Additional M.S.W. scholarships and aid

VCU Scholarships: Phi Kappa Phi

Susan E. Kennedy Graduate Scholarship
School of Social Work PKP Scholarship
VCU PKP Scholarships

The Susan E. Kennedy Graduate Scholarship is a university wide scholarship of $3,000. It is awarded to a graduate student who works to advance the presence of women in higher education and has a 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA . Each academic unit with graduate programs may nominate one student.

The School of Social work provides one $500 Phi Kappa Phi scholarship for the M.S.W. 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.

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 $600,000 each year through its grants and awards programs to outstanding students, Phi Kappa Phi members and chapters through the society’s various awards competitions.

VCU Scholarship

Jessie Hibbs/Marion Waller Graduate Scholarship

The Jessie Hibbs/Marion Waller Scholarship is a university wide scholarship of $1,000 awarded by VCU-MCV Women’s Club. It is awarded to a female M.S.W. student with dependent child(ren) who demonstrates dedication to pursuing a social work degree. Each academic unit may nominate an undergraduate, graduate and/or professional student.

State and National Resources

The Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications

Sponsored by the American Legacy Foundation, the Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship offers $5,000 prizes to full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a 3.0 GPA that provide evidence of community service in an economically or socially disadvantaged community and/or setting.

Child Welfare Employee Education and Assistance Program

The Virginia Department of Social Services’ (VDSS) Child Welfare Employee Education Assistance Program (CWEEAP) offers funding and specialized child welfare training to selected full-time local department of social services (LDSS) staff who are enrolled in a part-time MSW program. The CWEEAP is aimed at supporting LDSS employees who are committed to working in public child welfare in foster care/adoption following graduation. Contact the VDSS State Coordinator for more information or to request application materials at

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

The Davis-Putter Scholarship is available for students working for social change and who actively participate in the struggle for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity, and/or other progressive issues. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for this $10,000 scholarship.

Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial M.S.W. Scholarship (NASW Foundation)

The Gosnell Scholarship was established through a bequest of Consuelo Gosnell, a social work practitioner who was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and died in Texas in 1987. Gosnell was a champion of civil and human rights and worked diligently to ameliorate conditions for critically underserved American Indians and Latinos in the Southwest. Gosnell practiced for many years in federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Hampton Roads Association of Social Workers Scholarship

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation offers scholarships to students from Virginia pursuing graduate study in social work.

Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial M.S.W. Scholarship (NASW Foundation)

The Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial M.S.W. Scholarship is a memorial to Verne LaMarr Lyons, a social worker and NASW national staff member who died in 1989 while waiting for a heart transplant. Lyons committed his life to increasing awareness of pernicious health concerns affecting African-Americans, such as insufficient prenatal care, infant mortality, AIDS, cirrhosis and general life expectancy.

The National Association of Black Social Workers Scholarships

The National Association of Social Workers foundation administers multiple scholarships to students earning their master’s degree in social work. Candidates must demonstrate an interest in working in, or have experience working in, a health or mental health clinic that serves African-American communities. Eligibility and award amounts vary depending on the scholarship.  

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Social Work
Academic Learning Commons
1000 Floyd Avenue, Third Floor
Box 842027
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2027

Phone: (804) 828-1030
Fax: (804) 828-0716
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