WAXAHACHIE — Southwestern Assemblies of God University is adding a scholarship for new Social Work majors. New on-campus undergraduate students who choose social work as their major will receive $1,000 per year or $500 per semester. This scholarship is renewable, allowing students to save up to $4,000 on a 4-year degree.

Social Work Instructor Sandra Harp, M.S.W., said, “I am most excited about the attention the scholarship will draw to SAGU for prospective Social Work students. I am also elated to see how God is using the SAGU Social Work students to fulfill His calling and purpose across the globe."

Qualification is simple. New students who intend to earn their social work degree on-campus, meet the academic requirements and declare social work as their major when they enroll, receive the scholarship. The scholarship can be renewed annually if the student remains a social work major in good academic standing.

Social work is an incredibly broad and diverse field with an overall goal to improve a society’s overall well-being. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, hospitals and private practices. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than average for all occupations.

“Continuing education of the next generation in social work is of utmost importance,” Harp stated. “Social problems affect every stage of life, every culture, region, family, church, and individuals. The numbers of those being trafficked, abused, neglected, and oppressed are astounding. We stand on behalf of the oppressed, wounded, lost, and those without hope."

For more information about the Social Work degree offered at SAGU, visit http://www.sagu.edu/admissions/bachelors-degree-in-social-work-with-a-minor.