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MSW Scholarship Support

We know how important scholarship support can be in making graduate school a possibility. The Brown School offers a range of scholarships to assist students with funding their degree. Brown School scholarships include a combination of merit and need-based awards that recognize the variety of strengths, experiences, endeavors, and personal histories our students offer. The admissions committee considers several factors in determining scholarship awards: financial need, academic achievement, leadership and service, professional accomplishments, contributions to family and community, and commitment to equity and social justice.

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.

All applicants wishing to be considered for Brown School scholarship support will receive an award. A supplemental scholarship form and a video interview are required; instructions will be issued after submitting the application for admission.

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. Deadlines are the same for both U.S. and international applicants.

MSW Scholarships

The majority of Brown School MSW scholarships are partial-tuition awards, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, to be allocated over the course of the program. A limited number of full-tuition awards are also awarded each year.

AmeriCorps Scholarship
Awarded to select incoming students who are AmeriCorps service corps members or alumni.

Bettie Schroth Johnson Scholarship in Social Service Management
Awarded to women entering the MSW program demonstrating leadership ability and career commitment to social service management and leadership.

Buder Foundation Scholarship
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 Scholarship
Awarded to select incoming students who are City Year service corps members or alumni.

Coro Fellows Scholarship
Awarded to select incoming students who are Coro Fellows Program alumni.

Danforth Urban Scholars Program Scholarship
Awarded to incoming MSW students with a demonstrated commitment to working with at-risk urban populations in the St. Louis region.

Next Move Scholarship
Awarded to outstanding non-traditional 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 Scholarship
Awarded to select Teach For America service corps members or alumni.

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship
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 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 admission application.