School of Social Work B.S.W. scholarships

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Scholarship availability and application deadlines are announced to enrolled students via their VCU email account. The scholarships offered by the School of Social Work vary from year to year.

Please log in to the VCU RAMS Scholarship Hub to find out which scholarships are being offered this year. The scholarship hub is a centralized, searchable database where students can view the many scholarship opportunities available to them and offered across VCU. The application process is streamlined so that currently enrolled students can apply for several scholarships using a single application, supplemented by answering additional award-specific questions. Please view detailed scholarship instructions.

Adelante Scholarship: Sirviendo la Comunidad Hispana

Eligibility:

  • Full-or part-time upper-level B.S.W. or M.S.W student
  • Spanish proficiency
  • Current or upcoming field placement with agency that works directly with Latino communities

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated Spanish proficiency
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity, cultural competence, and a deep understanding of the Latino community
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by VCU Office of Financial Aid

The Adelante Scholarship: Sirviendo la Comunidad was established in 2013 through an initial gift of $10,000 from Dr. Diane Bernard and friends of the VCU School of Social Work. The scholarship is supported by friends of the VCU School of Social Work.

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

Eligibility

  • Full-or part-time B.S.W., M.S.W. or Ph.D. student

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated dedication to pursuing social work degree while currently experiencing a challenging situation, including 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.

The Frank and Patricia Baskind Gift-Giving Scholarship for Students with Special Needs was established in 2010 through the generosity of Dr. Frank R. Baskind and his wife Patricia Baskind and their friends. Dr. Baskind served as Dean of the School of Social Work for 16 years.

Rick and Brenda Faulkner Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • Full- and part-time B.S.W. and M.S.W. students who are pursuing a career related to criminal justice

Selection criteria

  • The fund supports undergraduate and graduate students in the VCU School of Social Work pursuing a career related to criminal justice.

The Rick and Brenda Faulkner Scholarship was established in 2015 through a pledge from the Faulkners. Rick Faulkner graduated in the class of 1973 with a B.S.W. 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

Eligibility: 

  •  Full or part-time B.S.W. (upper-level)  or M.S.W. (area of specialization) student

Selection Criteria: 

  • Demonstrated sensitivity, competence and deep understanding of the experience of foster care youth 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the foster care system
  • Demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in positive child/youth/family development
  • Demonstrated potential for leadership in the profession 
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by VCU Office of Financial Aid

The Fostering Success Scholarship was established in 2014 by VCU School of Social Work emerita faculty member, Marcia Harrigan (M.S.W.’74/SW; Ph.D.’89/E). The scholarship is supported by friends of the VCU School of Social Work.

Hurtado Family Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • Full-time B.S.W., M.S.W. or Ph.D. student
  • 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA

 Selection Criteria:

  • Achievement of academic success
  • Demonstrated potential for success in the profession 
  • Demonstrated potential for leadership in the profession
  • 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

The Hurtado Family Endowed Scholarship was established through a pledge from Dianna (M.S.W.’90/SW) and Colonel (RET) Arthur D. Hurtado. Mr. Hurtado is a former Board of Visitors and School of Engineering Foundation Board Member.

Pamela B. Nystrom Memorial Scholarship Fund

Eligibility

  • Full- or part-time, upper-level B.S.W. student 
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA

Selection criteria:

  • Achievement of academic success
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by VCU Office of Financial Aid

The Pamela B. Nystrom Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 by friends and family in honor of Pamela B. Nystrom (B.S.W.’77/SW).

Rita Schleuter Memorial Scholarship in Social Work

Eligibility

  • 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.

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the African-American culture
  • Demonstrated commitment to social work practice with African-Americans
  • Achievement of academic success

The Rita Schleuter Memorial Scholarship in Social Work was established in 2000 by Joyce O. Beckett, Ph.D., professor emerita in the School of Social Work, with Subsequent support from other donors. The fund honors Rita Schlueter, an M.S.W. student and friend of Dr. Beckett.

Cesare and Ida Sclarandis Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full- or part-time B.S.W. or M.S.W. student

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated interest in cultural and systemic issues related to social work practice
  • Relevance of proposed culturally enriching learning experience to future social work career goals

The Cesare and Ida Sclarandis Scholarship was established in 2007 by alumna Aubrey Sclarandis (B.S.W.’08, M.S.W.’10) with help from her parents, Mario and Tina Sclarandis, and in honor of her grandparents, Cesare and Ida Sclarandis. The scholarship was created 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.

Judy M. Thomas “Dr. T” B.S.W. Scholarship

Eligibility: 

  • Junior or senior B.S.W. student
  • Demonstrated financial need

Selection Criteria: 

  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by VCU Office of Financial Aid 

The Judy M. Thomas “Dr. T.” B.S.W. Scholarship was established in 2019 with a gift from Drs. Judy Thomas and Scott Vrana. Dr. Thomas is a faculty member in the School of Social Work. 

Virginia Council on Social Welfare Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time, upper-level B.S.W. student; 
  • 2.7 minimum cumulative GPA 
  • Virginia residency required

Selection criteria:

  • Achievement of academic success
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by VCU Office of Financial Aid

The Virginia Council on Social Welfare Scholarship was established in 2010 through a gift from the Virginia Council of Social Welfare.