Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

This scholarship program is closed for the 2017-2018 academic year. If the grant is renewed by Congress for the 2018-2019 academic year, we will update with the correct information for Fall 2018 applicants as soon as it is available and the next cycle opens.

For students who are academically motivated, economically disadvantaged, and interested in social work, Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students can help you pursue your dreams.

The scholarship awards up to $21,000 per student, per year, with a maximum total of $42,000 in scholarship support. Open to new full-time students only, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups, the scholarship is for those who demonstrate financial need and are committed to working in primary care settings and medically underserved communities. The scholarship covers tuition costs only with no repayment required. Students who maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA may be eligible for a second grant of (up to) $21,000 for their second year of full-time MSW study. 

Economic Criteria

Low Income Levels Based On The 2017 Poverty Guidelines For The 48 Contiguous States And The District Of Columbia

Persons in family/household*

Income Level**



$24, 120

















For families with more than 8 persons, for each additional person, add $8,320


* Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms.
** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2016.


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant # T08HP30149 and titled Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (total award amount $598,826.00). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the US Government.

Note: The parental adjusted gross income will be used to determine a student‘s eligibility in all cases except in those cases where the student is considered independent by being at least 24 years old and has not been listed as a dependent on his or her parents‘ income tax for 3 or more years. In those cases, the students’ family adjusted gross income will be used instead of parental family income.


An applicant must be a citizen or national of the United States, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia. A student who is in this country on a student or visitor's visa is not eligible.


For more information about the Scholarship, reach out to:

Dr. Annecy Baez, Associate Professor
Program Director
Touro College Graduate School of Social Work
27 West 23rd Street, 5th Floor Rm. 544
New York, NY 10010