A social work degree is a valuable investment, but financing can be challenging. Use our list of social work scholarships to find one that might work for you.

As you make plans to pursue your MSW, you may wonder what funding options are available.  Tuition rates vary from school to school, and there are often differences between rates for online and campus-based programs.

Our Top Picks in Social Work Scholarships

Social Work Graduate Scholarships
Specialized and Minority Social Work Scholarships
Military Scholarships

Online Degrees Can Provide Additional Benefits and Savings

There are also several financial benefits to selecting an online MSW program, such as:

  • Zero commuting costs – no need to pay for gas, since there’s no commute to class
  • Fewer campus-based fees – many colleges lower the residential fees (such as a facility fee) for online students
  • Lower tuition – some schools offer a lower tuition rate for their online student population

You can also research private scholarships that could be applied to the cost of attendance.  In the social work field, scholarship opportunities are diverse.

CSWE Scholarships

CSWE also provides a number of funding opportunities for students and faculty members. More information about each of those funding opportunities is below along with links to application information and staff contact.

  • Minority Fellowship Program

    CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) opportunities support the mission of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to reduce the effects of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities by increasing racial/ethnic minority individuals who are trained to work with underrepresented and underserved persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

  • Scholars Program

    The CSWE Scholars Program is designed to provide both senior and junior scholars with the opportunity to work on research projects or programmatic initiatives of their choosing and in line with CSWE priorities. This Program is designed to provide senior scholars (faculty members) and junior scholars (such as doctoral students or individuals recently completing their doctoral dissertation) with the opportunity to work on projects and initiatives of interest to the scholar as well as to CSWE.

  • Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund

    The Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund was established by the CSWE Board of Directors in recognition of Carl A. Scott’s contributions to CSWE and the social work profession. The components of the Fund includes an annual lecture series given at the annual program meeting, a publication program, and scholarship assistance–two scholarships in the amount of $500 each are awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to work for equity and social justice in social work.

  • Katherine A. Kendall Institute International Fellowship Program

    The International Fellowship Program was developed to meet the goals of CSWE Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education to encourage and facilitate international partnerships among social work faculty worldwide and to promote international social work education and practice.