Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Maryland School of Social Work is proud to offer over $200,000 in scholarships to over 80 students each year.  We continually strive to increase the available resources for our students and the number of scholarships continues to grow. Please review the opportunities below.

Merit Scholarships
No Application Required

All newly admitted students are considered for merit awards as a result of applying to our program.  These merit awards require no further application: Students do not apply for Merit Scholarships. Instead, you will be contacted if selected, but please note that the selection process won't begin until spring. All recipients will be notified by the first week of June 2020.

Award Range: $2,000 to $10,000

  • Annual Fund Scholarship
  • Richard A. Batterton Scholarship for Social Justice and Public Policy
  • Jennie Bloom Scholarship
  • Board of Advisors Scholarship
  • Dorothy C. Boyce Scholarship in Gerontology
  • Barbara and Edward Brody Scholarship Fund
  • Professor Harry Chaiklin Scholarship
  • Pamela and John Corckran Scholarship Endowment
  • Margery Singer Dannenberg Scholarship Endowment for the Prevention of Domestic Family Violence
  • Nancy S. Dickinson Endowed Scholarship for Children and Families
  • Julie Drake Scholarship in Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Sylvia and James Earl Scholarship
  • Lois Blum Feinblatt Scholarship Endowment
  • Sloane M. Francis, MSW ’97 Memorial Scholarship
  • General Scholarship Fund
  • Deans Lily Gold and Jesse J. Harris Scholarship Fund
  • Myrna Davidov Goldberg and Dr. Morton Falk Goldberg Scholarship Endowment
  • Greif Family Scholarship Endowment
  • Lipitz Family Scholarship Honoring Alison Richman, MSW
  • Sylvia and Ephraim Lisansky Scholarship Endowment
  • Virginia Lane Magladery and Sarah Magladery Lamont Scholarship Fund
  • McCuan Family Scholarship Endowment
  • MedStar Health Scholarship
  • LaFrance Muldrow Memorial Scholarship Endowment
  • Jody Olsen Scholarship for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers
  • Barbara Gold Orman Scholarship in Clinical Social Work
  • Joy S. and Ronald D. Paul Scholarship at Shady Grove
  • Mimi Gibbs Piper Endowed Scholarship
  • Professor Leonard Press Scholarship in Clinical Social Work
  • Resnick-Sollins Gerontological Scholarship
  • Ellen Virginia Richardson Scholarship Fund
  • Alison and Arnold Richman Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Jane Baum Rodbell Scholarship Endowment
  • SunTrust Foundation Scholarship Endowment in Financial Social Work
  • Dean Ruth H. Young Scholarship Fund
  • Leontine Young Endowed Scholarship Fund


Research Assistant Scholars Program
By Invitation Only

Select students with experience/interest in research are invited to apply to the Research Fellowship.

Applications are reviewed and matches are made between each student and a faculty member’s research initiative.  These awards are awarded to 1st and 2nd year students.

Award Range: $6,250 to $7,750

Scholarships for Students Entering Their Advanced Year
These funds are only eligible for students entering their Advanced Year. Newly accepted students will not be considered for the following awards.

The Deadline for all Advanced Year Scholarships is Friday, April 23, 2021 by midnight. 

Camille Baudot Wheeler Scholarship for Policy Studies
A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student entering their advanced year with an abiding interest in policy studies.  

Jean M. Dockhorn and Anne P. Hahn Scholarship
A $2,000 award will be given to a student entering their advanced year who wishes to pursue further studies and gain experience in the following areas: hospital social work, a community health care organization or social work/public health.   

Julie and Erol Oktay Scholarship for Oncology Social Work
A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student entering their advanced year with a commitment to the field of oncology social work.  

Dr. Oliver C. Harris Scholarship for the Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence
A $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student entering their advanced year with an abiding interest in the prevention of intimate partner violence through the practice of social work.   

Sylvia Miller Nathanson Scholarship 
A $2,000 award will be given to a non-traditional student entering their advanced year. Non-traditional is defined in this case as meeting at least one of the following characteristics: delayed enrollment into postgraduate education; attends school part-time while working full time; has dependents other than a spouse; or is a single parent.

Bou Family International Scholarship
An annual scholarship of up to $5,000 is available to a second-year student with an interest in international affairs/service.  

The Brittani “Bri” Brunn Memorial Scholarship
This award will $2,000 to an Advanced MSW student pursuing or furthering a career with a clinical concentration in Behavioral Health. The recipient will be selected by a staff and faculty committee based on merit and financial need, as well as an essay describing their future behavioral health plans. Preference will be given to students that have an interest in suicide prevention.  

The Gwendolyn C. Lee Award for Innovative Practice by a Social Work Student
A $2,000 award will be given to a student entering their advanced year who has carried out a successful piece of innovative practice at their field instruction site with an organization, community, or on behalf of individuals.  

Terrie Alexander Memorial Scholarship
A $2,000 will be awarded to an Advanced MSW student pursuing a career in Substance Use Intervention or Prevention (preference is given to students in field placements at the Terrie Alexander Intensive Outpatient Clinic and/or Forensics Social Work {Defense Based}).  

Alumni Association Scholarship
Multiple scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded from the Alumni Association’s Scholarship Fund. These scholarships are for continuing students (going into a second year or the advanced curriculum in the fall 2021 semester) who have completed at least 15 credits at the School.  

Richard W. Friedman Scholarship for Juvenile Justice or Criminal Justice
A $2,000 scholarship will be given to a student entering their advanced year who plans to pursue a career in juvenile justice or criminal justice.  

The Woodside Foundation Scholarship in Financial Social Work
A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student entering their advanced year with a commitment to the field of financial social work.  

Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) Fellowships and Scholarships
SWCOS Scholarships are invitation-only for students referred to SWCOS from the Office of Field Education. For more information regarding SWCOS Field placement opportunities please contact: SWCOS, Assistant Director, Becky Davis E-mail:

2019-2020 Field Instruction Year
For more information regarding SWCOS opportunities please contact: SWCOS, Assistant Director,  Becky Davis
E-mail:, or 410.706.1880

Mark Battle Scholarship in Nonprofit Management:
One $2,000 scholarship is available for awarding to a student focused on non-profit management in a SWCOS Management and Community Organization placement during 2019-2020.

Paul Ephross Scholarship in Social Work with Groups:
One $2,000 scholarship is available for awarding to a student focused on working with groups in a SWCOS Clinical or Management and Community Organization placement during 2019-2020.

Betty and Leonard Golombek Scholarship:
One $4,000 scholarship is available to a Foundation student whose field internship is within the Social Work Community Outreach Service.

Sandra D. Hess Scholarships for Community Practice:
Two $5,000 scholarships will be available to two foundation students who are outstanding in Community Practice.

Stanley Wencour Scholarship in Community Organizing:
One $2,000 scholarship is available for awarding to a student focused on community organizing in a SWCOS Management and Community Organization placement during 2019-2020.

Susan Wolman Fellowships for Work with Children and Families:
For the 2019-2020 academic year, two fellowships are being offered at $3,000 each and will be awarded to Clinical Concentration students placed in SWCOS field sites who are working with children and families.

Behavioral Health Workforce Integration Service and Education (BHWISE)

The Behavioral Health Workforce Integration Service and Education (BHWISE) Fellowships are training programs for MSW students committed to providing behavioral health services to individuals from underserved populations. BHWISE Fellows will receive inter-professional educational opportunities, specialized seminars, focused coursework, and an educational stipend.

BHWISE Lifespan – Advanced year Fellowship with $10,000 stipend for students committed to providing behavioral health services to underserved individuals across the lifespan.

BHWISE-IOWA – Advance year Interprofessional  Fellowship with $10,000 stipend for students committed to providing behavioral health services in settings that provide evidence based treatment for Opioid Use Disorders. Social Work BHWISE-IOWA fellows will be placed in advanced field practicum sites with UMB psychiatric NP students and an addiction medicine fellow from UMSOM.

BHWISE-SUDIF –Two year Fellowship with $12,000 stipend for the Foundation year and $16,000 stipend for the Advanced year; participants contractually commit to providing integrated behavioral health services for two years post-graduation in a program providing direct clinical services to individuals impacted by substance use disorders.

To learn more about all BHWISE fellowships and the application process, please visit our webpage:

UMB Scholarship Opportunities

UMB offers a number of scholarships to students who demonstrate a strong ability to succeed through their academic achievements, community leadership, and service.

Visit Here for List of Scholarships Available Through UMB

Other Opportunities Not Administered Through the School of Social Work

Loan Forgiveness Program

Helping Social Workers With Student Loan Debt

CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)

The Minority Fellowship Program - Youth (MFP-Y) provides a monetary stipend, specialized training, mentorship, and other supports to direct practice focused social work master’s students who are committed to providing mental health services to at-risk children and youths in underserved minority communities. The program is targeted to, but not limited to, racial/ethnic minority students.

  • The 2018–2019 application cycle for CSWE's Master's Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is now closed.
  • Applicants for the 2018-2019 cycle were notified of their application status by September 2018; the fellowship year began on September 30, 2018.
  • If you would like to be alerted via e-mail when the 2019-2020 application cycle opens, please click here.

Who can be considered for this program?

The Master’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is a program designed to enhance the training of full-time, master’s-level, direct practice-focused social work students in their final year of study at a CSWE-accredited institution. Applicants must identify mental health and/or substance use disorder service delivery to racial/ethnic minority populations as their focus, and be committed to seeking employment in this field after graduation. Historically, the MFP master’s fellowship has also required that fellows specifically work with children, adolescents, and/or transition-aged youths. While this is still a target population for applicants to serve, it is no longer a requirement.
The purpose of this program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health-care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent master’s-level behavioral health professionals available to serve racial/ethnic minority populations.

See the How to Apply page for eligibility and other details.