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, fellowships and scholarships.
Graduate and Research Assistantships
A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available for students. These assistantships provide a special tuition rate and a stipend in return for 10 hours of work per week under the direction of College of Social Work faculty and staff. To qualify for an assistantship, a student must be fully admitted to a degree program, maintain a 3.0 average, and enroll in at least six credit hours.
Fellowships and Scholarships
The College of Social Work awards several fellowships and scholarships each year to students demonstrating academic achievement and financial need. Receiving a fellowship may impact your total financial aid package, including loans. The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs specializes in providing students information on the application and interview processes for national competitions.
Fellowships and Scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year are now open. Please note the application deadline is April 16, 2021. Funding notifications will be sent via email on or before May 5. The criteria for each award is listed below. Please use the link to complete the application. Select the awards for which you would like to be considered at the top of the application.
The purpose of The Aiken Foundation Student Access Fund is to support the education of an underrepresented BSW or MSW student in need of additional financial resources to complete their field of study.
The Charles L. Gheen, Jr., Fellowship was established to assist students, based on financial need, with severe family situations that have proved difficult for the applicant to further their education.
The Frank B. Raymond, III Bicentennial Scholarship Fund supports Full-time Foundation Year MSW students. Students should possess superior undergraduate academic records and demonstrate financial need.
The Linda M. Summer Social Work Pioneer Fellowship was established to recognize outstanding academic performance, leadership and social work practice.
The Margaret Gheen Hartzog Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to assist disabled students in the MSW or Ph.D. programs. Students must have a documented disability and be registered with the Student Disability Resource Center.
The Mike and Debra DuBose Scholarship Fund was established to support MSW students with a demonstrated financial need, with preference given to students that come from traditionally underrepresented populations.
The Sarah and Sallie Campbell Youth and Family Fund supports an MSW student whose academic and career focus is the mental health application of social work and service to youth and families. Preference will be given to a student(s) in the Part-time program in Charleston, student(s) who lives in or is a native of the Pee Dee region or Charleston County, and a student(s) who is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
The Tanya and Tom Carter Social Work Fellowship was established to financially assist an MSW student with a field placement in the Upstate of South Carolina.
The Dr. Katrina E. Spigner Endowed Fellowship was established to assist single custodial parents who are MSW students facing the unique challenges specific to those who pursue their education while raising a family alone. Fellowships should further the diversity mission and to enhance the multi-cultural makeup of the student population.
The Agenora Adams von Lehe Endowed Fellowship was established to assist Upper Division BSW and MSW students from underrepresented populations that will pursue a career in child welfare.
The Dorothea Crouch Kemp Fellowship supports students who otherwise would not be able to attend the Master of Social Work program. Students must have overcome a major challenge(s) in life and demonstrate financial need.
The I. DeQuincey Newman Endowed Scholarship Fund for Peace and Social Justice was established to assist students who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to student(s) that have an interest in affecting positive social change around social justice issues and are actively involved with the I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice at the time of application. Involvement can include attending social media dialogues; college student group engagement in social justice-related activities with the community; social justice film and dialogue meetings; and working with student groups at other local universities on social justice-related activities.
- Financial need
- Male student