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University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work

City Year is proud to partner with the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, offering a $16,000 merit scholarship to all admitted eligible City Year applicants.

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

$16,000 merit scholarships

A $16,000 merit scholarship will be awarded to all admitted City Year applicants per year towards the two-year Master of Social Work program, only on the Denver campus. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled full time.

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: The Graduate School of Social Work will allow deferrals for up to one year if accepted applicants decide to serve additional time with City Year.

Why City Year loves the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work

The University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work strives to foster social responsibility regarding social and economic justice, quality of life and multicultural communities, based on equality for all people. Ranked in the top seven percent of all accredited Master of Social Work programs in the country, the Graduate School offers the Master of Social Work program at three campus locations in Colorado. Although concentration options differ between locations, all Master of Social Work programs provide small class sizes, world-renowned faculty and an individualized learning experience.

Welcome to the Graduate School of Social Work

Learn more about the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work from Dean Amanda Moore McBride.

To apply

Visit the Master of Social Work’s application information page to view deadlines and apply online.

To identify your City Year affiliation

Please self-identify your City Year affiliation on your résumé and the online application (City Year checkbox).

To access the application fee waiver and apply for the scholarship

  • To get the application fee waived, please check the City Year box on the online application. It will then auto-waive the app fee.
  • To apply for the scholarship, email the City Year Alumni and Career Services Department at with “University of Denver SSW: City Year verification letter request” in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and dates of service. This letter will be sent directly to the admissions office and added to your applicant file.

A separate application is not required to receive the public service scholarship, but you will need to add your City Year service or employment history to the “affiliations” section of the Master of Social Work application.

To contact the admissions office

To contact the admissions and financial aid department, please call (303) 871-2841 or email

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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