ALERT: Apply Now For HSCAS’ Spring 2022 Semester


September 29, 2021

Contact: Rachel Noerdlinger,

Amaris Cockfield,



New York – The Human Services Career Advancement Scholarship (HSCAS), which offers eligible essential workers an opportunity to advance in their careers, is now taking applications for the 2022 Spring semester. Applications close October 8 for Associate’s and Bachelor’s, December 5 for LMSW, and December 15 for Master’s.

This is a collaboration with FPWA, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, CUNY, and the Center for New York City Affairs to bring this landmark career advancement program to our city. It is a $2.5 million city investment that will create a path to a degree or licensure for nonprofit human services workers who have had to put their education on hold because of a lack of financial and other critical supports.

There are 60,000 of these dedicated professionals working in New York City – 67% are women and 68% are persons of color. Without core degrees and licenses, they are consigned to lower wage jobs with limited to no career advancement.

Human service organizations and staffs have been on the frontlines throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, ensuring that early childhood programs stayed open for healthcare and other frontline workers, while staffing senior centers, youth programs, domestic violence shelters, and other essential programs.
For more information, please visit the website, or register on the interest page to be notified of upcoming important dates.

About FPWA
FPWA is an anti-poverty policy and advocacy organization committed to advancing economic opportunity and upward mobility for low-income New Yorkers. Having a prominent New York presence for nearly 100 years, FPWA has long served New York City’s human services sector, providing grants to help individuals and families meet their basic needs, and advocating for fair public policies on behalf of people in need and the agencies that serve them. FPWA’s member network of 170 human-service and faith-based organizations reach more than 1.5 million people in New York’s communities each year. Join us at, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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FPWA has recently been receiving claims from members of the public emailing and calling our offices that individuals posing as FPWA agents have contacted them claiming that in order for the recipient to claim grant monies from FPWA they must first send the agent personal information, a cell phone number, gift card codes or money.

FPWA does not use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), text messages or direct phone contact to solicit, review, or make awards. FPWA staff will not call or message you requesting money in order to be eligible for an award.

Further, FPWA does not make grants directly to individuals. FPWA works with its member agency partners and other reputable community-based organizations to direct support to families and individuals in our community.

If you or someone you know has been contacted by someone posing to be an “FPWA Agent” or staff person requesting money to release a grant, please do the following:

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