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Indiana Child Welfare Scholars Program

The Indiana Child Welfare Scholars Program is designed to provide special course work and enhanced practicum experiences that lead to 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.

NOTE: The ability to access student financial aid will be affected by this program.


Each student will be awarded $2,000.00 per fall and spring semester 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 Application 

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 2018-2019 BSW IV-E Program (occurs during the senior year) will be accepted during the 2017 Fall Semester - DUE 9/22/2017.   
Funding will begin no sooner than Fall 2018.

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

  • If you have not taken this course previously, it will be offered in the spring.  There will be a second mandatory Child Welfare class offered in the fall, and senior practicas must take place in a county DCS office.

For more information contact   or 812.237.3428