Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

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The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students is available only for new students entering the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work for the first time in the fall or spring semesters. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis. This scholarship is now open for the 2019-20 academic year. Applications are now being accepted.

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

This scholarship is only available for new students entering the school for the first time in the Fall 2018 semester. The scholarship will cover at least 50% of educational costs.  We are very interested in reviewing the candidacy of outstanding students with a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA preferred, particularly those from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups, who demonstrate financial need and are interested in working in primary care settings and medically underserved communities. The scholarship covers educational costs only with no repayment required. Students who maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA may be eligible for a second grant for their second year of full-time MSW study. 

For more information about the HRSA program please contact Annecy Baez, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director, Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students at (212) 463-0400 ext. 5815 or

Economic Criteria

Low Income Levels Based On The 2018 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 $8,640

* Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms.
** Adjusted gross income for calendar year 2017.


Applicants may also apply on the basis of being Educationally/environmentally disadvantaged: an individual comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession. Examples may include:

  • The individual comes from a family that receives public assistance (e.g., Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, Medicaid, and/or public housing).

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T08HP30149, Title VII, Section 737 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 293a), as amended by Section 5402 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub.L.111148) Section 737 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 293a) for the grant amount of $630,0000. 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 U.S. 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
320 West 31st Street
New York, NY 10001