School of Social Work Ph.D. scholarships and aid

School of Social Work Scholarships

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.

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.

Hans S. Falck Scholarship

Eligibility: 

  • An up-to-date vita
  • A cover letter that describes their dissertation research, including a timeline for completion of the research, and discusses how the scholarship dollars will be used in the conduct of the research
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s dissertation chair that includes an assessment of the Ph.D. candidate’s progress toward the completion of the degree

Selection Criteria: 

  • Registered doctoral students who have completed all coursework requirements for the Ph.D. in Social Work at VCU
  • Successfully passed their comprehensive examinations
  • Actively engaged in conducting their dissertation research that seeks to advance knowledge about human health and community

The Hans S. Falck Scholarship was established in 2004 in honor of Dr. Hans S. Falck. Dr. Falck is an emeritus faculty member who is well-known nationally and internationally for his commitment to health social work and the development of the “membership perspective.”

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.

Robin M. McKinney Dissertation Honor Fund

Eligibility: 

  • A succinct summary that describes their dissertation research, including a timeline for completion of the research, and discusses how the scholarship dollars will be used in the conduct of the research
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s dissertation chair that includes an assessment of the Ph.D. candidate’s progress toward the completion of the degree
  • Current CV

Selection Criteria: 

  • Registered doctoral students who have completed all coursework requirements for the Ph.D. in Social Work at VCU
  • Successfully passed their comprehensive examinations
  • Actively engaged in conducting their dissertation research

The Robin M. McKinney Dissertation Honor Fund, originally called just the School of Social Work Dissertation Honor Fund, was renamed in memory of Robin Michele McKinney, a doctoral candidate who passed away unexpectedly in February 2010. McKinney was actively working on her dissertation, a project to help us better understand the disproportionate incidence and impact of intimate partner violence on African-American women.

The Robin M. McKinney Dissertation Honor Fund supports doctoral student research that strives to make a difference in the lives of people served by social workers and expand our knowledge base for developing and sustaining responsive client-centered human services and culturally relevant programs and services. Given to those whose research seeks to expose social injustices or advance social justice, or extend our appreciation of, and response to, the diversity of human experience.

Graduate research assistantships, university fellowships and tuition assistance

Graduate research assistantships, university fellowships and full- or partial-tuition assistance are available to most full-time Ph.D. students in their first four years. Some traineeships and scholarships are also available to full- and part-time students and are awarded based on availability and student qualifications and interests.

VCU Scholarships: Phi Kappa Phi

The School of Social work provides one $500 Phi Kappa Phi scholarship for the Ph.D. Program. All applicants who apply to the university’s Phi Kappa Phi scholarships are automatically considered for School of Social Work Phi Kappa Phi scholarship.