The Horizons Project Eligibility Guidance

Current Horizons Scholarship Recipients do not need to reapply. You will be contacted separately about needed materials to renew your scholarship.


The Horizons Project scholarships are available to new or current MSW students who are enrolled in the classes and meet the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) defined eligibility requirements:

  • Citizen of the United States
  • Must demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA
  • Complete a minimum of 18 credit hours (6 courses) in the Academic Year
  • Be either Economically or Environmentally/Educationally Disadvantaged as defined by HRSA - Download the Eligibility Determination Form

Additional SSW Horizons Project defined eligibility requirements are:

  • A commitment to work with high need and high demand populations in the medical, mental and behavioral health field
  • A new student must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0 scale or a 3.5/5.0 scale at their undergraduate institution.
  • A current student must be in good academic standing (i.e. minimum 3.0 GPA & demonstrates professional and colleagial behavior).

SSW Horizons Project defined priorities are*:

  • Students from an underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders).
  • Students who live/work in medically underserved communities on Chicago's Westside (e.g. Austin, North and South Lawndale, Pilsen, East and West Garfield Park) or in Lake County, Illinois.

*Any SSW student who meets all HRSA and SSW Horizons Project eligibility requirements my apply but will be considered only if we are unable to find applicants who meet all eligibility requirements and priority categories.


  • Student must register for and maintain a minimum of 18 credit hours (6 courses) per Academic Year (Summer II, Fall, Spring & Summer 1).
  • Student must remain in good academic standing (GPA of 3.00 or higher).
  • Student must be in a placement in a medicially underserved community or working with a medically underserved population. Consult with Field Placement Office.
  • Student must participate in Horizon Project activities designed to provide academic and professional success.
  • Student must take elective courses designed to improve ability to provide services in medically underserved communities. Consult your academic advisor.

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T08HP30154 titled “The Horizons Project: Recruiting, Retaining and Training Social Workers for Primary Care for $1.8.  This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.