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Scholarships for ACS Staff

ACS supports staff professional development through advanced studies in social services as a means of forwarding our mission to protect and promote the safety and well-being of New York City’s children, young people, families, and communities through the provision of excellent child welfare, juvenile justice, and early care and education services.

All ACS employees interested in attending an accredited college, university or certificate program, and seeking Agency support should contact the Borough/Division Point Person.

Eligibility criteria include having permanent or non-competitive civil service status; two years of satisfactory job performance; current performance evaluation of very good or outstanding; no pending disciplinary action; and a two-year commitment to ACS employment post-graduation.

Learn more about these scholarships and how to apply.


Dr. James R. Dumpson Graduate Education Scholarship

In late summer 2015, ACS was pleased to announce the newly established Dr. James R. Dumpson Scholarship Program to provide financial support to current ACS employees who have demonstrated a commitment to a career in child and family services and who are motivated to become leaders in our field.

This scholarship program was established to honor the legacy of Dr. James R. Dumpson, social work practitioner, educator, scholar, public servant, and advocate. Dr. Dumpson served as commissioner of public welfare and commissioner/administrator of the Human Resources Administration, overseeing notable reforms in the child welfare system.

His visionary and humanitarian life’s work established standards of excellence to which all human services students who are the recipients of this award must aspire as they follow in his footsteps. Learn more about the legacy of Dr. Dumpson.

Scholarship Information:

The scholarship will cover tuition at a comparable degree-bearing graduate program of study, equivalent to the cost of a two-year master’s degree at a CUNY graduate program, as long as the awardee remains enrolled and in good standing each year. The program awarded a total of $532,000 in scholarships in academic year 2015-2016 and applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Profiles of Scholarship Recipients:

In its first year, the ACS Workforce Institute awarded 40 staff members with scholarships to attend various universities including CUNY, Fordham University, New York University, Yeshiva University, and Metropolitan College of New York. View profiles of past scholarship recipients.

Eligibility and How to Apply:


Nicholas Scoppetta Undergraduate Education Scholarship

Nicholas Scoppetta served as the first Commissioner of ACS from 1996-2001. Under his oversight, ACS engaged in a comprehensive reform of the city’s child welfare system which won praise from national child welfare experts and the media. Mr. Scoppetta focused on implementing stronger management practices and reducing caseloads. In addition to his time at ACS, Mr. Scoppetta served as the Commissioner of Investigation for the City of New York, as Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice and as the New York City Fire Commissioner. He was also a President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Aid Society and founded New Yorkers for Children. In tribute to Nicholas Scoppetta’s dedication to child welfare, the ACS Children’s Center was named in his honor in 2013.

Scholarship Information:

The scholarship will cover tuition at an accredited degree bearing approved bachelor’s level program.

Eligibility and How to Apply:


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