, Ph.D. (M.S.W. ’70), was a faculty member in the School of Social Work from 1975-2005 and was awarded the rank of professor emeritus upon his retirement. The purpose of this award, established by Green and his wife, Fran, is to support and encourage the continuing development of quantitative research knowledge and skills among full-time M.S.W. concentration-year social work students, specifically, a student who has completed, been waived from or is enrolled in SLWK 609 and has not completed his or her concentration year research requirement.

Martin S. Schwartz Scholarship

This fund was established in honor of Martin Schwartz, Ed.D., who taught in the School of Social Work from 1974-2000, and benefits a part-time M.S.W. concentration student who has a demonstrated interest in social work. As a faculty member, Schwartz was deeply committed to the clinical practice of social work and was an advocate for part-time students.

Mel C. Whipple Scholarship

Established by Mel C. Whipple (M.S.W. ’72), an alumna who maintained a successful private practice in the Richmond, Virginia, area, this scholarship supports a full- or part-time M.S.W. foundation or concentration student who exhibits a demonstrated understanding of the African-American culture and an interest in pursuing a career in clinical practice in mental health.

Rachel Wilkerson Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Rachel Wilkerson (B.S. ’39) through gifts from Patricia and William Wilkerson, this scholarship supports a full- or part-time M.S.W. foundation or concentration student who has an interest in the Certificate in Aging Studies program.

Rick and Brenda Faulkner Scholarship

The Rick and Brenda Faulkner Scholarship was established in 2015 through a pledge from the Faulkners. Rick Faulkner graduated in the class of 1973 and pursued a career in criminal justice. The fund supports undergraduate and graduate students in the VCU School of Social Work also interested in pursuing a career related to criminal justice.

Social Work Administration, Planning and Policy Practice Scholarship

Established by longtime macro faculty members Bob Peay (M.S.W. '74) and Bob Schneider, Ph.D., with subsequent support from alumni, faculty and friends of the VCU School of Social Work, this scholarship supports a full- or part-time M.S.W. SWAPPP concentration student with a demonstrated commitment to macro social work practice.

Thomas Carlton Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Thomas Carlton, D.S.W., a professor and former acting dean of the School of Social Work from 1973-92, with funds given by his family, friends and colleagues, along with a generous gift from the Virginia Organization of Health Care Social Workers, this scholarship supports a full- or part-time M.S.W. foundation or concentration student who demonstrates a commitment to practice in the health care field.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship

The Hearst Scholarship promotes and encourages social work practice specialization in the area of aging and supports full- and part-time M.S.W. students who are entering the concentration field the following fall or spring and who have applied to or been accepted into the Certificate in Aging Studies program at VCU.

VCU resources

Jessie Hibbs Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded, in conjunction with the VCU-MCV Women’s Club, to a female Virginia resident with dependent children who is enrolled in the M.S.W. or Ph.D. program.

Phi Kappa Phi

The VCU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi distributes $60,000 in awards and scholarships annually. The national Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s awards more than $700,000 each year through its grants and awards programs to outstanding students, Phi Kappa Phi members and chapters through the society’s various awards competitions.

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.

Judith Holm Memorial Student Award (American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work)

Sponsored by the Center for Clinical Social Work, the Judith Holm Memorial Student Award offers $2,000 cash prizes to concentration-year M.S.W. students who write the best papers demonstrating their mastery of the essentials of clinical social work and readiness to enter professional practice.

Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial M.S.W. Scholarship (NASW Foundation)

The Gosnell Scholarship was established through a bequest of Consuelo Gosnell, a social work practitioner who was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and died in Texas in 1987. Gosnell was a champion of civil and human rights and worked diligently to ameliorate conditions for critically underserved American Indians and Latinos in the Southwest. Gosnell practiced for many years in federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Hampton Roads Association of Social Workers Scholarship

The Hampton Roads Association of Social Workers offers a $1,500 scholarship to a student from Virginia pursuing graduate study in social work.

Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial M.S.W. Scholarship (NASW Foundation)

The Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial M.S.W. Scholarship is a memorial to Verne LaMarr Lyons, a social worker and NASW national staff member who died in 1989 while waiting for a heart transplant. Lyons committed his life to increasing awareness of pernicious health concerns affecting African-Americans, such as insufficient prenatal care, infant mortality, AIDS, cirrhosis and general life expectancy.