Child Welfare and Development (CWD) Scholarship for Students Pursuing a Degree in Social Work 2019-2021

Family Living Today (FLT) is excited to announce the 2019-2020 Child Welfare and Development Scholarship Award, which is open to students pursing a bachelor’s degree in social work at an accredited university, and will be awarded annually in the amount of $1,000.

One of our goals at FLT is to help build a world where every child can grow up healthy, protected from harm or trauma and educated so they can reach their full potential, no matter who they are or where they were born. The CWD Scholarship is one way we can advance this mission, while also helping the next generation of child welfare professionals reach their academic goals.

Who Can Apply?

We’re looking for promising young students in good academic standing, with extracurricular experience working with children who have experienced neglect or abuse, which might put them at risk to successfully transition into adulthood. If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear your story.

Scholarship Qualifications

To qualify, applicants must demonstrate both academic distinction in either sociology, psychology, social sciences or a related field, as well as a financial need. This scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students studying social work with an academic emphasis in child welfare who plan to pursue a career in the field of child welfare.

In addition to the academic requirements, applicants must also demonstrate a personal history of working with or on behalf of traumatized, neglected or abused children, which can include research efforts or community work centered on the health, well-being and protection of children.

Through the CWD scholarship award, FLT will identify applicants who have above interests and criteria, and those who have demonstrated efforts aimed at protecting the well-being of children.

Award Recipient

One applicant will be chosen to receive the scholarship award in the amount of $1,000 each calendar year. This scholarship award program is an equal-opportunity award open to all qualified applicants who meet the eligibility requirements.

Student Scholarship Criteria

  1. Currently enrolled in good standing in an accredited sociology, psychology or social sciences undergraduate program in the United States
  2. Current overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. Demonstrated history of working with or on-behalf of children who have experienced neglect or abuse (through advocacy, community involvement, volunteerism or research efforts)
  4. Demonstrated financial need

Application Requirements and Deadline

The application period for the CWD Scholarship Award begins on November 1, 2019, and eligible students may submit applications through January 31, 2020. Only applicants who submit completed applications in full by January 31, 2020 are eligible for consideration. The recipient of the award will be announced on our site on February 28, 2020; the recipient will be notified via email.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. First and Last name
  2. Email address
  3. Phone number
  4. Current college or university you attend
  5. Current GPA
  6. Expected graduation date
  7. Current course of study

Also, applicants must submit a 1-2 page essay that explains:

  1. Why you’ve chosen to pursue a career in social work and child welfare
  2. What your specific extracurricular experience is working with or on the behalf of at-risk or traumatized children
  3. How you intend to use this award

Finally, please include any pictures you have that might demonstrate your extracurricular efforts.

Submit the information and essay by email to cwdscholarship [at] no later than January 31, 2020. You will receive an email reply within 3 business days to confirm receipt of your application materials.

All applications will be reviewed by our CWD Scholarship Award committee members, who will score each submission and essay on a scale of 1 to 20 based on merit and need factors. The highest scored submission will receive the CWD Scholarship Award of $1,000. All applicants will be notified by email and the social work scholarship funds will be disbursed (by checkon March 1, 2020.

We’re thrilled to announce the recipients of the CWD Scholarship Award for the amount of $1,000:

2017-2018 Award Winner

Shelby Forosan
School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Expected graduation date: December 2019
Major: Psychology

2018-2019 Award Winner

Samantha Leahon
School: Boston University
Expected graduation date: May 2019
Major: Human Development and Psychology