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Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund

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 members 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.


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 2020 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 demonstrate a commitment to work for racial, economic, and environmental justice in social work.

Book Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

The application cycle for the 2021 Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship is currently closed. Two $500 book scholarships will be awarded to one BSW and one MSW student who have demonstrated their commitment to promoting equity and racial, economic, and environmental justice in their social work careers.

Fill out this form to be notified of the 2022 Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship submission cycle.

At the time of the award (May 2021), the student must meet the following requirements:

  •     Be graduating with a social work degree from a bachelor or master’s degree program accredited by CSWE
  •     Have an expected graduation date no later than summer 2021
  •     Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  •     Be enrolled full time during the period in which the grant is awarded (spring 2021)
  •     Have a demonstrated commitment to promoting equity and social justice

The scholarships are targeted to but not limited to minority/BIPOC individuals. They can be awarded to a student only once.
Please direct all questions regarding the Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship to

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.