Graduate Financial Aid

A list of available financial aid and scholarship options available through the UK Graduate School can be found here:

Off- Campus Scholarship & Fellowship Resources

The UK College of Social Work and Graduate School have limited fellowship and scholarship opportunities. We encourage you to seek every available opportunity to fund your education. While we do not know of every resource available here are a few we have found that you may be interested in pursuing. Deadlines and requirements are determined by the individual grantors and not the UK College of Social Work or Graduate School. For additional details or instructions, contact the individual grantors.

American Indian Graduate Center – Part of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) is a national private 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico providing fellowships to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students throughout the United States. Established in 1969, AIGC has disbursed more than 15,000 graduate fellowships with the support of the Bureau of Indian Education, corporate and foundation partnerships, and our generous alumni and private donors

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship fund

Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation’s largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). APIASF creates opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their careers, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a more vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed nearly $90 million in scholarships to AAPI students across the country and in the Pacific Islands. APIASF manages three scholarship programs: APIASF’s general scholarship, the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander – Serving Institutions scholarship program and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

College Scholarships, Grants, Fellowships and Grants for African American Students

Minority scholarships for African American students, Black high school seniors,
Graduate school students, college scholarships, graduate fellowships
African American Studies

College Scholarships, Grants, Fellowships and Grants for Hispanic & Latino Students

College scholarships, graduate fellowships and grants for Hispanics, Latinos, Boricuas, Canarios, Catrachos, Chamorros, Chapines, Chicanos, Cubans, Dominicans, Ecuatoguineans, Spaniards, Filipinos, Guajiros, Guanacos, Jíbaros, Mexicans, Mexican Americans, Nicas, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Quisqueyans, Sephardim, South and Central Americans, Texanos, Ticos


College Scholarships, Grants, Fellowships and Grants for Female Students

Financial aid for women in college, high school seniors, graduate school and postdoctoral study

Council on Social Work Education

CSWE provides a number of funding opportunities for students and faculty members. More information about each of those funding opportunities is below along with links to application information and staff contact.

Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is open to 9th-12th grade high school students, college students or graduate school students who are legal U.S. residents. Students not currently in school must plan to enroll in a higher education program within 12 months. Students may study any major and attend any college in the U.S. The award may be used for tuition, room and board, books or any related educational expense. A brief personal statement is required. $1000

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students

The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students is available to minority undergraduate and graduate students. You must have a background in the social sciences or humanities and have excellent writing and communication skills to be eligible for this award. Winners of this award will participate in an internship for 12 to 15 weeks during the summer at a Washington, DC, office of the Aspen Institute. $4000.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund – General College Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund – General College Scholarship is available to students who are of Hispanic citizens. You must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident and plan to be enrolled full time in a degree seeking program at a two- or four-year U.S. accredited institution. You must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA, complete a FAFSA, and be pursuing your first undergraduate or graduate degree to be eligible for this award. $5000

LULF Scholarship

La Unidad Latina Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce scholarship for those who are currently enrolled in an eligible bachelor’s or master’s degree program at an accredited four-year college or university. The foundation believes in supporting organizations that are dedicated to the civic empowerment of the Latino community. Award scholarships range from $500 to $1000 to scholars who are pursuing academic excellence in higher education.

NASW Foundation National Programs Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarship

The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship is awarded to master’s degree candidates in social work who have demonstrated a commitment to working with, or who have a special affinity with American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations, or in public and voluntary nonprofit agency settings.

NASW Foundation National Programs Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship

The Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a masters degree candidate in social work who demonstrates an interest in, or has experience with, health/mental health practice and has a commitment to working in the African American community.  Scholarship recipients now work in hospitals, medical clinics, and social services agencies that provide treatment and specialized services to African American patients.

NHCFAE Rene Matos Scholarship

The National Hispanic Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees Rene Matos Scholarship is open to dependents of NHCFAE members, students of Hispanic descent, minorities, and women who are accepted at or currently attending an accredited post-secondary institution. Selection is based on financial need, academic achievement, student activities, honors/awards, community involvement, leadership, personal qualities and strengths.

The William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose

The Fellowship:
The Simon Fellowship is a $40,000 unrestricted grant awarded to those graduating college seniors who have demonstrated passion, dedication, a high capacity for self-direction, and originality in pursuit of a goal that will strengthen civil society. In addition, awards of $20,000 and $10,000 are made to two other outstanding students.

Examples of how recipients may use the award include:

  • Engage directly in the civic life of their community.
  • Help to create opportunity for others, including job creation.
  • Advance their expertise.
  • Fund the ultimate realization of their noble purpose.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans (for permanent residents or naturalized citizens)

Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, established their fellowship program for New Americans in December 1997 with a charitable trust of fifty million dollars. Their reasons for doing so were several. They wished to “give back” to the country that had afforded them and their children such great opportunities and felt a fellowship program was an appropriate vehicle. They also felt that assisting young New Americans at critical points in their educations was an unmet need. Finally, they wished to call attention of all Americans to the extensive and diverse contributions of New Americans to the quality of life in this country.