Program Grants and Awards

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.

The Child Welfare Education Program has two primary goals:

    To prepare graduate social work students for employment in regional public or tribal agencies that provide child welfare services, and;
    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 graduate students are provided information about the CWEP program as they enter their specialized year in the MSW Program. Interested students may also contact the Child Welfare Coordinator, Heather Lawrence ( or (920) 465-2346) for more information about the application and program requirements.

*Students who have not received undergraduate child welfare related coursework or who have limited child welfare employment experience, will be required to attend four (4) summer workshops (3 hours each); which contain materials regarding all aspects of the child welfare system, child welfare practice, policy, and child welfare reform.

MSW Child Welfare Program Materials

Title IVE stipend applications will be available after the first of the year. 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.

 Ada E. Deer MSW Annual Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Ada E. Deer MSW Scholarship.  Application deadline is November 15, 2019; one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded for spring 2020.  Click here to apply.
WHEREAS Ada Elizabeth Deer, a member of the Menominee Nation, has spent her life and career making a difference, including 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; and

WHEREAS Ada has served on many local, state and national committees, boards, and commissions, thereby having tremendous impact on social policies and practices in the State of Wisconsin and is a Nationally recognized American Indian leader and civil rights activist ; and

WHEREAS Ada had a significant impact on social work students in the UW Wisconsin System, including the contributors to this scholarship;

THEREFORE, this scholarship has been created to honor her legacy and reward 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):

a.    Must be admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in the Master of Social Work program.
b.    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.
c.    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.
d.    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.
e.    Women, LGBT persons, gender non-conforming individuals, Native Americans and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

Questions about the scholarship can be directed to the Social Work Program ( or 920-465-2049).