To recognize and support individuals committed to helping underserved populations, Walden University has established the Barbara Solomon Scholarships for Social Work.

Named in honor of the pioneering social worker and Walden board member who dedicated her 50-year career to empowering minority and underserved communities, these scholarships will be awarded to outstanding new students who demonstrate a proven commitment to helping the underserved.

Up to six scholarships will be awarded:

  • Master of Social Work (MSW): One full-tuition, one $5,000, and one $10,000 scholarship
  • Doctor of Social Work (DSW) or PhD in Social Work: One full-tuition, one $5,000, and one $10,000 scholarship (in total for both doctoral programs)

2014 Recipients


Recipients of this scholarship must:

  • Have enrolled in a Walden social work program in March 2015 OR enroll as a new social work student for the June, September or December 2015 terms.
  • Have earned a minimum 3.5 GPA in their previous bachelor’s or master’s program.
  • Have not received another merit-based Walden scholarship.
  • Not be employed by Laureate Education, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates.
  • Meet all admission requirements and be fully admitted into one of Walden’s social work programs.

Application Process

To apply:

  • Call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 to request an official scholarship application form.
  • Submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words describing:
    • Part I
      • Past or present service to your community or organization and your impact on social change.
      • The underserved population(s) you want to serve and why you wish to serve them. (Underserved populations are people who have difficulty securing, accessing, or maintaining resources for living, such as food, healthcare, shelters, employment, and safety.)
      • How the Walden degree will help you achieve this goal.
    • Part II
      • Recall a previous workplace or local community and reflect on problems or issues that you encountered. How do you think social workers could have helped resolve the issue(s) at hand?
      • How would you work with professionals both within and outside the realm of social work to collaboratively address this community issue or problem in your workplace?
  • Submit a current copy of your résumé or CV.
  • Submit a formal letter of recommendation from a current or former supervisor or professor describing how your passion for social change has made a difference in the lives of others.
  • Email the completed application, essay, résumé or CV, and letter of recommendation all together to
    • OPTIONAL: You may also submit additional letters of recommendation.

All required information must be provided in order for the application to be considered. Applicants may be contacted by phone to confirm the authenticity of information submitted.

Applications for 2015 are due by April 1, 2015.

Scholarship Selection Process

A committee comprising of Walden social work faculty and staff will review applications and select the six scholarship recipients. The committee members will make the final selection of the scholarship recipients, and their choices are final. Awards will be announced by May 15, 2015.

Scholarship Announcements and Publicity

Individuals who receive a Barbara Solomon Scholarship for Social Work must affirm that they are willing and able to participate in all publicity and marketing efforts promoting the program. Such publicity may include news releases and media advisories, local and national media coverage, media interviews and photos, and other similar public relations activities.

Individuals who participate must sign a release that allows Walden University to use the individual’s participation in the program for publicity purposes without limitation and states that all such materials remain the sole and exclusive property of Walden University.

Scholarship Funding

Scholarship funds will be disbursed beginning in the student’s first term after being awarded the scholarship, and remaining funds will be applied toward the following term(s) until all funds have been used. For funds to be disbursed, the student’s records with the Office of Admissions must be complete, including the student’s official transcript.

Scholarship recipients who withdraw from the program or university, or change to another degree program, will no longer be eligible for this scholarship and will forfeit the scholarship. A formal Leave of Absence (LOA) does not constitute a withdrawal from the program. In order for scholarship funding to continue throughout the length of the program, recipients must meet the satisfactory academic progress criteria set forth by Walden University’s current catalog for the duration of their program. Should the scholarship be forfeited, students need not reimburse Walden for funds already disbursed to them.