Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund

Now Open: 2014–2015 Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship Application Cycle

  • Complete and return the 2014–2015 application (MS Word)
  • Receipt deadline at CSWE is Friday, May 9, 2014; instructions included on the application form 


The Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund was established by the CSWE Board of Directors in recognition of Carl A. Scott’s contributions to CSWE and the social work profession.

Carl Anderson Scott joined the staff of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in 1968 as a senior consultant on minority groups; he retired in 1985 as the associate executive director.  Before coming to CSWE, he held practice and administrative positions in children and family service agencies, and was director of admissions and assistant professor at the New York University School of Social Work.  He received a BA in psychology and a master’s in social work from Howard University.

Carl Scott was at the helm of CSWE’s early efforts to foster human diversity in social work education.  He secured funding from governmental and private sources to recruit students and faculty from minority groups to schools of social work.  He guided five minority task forces in developing programs directed toward enhancing minority presence in curricula and other salient venues.

Of special note are the two minority fellowship programs he designed in 1974 and 1979 respectively: one to prepare mental health researchers, the other to prepare clinicians. These programs have provided doctoral fellowships to more than 500 African American, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Latino/Hispanic Americans.  Many of these fellowship recipients now serve as deans, directors, and faculty members in social work programs throughout the nation.

The Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund was developed to continue the legacy of equity and social justice in social work through building knowledge and furthering the well being of individuals and their communities. These were the goals to which Carl Scott devoted his life's work.


A three-pronged program was developed to meet the goals of the fund.

  • Annual Lecture Series: Since 1988 the fund has sponsored a lecture at CSWE's Annual Program Meeting (APM). Learn more about the 2013 APM Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture here.
  • Book Scholarships: Two book scholarships in the amount of $500 each are awarded each academic year to students who have demonstrated a commitment to work for equity and social justice in social work. To apply for the 2014–2015 academic year scholarship, complete and return the book scholarship application (MS Word). The receipt deadline is Friday, May 9, 2014

Carl A. Scott Fund Contributions

If you would like to make a contribution to the fund,you may download this form or call our accounting manager, Ed Blair, at +1.703.519.2061.