Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund

2014–2015 Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship Application Cycle

The 2014–2015 recipients of the Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship have been announced. They are Miea Walker, an MSW student at North Carolina State University, and Maryam Zoma, an MSW student at the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work. Learn more here.


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.

Book Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility status relates to the academic year of the award.

  • At the time of the award applicants must be in the final year of study for a social work degree in a baccalaureate or master’s degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Bachelor’s degree students must be planning to graduate during the academic year the award will be made.
  • Master’s degree students must be in the final year of study or an advanced standing student graduating during the academic year the award will be made.
  • Applicants must be African American, American Indian, Asian American, and/or Hispanic/Latino.
  • Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in 12 credit hours (and/or full time) during the semester/quarter for which the award will be granted.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to promoting equity and social justice.
  • An applicant may be awarded this scholarship only once.

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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. The recipients of the 2014–2015 academic year scholarships will be announced in late September 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.