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. We also strongly encourage you to consider one of several stipend opportunities available through the School.
 
Eligibility and Application Process

New students will be awarded scholarships based upon academic merit and financial need as detailed in their application for admission. Those that apply by the priority deadline will be also offered the opportunity to apply for certain philanthropic and Dean’s Leadership scholarships. Electronic applications for these scholarships will be sent to students via email after the admissions deadline.

Current students will be offered the opportunity to apply for the next academic year’s scholarships each spring semester. International students and part-time students are eligible and strongly encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Programs Office will email instructions on the application process for all awards.

If you are a current/continuing student and would like information on how to apply for emergency aid, please complete the scholarship programs web contact form

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Scholarships 

 
In addition to MSW scholarships, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers many philanthropic awards that have a variety of specifications. Please click the arrow to see the details and eligibility requirements for each award.  

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Dean’s Leadership Scholarships

  • Dean’s Leadership Scholarship
    The school awards Dean's Leadership scholarships in the amount of $25,000 and sometimes higher for incoming full-time students with demonstrated leadership capacity and experience who plan to attend the University Park campus . All interested and eligible students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, with two or more years of human/social service and leadership experience. 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. Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission by the priority deadline.
  • Helen Phillips Levin Dean's Leadership Scholarship
    This $25,000 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 for this award must be admitted to and enroll in the two-year full-time program and hold a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 along with documented leadership experience in the world of human or social services. Candidates may be able to demonstrate leadership potential if they lack significant leadership experience. 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. Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission by the priority deadline.
  • Diversity Community Dean’s Leadership Scholarship
    This scholarship will be awarded to a student who has made significant contributions to the minority communities they serve (e.g., community organizers, leaders of prominent non-profit agencies, etc.). Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission by the priority deadline.
  • Diverse Social Entrepreneurship Dean’s Leadership Scholarship
    This scholarship will be awarded to students who have a demonstrated history of or clear aptitude for business/entrepreneurship based on ventures in the field of social work. Students will be required to select the Community, Organization, and Business Innovation department and complete field placements designed around this area of interest. Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission by the priority deadline.
  • Non-Traditional Social Work Dean’s Leadership Scholarship
    This scholarship will be awarded to students who have an interest in pursuing a non-traditional social work internship/career using their transferable skills in business environments that do not ordinarily hire social workers but see the value that MSWs bring to their work settings. Departments may include trust management, fund-raising, marketing, community relations/public affairs, corporate social responsibility, quality control, organizational effectiveness and operations. Students will be required to select the Community, Organization, and Business Innovation department and complete field placements designed around this area of interest. Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application for admission by the priority deadline.

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. Students attending our academic centers will receive awards named for their academic center. Prospective students are selected based upon their application for admission. Continuing students can apply using the email that will be sent in the spring semester.
  • Research Award
    This scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate a well-constructed plan for research that relates directly to research currently being conducted by our faculty. Continuing students can apply using the email that will be sent in the spring semester or by submitting a plan of research with faculty member approval to the scholarship programs office web contact form.
  • 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 City Year Scholarship is awarded to two incoming students each academic year, who have performed a year of service to underprivileged communities and demonstrate academic merit. Recipients are awarded $15,000 per academic year (one installment each semester) over two years for a total of $30,000. 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. 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 $12,000 award. 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. 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.
  • 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 or questions about veteran benefits, please contact vets@usc.edu.

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Philanthropic and Endowed Scholarships

  • Florence Crittenton Endowed Scholarship
    Ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 per academic year, this scholarship assists Florence Crittenton employees who are pursuing an MSW degree at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work with the cost of tuition and fees. 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. Prospective students can apply using the email that will be sent after submitting their application.
  • Los Amigos De La Humanidad Endowed Scholarship
    Ranging from $2,000 to $7,000 per academic year, this scholarship is awarded to Latin American/Hispanic students pursuing an MSW at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work with demonstrated academic achievement and financial need. 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 in the spring semester.
  • Frances Wu Endowed Scholarship
    Ranging from $2,000 to $6,000 per academic year, this scholarship is awarded to students who express a commitment to work within the Chinese elderly community. 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 in the spring semester.
  • Gary Sinise Endowed Scholarship
    Ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 per academic year, 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. These students’ primary focus will be a commitment to helping their fellow veterans by working with active duty service members, veterans and their families. 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 in the spring semester.
  • Barbara Solomon Endowed Scholarship
    Ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 per academic year, this scholarship is awarded to African-American students pursuing an MSW at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work with an expressed interest in working within the African-American community. 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 in the spring semester.
  • Matthew Holland Scholarship for Social Work
    This scholarship is awarded in conjunction with the USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association. The award ranges from $1,000 to $4,000 per academic year and will be 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.
  • John Bryant Scholarship
    The John Bryant Scholarship in Urban Social Development will provide annual scholarship to a deserving low-wealth young adult seeking an advanced degree.
  • Ahmanson Scholarship
    $5,000 - $10,000 awards supporting veterans to supplement costs not covered by entitlement benefits.
  • David Lawrence Stein Endowed Scholarship
    $5,000 - $10,000 awards for students studying mental health that are interested in working with emotionally disturbed children and their families.
  • Di Paola Family Scholarship
    Awards for outstanding students with a preference for those demonstrated financial need and academic merit.
  • HUC/Levin Scholarship
    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.
  • Mayr Latino Scholarship
    Awards for a Latino student who is a resident of the State of California with outstanding academic merit.
  • George Mayr Scholarship in Social Work
    Awards for students who are residents of the state of California deserving, needy and worthy of financial assistance
  • Meyer Endowed Scholarship
    Awarded to outstanding incoming students students with an interest in working with the foster case population. Scholarship is a two-year award and student must maintain 3.0 and plan to work with foster care population.
  • Nishimoto Endowed Scholarship
    Scholarship for Asian Pacific student who are pursuing an MSW degree in Social Work with a commitment to the Asian Pacific Islander community
  • Ostomel Endowed Scholarship
    Scholarship for outstanding 2nd year MSW students and to doctoral students nearing the completion of their degrees
  • Pamela & Mark Mischel Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
    Restricted to students pursuing a military social work specialization in the Masters of Social Work program, with a preference for a veteran or a spouse of a veteran.
  • Angelina A Ruggie Scholarship
    Scholarship for worthy and needy students foreign born student(s) with outstanding academic merit.
  • Marian & Jack Samuels Endowed Scholarship Fund
    Award to support outstanding students interested in the field of aging.
  • The Smith Meyer Scholars Fund
    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.
  • Smith Meyer and Meyer Foster Care alum
    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.
  • Smith Meyer and Meyer UFC Scholarships
    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.

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 School. Please use the links below to find more information including eligibility requirements, applications and deadlines.

Professional Organization and Foundation Resources

This is a partial listing of scholarship resources and scholarship funds available to social work and graduate-level students, some of which promote community building, social justice and other social work-related ideas. These are not administered by the School. Please use the links below to find more information including eligibility requirements, applications and deadlines.

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.