Center for Regional & Tribal Child Welfare Studies

Information for Prospective MSW Scholars

Application deadline has passed for 2014-2015.

Applications for 2015-2016 academic year will be accepted in Spring 2015.

The MSW Child Welfare Scholars Program provides students with financial stipends and educational resources to become advanced child welfare practitioners. Child Welfare Scholars agree to complete advanced child welfare curricula, which includes specialized coursework and completing their internship(s) in a child welfare setting. Additionally, Scholars receive the opportunity to complete professional education hours, providing Scholars with additional avenues to enhance and reinforce classroom curriculum, as well as providing professional development resources for continued career-long learning. Upon exiting the program, Scholars agree to seek and maintain public or tribal child welfare employment for a time period equivalent to the length of time they received Title IV-E funds. al child welfare employment for a time period equivalent to the length of time they received Title IV-E funds. In return, MSW Child Welfare Scholars receive up to $11,000 per academic year to assist with the cost of tuition and fees.

All Child Welfare Scholars are expected to:
  • Sign a Memorandum of Agreement and complete the programmatic expectations of the Child Welfare Scholars Program for which they are accepted.
  • After graduation, Scholars must seek and accept employment in a public child welfare setting for a period of time equivalent to the months they received a stipend.
  • Scholars must complete at least one field placement in a qualifying public or tribal child welfare setting.
  • Scholars must complete curriculum requirements specific to child welfare practice.
  • Scholars must provide the Center with documentation of their job search and service.
  • Scholars must complete degree and employment search obligations or they must repay the amount of money received from stipends.

Students selected for the new ICWA Scholars Program will follow the same requirements of the Child Welfare Scholars Program (and be considered a Child Welfare Scholar), but will also be expected to attend all events related to ICWA Scholars Program. In return, MSW ICWA Scholars receive $18,000, plus a summer stipend, to assist with the cost of tuition and fees. ICWA Scholars will also be required to:

    • Complete a field placement in the St. Louis County ICWA Unit or with a regional tribal child welfare agency
    • Take SW 5095: Trauma Informed Practice for Children and Adolescents
    • Must be available to complete the 307C Bridging Our Understanding Training offered through DHS (requires offsite training)
    • Have opportunities to shadow QUICWA Court Monitors through the QUICWA Court Monitoring Project
    • Sign a Memorandum of Agreement and abide by all employment obligations as one would normally via the Child Welfare Scholars Program.

1. Review the document “Child Welfare Defined” to ensure you have a clear understanding of the field of child welfare for the purposes of this program.

2. Watch the “Realistic Job Preview of North Carolina Child Welfare Work” and read the information provided at the link below---note—you will need to view this video to complete the essay portion of the application.

3.  If after reviewing the document you are still interested in becoming a child welfare scholar, please do the following:
ICWA SCHOLARS PROGRAM: Complete application linked below. It is the same application as the Child Welfare Scholars Program, with additional essay questions regarding American Indian child welfare practice.

2014-2015 ICWA Scholars Program Application (WORD DOCUMENT)

The preferred application for submission is the PDF version of the application. In order to complete it, you must download the application in the most updated version of Adobe Reader to complete the PDF application linked below. Areas highlighted in red on the application are required for all applicants. It is highly suggested you use Mozilla Firefox as a web browser during this application process.

2014-2015 UMD MSW Child Welfare Scholars Program Application

If you have trouble using the PDF application, please feel free to use the Microsoft Word application below: WORD APPLICATION: 2014-2015 UMD MSW Child Welfare Scholars Program Application

4. Send your completed application (for either program) and resume electronically to: Jensina Rosen at Applicants who do not submit materials electronically or in the proper format (see application for detailed directions) will have materials returned.

5. DEADLINE for ICWA Scholars Program: TBD

DEADLINE for Child Welfare Scholars Program: TBD

You may submit an ICWA Scholars or Child Welfare Scholars Program application even if you are still pending acceptance to the MSW Program or the Graduate School. Applications for the MSW Program are due TBD.

6. If you have questions during the application process, please contact Jensina Rosen at or (218)726-7497.




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