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Child Welfare Stipend

Child Welfare Stipend

Interested in child welfare?  Learn how you could receive a stipend during your field experience for doing something you love.

The Child Welfare Stipend Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo Department of Social Work provides funding to qualified students to help with educational expenses such as tuition, books, etc.  Stipends exist for students and existing county employees in both rural and urban agencies.

Stipend Requirements

BSW Students receiving a child welfare stipend commit to employment in a Colorado Department of Social/Human Services or with a Tribal Nation within Colorado serving child welfare populations following graduation.  Students must work at least one year for each year stipend funding is received.

Academic Requirements – Students must successfully complete the entire social work program at Colorado State University-Pueblo, and take the following three electives:

  • SW 327 - Child Welfare
  • SW 329 - Rural Social Work
  • SW 341 - Trauma in Social Work

BSW Students receiving the stipend must remain in good academic standing throughout their academic career.

MSW Students may receive a child welfare stipend with the commitment to work in a Colorado Department of Social/Human Services or with a Tribal Nation within Colorado service child welfare populations following graduation.  MSW students who previously received one stipend in their BSW program are eligible to apply for a second stipend. MSW students who have never received a stipend may apply for up to two stipends if in a two-year program.

BSW/MSW Field Placements – Stipend recipients who are not currently employed in public child welfare must complete a field placement/internship in a public child welfare setting.  Internship opportunities are available with County Department of Social/Human Services throughout southeastern Colorado.  Stipend students attend the Fundamentals of Child Welfare training as a part of their internship.  This training better prepares students for work in the field and increases the likelihood of immediate employment after graduation.

Applications - Applications are available from Social Work academic advisors, the Social Work Administrative Assistant, the Social Work Department Chair, the Title IV-E Coordinator, and at the links below. 


BSW APPLICATIONS are due by November 30 of the year before students enter field.

MSW APPLICATIONS are due by April 30 of the year before students enter field.

Similar programs exist at the following universities:

University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, Butler Institute for Families
Lara Bruce: • 303-871-4509 •

Metropolitan State University (MSU), Denver
Debbie Ciancio: • 303-615-0851 •

Colorado State University (CSU), Fort Collins
Sarah Rudisill: • 970-491-7817 • 

BSW Stipend Application



    What is the application process?

    Download the application or pick up an application in the office of the Social Work Department.  Turn in completed applications by the due date to be considered for a stipend in the following Fall semester.  Once your application is received, it will undergo review by Social Work Department faculty.  Those who move forward after the review will be invited to participate in an interview with Social Work Department faculty, Colorado Department of Human Services staff, and staff from County Department of Human Services or Department of Social Services staff.  Students who move forward after that interview will be offered a stipend.

    What are my chances of getting a stipend?

    This is a competitive stipend.  The number and dollar amount of stipends available is dependent on funding from the Colorado State Legislature.  In past years, CSU-Pueblo has been able to fund about 6-10 Title IV-E stipends each year.

    Do I have to pay back the stipend?

    If you receive a stipend, you will agree to be employed with a Colorado County public child welfare agency or a tribal public child welfare agency within 2 months of graduation.  If you cannot find employment, we can assist you.  If you do not obtain employment, or refuse employment, you will have to pay back the stipend.
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