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College of Social Work


Scholarships and Financial Aid

The College of Social Work is committed to helping you realize your educational goals. We offer numerous scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to make the Master of Social Work program within your financial reach.

The University of South Carolina offers many financial tools and resources for your graduate studies. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships can help you evaluate costs and determine available financial aid resources, and The Graduate School also provides guidance on funding and fellowship opportunities.

The College of Social Work also offers financial support to graduate students through assistantships and scholarships.

 

Graduate and Research Assistantships

You are eligible to apply for a graduate or research assistantship if you are pursuing an MSW as a full-time or advanced standing student. The competitive positions are awarded based on academic achievement and merit. In-state students selected for a graduate assistantship receive a stipend. Out-of-state and international students' tuition will be reduced to the in-state rate.

 

Scholarships and Fellowships

The College of Social Work awards several fellowships and scholarships each year. Applications open each June and are due in late July. Receiving a fellowship may impact your total financial aid package, including loans.

Staff Fellowship Award

The SFA was established in 2014 by the College of Social Work staff to assist an out-of-state MSW student who has demonstrated a commitment to serving vulnerable populations and improving the social well-being of communities.

  • One (1) $1,000 award
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, admitted to the MSW program and not be receiving a graduate assistantship.
  • Award criteria: academic achievement (minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0), application and essay
Anna Scheyett Pay It Forward Fellowship

The Anna Scheyett Pay It Forward Fellowship was established by College of Social Work faculty and staff in honor of former Dean Anna Scheyett to support a BSW or MSW student with financial need who has an interest in serving populations struggling with financial insecurity.

  • One (1) $1,000 award
  • Applicants must be admitted to the BSW or MSW degree program and demonstrate financial need
  • Award criteria: Applicants must answer the question: "When you are an established professional, what are ways in which you will 'pay it forward' and support future social work students?"
Sarah and Sallie Campbell Youth and Family Fund

The Sarah and Sallie Campbell Youth and Family Fund supports an MSW student whose academic and career focus is providing mental health service to youth and families.

  • Two (2) $500 awards
  • Applicants must be admitted to the MSW program. Advanced standing, full-time and part-time students are welcome to apply. Applicants may apply prior to their foundation or advanced year.
  • Preference will be given to students in the part-time program in Charleston, students who reside in or are natives of the Pee Dee region or Charleston County and students who are members of the National Association of Social Workers.
Dorothea Crouch Kemp Fellowship

The Dorothea Crouch Kemp Fellowship fund supports a permanent clinical social work fellowship for deserving graduate students in the MSW program. The fellowship was created to support students unable to attend the program without financial assistance.

  • Two (2) $2,500 awards
  • Applicants must have overcome one or more major challenges in their life and demonstrate financial need.
Mike and Debra DuBose Scholarship

The Mike and Debra DuBose Scholarship fund was established to support MSW students with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to students coming from traditionally underrepresented populations.

  • Two (2) $500 awards
  • Applicants must be admitted to the MSW program. Advanced standing, full-time and part-time students are welcome to apply. Applicants may apply prior to their foundation or advanced year.
Charles L. Gheen Jr. Fellowship

The Charles L. Gheen Jr. Fellowship was established to assist graduate students with financial need, following severe family situations that have hindered their ability to advance their education.

  • One (1) $500 award
  • Applicants must be admitted to the Ph.D. or MSW program. Advanced standing, full-time and part-time MSW students are welcome to apply. Applicants may apply prior to their foundation or advanced year.
  • Award criteria: Applicants must explain how one or more severe family situations have made it difficult to pursue graduate education.
Margaret Gheen Hartzog Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Margaret Gheen Hartzog Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to assist disabled students in the MSW or Ph.D. programs.

  • Two (2) $500 awards
  • Applicants must be admitted to the Ph.D. or MSW program. Advanced standing, full-time and part-time MSW students are welcome to apply. Applicants may apply prior to their foundation or advanced year.
  • Applicants must have a documented disability and be registered with the Student Disability Resource Center.
Tanya & Tom Carter Social Work Fellowship

The Tanya and Tom Carter Social Work Fellowship was established to financially assist an MSW student with a field placement in the Upstate region of South Carolina.

  • One (1) $500 award
  • Applicants must be admitted to the MSW program. Advanced standing, full-time and part-time MSW students are welcome to apply. Applicants may apply prior to their foundation or advanced year.
  • Applicants must participate in a field placement in the Upstate during the academic year the fellowship is awarded.
Frank B. Raymond III Bicentennial Scholarship Fund

The Frank B. Raymond III Bicentennial Scholarship Fund supports full-time MSW students in their foundation year.

  • Two (2) $500 awards
  • Applicants must be admitted to the MSW program as full-time students.
  • Award criteria: Demonstrated superior undergraduate academic performance and financial need
Linda M. Summer Social Work Pioneer Fellowship

The Linda M. Summer Social Work Pioneer Fellowship was established to recognize outstanding academic performance, leadership and social work practice.

  • Six (6) $500 awards
  • Applicants must be Ph.D. or MSW program students. Advanced standing, full-time and part-time MSW students should apply prior to their advanced year.

Several national social work organizations also provide graduate education financial support, including the Council on Social Work Education and the National Association of Social Workers Foundation.