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Child Welfare Scholarship Program

Child Welfare Scholarship Program

The Child Welfare Scholarships are awarded to approximately twelve incoming students who are interested in becoming child welfare specialists. The purpose of the program is to train committed specialists in child welfare. Some scholarships are targeted toward applicants who aged out of the foster care system and applicants wanting to work with urban and rural Native American children. Following graduation, child welfare specialists have worked as child welfare social workers, therapists working with maltreated children, program managers, community organizers, and policymakers.

Child Welfare Scholarship Program Funding

  • Nonresident Award: $10,000/semester ($40,000 total for four terms or $30,000 total for three terms)
  • Resident Award: $5,000/semester ($20,000 total for four terms or $15,000 total for three terms)

Specialized Courses

Child Welfare Scholars complete the following specialized coursework.

  • Child Maltreatment Assessment and Treatment
  • Child Welfare Systems
  • Policies Affecting Children and Families
  • Mental Health and Mental Health Disorders of Children and Youth
  • Prevention of Child Maltreatment
  • Scholars will be directed to specific sections of the Introductions to Social Work course and Social Work Capstone

Special Fieldwork Placements

Child Welfare Scholars will complete their field placements in agencies that offer opportunities for cutting edge practice in child welfare.

Program Requirements

Child Welfare Scholars must enroll as a full-time MSW student in the 16-month, MicroMasters MSW, or 12-month (Advanced Standing or UM Sociology & SW) curriculum and complete the program requirements below.

I. Pathway

  • Complete the Welfare of Children & Families pathway and all pathway course requirements.

  • Select the 'Child and Family Well-Being - Micro Practice' course.

II. Required specialized courses

  • Child Maltreatment Assessment and Treatment
  • Child Welfare Systems
  • Children & Youth Services and Social Policies
  • Mental Health and Mental Disorders of Children & Youth
  • Prevention of Child Maltreatment

III. Field Placements

  • Child Welfare Scholars will complete their field placements in agencies that offer opportunities for cutting edge practice in child welfare

Due to course and field requirements for the Child Welfare Scholarship Program, MSW/MPH students are not eligible to participate in this program.

Application

  • All potential MSW applicants who want to specialize in child welfare social work are invited to apply.
  • Child Welfare Scholars must be enrolled in the full-time 16-month, 12-month (Advanced Standing or UM Sociology & SW), or MicroMasters MSW, select the Welfare of Children & Families pathway, complete all required pathway and specialized coursework, and complete a field placement in child welfare.
  • Application deadlines: December 1 of the previous year (early application), February 1 (priority), March 1. Selection of applicants will be made from all dates with priority given to those applicants that meet the December and February deadlines.
  • Deferred admits planning to enroll in the following fall term must submit their special program application by November 1, of the previous year.
  • Financial need will be considered in the review of special program applications.
  • Your MSW application must be complete by the scholarship deadline.
  • If you would like to apply for Child Welfare Scholarship Program, then please answer "yes" to the question, "Do you plan to apply to an SSW Special Program?" found on the Financial Assistance page of the MSW online application and then select the Child Welfare Scholarship Program checkbox. The application pages will be added to the end of your online MSW application.
  • Be sure to include your name and "Child Welfare Scholars Statement" in the upper corner of your statement before you upload it to your online application.
  • Note that it will be more likely to be offered the Child Welfare Scholarship if you select the Welfare of Children & Families pathway on your MSW application.

For more information about the Child Welfare Scholarship Program, contact the Office of Student Services at 734-936-0961 or ssw.msw.info@umich.edu.

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