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The Child Welfare Scholars Program provides financial support and educational opportunities to students committed to a career in public or tribal child welfare.
Students interested in a career in child welfare are encouraged to apply.

What Is Child Welfare?

The U.S. Children's Bureau defines the child welfare system as:
The child welfare system is a group of services designed to promote the well-being of children by ensuring safety, achieving permanency, and strengthening families to care for their children successfully. While the primary responsibility for child welfare services rests with the States, the Federal Government plays a major role in supporting States in the delivery of services through funding of programs and legislative initiatives.

What can a student expect when becoming a child welfare scholar?

  • Educational opportunities and specialized curricula to support the development of child welfare knowledge and skills that prepares graduates for child welfare practice.
  • Financial support in the form of a stipend that can be used at the scholar's discretion.
  • Support and encouragement for American Indians and people of color to obtain their degree and to pursue a career in child welfare.
  • Program requirements which include employment payback post-graduation.

The Child Welfare Scholars Program is comprised of two groups:

Dabinoochiwag (For the Children) or the ICWA Scholars Program is available to MSW students dedicated to working with American Indian children and families in a tribal child welfare setting.

For further information about the program please contact:
Dawn Eckdahl, Student Support Coordinator
218-726-7497
eckdahl@d.umn.edu