Indiana Child Welfare Scholars Program

The Indiana Child Welfare Scholars Program is designed to provide special course work and enhanced practicum experiences that lead toIndiana Child Welfare Scholars Program Participants for 2010-2011 - Click for larger image employment as a public child welfare worker in the state of Indiana.  Students who participate in the program will receive financial support through the Department of Child Services and will graduate with a commitment for employment with the Department. To be eligible students must be enrolled in the BSW Program.

Program Design


Each student selected to participate in the program will receive full in-state tuition and mandatory fees during the duration of participation while maintaining full-time status (12 credit hour minimum), and a 2.5 overall GPA with a 3.0 GPA in the social work program.



Each student will be awarded $2,000.00 per fall and spring semesters to assist with the cost of training expenses during the course of the program, as required by the Indiana Child Services Education Program.


Program participants will have a commitment to work for the agency for a pre-determined number of months post-graduation.

Admissions Process

Applicants will need to submit an application to the program.  Following are the minimum requirements for admission to the program:
·         Minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 and grade point average of 3.0 in social work.
·         Minimum of three semesters remaining before graduation.
·         Interview with social work faculty and representatives of the Department of Child Services.

Child Welfare Scholars Program 2014-2015 Application (PDF icon )

Applicants will be evaluated on:

·         A written application describing the student’s interest in the Indiana Child Services Education Program
·         Three professional or academic references
·         Academic Performance
·         Verbal and written communication skills
·         Volunteer experience

Applications for the 2014 BSW IV-E Program will be accepted during the 2013 Fall Semester.  
Funding will begin no sooner than the Fall of 2014.

There is a mandatory Child Abuse and Neglect Class that must be taken before funding begins. 


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