Teacher CANDIDATE Scholarships

The application for the 2020-2021 Teacher Candidate academic scholarships application is no longer available.  The deadline was February 13, 2020.

Please check back again in December 2020 when the 2021-2022 Teacher Candidate scholarship application will be available.

The College of Education and Social Work offers more than 30 Teacher Candidate scholarships each year valued at $750 to $2,000 each with a total value of more than $40,000. These scholarships are awarded to teacher candidates on various criteria usually reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or the founder of the award. Some scholarships are one-time awards while others may be renewable.

All students who wish to be considered for college scholarships are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some of the college scholarships are based on financial need and only students with documented financial need will be considered for those scholarships. The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available now.
A listing of the Teacher Candidate scholarships is available here to review the scholarship requirements.

Please consult the Financial Aid Scholarships page for additional information.

Undergraduate Social Work scholarships

“The online application for the 2020-21 Undergraduate Social Work scholarships is now available 

DeBaptiste Scholarship is an endowed scholarship for undergraduate social work majors. Criteria include excellence in academic achievement, demonstrated community leadership initiative, demonstrated commitment to bi-cultural and bi-lingual social work practice, and assignment to practical working with at-risk, culturally diverse populations. 

Dean’s Scholarship will be awarded to Undergraduate Social Work non-traditional students who will be seniors during the scholarship year.

The scholarship deadline for both scholarships is Monday, June 15.

For more information please contact 

Dr. Michele Belliveau


Travel Grants: The Undergraduate Social Work program offers travel grants to students who are in their field practicum.  The award of the grant is between $50-$250.

For more information please contact 

Janet Bradley MSS, MLSP


The above scholarships are offered on both campuses to undergraduate social work students.

Counselor education Scholarship

Name: Hamel, Cheryl Counseling Scholarship
Description: Will support a full or part-time graduate student pursing a Master's Degree in School Counseling with a GPA of 3.5+. College of Education Scholarship Deadlines: Jan. 1 - Feb. 13 each year for the following fall semester.
Application Process: All applicants must submit the scholarship application using the link below. Please include a current transcript, 1 letter of recommendation (faculty/or field based supervising counselor), and personal statement. Contact the Department of Counseling Education, 610-436-2559, with any questions.


Open Until 2/13/2020

Amount: $1,500
College/Division: College of Education
Department: Education
Class Year: Graduate
Minimum GPA: 3.50
Other: Must have completed 9 or more credits towards degree and be returning to WCU for the following Fall Semester, when the scholarship will be awarded.



In 2017, West Chester University’s MSW and MEd School Counseling Programs were awarded a $1.6 million U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce and Education Training (BHWET) grant. The primary goals of the grants are to increase the number of social workers and school counselors trained in integrated care and to expand behavioral health services to medically underserved populations and communities. To learn more about this stipend, please visit the HRSA Grant Program Page


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