External Funding Opportunities

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Scholarships

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program

Hearst Endowed Fellowships for Minority Students
The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship to one student three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Neysa Fanwick Memorial Scholarship
The Neysa Fanwick Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a master’s degree candidate in social work dedicated to addressing injustices within various systems, including, but not limited to, criminal justice, foster care, healthcare, and education.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is a federal program that forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments (approximately 10 years) under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for an eligible public employer.

Washington Student Achievement Council
Student Loan Advocate (SLA)
SLA: Assisting student loan borrowers in Washington
The Student Loan Advocate collaborates with other state agencies to support current and future student loan borrowers in Washington State by:

    • Addressing student borrowers’ questions and complaints.
    • Providing borrowers information about student loans.
    • Educating the public about the rights and responsibilities of student loan borrowers

Additional External Funding Resources for BSW and MSW Students

These funding programs, while not directly affiliated with PLU, provide potential financial assistance to students. It’s important to note that this list isn’t comprehensive, but rather meant to gather resources to aid you in finding funding opportunities.


  • PLU Center for Military Support seeks to uplift our veterans and military-affiliated students by providing resources and care during your academic journey at PLU through a holistic support system. The center offers veterans exclusive access to university resources tailored to their needs, serving as a hub where they can connect and cultivate a supportive community within the university. The center also provides resources to help you navigate your financial benefits.
  • Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP) offers financial support to students pursuing education or training in healthcare fields directly or indirectly related to healthcare services, aiming to ensure a sufficient pool of qualified personnel for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The HPSP program aids the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in addressing its demand for skilled healthcare professionals in areas where recruitment or retention proves challenging.