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

Created in 2012 by the VCU School of Social Work for full-or part-time upper-level B.S.W. or M.S.W student to help fulfill the need for more bilingual social workers. This fund supports students with Spanish-language proficiency, as well as cultural sensitivity and competence, and a deep understanding of Latino communities. Must have a current or upcoming field placement with agency that works directly with Latino communities and demonstrated financial need as determined by VCU Office of Financial Aid.

The Frank and Pat Baskind Gift-Giving Fund for Students with Special Needs

Established in 2010, The Frank and Patricia Baskind Gift-Giving Scholarship for Students with Special Needs awarded to part- and full-time B.S.W., M.S.W. or Ph.D. students who have "special needs," broadly defined to include students who are working parents returning to school, health emergencies, facing extreme financial hardships or 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 supports full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a career related to criminal justice.

Fostering Success Scholarship

Established in 2014, The Fostering Success Scholarship provides tuition support for full- or part-time Bachelor of Social Work (upper-level) or Master of Social Work (area of specialization) program students who have demonstrated an understanding of the foster care systems and a commitment to pursuing a social work career related to positive child/youth/family development. The student must demonstrate financial need as determined by VCU Office of Financial Aid.

Hurtado Family Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2009, The Hurtado Family Endowed Scholarship supports students who demonstrate potential success and leadership in the profession. The Hurtado Scholarship is awarded to full-time B.S.W., M.S.W. or Ph.D. students based on academic performance (2.0 minimum cumulative GPA), future career potential, and leadership skills. Preference given to single parents first, then U.S. veterans, and finally U.S. citizens who would not qualify for other scholarships based on GPA.

Pamela Nystrom Memorial Fund

Established in 2003, The Pamela B. Nystrom Memorial Scholarship Fund supports full- or part-time, upper-level B.S.W. students with demonstrated need and minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Rita Schleuter Memorial Scholarship

The Rita Schleuter Memorial Scholarship is awarded to incoming, meritorious, full-time freshmen with a demonstrated knowledge of the African American culture and interest in pursuing a career in clinical social work. The scholarship is renewable for three years provided the student remains in good academic standing.

Cesare and Ida Sclarandis Scholarship

This scholarship, for full- or part-time B.S.W. and M.S.W. students, was established in 2007 to support the Community Service Alliance initiative within the School of Social Work through scholarship opportunities, student internship opportunities, or the purchase of materials for CSA related projects. This scholarship has a goal to culturally enrich learning experiences that will enhance future social work careers in the multidisciplinary area of cultural and systemic issues, including health, education, development, and domestic and global learning opportunities. Culturally enriching learning experiences include, but are not limited to: domestic and international service trips and study abroad opportunities.

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.