Scholarship Opportunities

Merit Scholarships for On Campus & Hybrid Students

Fordham prides itself on offering our on-campus and hybrid students merit-based scholarship funding at the time of admission. These scholarships are not based only on your academic history but consider the quality of writing in your personal statement, relevant work and volunteer history, and the strength of your letter of recommendation. The best part is that you don't have to do anything extra to be considered for these scholarships. Full-time and part-time students are eligible. To learn more about our on-campus program options, click here

  • We currently offer the following tuition discounts* to full-time employees of the following organizations:

    The Jewish Board - 20% Tuition Discount

    Fordham Prep & St. Peter's Prep - 20% Tuition Discount

    New York Departments of Social Services - The following county DSS employees receive $800 Discount per 3-credit class

    • Nassau County DSS
    • Orange County DSS
    • Putnam County DSS
    • Rockland County DSS
    • Suffolk County DSS
    • Westchester County DSS

    Connecticut Department of Children & Families - $800 Discount per 3-credit class

    To learn more about eligibility, please reach out to us at [email protected].  

    *certain conditions may apply

    If interested in adding your organization to this list, please email Stephen McGowan, Associate Director of Admissions, at [email protected]


Additional Scholarships for On Campus & Hybrid Students

As a student at Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service (GSS), you have a multitude of scholarship opportunities to help financially aid your education. Please see below for a list of scholarships available to on campus social work students, along with the information you need to apply, earn your scholarship, and pursue your passion. 

  • The funding from this program comes from the Ann Walsh Scholarship fund. As a requirement of the scholarship, the student has to agree to work with the older person and their family specialization, have a field placement that includes a rotation into a second setting, and participate in professional development and other activities associated with the program. Students are not able to request consideration for this scholarship. They must be recommended by a member of the faculty.

  • The purpose of the Carol Frances Claire Scholarship is to support high-achieving students at the Graduate School of Social Service. The student must be currently enrolled and have a 3.0 GPA (full-time or part-time) students for whom affordability may be an obstacle. To be considered, email [email protected].

  • Merit based scholarship awarded on an annual basis for a student who work for a Catholic Charities organization. Formal applicication process will be sent out each year. 

  • (Fordham College Alumni – Undergraduate degree has to be from Fordham College, to be eligible.) This award was established by Genevieve Cunningham in memory of her brother Francis J. Connolly. She requested that the scholarship go to a student in the Graduate School of Social Service who is a graduate of Fordham College. Two students each receive a $2,000 award. The scholarship is based on financial need and academic achievement. Recipients are chosen, by Fordham’s Scholarship Committee, on the basis of an essay submitted to Jeff Asare by email [email protected] at the Graduate School of Social Service, Admissions Office by August 31. Your essay should be no more than 2 pages, describe what got you interested in the field of human service and the professional goals you wish to attain in a career in human service.

  • Awarded to students who have demondtrated high achievement in undergraduate studies and relocated to the tri-state area for school. Student's are awarded up to $1,000. For more information please email [email protected].

  • Merit based scholarship for current MSW students who have achieved high academic success and demonstrate high financial need. For more information please email [email protected].

  • The Rev. Msgr. John T. Fagan, Executive Director of Little Flower Children's Services of New York, established a scholarship in memory of his parents. The award recipient must be a Fordham University student studying and practicing in the field of Child Welfare services with one of the following organizations: 

    • Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
    • Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul
    • Sisters of Mercy
    • Sisters of St. Dominic
    • Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary
    • Brothers of Mary—Marianist
    • A Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Rockville Centre, or New York
    • Staff member of Little Flower Children's Services

    If you meet eligibility requirements for this award, please send a statement of your eligibility and child welfare experience to Jeff Asare at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service at Lincoln Center, during the month of August by email [email protected].

  • The NY Foundling Scholarship is awarded annually to current MSW student(s) who have achieved high academic success and are placed at a NY Foundling organization for their feild placement. The number of awarded students and amount varies from year to year. For more information please email [email protected].

  • Eligibility requires strong academic progress in the MSW program and an interest in mental health or health related social work. For more information please email [email protected].

  • Merit based scholarship for current MSW students who have achieved high academic success and demonstrate high financial need. For more information please email [email protected].

  • Applicants who are Latino/x/e and bilingual students with significant economic needs who are entering their 2nd or 3rd year pursuing a master’s degree in social work. Each student selected for a Latino Social Work Coalition Scholarship Fund receives from $500 to $1500 

    Applicants must agree to participate in the Core Mentorship Program. The program consists of attending one monthly Saturday mentorship session together with your cohort. 

    Link to apply.

    (Note that the scholarship is only for on campus students not online students)

  • Description in Progress

  • Merit based scholarship for current MSW students who have achieved high academic success, demonstrate high financial need and are committed to Palliative Care Work. For more information please visit the Palliative Care website

  • Merit based scholarship for current MSW students who have achieved high academic success and are interested in working with older adults. For more information please email [email protected].

  • Merit based scholarship for current MSW students who have achieved high academic success and demonstrate high financial need. For more information please email [email protected].

  • Merit-based scholarship for current MSW students who have achieved high academic success and work for the city of New York. Awarded to no more than five students per year and covers 30% of tuition. For more information, please email [email protected].

  • The partnership between Highbridge Community Life Center, Fordham University & United Parcel Service. Recipients selected by late August / Early September. Funds can be used to support students working in other Bronx agencies. Preferably, students are placed at East Side Settlement House or any Catholic Social Service agency in the Bronx. The Director of Field is to choose the recipients. The student has to file a FASFA indicating Financial need. The Award is given to students with the greatest financial need. 4 Students are selected to receive $6,000 each (award split over Fall and Spring semesters)

Scholarships Open to All MSW Students

The following scholarships are not restricted based on your campus location to the best of our knowledge. The criteria for these scholarships are managed outside of GSS. Please refer to the website of the administering organization for the most up-to-date information related to eligibility and application process. 

National + International Scholarships

  • The American Board of Clinical  Social Work (ABCSW), Founded in 1987 is the national standard -setting organization focused on education, advocacy and credentialing for the profession of Clinical Social Work. ABCSW sets and promotes national practice standards, publishes positions statements, issues the Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social work (BCD) credentials for advanced clinical practice, clinical supervision, children/families practice and psychoanalysis, and maintains an online directory of certificants.

  • American Council of the Blind in partnership with other organizations and individuals offers educational scholarships ranging from $2,0000 to $7,5000 for entering freshman, undergraduate and graduate students and those attending technical college.  American Council of the Blind offers scholarships to blind students admitted to post secondary academic and vocational programs. Eligible applicants are US citizens or resident aliens who are legally blind in both eyes. 

    For more information visit

  • The mission of the American Association on Health and Disability is to contribute to national, state, and local efforts to promote health and wellness in people with disabilities and identify effective intervention strategies that reduce health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population. AAHD accomplishes its mission through research, education, and advocacy at the national, state, and community level.

    Established in 2009, the AAHD Scholarship Program supports students with disabilities pursuing higher education. Preference is given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in the field of public health, health promotion, disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research. Royalties from the DHJO and private donations fund the AAHD Scholarship Program.

    Scholarships will be limited to under $1,000 and will be awarded in January.

    To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled full time as an undergraduate school (freshman or beyond) or be enrolled part- or full time in a graduate school, have a documented disability, and be able to provide documentation of their disability. (Applicants who have not yet graduated from high school will not be considered.) In addition, applicants must be a citizen of the United States or a legal resident living in the U.S. and enrolled in an accredited U.S. university. Preference will be given to students majoring in public health, disability studies, disability research, health promotion, or a field related to disability and health. Visit: Sonia Wadhwani, MA Coordinator El Puente/The Bridge Programs Office: 201-792-8455

  • are available to women who are in the early stages of academic studies in order to re-enter the work force, change careers, or advance their current careers. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, have earned a bachelor's degree, and have received their last degree before June 30, 1992. Special consideration is given to qualified AAUW members, women of color, women pursuing their first terminal degree, and women pursuing degrees in nontraditional fields. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation, and dependent care. Awards range from $2,000–12,000. For information and to apply


  • for full-time graduate or post-graduate study or research in the US and other countries are awarded to women who are not citizens or permanent residents of the US. Applicants must hold the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree, earned before December 1, 1996. Applicants are judged on their professional potential and importance of their studies to their country of origin. Preference will be given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women through civic, community, or professional work. Upon completion of their studies, International Fellows must return to their home countries and pursue professional careers. Interested students should visit the official website to access the online application and for detailed updated information on this scholarship/fellowship.

  • Was established to support educational opportunities for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students. For more information on scholarships in general, visit Call 1-866-866-8642 (toll-free) or Email [email protected]
  • provides financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and support in obtaining undergraduate, graduate, and  professional degrees. Partnering with Tribes, federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships. Native Forward Scholars awards range from $250 to $5,000 based on unmet need. For application deadline and more information, contact AIGC, 4520 Montgomery Blvd. N.E., Suite 1-B, Albuquerque, NM 87109, tel. 505-881-4584.

  • Caring for Others Foundation is dedicated to supporting and empowering social workers who are dedicating their lives to care for others. We strive to help lessen the financial burden of pursuing their degrees in Social Work. Our scholarship program was founded in 2022 and we are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our second year. The scholarship amount is $1,000. We encourage all eligible students to apply.

    To be eligible for our scholarship, students must:

    ● Be enrolled in a CSWE Accredited Bachelor, Master, or Doctorate of Social Work program,

    ● Be located in the United States,

    ● Be in their second quarter/semester or beyond at the time of application,

    ● Have earned a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale,

    ● Have an interest in directly serving a vulnerable population in your community or in advocating for policy and legislative changes, and

    ● Demonstrate Financial need.  

    The application is available here

  • Offers scholarships to outstanding students who display academic excellence and early signs of leadership and a commitment to social justice 
  • offers scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate study. Some awards are only offered to members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. For additional information and an application, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., National Educational Foundation, 1734 New Hampshire Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20009, tel. 202-387-3103.
  • awards a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (a) legally blind and (b) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. In addition to these restrictions, some scholarships have been further restricted by the donor.
    To apply for a scholarship, contact Cayte Mendez National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Committee, 200 East Wells St, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, tel. 410-659-9314 ext 2415.
  • has a variety of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students of Italian descent; awards range from $1,000 to $2,000. To request an application, please contact NIAF Scholarship Committee, 1860 Nineteenth Street N.W., Washington, DC 20009, tel. 202-387-0600. 

  • provides scholarships to women who are citizens of all countries except the US and/or Canada. Recipients must promise to carry out graduate studies in US and/or Canada, and to return to own country to pursue career. A maximum award of $5,000 can only be renewed twice. For information, write to PEO Executive Office, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312.

NASW + CSWE Scholarships

  • are available to students from ethnic groups of color (African-American, American Indian, Asian-American, Mexican-American, and Puerto Rican) who are in their last year of study for a social work degree in a baccalaureate or master's degree program accredited by CSWE. Two $500 scholarships are available. For more information visit, click on Program/Services and then MFP/Scholarships. CSWE, 1701 Duke St., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314, tel. 703-683-8080; fax 703-683-8099.

  • offers funds to students enrolled in a MSW program and maintaining a 3.0 GPA. Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to working with, or who have a special affinity with, American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations, or in public and voluntary nonprofit agency settings. To request an application, contact NASW, Gosnell Memorial Scholarship Fund, 750 First Street N.E., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20002-4241, tel. 202 336-8298 or visit

  • provides financial assistance to students committed to working with African-American communities, especially those interested in improving health care in African-American communities. For application deadline and more information, contact NASW Research and Education Fund, Verne Lyons Scholarship Committee, 750 First Street, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20002, tel. 1-800-638-8799, ext. 298 or visit

  • The Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Committee of the New York City Chapter of the NASW is pleased to offer two scholarships for politically minded social work students. The David Roth Scholarship is for first year students, the Miriam Dinerman Scholarship is for second year students, and both are at the graduate level. The amount of each scholarship is $500. Scholarship winners will also be given a one year free membership or renewal of membership in NASW. 50 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10004. Applications and instructions can be accessed by emailing [email protected]

Named Scholarships + Awards

  • $2,000 cash prize for each of the best five papers demonstrating the author’s mastery of the essentials of clinical social work and readiness to enter professional practice. Deadline: February 19. Address: 27 Congress St. #211 Salem, MA 01970 tel. (800) 694-5285 [email protected]

  • is available to baccalaureate or master's level students who are interested in the promotion of political social work practice. The application process involves the following: (a) a two-page proposal including a fact sheet with personal information (name, address, social security #), and a one-page narrative summarizing the applicant's learning objectives in field placement, academic preparation, and career interest in the area of political social work; (b) academic transcript; (c) letter from university's field department confirming arrangements for the practicum; (d) two letters of reference. Completed applications should be mailed to Toby Weismiller ACSW, Political Affairs Office, National Association of Social Workers, 7981 Eastern Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

  • aids students primarily through educational loans at no interest (there are no scholarships, grants, or gifts awarded). Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited institution for the upcoming school year, and must be a US citizen. Interested students should go to to apply. PO Box 507 Crownsville , MD 21032-0507. Tel. 410-923-9123 Fax 410-923-9124 Contact Edward Robinson, [email protected]

  • provides $1,000 fellowships to permanent residents of NY state and citizens of the US, who demonstrate evidence of scholastic ability and financial need. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must currently be registered in full-time graduate studies, and within two years of completing studies in an advanced graduate degree program at an accredited New York State college or university. Qualified candidates may go to the Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund web site: Click on Fellowships (award year). Fill out the application online and send it directly to the email address below or download and print out the 6 pages and mail, fax, or email them with the required documentation by the receipt deadline of February 28th each year. Cynthia B. Gillmore, GLEF Fellowship Chair, 802 S Melcher Street, P. O. Box 200, Johnstown, NY 12095-0200. Phone: (518) 762-8483, Fax: (518) 762-2279, Email: [email protected].

  • offers one or more fellowships to qualified persons seeking advanced study in several fields, including social case work. Selection will be made on the basis of scholastic record, personal qualifications, performance, and future promise. Fellowships will be awarded to those who have dedicated themselves to practicing their profession within Lancaster County, PA. Requests for applications and inquiries for further information should be addressed to The John Frederick Steinman Fellowship Fund Committee, M. Steven Weaver, Secretary, 8 West King Street, PO Box 1328, Lancaster, PA 17608- 1328.

  • offers scholarships to US citizens enrolled on a full-time basis. Awards are given to those under thirty pursuing a baccalaureate degree, and those under forty pursuing a graduate degree. For information, send a selfaddressed stamped envelope to the Leopold Schepp Foundation, 551 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3000, New York, NY 10176, tel. 212- 692-0191.

  • The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

    What is the Program and how many Fellowships for New Americans are offered? The Fellowships are grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. The recipients are chosen on a nationally competitive basis. Thirty Fellowships will be awarded each year.

    Who is eligible to become a Fellow? A New American is an individual who (1) is a resident alien, i.e., holds a Green Card; or, (2) has been naturalized as a US citizen, or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.

    The Program is open to individuals who retain loyalty and a sense of commitment to their country of origin as well as to the United States, but is intended to support individuals who will continue to regard the United States as their principal residence and focus of national identity.

    The applicant must either have a bachelor's degree or be in her/his final year of undergraduate study. Those who have a bachelor's degree may already be pursuing graduate study and may receive Fellowship support to continue that study. Individuals who are in the third, or subsequent, year of study in the same graduate program are not, however, eligible for this competition. Students who have received a master's degree in a program and are continuing for a doctoral degree in the same program are considered to have been in the same program from the time they began their work on their master's degree. To be eligible you must not be older than thirty years of age as of NOVEMBER 1.

    What are the criteria for selection? Candidates must demonstrate the relevance of graduate education to their long-term career goals and potential in enhancing their contributions to society. Fellowships are not solely awarded on the basis of academic record. The academic record is relevant as evidence of the candidate's ability to complete successfully a graduate degree program and it strengthens the demonstration of achieving the Program's specific criteria for selection.

    A successful candidate will give evidence of at least two of the following three attributes or criteria for selection: (1) creativity, originality, and initiative, demonstrated in any area of her/his life; (2) a capacity for accomplishment, demonstrated through activity that has required drive and sustained effort; and (3) a commitment to the values expressed in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The third criterion includes activity in support of human rights and the rule of law, in opposition to unwarranted encroachment on personal liberty, and in advancing the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.

    The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships For New Americans 400 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019 TEL: 212 547-6926 FAX: 212 548-4623 E-MAIL: [email protected] Website:

  • helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean countries to finance their higher education and achieve their educational and professional goals in universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans.

    • Supplementary aid of up to US $15,000 (for living expenses, tuition, or emergencies not covered by their principal source of finance).
    • Applications are accepted and reviewed year-round – there are no deadlines
    • Loans are granted for graduate and undergraduate studies.
    • Scholars, researchers, and professionals are also eligible to obtain funding for exchange programs and professional development courses lasting minimum one academic semester.
    • Easy access to loan application forms and instructions are on-line at:

    These highly subsidized loans are made with the understanding that upon completion of their studies, beneficiaries commit to repay the loan in full and return to their home countries to apply their knowledge and training to the economic and social advancement of the developing countries within the Americas. 1889 F St NW 6th Floor, Washing

  • provides financial assistance to African-American students who need aid as a supplement to financial aid grants, loans, and scholarships. The foundation also provides emergency grants to African-American students who need special assistance to remain in school. Grants range from $500 to $1,500. Applications must be received by the end of June prior to entering the academic program. Interested students are expected to submit supportive documents regarding financial need, character, scholastic, and extra-curricular achievements. For more information, contact The Ruth M. Batson Educational Foundation, 250 Cambridge Street, Suite 701, Boston, MA 02114.

  • Sponsor: Central Scholarship Bureau

    SYNOPSIS: The sponsor provides grants for bilingual students pursuing graduate degrees in social work or mental health fields. Strong preference will be given to Spanish speakers.

    Deadline(s): April 1 Established Date: 03/22/2010

    Address: 6 Park Center Court Suite #211 Owings Mills, MD 21117 U.S.A.

    E-mail: [email protected] 

    Tel: 855-276-0239 Fax: 410-415-5501

    DEADLINE NOTE Applications for the academic year opens January 1 and closes April 1.

    Award Type(s): Student Scholarship

    Citizenship/Country of Applying Institution: U.S.A. Citizenship (including U.S. Territories) U.S. Permanent Resident

    Locations Tenable: U.S.A. Institution (including U.S. Territories)

    Appl Type(s): Graduate Student

    ELIGIBILITY Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident. Applicants should have a GPA above 2.0 and a family income below $90,000 a year, or $66,000 a year for students pursuing career and technology training. One must be planning to attend an accredited United States college, university, community college or career school in the upcoming academic year. FUNDING Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. (msw)

New York + NYC-Based Scholarships

  • is seeking applicants who are fluent in Spanish, Chinese, or Haitian Creole. Applicants must possess (a) a BA degree; (b) have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above; (c) be a citizen or have permanent residency status; (d) proof of unconditional acceptance as a matriculated graduate student into an approved participating school social work program. Applicants must also pay a nonrefundable application fee of $30 to the New York City Board of Education, and demonstrate proficiency in English and one of the languages indicated above. Participants shall fulfill all requirements for and shall obtain state certification/Bilingual extension. In exchange for tuition assistance, students must accept employment (2–5 years) with the New York City public school system after graduation. The scholarships cover the full cost of tuition (excluding fees) and can be used for full or part-time matriculated study. Awards are made on a semester basis and are ongoing, depending on the availability of funds. Interested candidates can apply online at

  • The Edna Aimes Scholarship is awarded annually by the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS). It is named for Edna Gentry Aimes, who bequeathed funds to MHANYS for the scholarship in 1965. Ms. Aimes was a pioneer in mental health work in Columbia County. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage the education of individuals to assist in the prevention and treatment of mental illnesses, the promotion of mental health, and the empowerment of adults, children, and families whose lives have been affected by mental illnesses. MHANYS, 194 Washington Avenue, Suite 415, Albany, NY 12210, tel. 518-434-0439, E-mail: [email protected].,

  • is a public service organization dedicated to excellence in academic and cultural achievement. This scholarship is a one year award in the amount of $1,500. The Dr. Bessie L. Wright Scholarship has been established to help African-American women in need of financial assistance, who are pursuing careers in human service or ministry. Dr. Wright was a social worker and at the time of her death, she was pursuing a Master of Theology degree in pastoral care and counseling. Deadline for submission of application is March 15. Requests for applications and inquiries for further information should be addressed to North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter Scholarship, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., P.O. Box 3570 Grand Central Station, New York, NY 100163 or visit

  • offers scholarships to outstanding students preparing for careers in the Jewish communal sector, and they consider applicants who are pursuing the following degrees:

    • Clinical psychology
    • Jewish education
    • Nonprofit business administration or nonprofit management
    • Public administration
    • Rabbinic ordination
    • Social work

    To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must be studying in the New York area full-time, be United States citizens or permanent residents, and have an interest in working in New York’s Jewish communal sector. Scholarship recipients are required to intern within UJA-Federation of New York's network of agencies, area synagogues or day schools while receiving scholarship funds, and to work in those settings, here in the UJA-Federation of NY catchment area, for a minimum of two years after graduation. Scholarship recipients also participate in a number of educational seminars throughout the year to grapple with some of the key challenges facing the organized Jewish community.

    Students interested in applying can learn more and download the application on their website: Contact Sivan Kerem at [email protected]or 212.836.1661 with any questions.

  • the tuition support program administered by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) to meet the educational needs of New York State employees in the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (PS&T) Unit. Any questions relating to the PSTP Voucher Program can be addressed by contacting Shelia Brand, Phone: (518) 408-1889, Fax: (518) 474-8587, or Email [email protected].

  • are available to Westchester County residents pursuing graduate studies in social work or Public Health. The average annual award is $1,000. To receive an application , contact United Way of Westchester- Liset Reid at [email protected]. To learn more, click here: 

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

  • Two Award Cycles Each Year Deadlines June 1st and December 1st

    Grants for anyone attending a college or university worldwide

    Giva's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is for anyone attending a college or university worldwide. This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting undergraduate or graduate students further their education as well as expand their social responsibility and community service footprint in the world. There is no specific course of study or major required.

    Requirements Giva will award $1000 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who write thoughtful essays in answering the following questions:

    • How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations?
    • What are your career and personal goals and why?

    The essay needs to be between 600-1000 words, and must be received by Giva no later than June 1st or December 1st of each year. A current resume must also be included with the essay. Giva will choose the scholarship winners and will award the scholarships by August 15th and February 15th of each year. Students can only apply once in any 12-month period.

    In addition to the scholarship winners will be entered into Giva's six-month Worldwide Community Ambassador essay program. Giva will provide a social media platform wherein subsequent essays written by the award winners will be published on the Giva website, as well as other social media. The essays will reflect the personal experiences, perspectives and aspirations of the winners in order to encourage and inspire others.

    Your educational institution must post this scholarship announcement on their public web site so that all students at your school have an opportunity to apply. If you found Giva's scholarship on another web site, please advise your school of our scholarship and ask them to please post it on their public web site. Otherwise, you will not be eligible.

    Essays may be competitively judged in a public forum and posted anonymously on Giva's public web site for judging so do not include private information in your essay or anything you do not want posted on the Internet.

    Eligibility & Applying All students, regardless of major, currently attending a college or university degree program either full or part-time are eligible and encouraged to apply. The candidate must be enrolled and active as a student already, not a high school student and not waiting to attend the college/university. The award is for school tuition so the scholarship check will be written out to the student's educational institution. Giva employees, family relatives and vendors are not eligible.

    In Giva's commitment to preserve our environment, we are only accepting electronic versions of the application. You must email your application, along with your essay and resume to Giva by the indicated deadline. Please see the application for emailing instructions. Click to download an application.

  • provides $2,000 stipends to NAACP members who are full-time graduate students. Applicants must be US citizens under the age of 25. To request an application, write to Dr. Beverly P. Cole, Director of Education, NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215, tel. 410-358-8900.

  • offers scholarships to Americans of Japanese ancestry who are a JACL member, or a dependent of a JACL member. To receive a brochure and application, send a #10 size, self-addressed stamped envelope to Japanese American Citizens League, Graduate Awards, National Scholarship Committee, 1765 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, tel. 415-921-5225 fax.415-931-4671.

  • offers tuition grants to master's level students who are interested in a full-time career at a Jewish Community Center. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better, demonstrate leadership potential, have a Jewish background, and be enrolled in one of the following master's programs: social work, Jewish communal studies, physical education, early childhood education, cultural arts, or other degree program relevant to a career in a Center. Recipients can receive grants up to $10,000 per year for a two-year period. The Gans Scholarship does require a connection to the Capital District of New York. Candidates must satisfy one of the following requirements: a. Present resident of the Capital District for a minimum of one year; or b. A prior resident who has made significant contribution to the Capital District Jewish community who has moved away to participate in Jewish community work or to pursue his or her education. For more information and an application visit and click on scholarships.

  • Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are awards for full-time and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State. Eligible Veterans – Eligible students are those who are New York State residents discharged under honorable conditions from the U.S. Armed forces and who are:

    • Vietnam Veterans who served in Indochina between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
    • Persian Gulf Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf on or after August 2, 1990.
    • Afghanistan Veterans who served in Afghanistan during hostilities on or after September 11, 2001.
    • Veterans of the armed forces of the United States who served in hostilities that occurred after February 28, 1961 as evidenced by receipt of an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal or a Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal.

    Questions regarding eligible service or how to document service should be directed to the HESC Scholarship Unit at 1-888-697-4372.

  • provides scholarships to graduate level students who are motivated by spiritual values. Awards range from $2,000 to $4,000. Interested students should apply between December and February of academic year prior to entering the program. Application deadline is February 1. Send application requests to The Roothbert Fund, Inc., 475 Riverside Drive, Rm. 1830, New York, NY 10015, Web page:, Email: [email protected] tel. 212-870-3116.

Loan Forgiveness Programs

  • The Licensed Social Worker Loan Forgiveness Program is being offered to increase the number of licensed social workers working in critical human service areas in the following fields: health, mental health, substance abuse, aging, HIV/AIDS and child welfare or communities with multilingual needs. The maximum award under this program will be $26,000.00 or the applicant’s eligible student loan indebtedness at the time they apply, whichever is less. Contact: 1-888-697-4372

  • will repay student loans to eligible applicants in exchange for their employment in shortage area positions. To qualify, students must meet eligibility requirements. For more specific information.

  • To learn more about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, click here.

  • Corps members are required to practice full-time for at least two years in a NHSC-approved site. Approved sites are located across the country in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Corps members are required to engage in full-time clinical practice of the profession for which they were awarded a NHSC loan repayment award, at their approved site. Many types of health care facilities are NHSC-approved sites. About half of Corps members serve in federally-supported health centers. Other approved sites are rural and Indian Health Service clinics, public health department clinics, hospitalaffiliated primary care practices, managed care networks, prisons, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sites.

  • These volunteer organizations offer federal Stafford loan forgiveness:

    AmeriCorps: Serve for 12 months and receive up to $7,400 in stipends, plus $4,725 to be used towards your loan. Call 1-800- 942-2677.

    Peace Corps: Volunteers may apply for deferment of Stafford, Perkins and consolidation loans and partial cancellation of Perkins Loans (15% for each year of service). Volunteers make a real difference in the lives of real people with two years of service in more than 70 developing countries. Contact the Peace Corps at 1111 20th St., NW, Washington, DC 20526 or call 1- 800-424-8580 or 1-202-692-1845.

    Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA): Volunteer with private, non-profit groups that help eradicate hunger, homelessness, poverty and illiteracy. Provide 1700 hours of service and receive $4725. Call 1-800-942-2677 or 1-202-606-5000.

    Military Stafford Loan Forgiveness Students who are in the Army National Guard may be eligible for their Student Loan Repayment Program, which offers up to $10,000. (Note, the military and veterans' associations provide many scholarships and tuition assistance programs. See the section on Military Aid for details.) This practice is comparable for federal Stafford loan forgiveness.

Financial Aid Websites

The following are financial aid Web sites. Students are encouraged to research these sites to pursue scholarships, grants, and fellowships.