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University Partnership: University of Denver - Graduate School of Social Work

City Year is proud to partner with the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) at the University of Denver, offering five $5,000 scholarships annually to eligible City Year AmeriCorps members, alumni and staff.


GSSW strives to foster social responsibility regarding social and economic justice, quality of life and multicultural communities, based on equality for all people. Ranked in the top 7% of all accredited Master of Social Work programs in the country, GSSW offers the MSW program at three campus locations in Colorado. Although concentration options differ between locations, all MSW programs provide small class sizes, world renowned faculty and an individualized learning experience.



Benefits offered by the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work:


Scholarship Amount

$5,000 per year

Number of Scholarship Awarded Annually


Application Fee Waiver


Enrollment Deferral

One-year deferral


Eligibility & Additional Info


  • $5,000 Tuition Scholarship. The scholarship award is equal to $5,000 annually, for up to five (5) recipients per year towards programs at any of the three campuses (Denver, Durango and Glenwood Springs).  Note: Scholarship is not applicable for MSW@Denver, the online Master of Social Work program at GSSW.

  • The scholarship may be renewed in subsequent years provided recipients maintain continuous registration and remain in good academic standing, according to GSSW standards. The student must be enrolled full-time and the scholarship may remain in in place for up to two years.

  • 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.

  • GSSW will allow deferrals up to one year if accepted applicants decide to serve additional time with City 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.


How To Apply:

  • Click here to access the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work admissions website and apply online.

  • To identify your City Year affiliation:
  • Please check the City Year box on the online application.
  • Please contact the Admissions Office and state that you served with City Year and reference our partnership.

  • To Access the Application Fee Waiver and Apply for the Scholarship:
  1. Request City Year service verification: Please email the City Year Alumni & Career Services Department at with "University of Denver Graduate 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 University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work Admissions Office and added to your applicant file.

  2.  To receive an application fee waiver and to be considered for one of the City Year Scholarships, please submit the supplemental City Year Partnership Application in addition to the admission application.  This supplemental form can be found here.

To Contact the Admissions Office:

Please call 303-871-2841 or email

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. AmeriCorps 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.