• Scholarship Information

    Application for March 2018 scholarship are now being accepted. 

    Deadline for completed application is February 9, 2018. 

    Please scroll down on how to apply.


    NAPRHSW has awarded over $125,000 in scholarship funds to many deserving students.


    Past Recipients

    Madeline Perez

    2017 Recipient

    I appreciate being selected as the Ruth Negron Gaines Memorial Scholarship Award winner. I am honored to be part of the NAPRHSW community, and look forward to representing the association on Columbia’s campus. This scholarship will allow me to participate in specialized training workshops focused on meeting the needs of immigrants and refugees. Like Ms. Gaines, I hope to leave a strong legacy to the social work profession.

    Alison Verastegui

    2017 Recipient

    Thank you National Association of Puerto Rican Hispanic Social Workers! It means a lot to be one of the recipients of this scholarship. This will help me greatly with my student loans and commute to school. I am honored to be receiving this award and be apart of this wonderful community. Thank you again!

    Cristina Arbucias

    2017 Recipient

    Receiving this scholarship is a great honor. It has helped me in many ways during my last year of my graduate program, such as paying for my books. This is a great opportunity that allows me to take a summer class for a trauma certification, which will not only help further my career, but also in achieving my dream of working with children and families a lot sooner. Thank you to the National Association of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Social Workers, you have made a positive impact in my schooling and most importantly in my career.

    Diana Ayala

    2016 Recipient

    "Being chosen as a scholarship recipient was a huge honor for me. The scholarship has helped me greatly, where it has given me the opportunity to enhance my education and it has encouraged me to move forward in the social work profession. This opportunity has allowed me to be a part of the National Association of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Social Workers, and it has allowed me to connect with many different people in terms of my clients, colleagues and different groups and communities. Thanks again to the NAPRHSW."

    Jasmine E. De Paula

    2016 Recipient

    "The NAPRHSW Scholarship was the very first scholarship I had ever applied for and was selected. The scholarship funds helped me tremendously with paying down loan debt for the semester. I was not aware of the association before winning the scholarship and it has been a blessing being apart of a wonderful network for Hispanic Social Workers. Thank you again NAPRHSW."


    Mark Graciani

    2015 Recipient

    "I want to thank you again for the scholarship. I utilize this money for many things like books, supplies, and clothing. I also plan on using some to possibly take a summer course. Thanks again to the National Association of Puerto Rican/Hispanic Social Workers."

    Nubia Rodriguez

    2015 Recipient

    "This money will help me with part of the summer course I will be taking. This is a great help for me taking into account that my husband and I just recently bought a home and even this is a great blessing for our family, it is also a big financial challenge. This award is not only helping me but my entire family. Thank you so much"

    Application Process

     NAPRHSW offers annual scholarships only to first year MSW students who attend one of the following New York Universities: Adelphi University, Stony Brook University, Long Island University Post, Fordham University, Columbia University

    Selection Criteria


    1. Must be a Bilingual/Bicultural Spanish speaking student.

    2. Must be a full time graduate student completing his/her first year and entering his/her second year at any of the following universities: Adelphi University, Stony Brook University, Long Island University Post, Fordham University and Columbia University.

    3. Must be present to receive the scholarship check on Saturday, March 10, 2018 between 11 AM to 2 PM on Long Island, New York (exact location to be announced).

    4. Must be available to represent the association and be a liaison between the association and his/her university. This would include organizing a forum at the university so that a NAPRHSW board member can present to MSW students.

    5. Must be able to demonstrate a strong interest in community organization and community advocacy which could potentially impact the Latino Community.

    6. Must be in need of financial assistance.


    Please submit the following documentation:


    1. A cover page with vitals including name, address, email and telephone number.
    2. A current resume or bio.     
    3. An essay of no more than two pages, double spaced. Within the context of the essay, the following statement must be completed. I am pursuing the social work profession because…; What the social work profession means to me…;As a social worker, I am interested in…; The social issues that I am most interested in are…
    4. One letter of recommendation from either a faculty member or field placement supervisor. 
    5. A current transcript to demonstrate proficient academic performance.
    6. A letter from financial aid stating necessity.


    If selected as a recipient, we will need a suitable 4” X 6” picture and a short bio (1 or 2 paragraphs)by February 28, 2018.


    For any questions contact Vilma E. Matos at vmatos39@yahoo.com or 631 807-2822.


    Packet to be postmarked no later than February 9, 2018 and addressed to:


    Ms. Vilma E. Matos, LCSW-R

    39 Georgia Street

    East Northport, NY 11731


    If you meet the criteria for the upcoming scholarship, please email Vilma E. Matos at vmatos39@yahoo.com in December as deadline and selections are made in February of each year. In your email state that you are eligible and interested in the scholarship. She will place you on the email list to send you information on how to apply at the appropriate time.


    Thank you and Good Luck.