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University Partnership: Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work

City Year is proud to partner with Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work, the largest clinical social work program in the Midwest, providing transformative education for practice-informed social work, offering 3 annual tuition scholarships of up to $25,000 per year for up to two years in the school's PACES program.


Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work is one of the premiere social work programs in the Chicago area.  The School’s Master's in Social Work degree is a two-year program offering advanced practice training in clinical, school and community settings. Graduates of this program are well positioned for leadership roles in clinical, human services, outreach, and development settings.

Students in the Master's in Social Work program can take one of two tracks: 1) the clinical track, which includes health, children and families, school social work, mental health specialties, as well as subspecialties in advanced family treatment, gero-ed, forensic mental health, migration studies, and practice with at-risk youth and 2) the leadership and development track, which emphasizes skills in administration, nonprofit management, grant-writing, staff supervision, and program development. Students in the PACES program are required to specialize in either Health, Mental Health or Children and families. 


Upon completion of the program, students have completed the education requirements for the LSW and the LCSW licenses.  


MSW Program
Scholarship Opportunities including PACES

The purpose of Pathways to Academic, Career and Employment Success (PACES) Scholarship is intended to recruit, educate and train economically, academically, ethnically and/or environmentally disadvantaged full-time MSW graduate students who want to pursue clinical social work careers in primary care sites within medically underserved communities (MUCs) following their graduation.  The PACES scholarship is funded through the Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Benefits offered by Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work

Scholarship Amount
Up to $25,000 per year for tuition for two years
Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually 3
Application Fee Waiver Yes
Enrollment Deferral
One-year deferral is possible (see below)



Eligibility & Additional Info


  • Tuition Scholarship of up to $25,000 per year for two years, for up to three (3) recipients per year.

  • The scholarship may be renewed in subsequent years provided recipients maintain continuous registration and remain in good academic standing, according to Loyola University School of Social Work standards. Students awarded scholarships must also maintain full-time status in the program and agree to accept a field placement in a Medically Underserved Community each year.

  • Scholarships awarded to City Year AmeriCorps members and alumni for at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work will allow deferrals up to one year if accepted applicants decide to serve additional time with City Year. Students who defer will still be considered for scholarships but receipt may vary depending on the number of applicants each year.

  • Scholarships described above represent the minimum awards; applicants will be considered for additional merit-based aid based on the academic strength of the application.

Eligible Programs:
MSW Program at Loyola School of Social Work


To be eligible for the PACES scholarship, an applicant must

  1. Be able to start in the fall semester and carry a minimum of 9 credit hours each fall and spring semester (full-time status).
  2.  Be a citizen, national, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States or the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico or the Marianas Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated State of Micronesia;
  3. Be able to demonstrate that he or she is from a background defined as disadvantaged (see definition below);
  4. Maintain a good academic status (above 3.0 GPA) in the Loyola MSW Program;
  5. Choose one of three Clinical Specializations (i.e. Health, Mental Health, or Children and Families) in the Advanced level and be willing to take required classes that will be associated with this program;
  6. Commit to pursuing employment at mental and behavioral health sites in a Medically Underserved Community following completion of the MSW degree; and
  7. Practice at a field practicum agency located in a Medically Underserved Community (UMC) their both their first and second year in the program.

PACES Scholarship amounts (up to $25,000 per year) will be determined based on the number of awardees and the level of demonstrated need for each applicant. If a student already took out a student loan and, then, receive the PACES scholarship, he or she must pay his/her student loan to school. PACES Scholarship awards may be renewed. 


If you need further information or questions about PACES, please contact Dr. Caleb Kim, Associate Professor and Director of PACES Scholarship via

To Apply

  • Click Here for how to apply: Click Here to access the Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work’s admissions website and apply online. You will apply for the MSW program initially as part of the process.

  • To identify your City Year affiliation:
    • Please check the City Year box on the online application [insert specific question information].
    • Please contact the Admissions Office [insert email address] and state that you served with City Year and reference our partnership.
  • To Access the Application Fee Waiver and Apply for the Scholarship:
    • Request City Year service verification: Please email the City Year Alumni & Career Services Department at with " Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work: City Year verification letter request” in the subject line and include the site where you served and dates of service in the email. This letter will be sent directly to Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work’s Admissions Office and added to your applicant file.
    • [Insert other partner-specific instructions on accessing fee waiver or process of receiving a fee waiver]
    • [Please indicate, on your application, that you are applying for the PACES program. Once you do this, you will be sent the link to the PACES application once it is ready to go and you can complete it online.]

To Contact the Admissions Office

  • Please call [insert contact name and phone number] or email: [insert email]

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines, and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.