University of Southern Indiana

Child Welfare BSW Scholars Program

The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) recognizes the critical need to recruit and retain the best, brightest and most committed employees to work with at-risk families.

The Child Welfare BSW Scholars Program strives to enhance the recruitment and retention of qualified employees. The program offers students working towards a Bachelor of Social Work degree the opportunity to attend their senior year of the BSW tuition-free. Students are able to learn in-depth course content about child welfare and practice working with children and families while having the support of Department of Child Services staff and Master of Social Work prepared professionals. DCS offers the student employment with a competitive salary within two months of graduation.

What do you receive?

  • Senior tuition paid.
  • A stipend to cover additional student expenses.
  • Education and training toward employment at a local DCS office within two months of graduation and receive a competitive salary. 

How do you apply?

  • Contact Christy Baker in the USI Social Work Department.
  • Apply and be accepted into the Child Welfare BSW Scholars Program during your junior year.

What is your responsibility?

  • Successfully complete the Bachelor of Social Work program.
  • Successfully complete two specialized child welfare courses.
  • Accept upon graduation an offer of employment in the a local Department of Child Services office.
  • Complete a minimum of two years post-graduate employment for DCS.

The Child Welfare BSW Scholars Program is offered by the Indiana Department of Child Services and Indiana University School of Social Work through the University of Southern Indiana.

Contact Dr. Wendy Turner


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