In addition to loan programs administered by the USC Financial Aid Office, we also encourage you to explore the following scholarship and loan forgiveness resources.
School of Social Work Scholarships
The USC School of Social Work offers supplemental financial assistance to students whose financial need cannot be adequately met through need-based loans. To apply for any of these school scholarships, please complete the Virtual Academic Center scholarship application at the time you apply for admission.
Virtual Academic Center Dean’s Leadership Scholarship
Scholarship awards of $23,000 for incoming full-time Virtual Academic Center students with demonstrated leadership capacity and experience. All interested and eligible students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, with two or more years of human/social service and leadership experience. Students will be considered based on the aforementioned criteria, leadership skills, experience and interests detailed in the resume and statement of purpose, as well as the overall quality of the admissions application. To apply for this scholarship, please complete the Virtual Academic Center Dean’s Leadership scholarship application at the time you apply for admission.
Virtual Academic Center Scholarship
Scholarships awarded to students enrolled in eight or more units with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Award amounts vary based upon need and academic merit.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Students eligible for the Post-911 G.I. Bill who meet the specified criteria can earn tuition awards of up to $20,000 through a matched scholarship program with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
City Year Scholarship
The City Year Scholarship is awarded to two incoming students each academic year who have performed a year of service to underprivileged communities and demonstrate academic merit. Recipients are awarded $15,000 per academic year (one installment each semester) over two years for a total of $30,000. The award will automatically renew for the second academic year as long as students remain in good academic standing and are enrolled in the two-year full-time program. For more information, please visit the City Year website.
University Scholarships and Fellowships
Many USC-affiliated organizations offer competitive scholarships to qualifying students who demonstrate merit, financial need, and campus and community involvement.
- Norman Topping Student Aid Fund
- USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Scholarship
- USC Black Alumni Association Scholarship
- USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association Scholarship
- USC Latino Alumni Association Scholarship
- Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award
- Town and Gown Scholarship for Students with Physical Disabilities
- Town and Gown Scholarships
- University Staff Club Graduate Scholarships
Professional Organization and Foundation Resources
This is a partial listing of scholarship funds available to social work and graduate-level students, some of which promote community building, social justice and other social work-related ideas.
- American Association of University Women
- Council on Social Work Education
- Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
- National Association of Social Workers Foundation
- The Point Foundation
Additionally, you should consult other financial aid sources through local libraries, online search engines, federal agencies, private foundations and organizations.