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The Bachelor's in Social Work Child Welfare Scholars Program promotes the development of generalist social workers to become leaders who are committed to pursuing culturally competent practice as they serve at-risk children and their families through county and tribal agencies, focusing on Northern Minnesota.

Program Overview

Education and Curriculum

      • Must demonstrate a commitment to the field of public and/or tribal child welfare
      • Complete SW 4113: Introduction to Child Welfare course
      • Focus SW 4103: Senior Project & SW 4120: Community Volunteer Experience in child welfare
      • Attend and complete Minnesota Child Welfare Training System Foundation Training

Financial Support

      • UMD BSW Child Welfare Scholars will be awarded $3,000 per semester, or $6,000 per academic year. Eligible candidates must be full-time students.
      • Students may apply for the Child Welfare Scholars Program in their junior or senior year

Student Support

      • One on one and group support for all BSW Child Welfare Scholars
      • Culturally-based support for American Indians, other students of color and non-traditional students
      • Connection with other BSW and MSW Child Welfare Scholars
      • Opportunities to attend special seminars, meetings, and trainings
      • Monthly student seminars provide a place for students to discuss child welfare practice, share their experiences in the field and learn about new and promising practices.

Scholar Requirements

      • Complete the required senior field placement in a county, state, or tribal child welfare unit
      • Upon graduation, seek and accept, if offered within 3 months of graduation, a child welfare job in a county, state, or tribal child welfare agency
      • Remain employed in a public or tribal child welfare position for a length of time equivalent to the amount of time financial support was received

The Master's in Social Work Child Welfare Scholars Program promotes the development of advanced generalist social workers, practitioners, and leaders who are committed to pursuing culturally competent practice as they serve at-risk children and their families through county and tribal agencies, focusing on Northern Minnesota.

Program Overview

Education and Curriculum

      • Students must demonstrate a commitment to the field of public and/or tribal child welfare
      • Complete SW 5032 Child Welfare and the Law and SW 8031 Advanced Child Welfare Practice
      • Attend and complete Minnesota Child Welfare Training System Foundation Training
      • Attend/host a session at the St. Louis County Health and Human Services Conference
      • Attend/facilitate group table discussions at the annual Winter Institute
      • Standard program students complete sixteen hours of professional development

Financial Support

      • UMD MSW Child Welfare Scholars will be awarded up to $5,500 per semester, depending on the number of registered credits. Eligible candidates may be full- or part-time students.

Student Support

      • One on one and group support for all MSW Child Welfare Scholars
      • Culturally-based support for American Indians, other students of color and non-traditional students
      • Connection with other MSW and BSW Child Welfare Scholars
      • Opportunities to attend special seminars, meetings, and trainings
      • Monthly student seminars provide a place for students to talk about child welfare practice, share their experiences in the field and learn about new and promising practice.

Scholar Requirements

      • Complete the required field II placement in a county, state, or tribal child welfare unit
      • Upon graduation, seek and accept, if offered within 12 months of graduation, a child welfare job in a county, state, or tribal child welfare agency
      • Remain employed in a public or tribal child welfare position for a length of time equivalent to the amount of time financial support was received