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MSW Program Grants & Awards

The MSW Program is proud to partner with federal and state agencies, and private donors to offer funding opportunities for our graduate students, dependent on their area of interest.

MSW Child Welfare Stipend

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Social Work Professional Programs participates in the Child Welfare Education Program (CWEP) offered through the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. The Child Welfare Education Program provides grant-funded educational support to Social Work students preparing for employment and advancing to leadership positions in the field of public and tribal child welfare.

Public and tribal child welfare agencies in Northeast Wisconsin need a well-prepared workforce to insure the safety, permanence and well-being of our region’s most vulnerable children. Through courses and field work, UW Green Bay’s CWEP prepares professional social workers to serve these children, families, communities, and agencies.

Program Goals

The Child Welfare Education Program (CWEP) has two primary goals:

  1. To prepare graduate social work students for employment in regional public or tribal agencies that provide child welfare services, and;
  2. To prepare current employees of these agencies for specialized practice and leadership in the field of public or tribal child welfare.

Toward this end, the program combines specialized child welfare coursework with a supervised field practicum in a public or tribal child welfare agency in NE Wisconsin. Students accepted into the program are awarded a yearly in-state tuition stipend, paid at the start of each semester. Program participation requires a commitment by the student to work in a public or tribal child welfare agency upon graduation.

All students are invited to apply for the child welfare stipend program upon acceptance into the MSW Program. Interested students are invited to contact the Child Welfare Coordinator, Heather Lawrence, MSW at (920) 465-2346 or to obtain more information about the stipend program and the field of public child welfare.

Child Welfare & Protection Realities

It's the hardest job you'll ever do.

Child protection and welfare can be emotionally difficult. As part of the application process you are required to review this thirty-minute job realities video.

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Realities of child protection

Post-Graduation Requirements and Resources

The following requirements and resources are specific to students who graduated with the MSW Child Welfare Stipend.

Ada E. Deer MSW Annual Scholarship

Applications for the Ada E. Deer MSW Scholarship are accepted between February 1st and are due the second Friday in April for the upcoming academic year; one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded each academic year.

Ada Deer

Who is Ada Deer?

Ada Elizabeth Deer, a member of the Menominee Nation, has spent her life and career making a difference. She worked as a group worker, neighborhood house director, community Coordinator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Peace Corps lecturer, school social worker and lecturer for the School of Social Work American Indian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin. Ada served on many local, state and national committees, boards, and commissions. She made a tremendous impact on social policies and practices in the State of Wisconsin and is a Nationally recognized American Indian leader and civil rights activist. Ada had a significant impact on social work students in the University of Wisconsin System, including the contributors to this scholarship. This scholarship honors the living legacy that is Ada Elizabeth Deer and rewards students pursuing their Master’s degree in Social Work at the donor's alma mater UW-Green Bay.

Scholarship Selection Criteria

The recipient(s) and at least one alternate shall be chosen by the Social Work Program Scholarship Selection Committee pursuant to the following selection criteria (based on the time of application):

  1. Must be admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in the Master of Social Work program.
  2. Must complete a scholarship application in which they demonstrate their ability to evaluate contemporary social policies from a social justice perspective as well as their commitment to public service through policy practice.  This is demonstrated through responses to three prompts in the survey which are reviewed and evaluated by a committee of social work faculty members.*
  3. The UWGB Social Work Department will award one scholarship each 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.
  4. This scholarship can be renewable for up to 2 additional years so long as student maintains his/her academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. (Students must reapply to be considered for a second year.)
  5. Women, LGBT persons, gender non-conforming individuals, Native Americans and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

Essay Prompts

*Applicants are encouraged to draft their essay responses in a Word document and paste them into the application form when finalized. The three prompts are:

  1. Discuss a current social policy from the perspective of its impact on social justice or health equity.
  2. Describe your commitment to public service through social policy work.  Include past and current experiences, along with future plans to continue this work.
  3. Provide any other information you feel the review committee should know about you when reviewing your application.
Heather Lawrence

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