Scholarship Opportunities

Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard and community

Scholarships for Black Students

We are pleased to announce a number of new scholarships in the Faculty of Social Work – created through philanthropy – to specifically support Black students looking to pursue the profession of social work.

This page has been created to generate awareness. New information - including full terms of reference - will be posted in the coming months, and these scholarships should be open for application in the 2022 academic term.

These scholarships are dependent upon people like you supporting these scholarships. If you think this is an important initiative, please consider donating to the scholarship funds!


Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard

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Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard Leadership Scholarship

  • For Undergraduate Students
  • Opens in 2022 Academic Year

This award, created to honour Dr.Wanda Thomas Bernard - a leading scholar and social work thought leader and life-long leader in fighting racism in Canada - a reflects a desire to support diversity and equity within the social work profession, which will ultimately serve to benefit our society as a whole with the following criteria:

  • Offered annually to a continuing undergraduate student enrolled in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, BSW program.
  • Academic merit
  • Black Student
  • Extra-curricular activities demonstrating involvement and leadership in Black communities

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Emerging Black Voices Entrance Scholarship

  • For Undergraduate Students
  • Opens in 2022 Academic Year

The Emerging Black Voices Entrance Scholarship reflects a desire to support diversity and equity within the social work profession, which will ultimately serve to benefit our society as a whole.

Criteria for this scholarship will be posted in the coming months.

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Dr. David Este

Dr. David Este Graduate scholarship

This graduate social work scholarship is named in honour of long-time UCalgary Social Work faculty member Dr. David Este, recognizing his leadership, pioneering research and anti-Black racism work over his distinguished career.

More information coming soon.