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Scholarships and Financial Support

MSW Funding Opportunities | PhD Funding Opportunities | Assistantships | Nonprofit Leadership Alliance | UH Financial Aid

GCSW Financial Support

UH GCSW makes every effort to assist students in obtaining financial support for their graduate education. We offer a number of scholarships, stipend programs, assistantships and fellowships to students as funds are available. Any non-Texas resident who receives a scholarship of $1,000 or more will receive in-state (resident) tuition rates.


MSW Funding Opportunities

Agencies for Gerontology Intercultural Field Training (AGIFT) Fellowships, originally funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York City and also funded by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment in Gerontology Social Work Scholars Program, prepares graduate social work students for competent, culturally sensitive practice in gerontological social work. Fellowships are available during the semesters in which the student is enrolled in designated field practicum courses and placed in designated AGIFT agencies. Students will be selected for fellowships through a competitive application process administered by the Office of Field Education.  AGIFT Fellowships are awarded to MSW students who:
  • demonstrate commitment to gerontology as a field of practice.
  • are full-time students

Alvin N. London Scholarships are awarded each year to students who:

  • have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • are full-time students.
  • have a financial need.
  • are continuing students.
  • are enrolled in the JD/M.S.W. degree program.

Ann Parham Scholarship Endowment is awarded to students who:

  • have a financial need
  • Preference for students pursing Health and Behavioral Health or Political Social Work specializations and interest in working with clients affected by movement and tic disorders such as Tourettes and Parkinsons.

Barbara and Ernest Henley Endowment for Family Health Scholarships are awarded to MSW students who:

  • have a GRE score of no less than the top 25%.
  • are a second year M.S.W. student.
  • have a letter from their field instructor or from the GCSW field placement office detailing outstanding excellence in first year placement.
  • have first or second year placement in an agency where family treatment is emphasized and where health, broadly conceived, is part of the agency’s mission.

Barbara Winston Scholarship is awarded to MSW students who:

  • have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • are full-time students.
  • have a financial need.

Brenda K. Nesbitt Scholarships are awarded to female students who

  • are over 40 years old and returning to school seeking a degree at the GCSW.
  • Preference will be given to full-time students.

Applicants must submit an essay describing why they are pursuing a career in social work.

Catherine Tuong So Lam Memorial Scholarships are awarded to students who:

  • are Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) or M.S.W./Master of Public Health students.
  • are currently enrolled and in good standing with GCSW.
  • are pursuing a career as a social worker in the state of Texas.
  • demonstrate involvement in community or church service.
  • have a GPA of 3.25 or above.
  • are first generation college students.

Preference will be given to students who fit the criteria stated above and who are bi-lingual and speak either Vietnamese, Mandarin or both.

C.F. Reibenstein Endowment for Social Work Education Scholarships are awarded to MSW students who:

  • have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • are part-time students.
  • have a financial need.

*Charlotte Campbell Scholarships are awarded annually by the UH GCSW Alumni Association to continuing MSW students who:

  • have completed at least 28 semester credit hours.
  • have a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

This award is made by the GCSW Alumni Association and presented at the annual Social Work Awards Breakfast held in March.

Cheryl Lynn Vetter Memorial Scholarships are awarded to MSW students:

  • who have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Preference will be given to students who are pursuing clinical social work with an emphasis on mental health issues.

Child Welfare Education Project (CWEP) Stipends, are awarded to incoming and current MSW students. CWEP's focus is to prepare master's level social work students for challenging and rewarding work in children's protective services. The CWEP program provides stipends to full-time and part-time students. 

CWEP Applicants must:

  • be accepted into the M.S.W program
  • be eligible for employement by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • undergo a criminal background and driving record check

Stipend recipients are chosen by a committee composed of GCSW and CPS representatives.

Full-time students will receive a stipend of $5,000 a semester for up to five semesters; part-time students receive a stipend of $6,000 the first semester, then $4,000 a semester for up to ten semesters. Financial support received by students through CWEP requires re-payment through professional social work employment in Children’s Protective Services. For each semester the student receives a stipend, eight months employment at CPS is required. Current CPS employees who attend school on a part-time basis pay back four months for each semester that a stipend is received.

Most students apply soon after they have been admitted to the M.S.W. Program, but students can apply any time during their enrollment at the GCSW. To begin an application, contact Brunessia Lewis at phone: 713-743-8147 or email: blewis3@uh.edu.

Dean's Advisory Council Scholarships are awarded each year to MSW and PhD students who:

  • have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • are full-time students.
  • have a financial need.

Dr. Barbara G. (Bobbi) and Mr. J. Victor (Vic) Samuels DAC Endowed Scholarships are given to MSW students who demonstrate an interest in a career in social work.

George Foundation Scholarships are awarded to two entering MSW students who:

  • are full-time or hybrid students.
  • live in Fort Bend County.
  • are committed to working in Fort Bend County for two years after receiving their M.S.W. degree in a nonprofit or government agency
  • are bilingual 

George W. Magner Endowed Scholarships in Social Work are awarded each year to support professional education for new and continuing MSW students. Eligible students:

  • must be pursuing the Master of Social Work degree in GCSW.
  • must be committed to the on-going development of effective public policy.

Gerson David Gerontological Scholarships are awarded each year to MSW students who:

  • have at least a 3.25 GPA.
  • are full-time, second year students.
  • demonstrate commitment to gerontology as a field of practice.
  • are assigned to a field placement in gerontology.

GLOBE Stipends, are awarded to MSW students entering their advanced field placement (FP III and IV). The Global Leaders of Behavioral-health Education (GLOBE) program at the GCSW prepares students for advanced practice in behavioral health with vulnerable populations through training and financial support for each semester in which students are enrolled in field education. GLOBE recipients must:

  • concentrate in Clinical Practice
  • commit to working in Harris County with high need, high demand, vulnerable populations for two years post-graduation

Preference is given to bilingual and bicultural applicants.

Students apply for GLOBE during their first year of the MSW program.  An interview is required for the application.  To find out more about the GLOBE opportunity, contact Dr. McClain Sampson at phone: 713-743-6719 or email: mmsampso@central.uh.edu.

Hammill Foundation Scholarships are awarded to first and second year MSW students who are assigned to internships at agencies connected to the interests and mission of the Hammill Foundation which includes supporting those who work with people who have disabilities, the aged, people who are financially disadvantaged, including the working poor and those who are indigent or chronically ill.  Award recipients must be enrolled full-time in the MSW program.

Ira C. Colby Scholarships are given to MSW students who:

  • have an interest in cross cultural social work as evidenced by participation in the Office of International Social Work.
  • are full-time.
  • have a 3.0 minimum GPA and are in good standing with GCSW.
  • have a financial need.

Isla Carroll Turner Fellowships in Gerontological Social Work (In Memory of  Bert F. Winston, Jr.) are awarded to MSW students who:

  • have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • are full-time or hybrid students.
  • have a financial need.
  • have an interest in gerontology.

Josephine Stewart Scholarships are awarded each year to MSW students who:

  • have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • are full-time students.
  • have a financial need.
  • have an interest in research or careers in women’s issues.

Linda K. May Scholarships are awarded by the University of Houston Foundation to students who:

  • are female MSW degree seeking students.
  • have a 3.5. GPA or better.
  • preference given to bilingual students.

Awards are renewable for up to two years if award criteria are maintained.

Marjorie L. and Robert R. Jenkins Scholarship is awarded MSW students who:

  • are interested in end-of-life matters including but not limited to those with an interest in gerontology.
  • enrolled full-time.
  • continuing or new to the GCSW.

Mehta Foundation Scholarships are awarded each year to MSW students who:

  • have at least a 3.2 GPA.
  • are full-time students.
  • have a financial need.
  • have strong letters of recommendation in M.S.W. program application.
  • have demonstrated interest in the field of social work.
  • have demonstrated experience in community service.

Michael and Vickey Daley Scholarships are awarded to MSW students:

  • pursuing a Master of Social Work degree in the GCSW.
  • concentrating in the Macro practice.

R. J. DeBottis Scholarships are awarded to MSW students who:

  • are full-time, continuing students.
  • demonstrate commitment to gerontology as a field of practice.

Ruthmary A. Goldman Scholarships are awarded each year to MSW students who:

  • have financial need.
  • are full-time or part-time (minimum 6 credit hours) degree seeking student in GCSW.

Must submit a short bio (approximately 100 words) and an essay describing how the scholarship would assist the applicant in obtaining education goals (minimum 100 words) and include a list special honors, awards, or achievements.

Sandra A. Lopez Scholarships are provided to MSW students who:

  • have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • are a second year clinical student.
  • demonstrate exemplary commitment and interest in clinical social work practice through their scholarship application and essay.

SHINE, HRSA-Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (Students in behavioral Health INcreasing diversity in Education and the workforce) aims to increase the number of social workers trained to provide culturally competent mental and behavioral health services to diverse, marginalized communities by recruiting and training students who come from and are familiar with the strengths and challenges of these communities. 

SHINE SDS provides 26 scholarships to MSW students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds in the amount up to $25,000 per student per year covering tuition and fees and assisting with living expenses and health insurance. Students also receive advising and support from the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs, Career Services, and mentoring from GCSW faculty and staff. Students are awarded the scholarship in their first full year of the program with the option to apply for a second year.

To be eligible for SHINE SDS, students must have:  

  • Demonstration of disadvantaged background (underrepresented or underserved populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, first generation in college, low-income students, and students with disabilities);
  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA and maintenance of a 3.5 graduate GPA;
  • Commitment to work with culturally diverse populations in a mental or behavioral health capacity in medically underserved communities, in Harris County, for a minimum of two years post-graduation;
  • Permanent resident or U.S. citizen;
  • Must be a full time student (either traditional 2 year or Advanced Standing); and;
Other eligibility requirements established by HRSA.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number and title for grant amount T08HP30152, Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students, $2,600,000). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Vicki Tidwell Palmer Fellowships are awarded to MSW students who:

  • have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • are full-time students.
  • have a financial need.
  • may be either M.S.W. or Ph.D. level.
  • may be entering or continuing student.
  • demonstrate deep interest in social justice issues including, but not limited to, the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism and its consequences.

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PhD Funding Opportunities

Research Assistantships (RA) are awarded to Ph.D. students on a competitive basis.   If awarded an RA, students must enroll for a minimum of nine (9) semester credit hours each fall and spring semester. In exchange for 20 hour a week employment in the GCSW specific to research activities and projects, students receive a 9-month salary of $1,500 per month, plus a $150 per month insurance stipend. Non-residents benefit additionally by receiving in-state tuition rates. Awarded to incoming and continuing students; as separate application is not required.

Teaching Fellowships/Instructional Assistantships (TF/IA) are awarded to Ph.D. students on a competitive basis.   If awarded TF/IA, students must enroll for a minimum of nine (9) semester credit hours each fall and spring semester. In exchange for 20 hour a week employment in the GCSW specific to teaching, students receive a 9-month salary of $1,500 per month, plus a $150 per month insurance stipend. Non-residents benefit additionally by receiving in-state tuition rates. IA may be awarded to incoming students, no separate application required; OR TF may be awarded to continuing students on a competitive basis for which a separate application is required.

Graduate Tuition Fellowships (GTF) are awarded to employed Ph.D. students who:
  • have a research assistantship, teaching fellowship or instructional assistant appointment at the GCSW.
  • are in good academic standing in the GCSW doctoral program.
  • have a cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 for all courses attempted, as required for all graduate degree programs. First year students should have a 3.0 GPA from their undergraduate record.
  • are enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) semester credit hours (SCH) for each full long semester of the award. Funding may be available during the summer. The required number of SCHs is determined each year by university administration.
  • awarded to incoming and continuing students; a separate application is not required
Fernando J. Zúñiga y Rivero Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to Ph.D. students who:
  • exhibit leadership qualities as determined by the GCSW Doctoral Program Committee.
  • demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in Gerontological social work.
  • are in good academic standing in the GCSW doctoral program.
  • are enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) semester credit hours (SCH) for each full long semester of the award.
  • maintain a GPA in accordance with the standards set by the GCSW Scholarship Committee.
  • awarded to continuing students; a separate application is required
Florence Clemenger Presidential Fellowships are awarded to PhD students who:
  • are entering full-time students who have not previously attended the University of Houston. [Full-Time is a minimum of nine (9) semester credit hours].
  • show evidence of strong academic ability, as reflected by competitive grades and GRE scores.
  • awarded to incoming students only; a separate application is not required
Gulen Doctoral Awards are awarded each year to continuing Ph.D. students who:
  • are full-time Ph.D. students [minimum of nine (9) semester credit hours].
  • have a competitive GPA and GRE score.
  • have experience and/or interest in either international affairs or religious studies.
  • awarded to continuing students only; a separate application is required
Mark Magaziner Fellowships are awarded to first or second year students, M.S.W. & Ph.D. students who:
  • have an interest in research.
  • have a financial need.
  • have excellent academic skills as evidenced by high GPA and GRE scores.
  • awarded to incoming and continuing students; a separate application is required
The Presidential Fellowship is awarded through the Graduate School and was established to assist programs to identify and recruit highly qualified Ph.D. students.  This two-year fellowship is available to students entering doctoral programs at the University of Houston. Selections for this fellowship are made by the Ph.D. Program Admissions Committee. Awarded to incoming students only; a separate application is not required.

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Assistantships

GCSW GRADUATE STUDENT EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION
(To be completed only by currently accepted or currently enrolled GCSW students)

MSW Program

Assistantships are available to full-time students admitted unconditionally to the M.S.W. Program. Students must apply and interview for positions. If awarded an assistantship, students must enroll for a minimum of nine hours each fall and spring semester (six hours in the summer). In exchange for 20 hour a week employment in the GCSW, students receive $965 per month plus an additional $150 stipend for health insurance. The appointment of a graduate assistant is normally for the full academic year (Fall and Spring semesters), although a one-semester appointment is possible. Summer employment is not guaranteed and will be based on departmental needs.

Once applicants have received their acceptance letter for admission to the M.S.W. program, they may apply for an assistantship. Send a resume with the Graduate Student Employment Application to Ann Liberman.

Ann Liberman
Graduate College of Social Work
3511 Cullen Blvd Room 110HA
Houston, TX 77204-4013
Phone: 713-743-8071
Email: aliberman@uh.edu

PhD Program

Assistantships are available to full-time students admitted unconditionally to the Ph.D. Program. Please see PhD Funding Opportunities above for more information.

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Nonprofit Leadership Alliance 

Scholarship opportunities are available for undergraduate students in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Certificate Program. Please see their page for more information.

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UH Financial Aid

A variety of grants and loans are available through the University of Houston Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid located in the Welcome Center, at corner of University Avenue and Calhoun. For additional information, visit them at www.uh.edu/enroll/sfa. To apply for federal student loans and grants, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov or call 1-800-433-3243. The UH school code for FAFSA is 003652. If needed, short term loans are also available.

All awards are available as funding permits.

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