Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund

2016–2017 Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship Application Cycle

  • The 2016–2017 Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship Application Cycle has closed. Scholarship decisions are available here.
  • The 2017–2018 application cycle will open in late spring/summer 2017. If you would like to be alerted via email once the cycle opens, please click here.


The Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund was established by the Council on Social Work Education's (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 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 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 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 2016) student must be in the last year of study for a social work degree in a bachelors or master’s degree program accredited by CSWE.
  • Student’s expected graduation date must be no later than summer 2017.
  • Must be American citizens, noncitizen nationals, or have permanent residence status (international students, DACA status students, and work visa holders are not eligible to apply at this time).
  • Student must be African American/Black; American Indian/Alaska Native; Asian; Hispanic/Latino; or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.
  • 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 2016).
  • 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 2016 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.