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					Dear Entering Part-Time Student:


The University Of Southern California School Of Social Work is participating in a financial aid program for
social work students who are interested in public child welfare, and who will commit to employment in county
child welfare services in California. There is currently a drastic shortage of professionals in public child welfare
holding Master Degrees in Social Work. This shortage exists at a time of dramatic growth in reports of child
abuse, and neglect.

The State has joined with the California Graduate Schools of Social Work to encourage students to choose public
child welfare as an area of specialization and to work in this area after graduation. In support of this effort a
generous stipend is being offered in exchange for an agreement to work in public child welfare a minimum of
one year for each year of financial support received, upon completion of the MSW.

Public child welfare demands the highest level of professional skills and knowledge to preserve, support and
strengthen families, and to protect children. This move to professionalize public child welfare programs is one
we enthusiastically participate in and wholeheartedly support.

Please review the attached information sheets, explaining the stipend requirements. Please be aware that if you
are awarded a stipend you will be required to enroll in the Family and Children's Concentration, or in rare
instances, under special circumstances and with permission of the Assistant Dean for Field Education, the COPA
Concentration, in your second year of study. You will also be required to enroll in the Public Child Welfare Sub-
Concentration. It also requires a genuine interest in public child welfare and the intention to work in a public
children's services agency upon graduation, for a minimum of one year for each year of support received. You
will also need the use of an automobile in field placement. You must also pass a criminal background check,
be free of any felony or DUI convictions.

This program sponsored by the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) offers support to students
who are currently employees of a public child welfare agency, and who maintain their employment throughout
their enrollment in the MSW program.

The revised application deadline is WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. Please note that any
applications received after the deadline will not be considered for the grant, even if the application was
received by the student after the deadline. Please mail your application to: Kimberly Ross; Field
Department; USC School of Social Work; MRF 214-MC 0411; Los Angeles, CA 90089-0411. Students
selected to interview will be contacted. Please be available June 7 – June 31 for interviews. The school will
notify finalists to schedule an interview. The applicants who do not qualify as finalists for those stipends will be
notified by mail on June 9, 2005. Following the interviews the awarded recipients will be selected and notified.
All Students selected to receive a stipend must attend an orientation meeting in August and will be notified by
mail with the date to attend. Students may apply to either or both CALSWEC and IUC Programs.

Skirball students are not eligible to apply for IUC due to class schedule.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Kimberly Ross, CALSWEC Administrative Assistant at
213-740-9416 or kross@usc.edu

The USC CALSWEC PROJECT DIRECTORS
      UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA                                       SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

                PART-TIME STUDENT IV-E CALSWEC STIPEND INFORMATION SHEET

1. NATURE OF STIPEND
    The IV-E stipends provide reimbursement for tuition, books and travel up to a maximum of $18,500/year.
    Students in the Part-time Program MUST be current employees of a public child welfare agency, and
    recommended by their agency supervisor for this program. Students must enroll in the Families and Children
    Concentration (or with special permission the COPA Concentration) and the Public Child Welfare sub-
    concentration Field placements must be in a county child welfare service agency for at least one year, and may
    also be in a non-profit agency serving IV-E eligible clients. Students must remain employed in public child
    welfare during the time they receive this award.

2. WORK REQUIREMENTS
   Students must sign a contract agreeing to pay back this award through employment in a public child welfare
   agency, usually the one they are working in during graduate school. They must work one year for each year they
   receive this award. Upon graduation the student must return to the county that employed him/her, to an
   appropriate level social work position within that organization. Pay back may be postponed up to one year, if
   there are no available jobs in public child welfare in the State of California, with evidence from the student to the
   University of a diligent job search.

3. WORK INTERRUPTION
   A graduate who terminates employment before the pay back requirement is completed must repay the pro rated
   stipend. Hardships extensions may be applied for and granted by CALSWEC, but they only postpone the work
   requirement for one year. Waivers of repayment may be made in case of permanent disability or death. If a
   graduate is laid off because of county budget cuts and/or cannot secure a job in a county child welfare
   department within the State, pay back may be waived.

4. PAY BACK REQUIREMENTS
   Students are responsible for pay back of stipends and any costs of collection under the following circumstances:
   a) failure to maintain good standing in the MSW program (performance below 3.0 GPA or poor field
       performance);
   b) failure to complete the MSW within the normative 3 or 4 year period (unless a hardship extension is
       granted);
   c) failure to accept appropriate employment;
   d) failure to qualify for employment, as a result of failing an interview, medical or psychological exam, or
       criminal clearance;
   e) conviction for a felony including DUI or crime involving harm to children;
   f) voluntary termination of employment before completion of the work requirement (unless a hardship
       extension is granted);
   g) termination of employment before completion of the work requirement due to poor or improper conduct; and
   h) Violation of the NASW Code of Ethics.

5. SELECTION OF STUDENTS
   All students who are current employees of public child welfare system who meet the normal admissions
   requirements, and who submit letters of support with their application for this stipend from their agency
   executive or supervisor, may apply. Students selected must pass a criminal background check which
   requires you have no felony convictions or DUI convictions on your record. If you think your record has
   been expunged we encourage you to re-check this to make sure that this is true.


6. CURRENT EMPLOYEES
   In order to qualify for a part-time stipend you must be a current employee of a local public child welfare agency
   and maintain employment with this agency throughout your enrollment in the MSW program.
                                       UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                            SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

                                               APPLICATION FOR IV-E STIPEND

                                                     Deadline June 7, 2006

Please check the box (es) for the stipend(s) you are applying:  CALSWEC        Inter University Consortium (IUC)

Please select the campus you will be attending:  Los Angeles Main Campus       Orange County Campus  Skirball

Please check: I will be a  Full-Time Student         Part-Time Student

First Name: ______________________ Middle Name: ___________________ Last Name: ______________________

Address: _________________________________________________________________________________________

City: ________________________________________ State: ___________ Zip Code: ___________________________

Telephone Day: (_______) ___________________________ Cell phone/Pager: (______) _________________________

E-mail address: ________________________________________ Birthdate: ___________________________________

Ethnicity/Race: ______________________________ Social Security Number: _________________________________

Languages spoken other than English: _______________________                 _________________________

Degree of Fluency: (circle one for each)   1     2    3     4   5                      1     2     3     4     5

1 = can understand some, cannot engage in a conversation
3 = can understand and speak a little
5 = can understand and speak fluently

Name of University/College from whom you received your Bachelors Degree:___________________  BA  BS  BSW
Date of Degree confirmed:_______________
Major:________________________

Are you currently a public child welfare employee?  Yes  No
Are you applying for/on educational leave?  Yes  No

If currently a public child welfare employee, name of Agency: ___________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________City: ____________________________Zip Code: ______________

Job Title: _______________________________________Supervisor's Name: _______________________________________

Dates of Employment: From _______________________ To ______________________

If you are a current employee in a county CWS agency please provide us with a statement of support from your agency executive
/district supervisors in order to qualify for preference in stipend assignment.

List any previous child welfare related work experiences:


 Date                     Agency                                               Job title/ Description
_________        ________________________________                    ___________________________________________
_________        ________________________________                    ___________________________________________
_________        ________________________________                    ___________________________________________
Add pages if necessary
NAME OF APPLICANT: _____________________________________________ DATE: ___________________

Please write on the following question. You may add additional sheets. These questions are neither “right or wrong” but rather a
means of assessing the fit between you and public child welfare.

1. Describe your understanding of what work in a public child welfare setting entails. In what way has your prior
experience prepared you for working in a public child welfare internship? What interests you about public child welfare
that makes you think you would like to focus your education and career in this area?
NAME OF APPLICANT: _____________________________________________ DATE: ___________________

Please write on the following question. You may add additional sheets. These questions are neither “right or wrong” but rather a
means of assessing the fit between you and public child welfare.

2. What is one of the most challenging situations you have faced in your current work in public child welfare? Please
describe, detail issues and explain challenges.

What is one of the most positive/valuable experiences you have had in your work in public child welfare Please describe
experience and what made this so positive/valuable to you?
NAME OF APPLICANT: _____________________________________________ DATE: ___________________

Please write on the following question. You may add additional sheets. These questions are neither “right or wrong” but rather a
means of assessing the fit between you and public child welfare.

3. In what ways do people become involved in the public child welfare system? If this happened to you or a member of
your family, how would you handle this? What are the similarities and differences between you and the clients with whom
you will interact?
                                            FOR CALSWEC APPLICANTS ONLY

NAME OF APPLICANT: _____________________________________________ DATE: ___________________

Please write on the following question. You may add additional sheets. This question is neither “right or wrong” but rather a
means of assessing the fit between you and public child welfare.

Given that your payback commitment for this stipend is to any child welfare agency within the State of California, please
explain how you are prepared to move to another county to fulfill this payback commitment, if there is not a job available
within a 75 mile radius of your current residence when you graduate.

				
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