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NABSW SCHOLARSHIPS

NOTE: Scholarship availability and eligibility may be subject to change and are available to current NABSW Student Members Only!


SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS

1. Applicant must be an active paid member of NABSW during the year of application in order to be eligible.
 
2. Applicant must be a full-time Undergraduate, Graduate, or Doctoral level student during the academic school year for which they are applying for the scholarship.  
 
3. Applicant must submit a two to three page, double-spaced, typewritten “statement of purpose” letter.  The following must be included: ● Professional Interests ● Future Social Work Aspirations ● Previous Social Work Experiences (Volunteer and Professional) ● Honors and Achievements (Academic and Community Service) ● Research Interests within the black community (Masters and Doctoral Students).  
 
4. Applicant must submit two letters of recommendations: One letter of recommendation must be completed by the student’s Chapter Advisor of NABSW (or Chapter President if affiliated with a community chapter), and the other can be completed by a professor, field instructor, or a community-based leader. 
 
5. Applicant must submit an official letter from the school registrar officer verifying that the student is attending and in "good standing" with the university or college and include the student’s dates of enrollment.  
 
6. Applicant must submit an official, current, academic transcript from the school.  First year MSW students must present their official undergraduate transcript if a current academic transcript is not yet available.
 
7. Applicants may be eligible for both a tuition scholarship and a book scholarship.

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP DESCRIPTIONS
1. CENIE “JOMO” WILLIAMS TUITION SCHOLARSHIP- (2) Awards of $2,500  
Cenie “Jomo” Williams, Jr. was the first elected President of the National Association of Black Social Workers.  He was elected President of the New York City Association of Black Social Workers in 1969 and developed many community programs that brought positive changes in the New York community, and built the New York City Chapter into the organization’s largest chapter. When elected to the Presidency of the National Association of Black Social Workers in 1970, Williams’ put forth tremendous efforts to develop and organize new chapters, both nationally and internationally. 
 
In 1974, Cenie was appointed the first Executive Director of the National Association of Black Social Workers. As director, the continued his work with the international affiliates which resulted in the development of the National Association of Black Social Workers’ International Education Conference.  Until the time of departure in 1983, Cenie never gave up fighting for justice.  His passion to serve can only be surpassed by this love for African people everywhere. 
 
SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA • Student must have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale • Student must be an African American and demonstrate community service • Student must express research interest in the black community • Student must be enrolled for full-time study at an accredited United States social work program in the semester that the award will be granted. 


 
2. SELENA DANETTE BROWN BOOK SCHOLARSHIP- (4) Awards of $250.00 
Selena Brown was a social work student at the University of Michigan. She had worked hard to attend school and was killed in Detroit by a family member. Selena was very active in NABSW and highly thought of by students and members of the Association. 
 
SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA  • Student must have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale • Student must be an African American and demonstrate community service • Student must express research interest in the Black community • Student must be enrolled for full-time study at an accredited United States social work program in the semester that the award will be granted.
  


 
3. STELLA BROWNE BOOK SCHOLARSHIP- (1) Award of $250.00  
Stella M. Browne was a Pioneer of the National Association of Black Social Workers.  She joined the Atlanta Chapter of NABSW in 1972 and served as Steering Committee Representative. Stella was a dedicated and faithful member of NABSW and volunteered her service and time unselfishly to improve conditions in the Black community.  She traveled the world extensively while developing alliances with other social workers and establishing catalyst for social change.  Stella was dedicated to empowering others through education and mentorship. This scholarship has been established to continue her legacy by assisting students to achieve their educational and career goals.  
 
SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA • Student must have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale • Student must be an African American and demonstrate community service • Student must express research interest in the Black community • Student must be enrolled for full-time study at an accredited United States social work program in the semester that the award will be granted.  
 

 

4. DR. THERESA L. ROBERTS BOOK SCHOLARSHIP- (1) Award of $250.00  
Dr. Theresa L. Roberts is a Founder and Charter Member of the Central Indiana Chapter, Inc. of the National Association of Black Social Workers.  She has been a proud member of NABSW since 1981, having joined various chapters until Central Indiana was chartered in 1985.  Dr. Roberts, who is a current member of the Board of Directors, has the distinction of having held every office in her Chapter.  Dr. Roberts’ leadership and volunteerism in NABSW have been exemplary-her members refer to her as “the glue” of the Chapter.  She has dedicated her resources, expertise, and time to empowering, unifying, and mentoring social workers of African descent “by any means necessary”.  In 1998, the CIC established the Dr. Theresa L. Roberts Proclamation and Annual Legacy Award named in her honor.  She also received the NABSW National Distinguished Service Award in 2009 for her pioneering contribution.  This book scholarship has been established to continue Dr. Roberts’ legacy of academic excellence, professional achievements and community service as an African-centered social worker.  
 
SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA  • Student must have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale • Student must be an African American/African descent • Student must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and community service in the Black community. • Student must demonstrate commitment to African-centered social work • Student must be enrolled for full-time student at an accredited United States social work program in the semester that the award will be granted. 
 

5. EMMA & MELOID ALGOOD TUITION SCHOLARSHIP (BSSW ONLY)- (1) Award of $1,000 
Carl Algood established the Emma and Meloid Algood Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship to honor his parents for their unselfish dedication to helping people in need.  Their work with the poor, even though they lacked formal training, left an indelible impression upon him. This led to his choice of career as a social worker.  Consequently, Mr. Algood, partners with NABSW in providing an annual scholarship to a deserving social work student who will use the training to work with the less fortunate in our communities 
 
SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA  • Student must have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale • Student must be an African American and demonstrate community service • Student must express research interest in the Black community • Student must be enrolled for full-time study at an accredited United States BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK  program in the semester that the award will be granted  

 
6. DR. JOYCE BECKETT TUITION SCHOLARSHIP (MSW ONLY)– (1) Award of $1,000  
Dr. Joyce Beckett, a member of the Richmond, VA Chapter of ABSW, funded the Dr. Joyce Beckett Scholarship to help African American graduate students who plan to provide needed social work interventions with African Americans.  This annual scholarship is a means of giving back to the African American community.  This scholarship is intended to help a student complete graduate work and develop professional skills and talents to work in the African American community.  
 
SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA  • Student must have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale • Student must be an African American and demonstrate community service • Student must express research interest in the Black community • Student must be enrolled for full-time study at an accredited United States MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK  program in the semester that the award will be granted  
 
 
7. THADDEUS P.  MATHIS BOOK SCHOLARSHIP- (1) Award of $300.00  
This scholarship seeks to engage students in the study of African-centered social work.  Student applicants should demonstrate an interest in research and scholarship on Africana social work and Africana social policy.  
 
SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA  • Student should have a 3.0 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale  • Student should have a demonstrated interest in community service  • Student should demonstrate an interest in African Centered Social Work • Student must prepare an Autobiographical Statement which locates him/herself in the discourse on Africana social work theory and practice. This statement should include the following components: 1. The most important shaping events in the student’s own life experiences;   2. A summary of  the student’s understanding of African-centered social work;   3. Application of understanding of African-centered social work to the student’s own life experiences; and 4. The Implications of this analysis for the student’s practice of social work. The length of this statement will reflect the applicant’s writing style, the complexity of  her/his life experiences, and depth of his/her analysis.


 

 

 

 

          

AWARDEE

             

SCHOOL

          

AWARD


Rochelle Booker     University of Southern California  
Selena D. Brown Book Scholarship

         
 

Jamie Chinn     University of Houston  
Cenie "Jomo" Williams Tuition & Selena D. Brown Book Scholarships

         
 

Walter Higgs     Simmons College  
Stella M. Brown Book Scholarship

         
 

Kanetra Jamison     Johnson C. Smith University  
Emma & Meloid Algood Tuition & Selena D. Brown Book Scholarships

         
 

Michael Jules Sr.     California State University- Long Beach  
Cenie "Jomo" Williams Tuition & Guynn Family Foundation Book Scholarships

         
 

Divinity Sardin     University of California- Los Angeles  
Selena D. Brown Book Scholarship

         
 

Tristian Mitchell              University of California- Los Angeles  
OSA Leadership Tuition & Theresa L. Roberts Book Scholarships

         
 
          Danielle Stevenson     University of California- Berkeley  
Dr. Joyce Beckett Tuition Scholarship

 

 

 

 

 OTHER SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR MINORITY STUDENTS!


AffordableColleges.com provides an extensive online listing of scholarships available exclusively for minority students (high school through postdoctoral) for a variety of activities including study, research, travel, training, career development and creative projects. for further information and to apply, please go to http://www.affordablecolleges.com/resources/scholarships-for-minorities/#african-american-students

 

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