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:


Recipients of this scholarship must:

  • Be a new student enrolling in a Walden University program and start between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.
  • Have earned a minimum 3.5 GPA in their previous bachelor’s or master’s program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have not received another merit-based Walden scholarship before January 1, 2018.
    • See Scholarship Funding details below for information regarding any merit-based Walden scholarship received after January 1, 2018.
  • Not be employed by Laureate Education Inc. or any of its subsidiaries.
    • Excluding Graduate Assistants employed by Walden University, who are eligible for this scholarship
  • 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 855-646-5286 to request an official scholarship application form.
  • Click here to download an official scholarship application form.
  • Submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words addressing the following:
    • Identify and discuss any current pertinent social issue or problem that you have either direct experience with or is of interest to you. Please provide any supporting evidence (information/sources) for your choice. For example, how is this issue/problem depicted in the media or any related sources?
    • How is your identified issue/problem affecting vulnerable populations, individuals, groups, and communities in your community? Be specific and be sure to discuss any potential ethical conflicts that you might encounter when providing focused interventions.
    • Why is this topic of importance to the profession of social work and why is this important to you?
    • Discuss how you would, or have implemented focused strategies to address the stated social issue/problem.
    • What are your short term and long term professional goals. Please explain how a graduate Social Work degree (MSW or Doctorate) from Walden University will help you achieve those goals.
  •  Applicants for one of the Doctorate programs must also respond to the following (up to 300 additional words):
    • Social Change Idea: Walden University and the profession of Social Work remain committed to social change. Imagine that you are the Executive Director of your own agency or the Dean of a school of Social Work. What Social Change program or project would you develop to facilitate change on a micro, mezzo, and macro level?
  • 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.


This scholarship will have an application deadline of May 31, 2018.

Scholarship Selection Process

A scholarship committee comprising members of Walden University will review the nominations and all submitted application materials and select the scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Announcements and Publicity

Individuals who receive a scholarship must affirm that they are willing and able to participate in all publicity efforts promoting the program by signing a release form that allows Walden University to use the individual’s participation in the program for publicity purposes. Such publicity may include news releases and media advisories, local and national media coverage, media interviews and photos, inclusion on the Walden website and other similar public relations activities. All such materials remain the sole and exclusive property of Walden University.

Scholarship Funding

Full scholarships will be dispersed to cover up to the costs of tuition over the life of the enrolled program starting as soon as the August term start. Other (non-full tuition) scholarship funds will be disbursed over 5 terms beginning in the student’s first term after being awarded the scholarship the full amount has been awarded. Students will not receive cash back at any time. For funds to be disbursed, the student’s records with the Office of Admissions must be complete, including the student’s official transcript. At any given time, if a scholarship disbursement exceeds the cost of tuition, funds will be disbursed in the amount up to the tuition cost. Students will not receive cash if the award amount exceeds their cost of tuition.

Students who withdraw from the program or university or change to another degree program are not eligible for this scholarship and will forfeit the scholarship. Should the scholarship be forfeited, students need not reimburse Walden for funds already disbursed to them. In order for scholarship funding to continue until the award is depleted, recipients must meet the satisfactory academic progress criteria set forth by Walden University’s current catalog for the duration of their program. If a student is in a new semester and forfeited in the previous semester (due to internal lag time), the student will receive a revised bill for the prior semester, in which the scholarship was received.

All recipients who enroll in a Walden program are responsible for the technology fee each term as well. Recipients are responsible for all other non-tuition costs including but not limited to residency travel and other university or program fees as applicable.

This scholarship can be combined with the First Residency without Residency Fee Offer and one other tuition reduction, such as, but not limited to, one of the following:

If a student has more than one tuition reductions (excluding the First Residency without Residency Fee Offer) applying to their account when being awarded a scholarship, the tuition reduction with the highest life-time value will be retained, and disbursements from all other tuition reductions will end simultaneously the start of the scholarship fund s.

Only one scholarship award can be applied to a student’s tuition.

This scholarship is not managed by Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Please call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286 for more information.

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