University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Professional Programs in
Social Work

Stipends and Scholarships

Students in the social work program may be eligible to apply for a Child Welfare Stipend and for two senior scholarships, the Rolfe E. White Scholarship in Social Work and the Jean B. Weidner Scholarship.

BSW Child Welfare Stipend

History: Since the mid-1990s, UW-Green Bay has provided grant-funded educational support to BSW students preparing for employment in the field of public and tribal child welfare. The Title IV-E child welfare stipend program provides funding equivalent to full-time in-state tuition for the senior year for students who make a commitment to seek and accept employment in a NE Wisconsin public or tribal child welfare agency after graduation.

Criteria: Students in the junior year of the BSW Program who demonstrate a commitment to working in public / tribal child welfare are eligible to apply. Applicants must meet and / or agree to these general requirements:

  • BSW student in good standing;
  • Enrollment in Child Welfare Emphasis courses;
  • Willingness to complete Senior field placement in public / tribal child welfare agency
  • Commitment to work full-time for one calendar year in a Wisconsin public or tribal child welfare agency upon graduation.

Deadline: Title IV-E stipend applications are generally due the second week of February. Interested students are invited to contact the Child Welfare Coordinator, Matthew Mattila, ACSW, CISW, at (920) 465-2867 or mattilam@uwgb.edu to obtain more information about the stipend program and the field of public child welfare. Program information and application materials are available though this link.

Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Partnership Project

Overview: The Social Work Professional Programs at UW Green Bay have received a three year grant from the New York Community Trust, in partnership with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)/National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education (Gero-Ed Center) to prepare social work students with the knowledge, skills, values, and abilities necessary to promote the dignity and independence of older adults and persons with disabilities to remain in their homes and communities. The project, formally entitled, “The Partnerships for Person-centered and Participant-directed Long-term Services and Supports Project” (hereafter referred to as the ADRC Partnership Project), will be implemented between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2016.
Drs. Doreen Higgins and Gail Trimberger will lead the grant activities in collaboration with Devon Christianson, MS, Director of the Brown County Aging and Disability Resource Center in Green Bay.

The primary objectives of the project are to:

  • Promote collaborations between ADRCs and social work programs to recruit BSW and MSW graduate for careers in long-term services and supports (LTSS).
  • Train social work faculty and Aging and Disability Network staff as leaders in implementing person-centered and participant-directed LTSS competencies.
  • Infuse person-centered and participant-directed LTSS competencies within social work curricula to prepare BSW and MSW graduates for effective practice.
Project Activities
  1. A primary feature of the grant project is the offering of tuition stipends for students who express an interest in aging and disability-related social work practice, and who are placed in an ADRC for their senior year practicum in the Social Work Program (see Partnership Project Stipend Application). Up to four one-time stipends of $2,500 will be awarded to students ($1,250 in the fall and spring semesters) who are in good academic standing in the Social Work Program, who meet all application criteria, and who demonstrate exceptional responses to the required questions in the personal essay. Students must also agree to the terms and conditions outlined in the BSW Partnership Project Stipend Acceptance Agreement. Applications will be reviewed by the Partnerships Stipend Committee and applicants will be informed of the status of their application by mid-March. Applications for the stipend are due to the Partnerships Project faculty, as identified on the application, no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 3, 2014.
  2. Students who are offered a tuition stipend in the Partnerships Project will be referred to an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) in NE Wisconsin where they must successfully fulfill the Field requirements of the BSW Program and the terms of the Partnerships Project stipend agreement. Project faculty and ADRC staff will secure practicum sites and work with the BSW Field Coordinator, Joan Groessl, in arranging placements.
  3. Social Work Methods III and Social Policy Analysis I are identified as target courses for infusion of specific competencies and practice behaviors which will serve to guide student development towards mastery of the competencies. Infusion will begin in the 2014/2015 academic year.
Deadline: Applications for the stipend are due to the Partnerships Project faculty, as identified on the application, no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 3, 2014. ADRC Partnership Project Application 2014-2015

Anne C. Kok Scholarship in Social Work/Social Justice

History: Professor Anne Kok was the director of the Social Work Professional Programs at UW-Green Bay when she was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 2008. Memorial gifts from Anne’s family and several hundred friends, former students and colleagues established this scholarship.

The UWGB Social Work Department will award one $1,050 scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. One-half of the scholarship will be applied to fall semester tuition and fees while the second payment will be applied to spring semester tuition and fees provided the minimum cumulative G.P.A. meets the university’s established requirements.

Criteria:

  • Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student with at least two semesters of coursework completed at UW-Green Bay and pursuing an academic-sponsored international learning experience (e.g., study abroad, student exchange, international certificate program, etc.)
    OR Enrolled or seeking enrollment at UW-Green Bay as an exchange student from the University of Jordan to earn credit for classes in the social work major
  • Applicants must complete the scholarship application that documents their interest in social change and/or social justice field
  • Minimum cumulative earned undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Pursuing a major in social work or in a related social justice field
  • Consideration shall be given to social work/social justice applicants (when qualified) with limited or no travel experience, either within their home country and/or abroad (as detailed in the written application)
Deadline: Applications are due on March 28th, 2014.
Anne C. Kok Scholarship Fund Application

Rolfe E. White Scholarship in Social Work

History: Dr. White's community service has consistently been on behalf of people in poverty in Brown County. He was instrumental in the founding of the NEW Community Clinic in 1970 serving as first chair, board director and volunteer worker with students. More recently Dr. White has served as the chair of the Task Force for the Homeless. He has served on numerous committees with the Task Force and has frequently testified on behalf of the homeless population. Dr. White has established this scholarship to assist future social workers in their work, and on behalf of low-income people.

Criteria: Recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • Good academic standing;
  • Positive recommendations from social work faculty when the applications are reviewed;
  • Written evidence of commitment to addressing poverty issues in future practice.

Recipients are also required to attend the social work banquet.

Deadline: Applications are due on March 28th, 2014. Rolfe E. White Scholarship Fund Application

Jean B. Weidner Scholarship

History: The Jean B. Weidner Scholarship Fund was established in 1991 by former UW-Green Bay Chancellor Edward Weidner, and Mrs. Jean B. Weidner, M.S.W. The scholarship was established for students pursuing a social work degree.

The Jean B. Weidner Scholarship will be awarded each spring to a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student who will be a senior in the social work major the following fall.

Criteria: Recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • Good academic standing; (minimum 3.5 GPA)
  • Written evidence of the following:
    • Significant accomplishments in the field practicum;
    • Significant leadership positions/accomplishments in the past three years;
    • Significant contributions to school/community in the past three years;
    • Accomplishments in the area of scholarship, leadership and professionalism.

Recipients are also required to attend the social work banquet.

Deadline: Applications are due on March 28th, 2014. Jean B. Weidner Scholarship Fund Application

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