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Columbia University School of Social Work

City Year is proud to partner with Columbia University's School of Social Work, a leader in social work education and research since 1898, offering annual tuition scholarships.

Columbia University’s School of Social Work offers City Year AmeriCorps members, alums and staff

$15,000-$20,000 scholarships

Three $15,000 awards (equal to 30% of tuition) and one $20,000 award (equal to 40% of tuition) will be awarded to up to four City Year applicants per year.

The scholarship may be renewed in subsequent years of the program for up to three years for full-time students.

Scholarships are awarded to City Year AmeriCorps members and alums who complete at least one term of service and City Year staff employed for at least two years.

The scholarships described above represent the minimum awards; applicants will be considered for additional merit-based aid depending on the academic strength of their application.

Additional benefits

  • Application fee waiver
  • Enrollment deferral: Admitted students may defer enrollment by one year if they decide to serve additional time with City Year before starting their studies.

Why City Year loves Columbia University’s School of Social Work

Columbia University’s School of Social Work is a top-ranked school and the first social work school established in the United States. Since 1898, Columbia faculty and alums have played a leading role in advancing the field of social work through scholarly and professional contributions. What began as an intervention in the conditions of industrial life at the end of the 19th century has evolved into a global field that impacts nearly every area of social and political life. Columbia’s goal is to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and use that knowledge for human betterment, societal advancement and to face 21st-century challenges.

To apply

Visit the School of Social Work’s admissions website to learn more about application requirements, deadlines and to apply online.

To identify your City Year affiliation

Please self-identify your City Year affiliation on your résumé and/or essay.

To access the application fee waiver and apply for the scholarship

To get the application fee waived and be considered for the scholarship, please request an official service verification letter by emailing the City Year Alumni & Career Services Department at with “Columbia SSW: City Year verification letter request” in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and dates of service. The letter will be emailed to the School of Social Work’s admissions office. Please note that application fees that have already been paid will NOT be refunded.

To contact the admissions office

Please call (212) 851-2400 or (855) 532-5200 (toll free) or email with any questions.

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. AmeriCorps members, alums and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.

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