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Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

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 beginning classes in Spring 2017, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups, the scholarship is for those who demonstrate financial need and are committed to working in underserved communities. The scholarship covers tuition costs only with no repayment required. Students who maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA will be eligible for a second grant of (up to) $21,000 for their second year of full-time MSW study. 


Applicants must meet the educational and economic criteria to be eligible to receive the scholarship, and recipients must maintain these criteria to continue receiving the scholarship.

Educational Criteria

You must meet the following educational requirements to be eligible for the scholarship:

    • Register for a minimum of 30 credits total for Fall and Spring semesters (and Summer, if necessary).
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.1 or above.
    • Good academic and field standing, with no violations and no incompletes, etc.
    • If selected, you must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA to continue receiving this scholarship.

Economic Criteria

The cost of attendance must constitute a severe financial hardship and you must meet the income guidelines as established by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as indicated in the table below.

Low Income Levels Based On The 2016 Poverty Guidelines For The 48 Contiguous States And The District Of Columbia

Persons in family/household*

Income Level**




















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 2015.



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


About the Grant

This scholarship is made possible by the Bureau of Health Workforce Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Program, which promotes diversity among the health professions by providing grants to eligible schools for use in awarding scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds that have demonstrated financial need and are enrolled full time in a social work program.  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 $630,000.00). 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.