IV-E Child Welfare Scholar Program

Are you passionate about promoting the welfare of children through child protection, foster care, adoption, family services, and/or tribal social services?

Want to get paid while learning about these public child welfare services?

IV-E Child Welfare Funding is available for full-time undergraduate Social Work students at WSU to get hands-on experience before they graduate and apply their skills at Title IV-E eligible welfare agencies afterward.

Learn more about WSU's IV-E Child Welfare Scholar Program (PDF).

What You'll Do

As a child welfare scholar, you’ll work with vulnerable children who are at risk of foster care and out-of-home placement.

In addition to taking specific social work and child welfare classes, you’ll attend occasional training and meeting sessions.

This is a unique opportunity for you to complete your practicum requirement at a county child welfare setting.

Bonus: You’ll receive a stipend of $2,250 per semester for your work.

WSU's funding for this program is available through the University of Minnesota's BSW Child Welfare Consortium project.

Application Requirements

Before you apply for the IV-E Child Welfare Scholar Program, make sure you currently (or will) meet the following requirements:

  • Are a full-time (i.e. enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester) Social Work student
  • Complete SOCW 420 – Child Welfare with a grade B or better
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Attend child welfare IV-E student meetings and training seminars as needed
  • Have a senior field practicum arranged in a county, state, or tribal child welfare unit
  • Seek and accept—if offered within three months of graduation—a child welfare job in a county, state, or tribal welfare agency and maintain such employment for four and a half months for each semester of stipend received

How to Apply

If you’re interested in applying for the IV-E Child Welfare Scholar Program, first watch a video to learn more about what a realistic job in this field may be like.

You’ll be asked about this video during your interview for the stipend program.

Once you’ve watched the informational video, you're ready to apply.

Make sure you're prepared by reviewing the application questions (PDF) ahead of time.

Then when you're ready, complete the online application in WarriorSpace.

Fall term applications are due the fourth Tuesday in October, and spring term applications are due the fourth Tuesday in March of each year.


For more information, please email Dr. Ruth Charles at rcharles@winona.edu.