Are you a social work student interested in a career in child welfare?

Are you a current county child welfare staff looking to further your education?

Consider applying for a CCWSC scholarship!

CCWSC scholarships provide financial support for undergraduate and graduate social work students while they gain knowledge, grow their experience, and prepare for a career in public child welfare in Colorado.

Why should I apply for a scholarship?

  • Academic and financial support throughout your social work education
  • Internship in a county department of human/social services
  • Participation in the New Caseworker Fundamentals training as part of your internship
  • Networking opportunities within the child welfare field and beyond
  • High rate of immediate employment post-graduation

How to Qualify for a Scholarship:

  • Apply to a participating social work program (MSU Denver, CSU Pueblo, University of Denver, and Univ. of Colorado, Colorado Springs).
  • Participate in a highly competitive application & interview process with members of the Child Welfare Scholars Committee.
  • Complete all required courses & remain in good standing with your social work program
  • Complete a field placement (internship) in a Colorado county department of human/social services or Tribal human service agency.
  • Commit to working in a Colorado county department of human services or Tribal child welfare agency for at least one year for each year a financial scholarship is received.

BSW Scholarships (per year)

Urban county, full-time = $7,000

Urban county, part-time = $3,500

Rural county, full-time = $9,000

Rural county, part-time = $4,500

MSW Scholarships (per year)

Urban county, full-time = $12,000

Urban county, part-time = $6,000

Rural county, full-time = $14,000

Rural county, part-time = $7,000

2023-2024 Information Session for the Colorado Child Welfare Scholars Consortium

What do child welfare workers do?

Child welfare workers, supervisors and managers work in a variety of capacities and with a diverse population of children, youth and families. In addition, child welfare staff work with a variety of professionals to advocate for and refer families to needed services and supports. Some of these professionals include: therapists, doctors/nurses, attorneys/judges, teachers/school professionals, among many others.  Primary responsibilities of a case worker include: intake, assessment, case planning, permanency and ongoing services across all areas of child welfare.

Child welfare scholars can participate in the Fundamentals for Case Work Practice training for new caseworkers in Colorado. This training series provides scholars with knowledge specific to child welfare policies and practices to Colorado. Participation in the Fundamentals training certifies scholars to be child welfare caseworkers in Colorado post-graduation and is a great resume booster!