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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

Assistantships are competitive, merit-based awards and available for Advanced Standing, full-time, out-of-state and international students. They 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.

Fellowships and Scholarships

The College of Social Work awards several fellowships and scholarships each year to students demonstrating academic achievement and financial need. Applications open each June and are due in late July. 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.

All 2019-2020 MSW fellowship and scholarship applications are closed. Awards will be announced in early August.  

Established in 2014 by the College of Social Work staff, two $500 awards assist an out-of-state MSW student who has demonstrated a commitment to serving vulnerable populations and improving the social well-being of communities.

Established by the college’s faculty and staff in honor of Dean Emeritus Anna Scheyett.

Two $1,000 awards support students with financial need who are interested in pursuing a social work career to help populations that struggle with financial insecurity. 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?

Two $500 awards support MSW students whose academic and career focus is providing mental health service to youth and families. Preference will be given to students in the part-time program in Charleston, students residing in or natives of the Pee Dee region or Charleston County, and students who are members of the National Association of Social Workers.

  • Applicants must be admitted to the MSW program. Advanced standing, full-time and part-time students are welcome to apply prior to their foundation or advanced year.

Four $500 awards support MSW students with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to students coming from traditionally underrepresented populations.

  • Applicants must be admitted to the MSW program. Advanced standing, full-time and part-time students are welcome to apply prior to their foundation or advanced year.

Two $500 awards assist graduate students based on financial need, with severe family situations that have proved difficult for the applicants to  advance their education.

  • Applicants must be admitted to the Ph.D. or MSW program. Advanced standing, full-time and part-time MSW students are welcome to 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.

Two $500 awards will assist disabled students in the MSW or Ph.D. programs.

  • Applicants must be admitted to the Ph.D. or MSW program. Advanced standing, full-time and part-time MSW students are welcome to apply prior to their foundation or advanced year.

  • Applicants must have a documented disability and be registered with the Student Disability Resource Center.

One $1,000 award to financially assist an MSW student with a field placement in the Upstate region of South Carolina.

  • Applicants must be admitted to the MSW program. Advanced standing, full-time and part-time MSW students are welcome to 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.

Two $1,000 awards support full-time MSW students in their foundation year. Students should possess superior undergraduate academic performance and demonstrate financial need.

  • Applicants must be admitted to the MSW program as full-time students.

Four $1,000 awards recognize outstanding academic performance, leadership and social work practice.

  • 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.

Two $500 scholarships to assist students who demonstrate financial need.  Preference will be given to students who have an interest in affecting positive social change around social justice issues and actively involved with the I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice at the time of applying.

Involvement can include the following:

  • Attending social media dialogues

  • College student group engagement in social justice-related activities with the community

  • Social justice film and dialogue meetings

  • Working with student groups at other local universities on social justice-related activities. 

Two $500 fellowships to assist upper division BSW students from underrepresented populations who will pursue a career in child welfare.

One $500 award 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. The goal of the fellowship is to further the diversity mission and to enhance the multicultural makeup of the student population. 

  • Applicants must be full-time or part-time Advanced Standing, foundation or advanced year MSW student with high academic standing, and a single custodial parent with a demonstrated financial need.

Two $2,500 awards for deserving graduate students. The funds support 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 demostrate financial need.

External Resources

Several national social work organizations provide graduate education financial support

 


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