School of Social Work M.S.W. scholarships and assistantships

School of Social Work scholarships

Scholarship availability and application deadlines are announced by email to students via their VCU email address. 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 a 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.

Dr. David P. Beverly Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: 

  •  Full or part-time M.S.W. generalist or specialization student

Selection Criteria: 

  • Demonstrated commitment to community action and organization 
  • Preferred field placement in an agency where social action and policy skills may be developed
  • Achievement of academic success
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by VCU Office of Financial Aid

The Dr. David P. Beverly Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 by Sally Jo Beverly (B.S.W.’62, M.S.W.’64) and the Beverly Family to help VCU School of Social Work students focusing on community action and organization. Dr. David Beverly (M.S.W.’64/SW) joined the VCU School of Social Work faculty in 1973 and was deeply committed to the principles of the school's curriculum and social justice issues, specifically civil rights. 

Joanne Kerbs Caramancia Scholarship 

Eligibility

  • M.S.W. clinical specialization student

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrates a focus on helping children, adolescents and families

The Joanne Kerbs Caramanica Scholarship was established in 2017 by Joanne Kerbs Caramanica (M.S.W.’85/SW). 

Thomas Carlton Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • Full- or part-time M.S.W. generalist student who has completed at least one semester of the program or specialization student

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to practice in the health field
  • Achievement of academic success
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by VCU Office of Financial Aid

The Thomas Carlton Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Thomas Carlton, D.S.W., a professor and former acting dean of the School of Social Work from 1973-1992, with funds given by his family, friends, and colleagues, along with a generous gift from the Virginia Organization of Health Care Social Workers. 

Emmett W. Cocke, Jr. Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • Full-time M.S.W. generalist student who has completed at least one semester of the program or specialization student

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to serving the poor and marginalized in society
  • Achievement of academic success
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by VCU Office of Financial Aid

The Emmett W. Cocke, Jr. Scholarship was established in 2000 through gifts from Pace Memorial United Methodist Church in memory of Rev. Emmett W. Cocke Jr., who served as pastor of Pace and as the United Methodist campus minister at VCU from 1973-1979. Cocke was deeply devoted to serving the poor and marginalized in society.

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.

Anne Fischer Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full- or part-time M.S.W. generalist or specialization student

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated interest in clinical or casework, especially with families and children
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by VCU Office of Financial Aid

The Anne Fischer Scholarship was eEstablished through a gift from Anne Fischer (M.S.W. '47), a former caseworker with a long history of social work practice in the Richmond area.

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.

Kimberly K. Giancaspro Scholarship

Eligibility

  • M.S.W. student

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated interest in mental health advocacy and social justice
  • Specifically in areas of early intervention and prevention of childhood mental illness

The Kimberly Giancaspro Scholarship was established in 2016 by Kimberly Giancaspro (M.S.W.’98/SW) and Michael Giancaspro.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Social Workers in Aging

Eligibility:

  • Full- and part-time M.S.W. students who are entering the area of specialization the following fall or spring.
  • Applicants must have applied or been accepted into the Certificate in Aging Studies Program at VCU before applying to the Hearst Scholarship.
  • Only students accepted into the certificate program will be eligible to receive the scholarship.

Selection criteria

  • Demonstrated commitment to social work practice in the area of aging

The William Randolph Hearst Scholarship for Social Workers in Aging was established in 2009 by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

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.

Martin S. Schwartz Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Part-time M.S.W. specialization student

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated interest in clinical social work

The Martin Schwartz Scholarship was established in 2000 in honor of Martin Schwartz, Ed.D. Dr. Schwartz taught in the School of Social Work from 1974 to 2000. As a faculty member, Dr. Schwartz was deeply committed to the clinical practice of social work and was an advocate for part-time students.

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 is 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.

Social Work Administration, Planning and Policy Practice Scholarship 

Eligibility: 

  • Full- or part-time M.S.W. SWAPPP specialization student 

Selection Criteria 

  • Demonstrated commitment to macro social work practice

The School of Social Work Administration, Planning and Policy Practice Scholarship was established in 2004 by longtime macro faculty members Bob Peay (M.S.W.’74/SW) and Bob Schneider, Ph.D., with subsequent support from alumni, faculty and friends, of the VCU School of Social Work.

Mel C. Whipple Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-or part-time M.S.W. generalist or specialization student

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the African-American culture
  • Demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in clinical practice in mental health

The Mel C. Whipple Scholarship was established by Mel C. Whipple (M.S.W.’72/SW), an alumna who maintained a successful private practice in the Richmond, Virginia, area.

Rachel Wilkerson Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full- or part-time M.S.W. generalist student who has completed at least one semester of the program or specialization student

Selection Criteria:

  • Student with an interest in the Certificate in Aging Studies Program preferred
  • Achievement of academic success
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by VCU Office of Financial Aid

The Rachel Wilkerson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2010 in memory of Rachel Wilkerson (B.S.’39) through gifts from Patricia and William Wilkerson. Patricia is a past president of the VCU Foundation Board of Trustees.

School of Social Work Graduate Research Assistantships

Yearlong graduate research assistantship positions provide stipend and tuition assistance to incoming full-time M.S.W. students. These highly competitive positions include a rewarding and educational service component. Previous assistantships have provided students the opportunity to engage in faculty-led research and develop faculty mentoring relationships.