HRSA: Scholarships for disadvantaged students

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What is Social Work CONNECT?

Social Work CONNECT is a federally funded program that provides support to MSW students, who are from educationally, environmentally, and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds and have a financial need for tuition assistance. Social Work CONNECT links disadvantaged students, including those from racial and ethnic minority groups, with full-time master’s level clinical social work education, awarded scholarships to support their academic expenses, experiential learning and future employment in primary care settings and within medically underserved communities.


The mission of Social Work CONNECT is to strengthen diversity of graduating clinical social workers and increase the presence, employment, and status of MSWs in healthcare, particularly within primary care settings and medically underserved communities.

How Social Work CONNECT works?

Students accepted into Social Work CONNECT will receive:

  • A field education internship in a primary care setting and within a medically underserved community.
  • An approximate federal scholarship of $30,000, which is in addition to merit-based scholarships received by Barry University School of Social Work.
  • Community service and research opportunities with faculty and fellow students.
  • Access to student support, professional development, and career services.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be admitted into the traditional 63-credit MSW Program or 32 credit Advanced Standing MSW Program
  • Must be enrolled as full-time student
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate commitment to work within primary care settings and medically underserved communities

How to Apply?

Please download and complete the application for Social Work CONNECT including the supplemental essay questions. Once completed, please upload into the My Documents section of online application for admission into the MSW Program.

Download Application

Notification of Decision

We strongly encourage applicants to apply early and utilize the priority admissions application period. All students will receive a decision via electronic mail regarding admission into the MSW Program as well as acceptance into Social Work CONNECT. Students will be notified of their acceptance into Social Work CONNECT upon receiving their MSW Admissions Decision.

  • Qualified students for Social Work CONNECT will be invited to participate in an interview. Interviews will be facilitated in person and via video messaging (Adobe Connect, Vidyo, or Skype).
  • Program enrollment will be finalized approximately 2 weeks after the MSW Admissions Deadline. However, due to the high volume of applications, Social Work CONNECT can be finalized prior to the general MSW deadline.
  • Application deadlines are as follows:

    Fall Semester
    Priority Admission – February 1st
    General Admission – July 15th

    Spring Semester
    Priority Admission – September 15th
    General Admission - December 1st

    Summer Semester (advanced standing only)
    Priority Admission – February 1st
    General Admission – April 15th

For more information, please contact:

Program Coordinator
Philip Giarraffa, MSW, MPH