Social Work

Social work is an academic discipline and profession that concerns itself with individuals, families, groups and communities in an effort to enhance health and social functioning and overall well-being. Social functioning refers to the way in which people perform their social roles, and the structural institutions that are provided to sustain them. Social work applies social sciences, such as sociology, psychology, political science, public health, community development, law, and economics, to engage with client systems, conduct assessments, and develop interventions to solve social and personal problems; and create social change. Social work practice is often divided into micro-work, which involves working directly with individuals or small groups; and macro-work, which involves working communities, and within social policy, to create change on a larger scale.

Social work developed in the 19th century, with roots in voluntary philanthropy and grassroots organizing. However, the act of responding to social needs have existed long before then, primarily from private charities, and religious organizations. The effects of the Industrial Revolution and the Great Depression placed pressure on social work to be a more defined discipline.

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Scholarships for Social Work Majors

Bullet name award deadline Link
 

Voyager Scholarship

Obama Foundation

Up to $50,000 June 14, 2022 See Details
 

Voyager Scholarship

Obama Foundation

award

Up to $50,000

deadline

June 14, 2022
See Details
 

Fischler Doctoral Fellowship

Nova Southeastern University

$30,000 Varies See Details
 

Fischler Doctoral Fellowship

Nova Southeastern University

award

$30,000

deadline

Varies
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Graduate Assistantships for Doctoral Students Scholarship - Nova SEU

Nova Southeastern University

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

Graduate Assistantships for Doctoral Students Scholarship - Nova SEU

Nova Southeastern University

award

$10,000

deadline

Varies
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Graduate College Fellowship (Social Work) - WMU

Western Michigan University

$8,000 Varies See Details
 

Graduate College Fellowship (Social Work) - WMU

Western Michigan University

award

$8,000

deadline

Varies
See Details
 

Timothy J. Penny Federal Public Service Fellowship

Minnesota State University Student Association

$5,000 Varies See Details
 

Timothy J. Penny Federal Public Service Fellowship

Minnesota State University Student Association

award

$5,000

deadline

Varies
See Details
 

Sono Osato Scholarship for Graduate Studies

Career Transitions for Dancers

$5,000 Varies See Details
 

Sono Osato Scholarship for Graduate Studies

Career Transitions for Dancers

award

$5,000

deadline

Varies
See Details
 

Feinstein Scholarship

Providence College

Up to $5,000 Varies See Details
 

Feinstein Scholarship

Providence College

award

Up to $5,000

deadline

Varies
See Details
 

Gordon Clark Powers Endowed Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

$4,605 February 15, 2023 See Details
 

Gordon Clark Powers Endowed Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

award

$4,605

deadline

February 15, 2023
See Details
 

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

award

$3,000

deadline

Varies
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Timothy J. Penny State Public Service Fellowship

Minnesota State University Student Association

$2,500 Varies See Details
 

Timothy J. Penny State Public Service Fellowship

Minnesota State University Student Association

award

$2,500

deadline

Varies
See Details