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University Partnership: University of Southern California School of Social Work



City Year is proud to partner with the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work to award six $15,000 Master of Social Work scholarships to City Year AmeriCorps members, alumni or staff, plus additional scholarship opportunities.

Background

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work ranks among the top accredited social work graduate programs in the United States. A recognized leader in academic innovation, experiential learning, online education and translational research, the school prepares students for leadership roles in public and private organizations that serve individuals, families and communities in need. USC is dedicated to reinventing the profession, furthering knowledge and changing social institutions locally, nationally and globally. The school has made innovation a signature feature of its academic and research enterprise, leveraging technology in social work education, clinical practice, research and community development, as evidenced through the creation of an advanced online platform for distance learning, virtual humans for graduate-level teaching, and a university-based clinic offering mental health services over the Internet. In addition to its signature Master of Social Work (MSW) program, offered both on-campus and online, the school has programs for a PhD in Social Work, a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) and a Master of Nursing Science (MSN).

 

 

Scholarship and Fee Waiver Opportunities:

 

These opportunities are available to City Year alumni who have completed 1 year of service and staff who have been employed for at least 2 years. 

 

Scholarship  Award Details Number of Scholarships
City Year Scholarship $15,000 toward tuition per year, renewable for a second year 2 on-ground MSW students
4 online MSW students (1 per start date cohort)
City Year Service Scholarship Up to $3,750 toward tuition per semester, renewable.
Part-time students receive award starting in their 3rd semester
5 on-ground MSW students and unlimited online MSW students
Application Fee Waiver $90 fee waiver Available to all City Year participants and alumni
Enrollment Deferral Admitted students may defer enrollment for one year if they decide to serve additional time with City Year before starting the graduate program.
Available to all City Year participants and alumni

Applicants will also be considered for additional merit-based awards depending on the strength of the application.



Eligibility & Additional Info

 

  • $15,000 of the scholarship will be applied toward tuition costs for award recipients enrolled in USC's full-time on ground or online Master of Social Work program.

  • The scholarship is renewable in the second year of the program for a total minimum scholarship of $30,000.

  • Accepted City Year applicants who are not offered the $15K scholarship will be considered for the City Year Service Scholarship valued at $3,750 per semester. Part-time students will receive award starting in the 3rd semester.

  • City Year alumni must have at least one year of service, and City Year staff must be employed for at least two years.

  • Admitted students may defer enrollment for one year if they decide to serve additional time with City Year before starting the graduate program.

  • Applicants will be considered for additional merit-based awards depending on the strength of the application.


How To Apply:

  1. Begin your application for the Masters of Social Work program:
  2.  Request a City Year verification letter: To get the application fee waived and to be considered for the scholarship, a service verification letter must be requested by emailing alumni@cityyear.org with "USC School of Social Work (Please indicate Online or On ground)" in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and your corps graduation month and year. This letter will be sent electronically by City Year to Admissions Office and added to your applicant file.
  3.  Request a Fee Waiver from the USC Office of Graduate Admission: Upload your City Year verification letter to the USC Office of Graduate Admission contact form.
    •  Visit http://uscesd.custhelp.com/app/ask/.
    • Under “Select an Area,” click “Graduate Admissions” and the sub-option for “Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work”
    • Under “Category,” click “Application Fee Waiver” and the sub option for “Americorps/Peace Corps/TFA participant.”
    • Under “Attach Documents,” click “Choose File” and select your City Year verification letter.
    • Click “Submit Your Question”
    • You will receive confirmation with approval of your fee waiver in approximately 3-4 business days. Please do not pay the application fee using a credit card because USC will be unable to refund it. For more information about the application fee waiver process, please visit http://gradadm.usc.edu/lightboxes/us-students-fee-waivers/.

For More Information

Meet the City Year National Service Scholars
   
 Gabrielle Aquino, Los Angeles '13  Grace Rougier, Denver '13


Please note that USC makes all admissions and scholarship decisions. AmeriCorps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete USC’s full application process. Please pay close attention to deadlines and consider beginning work on your application early in the year.

 

 

 


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