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City Launches New Scholarship Program: Tuition Support for Social Work Degree

The program will provide tuition support to contracted provider staff who are pursuing a master’s degree.
(L-R): Deputy Commissioner Andrew White (ACS), Commissioner Jess Dannhauser (ACS), Dr. Sophine Charles (COFCCA), Dr. Norma Uriguen (ACS), Karen Dixon (Harlem Dowling), Associate Commissioner Cheryl Beamon (ACS) attend an in-person announcement of the ACS Provider Agency Scholarship Program, which was attended by ACS and provider agency leadership as well as prospective applicants.

The Administration For Children’s Services is launching a new scholarship program to help contracted staff advance their careers. 

The Provider Agency Scholarship Program is geared towards contracted provider staff who are pursuing a Master of Social Work degree. 

“The Provider Scholarship Program is an expansion of our existing programming available to ACS staff to support professional development,” said Jess Dannhauser, commissioner of ACS. “As a social worker myself, I know how much a MSW can further advance the work we do with families, ensuring they have every opportunity to thrive and succeed. This new program is a wonderful way to recognize provider staff who have demonstrated incredible commitment to working in NYC’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems and provide them with real support in advancing their training and career."

The program is expected to provide tuition support, professional development and post-graduation networking opportunities. 

“In New York City, we are making sure all those in child welfare are supported with the right training and professional development to help make them experts in their fields,” said Mayor Eric Adams. “ACS’s Provider Scholarship Program is yet another way for individuals who work tirelessly on behalf of children and families to provide the highest level of expertise to those they serve.”

The program will award 50 scholarships in its first year. To be eligible, applicants must possess:

  • Two years of satisfactory job performance
  • A current performance evaluation of Very Good
  • No pending disciplinary action
  • Letters of recommendation from agency senior leadership
  • Acceptance and/or enrolment in an accredited degree-bearing MSW program affiliated with PDP in the greater New York City area

Recipients of the scholarship are required to commit to working in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice systems in New York City for up to two years following graduation. ACS is planning to hold public information sessions in July and August. For more information, click here