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HEALS Scholars Program Application

For Academic Year 2019-2020

Social Work HEALS: Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars was created to develop the next generation of health care social work leaders who will stand ready to lead efforts to address system-level changes, to heighten awareness of prevention and wellness, and to address the issues of structural racism that are embedded in social institutions.

MSU Denver will selected four students annually (two baccalaureate and two masters) over a five-year period who became Social Work HEALS Scholars. Each HEALS Scholar will commit to focused health care social work education, a health care-based field placement, and travel to a 2-day health care social work education and policy event in Washington, DC. Selected students will receive a total of $5,500. Specifically, $4,000 of that amount will be in stipend funds and up to $1,500 of it will support travel expenses to attend the policy and education event. Selected schools will form a consortium to share resources and lessons learned over the course of the five years.

To be eligible:

  • BSSW Program - students must be accepted into the BSSW Program and entering their Senior Year field placement in the BSSW Program in the 2019-2020 academic year
  • MSW Program - students must be accepted into the MSW Program and entering the Concentration Year field placement in the 2019-2020 academic year (please note: students applying for the Advanced Standing program for the 2019-2020 academic year are only eligible to apply to be a HEALS Scholar if they applied and are accepted at the Priority Deadline)

We welcome you to apply to become a HEALS Scholar. Finalists will be selected after a committee reviews application materials. Finalists will be required to interview with project faculty and prospective placements in February 2019. Please express your intent and/or interest in the HEALS Scholar Program by filling out this quick survey: 

Student Application Materials include:

  1. Student Application
  2. Student Essay
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation

How to Apply:

  • Select one of the HEALS Placements through the regular field placement selection process in SONIA:
    • Frasier Meadows Retirement Community (BSSW)
    • Westlake Care Community (BSSW)
    • Clinica Family Health Services (MSW)
    • Craig Hospital (MSW)
  • DOWNLOAD this Application2019-2020 HEALS Scholar Student Application  and read the instructions. Deadline for submission of student application materials: February 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM
  • The student is to submit Student Application (Parts A, B, & C) and Essay to Lead HEALS Faculty Coordinator, Dr. Jess Retrum, via email at
  • Letters of Recommendation are to be send from the recommenders directly to the Lead HEALS Faculty Coordinator, Dr. Jess Retrum, via email at
  • Electronic signatures/typed signatures are suggested

If you have further questions, please contact the HEALS Faculty Coordinators: Dr. Jess Retrum ( or Dr. Tanya Greathouse (

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Main Office
Central Classroom Suite 201

Office of Field Education
Central Classroom Suite 202

Office of Social Work Student Services
Central Classroom Suite 206

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Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Social Work
PO Box 173362 CB 70
Denver, CO 80217-3362


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Our MSW and BSSW Programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education - the sole accrediting body for social work education.