SCW Scholarships
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Society for Community Work (SCW) was founded in 1873 to be a service to individuals in need, to the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, and to the greater San Francisco community. Today, SCW continues this tradition through grants to small nonprofit organizations that provide identified needs in the community, and by awarding scholarships to high school graduates who demonstrate their financial need and readiness to attend college.



The Society for Community Work (SCW) awards annual competitive scholarships to current high school students planning to attend accredited 2- or 4-year institutions, as well as to continuing undergraduate students who received SCW scholarships the previous year. We select students whose work will reflect the values of Unitarian Universalism as described in our Principles:  https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles and https://www.8thprincipleuu.org/

Awards typically range from $1500 to $2500 per year and are distributed prior to the beginning of the new academic year (usually July). Scholarship recipients are required to complete 12 units or more per quarter or semester.

Please Note: Dreamers not qualifying under the California DREAM Act are also encouraged to apply.


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To be considered for one of our scholarships, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Will be in the first generation of your immediate family to graduate from a U.S. college

  • Will be graduating this spring from a San Francisco public or private high school

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above

  • Have a demonstrated financial need

  • Will attend an accredited public or private college or university

  • Will maintain verifiable monthly or other mutually agreed upon periodic contact with your Scholarship Committee mentor

  • Will provide the Letter of Recommendation as required on your application

NOTE: Your application will not be considered without a letter of recommendation.

Click here to access the 2021-2022 SCW New Applicant form. Read all instructions at the top before filling out the application.

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Click here to access the Letter of Recommendation form. Submissions must be received by Tuesday, March 1st, 2022.

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 To be considered for one of our renewing scholarships, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Show evidence that you have completed or are enrolled in at least 12 units per quarter/semester for academic year 21-22

  • Show that you have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall

  • Have communication with your SCW mentor monthly or on otherwise agreed upon schedule

Click here to access the 2021-2022 SCW Renewal Applicant form. Read all instructions at the top before filling out the application.

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Questions? Contact Us At SCW-Scholarship@UUSF.org



In keeping with our mission, the Society for Community Work gives grants to organizations in the community who provide services in keeping with our values. The SCW Community Grants Committee is responsible for choosing these organizations.


From Thad Smith, Chair, 2022 SCW Community Grants Committee

The SCW Board met in November and approved the SCW Community Grant Committee’s recommendations for 13 new Community Grants totaling $52,950, with Individual grant amounts ranging from $2000 to $5000. 

The following organizations were awarded grants:

  • Children & Youth: Daly City Youth Health Center, Greenlight Clinic, The Practice Space, The Read-Aloud Volunteer Program

  • Film: Kirana Productions

  • Theater: Cutting Ball Theater, The Marsh, Projection Commotion

  • LGBT: interACT, The LGBT Asylum Project

  • Unhoused People: Home Away from Homelessness

  • Peace: Rebuilding Alliance

  • Prisons: Project Avary

The 2022 SCW Community Grant Committee includes Nancy Buffum, Larry Danos, Daniel Jackoway, Joan Rost, and Thad Smith. I want to thank each and every member of the 2022 SCW Community Grants Committee for agreeing to participate in this work. Each member brought important skills and knowledge that made this year such a success. I am particularly proud of our efforts to locate and support organizations with smaller budgets where our grants make more of an impact.


In the current schedule, the Committee receives grant requests in the early fall and the team will approve proposed grants in October or November. The grants will be distributed the following year, usually starting in January. 

Every organization, which applies for a grant must provide certain documentation: 

  • proof of their nonprofit status,

  • annual budget and expenditure reports, and

  • annual report or a detailed description of their activities. 


The Committee seeks to provide funding to organizations addressing several categories of issues, such as services for women and children, disability and aging issues, homeless services, support for high school students reaching towards college education, prison rehabilitation, and ecology.  In making our selection, we consider the need for the services provided, the uniqueness of the service, and the amount of difference receiving a small grant would make to the organization.

If you are interested in proposing an organization for support or if you yourself are an organization interested in applying for a grant, you may currently contact scw-communitygrants@uusf.org.  


Information about 2022 Grant Cycles will be posted when available.

Please send paper mail to:

SCW Community Grants

630 Lexington Ave

El Cerrito, CA 94530