HEALS Scholars Program 2020-2021

Who is eligible?

MSW students in the Healthcare concentration who will be enrolled in field in Fall 2020 and BSW students interested in health and who will be in their field placements in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 may be eligible. The following conditions must also be met:

  1. BSW students must agree to be assigned to a healthcare service-learning project in SOCW 461 in Fall 2020;
  2. GPA of 3.5 across BSW or MSW coursework;
  3. Candidates must secure a field placement in an approved HEALS agency and remain in good standing throughout the internship;
  4. Enroll in a 1 credit HEALS seminar while a HEALS scholar during the Fall and Spring;
  5. Attend a 2 day conference in DC (paid by the grant);
  6. Participate in the HEALS program evaluations; and
  7. Be willing to be named publicly as a HEALS scholar and have your photograph appear in CSWE, SSW and other media.

Note: HEALS Scholars must agree to participate in the program for the entire 2020-2021 academic year, even if they graduate in December 2020. Strong preference will be given to students who will be enrolled as students in the fall and spring semesters of the 2020-2021 year. 

How do I apply?

Applying for HEALS:

  1. We will begin reviewing applications in July and will continue until HEALS scholars are selected. For best consideration, please submit all materials by July 6, 2020. 
  2. Click the appropriate link to apply:  2020-2021 BSW HEALS online application  |  2020-2021 MSW HEALS online application
  3. Three candidates (one BSW, two MSW students) and two alternates will be identified as potential HEALS Scholars in July. However, before selections are finalized and scholarships are officially offered, each candidate will need confirmation they are placed in a HEALS-approved site (determined by the SSW) with a field supervisor willing to be a HEALS mentor.
  4. Before accepting the award, candidates offered a HEALS scholarship are required to check with the University Financial Aid Office to determine if and how accepting this award might impact any other funding or academic scholarships.
  5. Final selection of HEALS Scholars and Mentors for 2020-2021 will be announced and made public in August 2020.