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Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

In 2000, the Puerto Rican Family Institute (PRFI), and the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NYC) began a collaboration to address the shortage of Latinx social workers in New York City. Both organizations had become aware that more culturally and linguistically competent professionals were urgently needed to address the complex needs of New York’s diverse, largely immigrant, low-income, and rapidly-growing Latinx community.

As part of that collaboration, in 2002, the two organizations convened a well-attended public policy forum entitled “Pa’lante” (Moving Forward) which identified key issues including the service needs of Latinx community, social policy and social action issues, and the components of social work training and education.

The forum led to the formation of the Latinx Social Work Task Force (and now the Latinx Social Work Coalition and Scholarship Fund -LSWC). The LSWC has the key goal of heightening awareness of the shortage of Latinx social workers needed to serve the Latinx community.



Dear all:

We are pleased to announce our annual Latino Social Work Coalition and Scholarship Fund, Inc. (LSWCSF).  Program for 2020-2021. This page is to clarify many of the questions you have had regarding our scholarship. Here are the scholarship guidelines:

1.  The LSWCSF program provides scholarships to Latinx men and women with significant financial need residing in the New York metropolitan area that have been accepted or are enrolled in a master’s level program at one of the following accredited schools of social work:

Adelphi University School of Social Work

Columbia University School of Social Work

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work

Lehman College Department of Social Work

Long Island University – Social Work Program/Brentwood

New York University Silver School of Social Work

Touro College Graduate School of Social Work

Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work

All applications are provided to the students by their school. We do not provide the application. There is a financial aid component to the application that only your financial aid department can do. Applicants must be accepted or currently enrolled in a full time or part-time master’s level program at one of the following accredited graduate schools of social work.

2. All applicants must be residents of either New York City or the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester. Please note that returning students not originally residents of the New York Metropolitan Area who have registered to vote in the New York Metropolitan Area are deemed to be New York Metropolitan Area residents for purposes of applying for these scholarships.

3. Each student selected for a Latinx Social Work Council Scholarship Fund may receive from $1,000 to $2,500 depending on availability and their part-time or full-time status and they will be matched accordingly by their school, however, this depends on the program you are enrolled, and their financial availability for funding.

4. Students must be in good standing to receive subsequent scholarship awards as a continuing student.

5. Applicants must have an overall undergraduate/graduate academic GPA of 3.0 or better.

6. Prior work and/or volunteer experience or internships/field placement in human services and working with communities of color is desirable but not required.

7. Applicants must be bilingual in Spanish and bicultural.

8. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to working with the Latinx community upon completion of graduate studies and sign a letter of acknowledgment.

9. All scholarship decisions are final

To apply you must meet the specified criteria. You must call your school mentor listed on our “Partner” tab or call the financial aid department. Usually, the schools send out a mass email to all students, so please check your emails.

In addition, if the mentor listed has changed, you may not receive a call from them, so call someone at your school, an advisor or Dean who may assist you. At the moment, we do not provide you with an application.

Once you complete the application you must return it to the assigned school of social work department or individual. 

Do not send the application to the Latino School Social Work Coalition and Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Your school must receive your application by May 30th, this has been extended due to the present health crisis.


Your donation supports our mission to increase the number of culturally and linguistically competent Latinx social workers serving low income and underserved Latinx community in New York City.

These goals are accomplished by providing outreach, mentoring, education, training and financial support through collaboration with non-profit agencies and graduate schools of social work in pursuit of addressing the social needs of Latinx communities. Thank you for your support.


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