Public Administration and Social Services

Human services is an interdisciplinary field with the objective of meeting human needs through an applied knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. The process involves the study of social technologies (practice methods, models, and theories), service technologies (programs, organizations, and systems), and scientific innovations that are designed to ameliorate problems and enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and communities to improve the delivery of service with better coordination, accessibility and accountability. The mission of human services is to promote a practice that involves simultaneously working at all levels of society (whole-person approach) in the process of promoting the autonomy of individuals or groups, making informal or formal human services systems more efficient and effective, and advocating for positive social change within society.

Human services practitioners strive to advance the autonomy of service users through civic engagement, education, health promotion and social change at all levels of society. Practitioners also engage in advocating so human systems remain accessible, integrated, efficient and effective.

Human services academic programs can be readily found in colleges and universities, which award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. Human services programs exist in countries all around the world.

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Grand Canyon University

Four or more years; Private for profit; $16,401 average out-state tuition; $16,401 average in-state tuition

Kaplan University-Davenport Campus

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Southern New Hampshire University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $15,000 average out-state tuition; $15,000 average in-state tuition

California State University-Fullerton

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University of Phoenix-Arizona

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Purdue University Global

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Monroe College

Four or more years; Private for profit; $14,976 average out-state tuition; $14,976 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Public Administration and Social Services Majors

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Graduate Assistantships for Doctoral Students Scholarship - Nova SEU

Nova Southeastern University

$15,600 Varies See Details
 

Graduate Assistantships for Doctoral Students Scholarship - Nova SEU

Nova Southeastern University

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$15,600

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UNCF/CVS Health Foundation Health Care Careers Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

$10,000 May 31, 2024 See Details
 

UNCF/CVS Health Foundation Health Care Careers Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

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$10,000

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May 31, 2024
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Mike Pavco Scholarship

Allgire Foundation

Up to $7,500 May 31, 2024 See Details
 

Mike Pavco Scholarship

Allgire Foundation

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Up to $7,500

deadline

May 31, 2024
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Mat-Su Health Foundation Vocational Scholarship

Mat-Su Health Foundation

Up to $5,000 Varies See Details
 

Mat-Su Health Foundation Vocational Scholarship

Mat-Su Health Foundation

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Up to $5,000

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Feinstein Scholarship

Providence College

Up to $5,000 Varies See Details
 

Feinstein Scholarship

Providence College

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Up to $5,000

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APF Queen-Nellie Evans Scholarship

American Psychological Foundation (APF)

$4,000 January 31, 2025 See Details
 

APF Queen-Nellie Evans Scholarship

American Psychological Foundation (APF)

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$4,000

deadline

January 31, 2025
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WNC Racial Equity Mental Health Graduate School Fund

Full Circle Community Wellness

$3,500 July 12, 2024 See Details
 

WNC Racial Equity Mental Health Graduate School Fund

Full Circle Community Wellness

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$3,500

deadline

July 12, 2024
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Education and Human Service Part-Time Scholarship - Suffolk University

Suffolk University

$3,000 Varies See Details
 

Education and Human Service Part-Time Scholarship - Suffolk University

Suffolk University

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$3,000

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Peter Alberghini Memorial Scholarship

Orange County Community College, State University of New York

$2,500 July 19, 2024 See Details
 

Peter Alberghini Memorial Scholarship

Orange County Community College, State University of New York

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$2,500

deadline

July 19, 2024
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Prof. Morris R. Lewenstein Memorial Scholarship

San Francisco State University

$2,500 April 08, 2025 See Details
 

Prof. Morris R. Lewenstein Memorial Scholarship

San Francisco State University

award

$2,500

deadline

April 08, 2025
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