Social Work

Scholarships and Awards


Social Work Department Scholarships

Please read the requirements for each scholarship application carefully. A call for applications will be sent to all current and newly-admitted students in the Spring. Applications are accepted during Spring and Summer. Money is awarded during the next academic year (Fall and Spring). All applications should be submitted to the Department of Social Work Scholarship Committee


Graduate Studies Scholarships

 There are several scholarships available from Winthrop Graduate Studies for current and newly-admitted MSW students, including those listed below. Additional information is available at the Graduate Studies PageGraduate Foundation Scholarship Applications are due March 15 for Fall awards and October 15 for Spring awards. Please submit directly to the Department of Social Work Scholarship CommitteeElizabeth Hope Reed Fellows Scholarship Applications are due March 1. Applications should be completed online via this link.


Graduate Associate Positions

The Department of Social Work offers a range of Social Work Graduate Associate (GA) positions available to M.S.W. students. These positions include a tuition waiver and hourly wage. Graduate Studies also lists graduate associate positions in other offices that M.S.W. students may be able to apply for. All GA positions come with a tuition grant and hourly pay.


Student Awards

The Social Work Department holds a Student Awards Ceremony every spring to recognize student excellence, both in Academics and during Field Placement. Students may be nominated by faculty or peers anytime before March 1. Nominations should be sent in electronic format to the Awards Committee and should address the Award Description


Awardees for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:

BSW Field Excellence Award: Katrina Gainey 
MSW Field Excellence Award: Tasha Smith 
BSW Academic Excellence Award: Aimée Sykes
MSW Academic Excellence Award: Shawanda Erby 


Phi Alpha Honor Society

Phi Alpha is the national honor society for social work students who have achieved academic excellence. Winthrop University is home to the Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha. Eligibility for Phil Alpha is determined in the fall and the spring semesters with qualified students being invited through e-mail. The annual induction ceremony takes place in the spring semester and students graduating in the fall are welcome (and encouraged) to attend!

The eligibility for Phi Alpha membership is determined at the national level and is available here. Elegibility includes:

  1.  Students need to have completed 9 credit-hours in Social Work.
  2.  Students must have completed 37.5% of the required coursework toward the degree.
  3.  BSW students must have earned at least 45 credits.
  4.  Traditional MSW students, and online MSW students, must have earned at least 15 credits.
  5.  Advanced Standing MSW student must have earned at least 23 credits.

Please note that Phil Alpha no longer uses a pre-determined GPA for membership qualification, and now invites students who are in the top 35% of all Social Work majors within the program. This means that the top 35% of all BSW and MSW students will be invited to Phi Alpha. If you have any questsions, please feel free to contact the Faculty Liason, Dr. Sara English.