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MSW Scholarships

The Brown School offers a range of merit-based scholarships to students. In determining merit awards, the review committee will look holistically at a student's academic, professional and life experience. Among the things considered are: academic achievement, leadership experience, career accomplishments, contributions to family and community, experiences overcoming adversity, and commitment to social work practice.

Select scholarships are also available to students in partnership with a number of service corps programs—including Peace Corps, Teach For America, City Year, the Coro Fellows Program, and others.

A video interview may be required for merit-scholarship consideration. To receive priority consideration for admission and scholarship awards, please apply for admission by one of our priority deadlines: December 15 for early action or March 1 for regular decision. After these priority deadlines, scholarships will be awarded based on the availability of funds. Scholarship deadlines are the same for both U.S. and international students.

NOTE: If you are applying to the MSW/MPH dual-degree program, you may be eligible to receive both MSW and MPH scholarships.

MSW Merit-Based Scholarships

AmeriCorps Scholarships
Partial-tuition scholarships awarded to select incoming students who are AmeriCorps service corps members or alumni.

Bettie Schroth Johnson Scholarships in Social Service Management
Partial-tuition scholarships awarded to women entering the MSW program demonstrating leadership ability and career commitment to social service management and leadership.

Buder Foundation Scholarships
Full scholarships offered by the independent G.A. Jr., and Kathryn M. Buder Charitable Foundation, and awarded to outstanding American Indian/Alaska Native students. In addition, the Brown School’s Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies offers full- and partial-tuition scholarships for students who intend to practice social work in American Indian communities.

City Year Scholarships
Partial-tuition scholarships awarded to select incoming students who are City Year service corps members or alumni.

Coro Fellows Scholarships
Partial-tuition scholarships awarded to select incoming students who are Coro Fellows Program alumni.

Danforth Urban Scholars Program Scholarships
Partial-tuition scholarships awarded to incoming MSW students with a demonstrated commitment to working with at-risk urban populations in the St. Louis area.

Dean’s Scholarships
Partial-tuition scholarships awarded to incoming MSW students with strong potential for innovative leadership in social work.

Next Move Scholarships
Partial-tuition scholarships awarded to outstanding non-traditional incoming students returning to school or re-careering for social impact.

Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Scholarship
Offered by the Brown School in partnership with the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, and awarded to select outstanding returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Teach For America Scholarships
Partial-tuition scholarships awarded to select Teach For America service corps members or alumni.

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarships
Partial-tuition scholarships awarded to select incoming MSW students displaying a strong commitment to social justice and leadership potential in areas that serve to improve interracial relations.

Yellow Ribbon Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits
The Brown School is a full partner in the Yellow Ribbon Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefit. Learn more about how veterans can continue their service with a degree from the Brown School.

Brown School & Endowed Scholarships
A range of merit-based scholarships are awarded to MSW students who meet various criteria and have demonstrated commitments to social issues such as improving racial and ethnic relations, underserved minority populations, gerontology, health and mental health, gender issues, public policy, international social work, poverty and child welfare, and other social welfare topics.

Kahn Leadership Program for MSW/MPH Dual-Degree Students

The Kahn Leadership Program in Public Health and Social Work is an honors program for a small cohort of MSW/MPH dual-degree students. Kahn Scholars prepare for leadership in addressing complex challenges at the intersection of social and environmental risk. 

 Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, Kahn Scholars create and execute learning experiences designed to increase their capacity for collaboration, skill-building and leadership. In addition to receiving scholarship support, they participate in special events and programs as well as professional development opportunities. Students interested in applying for the Kahn Leadership Program may be asked to submit a supplemental essay; additional instructions will be available in the MSW program application.

Need-Based Scholarship

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to students who demonstrate the most significant financial need.  An additional application is required to apply to need-based scholarship. More information about the need-based process is available in the application to the MSW program.