Foundation National Programs
Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial
Students must be an NASW member and have applied to or have been
accepted into an accredited MSW program (payment of the award will
be contingent on the full admission of the candidate into the program).
In addition, students must have the potential for completing an
MSW program and have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above.
Students enrolled in a master of social work (MSW) program for more
than one year may reapply to the Foundation for part or all of a
NASW member in good standing. NASW membership is a mandatory requirement to receive an NASW Foundation Scholarship Award. Applicants either must be or plan to be enrolled in a social work degree program to maintain eligibility. Awardees must maintain active membership throughout the award period. Applicants who are current members in good standing can apply for a scholarship using their current membership ID number. Non-members interested in applying can join NASW if they 1) have a social work degree (BSW/MSW) or are matriculating in a CSWE-accredited social work program, or 2) are enrolled in or awaiting acceptance into a CSWE-accredited program. Applicants awaiting acceptance into a CSWE-accredited program must include, with the membership form, their application to the MSW program with a letter from the college/university verifying the application has been received. To apply for NASW membership visit www.socialworkers.org and select “join online“, or download and complete NASW‘s “Membership Application“. New members will receive email confirmation of membership, which will include a member ID and password.
essay (two typed, double-spaced pages). Essay must address career
goals, interests, and work, volunteer, and school/field experience
relevant to the guidelines of the award.
Statement of merit and need for the award. Applicants must explain financial need and are
encouraged to submit supporting documentation such as a copy of the applicant's most recent federal tax return or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Two letters of support from professional references (you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of two professional references). Letters
can be written by
a candidate's professors; individuals or leaders of groups
with whom the candidate has worked in a helping capacity; an
employer/supervisor; and so on. Character references or
references from clients or family members will not be accepted. If the applicant is applying for renewed funding from the NASW Foundation, one of the two references must be obtained from the applicant’s academic advisor.
Official copy of a transcript from the most recent academic
work (undergraduate or graduate).
Signed release of information.
Questions should be directed to:
Scholarships & Awards Hotline: