Social work scholarships
The School of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno, offers scholarships to juniors, seniors and graduate students admitted to the social work program.
Social work scholarship applications
To be considered for any institutional scholarship including departmental scholarships, continuing University of Nevada, Reno students must complete the scholarship application in MyNEVADA 2.0. The scholarship application can be found under supplemental forms in MyNEVADA 2.0.
Social work scholarship eligibility
Students are not eligible candidates for School of Social Work scholarships without a scholarship application on file.
To be eligible for consideration for scholarships which require financial need, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include federal school code 002568 (University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV).
Students not eligible to complete the FAFSA (such as international students or students with DACA status), may contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to complete the Financial Aid Calculation for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students form.
University scholarships for social work students
John Gancarek Scholarship
The John Gancarek Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate social work student with an interest to work within child welfare or juvenile justice. A minimum GPA of 2.75 must be maintained, must have demonstrated need of financial aid.
Heather Morsberger Memorial Scholarship
The Heather Morsberger Memorial Scholarship is available to undergraduate (junior or senior) and graduate students in social work with an emphasis in child abuse prevention or child abuse protection who can demonstrate a financial need. Eligible candidates must earn a minimum of 24 University of Nevada, Reno, undergraduate or 12 graduate credits per academic year (fall and spring semesters). Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative University of Nevada, Reno GPA for the duration of the award.
John and Louise Semenza Family Scholarship
The John and Louise Semenza Family Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate student who plans a career in practice within public agencies that serve special needs populations. Eligible candidates must earn a minimum of 24 undergraduate or 12 graduate University of Nevada, Reno credits per academic year (fall and spring semesters) and maintain full-time enrollment each semester.
Alicia Smalley Scholarship
Eligible candidates must be baccalaureate seniors in their final year or master's degree students in Social Work. Candidates must also have financial need. Recipients must earn a minimum of 24 undergraduate or 18 graduate University of Nevada, Reno credits per academic year (fall and spring semester) and maintain a minimum 2.75 UNR Grade Point Average (GPA) for the duration of the award. Preference will be given to a student that has an abiding interest in social justice and demonstrated financial need.
Kris Tower Scholarship
Eligible candidates must be admitted to the School of Social Work as an undergraduate or graduate student. Recipients must earn a minimum of 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate credits per academic year (fall and spring semesters) and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative University of Nevada, Reno GPA for the duration of the award. Preference will be given to a promising undergraduate or graduate student interested in working with persons with disabilities.
Barbara West Larsen Founders Scholarship
Eligible candidates must be admitted to the School of Social Work as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Other social work scholarship and fellowship programs
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
The AAUW awards over two million dollars annually in scholarships and grants for formal academic study, individual research, and community action projects to address education and equity for women and girls. Learn more about AAUW scholarships.
Cavanaugh Community Volunteer Award
All students who are active community volunteers are invited to apply for the $1,000 Cavanaugh Community Volunteer Award. Learn more about the Cavanaugh Community Volunteer Award.
Gosnell Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is for students whose area of concentration is serving Native-American and Hispanic populations. Learn more about the Gosnell Memorial Scholarship.
The Graham and Jean Sanford Center for Aging scholarship
This scholarship is offered to foster greater awareness of aging issues and encourage more students to pursue careers in gerontology and geriatrics. The new Sanford Scholarships provide $2,500 for undergraduates and $5,000 for graduate students. All interested applicants must be full-time students with demonstrated financial need. Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply if they have a 3.25 GPA; graduate students must have a 3.5 GPA. For more details, please see their website at: Sanford Center for Aging or contact the Sanford Center for Aging at (775) 784-1801.
Henry Albert Senior Public Service Award
These awards go to students who have distinguished themselves in public service, on or off campus, throughout their undergraduate college career. Nominations are due in March. The award is presented each year to no more than four graduating seniors at the "Honor the Best" ceremony in May. Each recipient will receive a $500 award. Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of nominees can be submitted by calling (775) 784-4177.
John Frederick Steinman Fellowship
This scholarship is available to individuals seeking advanced study in social work. Learn more about the John Frederick Steinman Fellowship.
Nevada Women's Fund (NWF)
NWF is a publicly supported community foundation established to raise and allocate monies to Nevada's women and children. The amounts to be awarded will range from $500 and up and may be used for academic study or vocational training. Learn more about the Nevada Womens Fund.
Graduate Student Association scholarships
The Graduate Student Association offers several scholarships for outstanding, full-time graduate students. These awards are based strictly upon academic involvement, scholarly merit, professional development, and community involvement during the applicant's tenure as a University of Nevada, Reno graduate student.
Soroptimist International of Truckee Meadows
The Soroptimist International of Truckee Meadows sponsors several scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities.
Verne LaMarr Lyons Scholarship
NASW has established a scholarship to honor the memory of Verne LaMarr Lyons. The scholarship will continue his interests in improving health care in African American communities through the training social workers. Priority will be given to a candidate who has demonstrated a commitment to working with or has an affinity with the black community. Learn more about the Verne LaMarr Lyons Scholarship.