• Scholarship Information

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

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    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 full time graduate student completing his/her first year and entering his/her second year at any of the above universities. 
    2. Must be bilingual/bicultural Spanish-speaking student. 
    3. Must be present at the award ceremony on Long Island, New York to receive the scholarship check. It is usually held during March of each year. (Date will be posted in Events page). 
    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 show proof of financial assistance with a letter from financial aid stating necessity.
    7. Must demonstrate proficient academic performance by submitting current transcript.
    8. A current resume or bio with vitals including name, address and telephone number and both school and personal email address.
    9. 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…
    10. One letter of recommendation from either a faculty member or field placement supervisor.
    11. Once selected as a recipient, you may need to submit a suitable 4" X 6" picture and a short bio one month before the ceremony.
    12. Application packet must be postmarked no later than the deadline date and addressed to:

    If you meet the criteria for the upcoming scholarship, please email Vilma E. Matos at vmatos39@yahoo.com in January as selections are made in February. 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.