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Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund

2019–2020 Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship Application Cycle

  • The 2018–2019 application cycle is now closed. Recipients were announced in mid-October of 2018.
  • Click here if you would like to be alerted via e-mail when the 2019–2020 application cycle opens.  


The Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund was established by the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE's) 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 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.

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 600 recipients. 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 Scott devoted his life's work.

Book Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility status relates to the academic year of the award.

  • At the time of the award (fall 2019) student must be in the last year of study for a social work degree in a bachelor or master’s degree program accredited by CSWE.
  • Student’s expected graduation date must be no later than summer 2020.
  • Must be an American citizen, noncitizen national, or have permanent residence status (international students, DACA status students, and work visa holders are not eligible to apply at this time).
  • The scholarship is targeted to but not limited to minority ethnic/racial individuals.
  • Student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Student must be enrolled full time during the time period in which the grant is awarded (fall 2019).
  • Student must have demonstrated a commitment to promoting equity and social justice.
  • Student may be awarded this scholarship only once.

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To meet the goals of the fund, the following annual events were initiated:

  • Annual Lecture Series: Since 1988 the fund has sponsored a lecture at CSWE's Annual Program Meeting (APM). Learn more about the 2018 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.

Carl A. Scott Fund Contributions

If you would like to make a contribution to the fund, please call our accounting manager, Ed Blair, at +1.703.519.2061.