Touro gets $2.5 million tuition grant for disadvantaged students

8/11/2016, 2:10 p.m.
The Touro College Graduate School of Social Work today announced the receipt of a $2.5 million grant from the Health ...

The Touro College Graduate School of Social Work today announced the receipt of a $2.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services to fund scholarships for disadvantaged graduate students in social work beginning fall semester 2016.

The GSSW offers the Master of Social Work, which can be completed in two years.

The “Distinguished Social Work Community Fellows Scholarships-Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students” will provide a maximum of $21,000 per student for the 2016-17 academic year. The funds will cover only tuition and no repayment will be required. Students who maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average will be eligible for a second grant of $21,000 for their second year of full-time MSW study. Fellows will be eligible for a total of $42,000 in scholarship support. The prestigious federal grant extends through the year 2020.

“Touro has always been committed to providing accessible and affordable quality education to the traditionally educationally underserved,” said Dr. Steven Huberman, dean of the GSSW. “We are honored to be recognized with this federal grant that will enable us to continue our mission. Touro is dedicated to helping develop careers of those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to further their education, including people of color, immigrants and refugees. Our goal is to prepare culturally competent professionals who can meet the complex needs of our cities’ diverse populations.”

Scholarships will be awarded by the school to individuals who meet economic and educational eligibility criteria, which would include applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds with financial need who are accepted for enrollment as full-time students. Additional economic criteria (income guidelines established by HRSA) and educational criteria (cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.1 or higher, for example) also must be met.

“We are interested in reviewing applications from students who have demonstrated financial need and are committed to working in underserved communities,” said Huberman.

For more information and an application, please contact Tina Atherall at or call 212-463-0400 ext. 5630.

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, Aug. 12, 2016.