The field of social work is a challenging one that requires students to earn at least a Bachelor’s degree, and sometimes a Masters’ degree, or even a Ph.D. to be eligible for most jobs. Obviously, this includes a sizeable amount of tuition as well, making it difficult for most students to manage their finances. Fortunately, there are several scholarships that can help reduce the financial burden:

Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $5,500

The Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship is awarded to those who have had experience with or show interest in health/ mental health practice, specifically in African American communities.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial membership is mandatory for all applicants.

The scholarship amount is the most generous of all, with up to 4 applicants being eligible for scholarships worth $5,500 of which $4,000 is disbursed directly to the University of the recipient, and the remaining amount is earmarked for the candidate’s leadership development and conference attendance.

Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship has been specially instituted for those students who are dedicated to serving the Hispanic-American, Native-American, and Native Alaskan communities.

To be considered for this $2,000 award, students must be enrolled in a recognized Masters in Social Work program. This scholarship is sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers and requires all applicants to be members of the association.

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship

Amount: $1,000—$8,000

This scholarship is available exclusively for Jewish undergraduate and postgraduate students.

A total amount of $50,000 is set aside for this purpose for those who are pursuing full-time courses—especially those with financial needs and pursuing careers in helping professions, based predominantly out of the metropolitan Chicago area. The scholarship amount is a generous $8,000 for every qualifying student.

Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust

Amount: $2,000—$5,000

The Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust aims to offer financial assistance to students of social work, nursing or medicine. Only applicants residing in New Hampshire and who have completed their FAFSA may apply for this scholarship.

The selection is merit-based. The awarded amount of between $2,000 and $5,000 is awarded to students after assessing their transcripts, recommendation letters, and essay.

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