Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers multiple scholarships based on financial need, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities.
 
Scholarships do not have to be repaid and are awarded in varying amounts to students who meet special qualifications outlined by a selection committee or donor. Unless otherwise indicated, all scholarships and merit awards can only be used towards tuition expenses.
 
Eligibility and Application Process
New students will be awarded scholarships based upon academic merit and financial need as detailed in their application for admission. No additional application is required for merit scholarship consideration.

Applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply for the Dean’s Leadership Scholarship and Philanthropic and Endowed Scholarships. Electronic applications for these scholarships will be sent to students via email after submitting their application for admission. This will enable you to be considered for and apply to various scholarships offered through the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
 
Current students will be offered the opportunity to apply for the next academic year’s scholarships each summer, prior to the start of the fall term. The Scholarship Programs Office will email new scholarship applications to all current students.
 
International students are eligible for all departmental scholarships and strongly encouraged to apply.
 
Notification of Scholarship Award
New students will be notified of merit-based scholarship awards with their admission decision. Current and continuing students will be notified by email if selected as a scholarship recipient. We do not send notifications to unsuccessful scholarship applicants.
 
Please note, scholarship awards may be impacted due to a change in program length or a leave of absence. We encourage you to submit a scholarship web contact form to confirm how your award may be impacted.

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Scholarships
You may meet the qualifications for several MSW merit scholarships but can only be awarded one. If awarded a DLS scholarship, you are not eligible for other MSW departmental merit awards offered at the time of admission.
 

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Dean’s Leadership Scholarships
  • Dean’s Leadership Scholarship
    The school awards Dean's Leadership scholarships for incoming full-time students with demonstrated leadership capacity and experience who plan to attend the University Park campus.  The award will automatically renew for the second academic year as long as students remain in good academic standing and are enrolled in the two-year full-time program.
    • Annual amount: $25,000
    • Eligibility: Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, with two or more years of human/social service and leadership experience.
    • Selection criteria: Consideration will be based on GPA; the Dean's Leadership Scholarship application; and leadership skills, experience and interests highlighted in the resume and Statement of Purpose, as well as the overall quality of the admissions application.
    • Application Process: Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. Continuing students are not eligible to apply.
  • Helen Phillips Levin Dean's Leadership Scholarship
    This scholarship is awarded each academic year to one incoming disabled student who, while living with some form of disability, possesses both exceptional academic ability and proven leadership experience. Candidates may be able to demonstrate leadership potential if they lack significant leadership experience.  The award will automatically renew for the second academic year as long as students remain in good academic standing and are enrolled in the two-year full-time program.

    • Annual amount: $25,000
    • Eligibility: Candidates must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 along with documented leadership experience in the world of human or social services.
    • Selection criteria: Consideration will be based on GPA; the Dean's Leadership Scholarship application; and leadership skills, experience and interests highlighted in the resume and Statement of Purpose, as well as the overall quality of the admissions application.
    • Application Process: Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. Continuing students are not eligible to apply.

 

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Scholarships
  • MSW Scholarship
    Recipients of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s MSW Scholarship, which is based upon financial need and academic merit, are selected by a committee of reviewers, faculty, and staff. 
    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: Candidates for this award must be admitted to and enroll in the on ground program located at the University Park Campus. Students enrolled in the VAC program should refer to the scholarship webpage for online students.
    • Selection criteria: Consideration will be based upon academic merit and financial need as detailed in their application for admission.
    • Application Process: Prospective students are selected based upon their application for admission. Continuing students can apply using the email that will be sent prior to the start of the new fall term.
  • City Year Scholarship
    USC is a proud member of City Year's University Partnerships program. Our partnership can also be referred to as City Year National Service Scholars program. The award will automatically renew for the second academic year as long as students remain in good academic standing and are enrolled in the two-year full-time program.

    • Annual amount: $15,000 (Recipients are awarded $7,500 per semester for a total of $30,000.)
    • Eligibility: Awarded to two incoming students each academic year, who have performed a year of service to underprivileged communities through the City Year-Give a Year program and demonstrate academic merit.
    • Selection criteria: For more information, please visit the City Year website.
    • Application Process: For more information, please visit the City Year website.
  • McNair Scholars Award
    Documented McNair Scholars who are admitted to the program will be eligible to apply for this award.

    • Annual amount: $12,000
    • Eligibility: Candidates must be a McNair Scholar.
    • Selection criteria: Consideration will be based on GPA; the Dean's Leadership Scholarship application; and leadership skills, experience and interests highlighted in the resume and Statement of Purpose, as well as the overall quality of the admissions application.
    • Application Process: Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission by the priority deadline. If additional awards are available, students who submit by the general application deadline will be offered the opportunity to apply.
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
    Students eligible for the Post-911 G.I. Bill who meet the specified criteria can earn tuition awards of up to $20,000 through a matched scholarship program with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Yellow Ribbon is distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    For more information about receiving Yellow Ribbon or other VA Benefits, please contact the VA office at vets@usc.edu. Please note, the scholarship office is not responsible for the selection of yellow ribbon recipients.

 

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Philanthropic and Endowed Scholarships
Especially meaningful, these scholarships are established by individuals who care deeply about the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and its students.
Students can receive a philanthropic and endowed award in addition to a MSW departmental merit scholarship, should they be eligible. Scholarships are awarded to students who meet the criteria specific to each fund. Unless otherwise indicated, renewal of these awards is not guaranteed and students may be required to reapply each academic year.
Please click the arrow to see the details and eligibility requirements for each award. 
 
  • Florence Crittenton Endowed Scholarship - *1st year students, only
    This scholarship assists Florence Crittenton employees who are pursuing an MSW degree at the USC School of USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work with the cost of tuition and fees.
    • Annual amount: Ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 per academic year
    • Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must have been employed by one of the Florence Crittenton agencies for a minimum of one year on a full-time basis and be pursuing their MSW in the Children, Youth, and Families department.
    • Application process: Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. Continuing students are not eligible to apply.
  • Los Amigos De La Humanidad Endowed Scholarship - *1st year students, only

    • Annual amount: Ranging from $2,000 to $7,000 per academic year
    • Eligibility: This scholarship is awarded to Latin American/Hispanic students pursuing an MSW at the USC School of USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work with demonstrated academic achievement and financial need.
    • Application Process: Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. Continuing students are not eligible to apply.
  • Frances Wu Endowed Scholarship - *1st year students, only

    • Annual amount: Ranging from $2,000 to $6,000 per academic year.
    • Eligibility: This scholarship is awarded to students who express a commitment to work within the Chinese elderly community.
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. . Continuing students are not eligible to apply.
  • Gary Sinise Endowed Scholarship - *1st year students, only
    Students’ primary focus will be a commitment to helping their fellow veterans by working with active duty service members, veterans and their families.

    • Annual amount: Ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 per academic year.
    • Eligibility: This scholarship is awarded each academic year to MSW students who have served in the military, who have been wounded or disabled in military service, are the children or family members of a fallen service member or come from an active military family.
    • Application Process: Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. . Continuing students are not eligible to apply.
  • Barbara Solomon Endowed Scholarship - *1st year students, only

    • Annual amount: Ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 per academic year.
    • Eligibility: this scholarship is awarded to African-American students pursuing an MSW at the USC School of USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work with an expressed interest in working within the African-American community.
    • Application Process: Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. Continuing students are not eligible to apply.
  • Matthew Holland Scholarship for Social Work - *2ndt year students, only
    This scholarship is awarded in conjunction with the USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association.

    • Annual amount: The award ranges from $1,000 to $4,000 per academic year.
    • Eligibility: Offered to a select number of Current students  in the MSW program who have demonstrated a commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues through academic accomplishments, community involvement and/or other personal contributions. Recipients must be enrolled in at least eight units for each semester of the academic year.
    • Application Process: Continuing students can apply using the email that will be sent prior to the start of the new fall term.
  • John Bryant Scholarship - *1st year students, only

    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: The John Bryant Scholarship in Urban Social Development will provide annual scholarship to a deserving low-wealth young adult seeking an advanced degree.
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. Continuing students are not eligible to apply.
  • Ahmanson Scholarship - *1st year students, only
    Awards supporting veterans to supplement costs not covered by entitlement benefits.

    • Annual amount: $5,000 - $10,000
    • Eligibility: Veteran
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. Continuing students are not eligible to apply.
  • David Lawrence Stein Endowed Scholarship - *1st year students, only

    • Annual amount: $5,000 - $10,000
    • Eligibility: Awards for students studying mental health that are interested in working with emotionally disturbed children and their families.
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. Continuing students are not eligible to apply..
  • Di Paola Family Scholarship - *1st year students, only

    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: Awards for outstanding students with a preference for those demonstrated financial need and academic merit.
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. Continuing students are not eligible to apply.
  • HUC/Levin Scholarship - *1st year students, only

    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: Award for excellent and deserving MSW student whose field placement is in a Jewish agency; or who has demonstrated a commitment to working within the Jewish community.
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. Continuing students are not eligible to apply.
  • Mayr Latino Scholarship - *1st year students, only

    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: Awards for a Latino student who is a resident of the State of California with outstanding academic merit.
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. Continuing students are not eligible to apply.
  • George Mayr Scholarship in Social Work - *1st year students, only

    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: Awards for students who are residents of the state of California deserving, needy and worthy of financial assistance
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. Continuing students are not eligible to apply.
  • Meyer Endowed Scholarship- *1st year students, only
    Scholarship is a two-year award and student must maintain 3.0 and plan to work with foster care population.

    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: Awarded to outstanding incoming students students with an interest in working with the foster care population.
    • Application Process: Incoming students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission. . Continuing students are not eligible to apply.
  • Nishimoto Endowed Scholarship - *1std year students, only

    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: Scholarship for Asian Pacific student who are pursuing an MSW degree in USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work with a commitment to the Asian Pacific Islander community
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission.
  • Ostomel Endowed Scholarship -*2nd year students, only

    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: Scholarship for outstanding 2nd year MSW students and to doctoral students nearing the completion of their degrees
    • Application Process:  Continuing students can apply using the email that will be sent prior to the start of the new fall term.
  • Pamela & Mark Mischel Family Endowed Scholarship Fund

    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: Restricted to students pursuing a military Social Work specialization in the Masters of USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work program, with a preference for a veteran or a spouse of a veteran.
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application. Continuing students can apply using the email that will be sent prior to the start of the new fall term.
  • Angelina A Ruggie Scholarship

    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: Scholarship for worthy and needy students foreign born student(s) with outstanding academic merit.
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application. Continuing students can apply using the email that will be sent prior to the start of the new fall term.
  • Marian & Jack Samuels Endowed Scholarship Fund

    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: Award to support outstanding students interested in the field of aging.
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application. Continuing students can apply using the email that will be sent prior to the start of the new fall term.
  • The Smith Meyer Scholars Fund

    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: Fund provides financial scholarship assistance to former foster youth in pursuit of the MSW degree. You are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA. Additionally, students who have participated in United Friends of the Children programs will be given preference in the consideration of candidates.
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application. Continuing students can apply using the email that will be sent prior to the start of the new fall term.
  • Smith-Meyer and Meyer Foster Care alum

    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: Awards for full time, first year students who are alumni of the foster care system. Preference will be given to students who are residents of Los Angeles County with volunteer experience.
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application. Continuing students can apply using the email that will be sent prior to the start of the new fall term.
  • Smith-Meyer and Meyer UFC Scholarships

    • Annual amount: Varies
    • Eligibility: Exclusively scholarship support for a student who has been a participant in a United Friends of the Children transitional living program or college sponsorship or college readiness program.
    • Application Process:  Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application. Continuing students can apply using the email that will be sent prior to the start of the new fall term.

 

Emergency Scholarships
Students who face unforeseen circumstances can apply for an emergency scholarship. Students must be current/continuing students. This scholarship is not available to students entering their first semester. Emergency Scholarships can only be received one time in a student’s academic career at USC.
 
If you are a current/continuing student and would like information on how to apply for emergency aid, please submit a scholarship web contact form.

University Scholarships and Fellowships

Many USC-affiliated organizations offer competitive scholarships to qualifying students who demonstrate merit, financial need and campus and community involvement. These are not administered by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Scholarship Programs Office.

Please use the links below to find more information including eligibility requirements, applications and deadlines. All questions should be directed to the appropriate contacts, which can be found on the webpages below.

Professional Organization and Foundation Resources
 
This is a partial listing of scholarship resources and scholarship funds available to USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and graduate-level students. These are not administered by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Scholarship Programs Office.
Please use the links below to find more information including eligibility requirements, applications and deadlines. All questions should be directed to the appropriate contacts, which can be found on the webpages below.
Scholarship Search Engines

International Scholarship Search Engines

 
Professional Organizations and Foundations

Additionally, you should consult other financial aid sources through local libraries, online search engines, federal agencies, private foundations and organizations.

Additional Resources

Contact Us
Prospective students and applicants are encouraged to contact their admissions counselor regarding scholarships. Prospective students can contact admissions here. Applicants and admitted students can contact admissions here.

Incoming and continuing students are encouraged to submit a scholarship web contact form. This is the most efficient way to contact the scholarship programs office. Please note, we do our best to respond to all student inquiries within 2-3 business days.