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B.S.W. scholarships

School of Social Work resources

Scholarship availability and application deadlines are announced to enrolled students via their VCU email account.

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.

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.

B.S.W. Dennis Foundation Scholarship

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

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.

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. 

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.

Pamela Nystrom Memorial Fund

Established by friends and family in honor of Pamela Nystrom (B.S.W. ’77), this fund provides need-based financial assistance to a full- or part-time, upper-level B.S.W. student.

Rita Schleuter Memorial Scholarship

Established by Joyce O. Beckett, Ph.D., professor emerita in the School of Social Work, with subsequent support from other donors, this scholarship benefits a full- or part-time, upper-level B.S.W. student with demonstrated understanding of the African-American culture and a demonstrated commitment to social work practice with African-Americans.

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.

Virginia Council on Social Welfare Scholarship

This scholarship, established through a gift from the Virginia Council on Social Welfare, provides need-based aid to a full-time, upper-level B.S.W. student who is a Virginia resident.

VCU resources

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

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Study Abroad Grant

Fifty $1,000 study abroad grants are awarded each academic year to support students who are seeking knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.

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.