Student Scholarships

Student Scholarships

Social Work Public IV-E Scholarship


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Working in conjunction with the Bureau of Human Resources and West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, the Concord University Social Work Department offers a limited number of Public IV-E Scholarships for both BSW and MSW students. This grant provides payment of tuition and fees, and a $1000.00 stipend support for each semester. Funds for summer study may be available. Awards will be based upon the merits of the candidate and are contingent upon continued grant support.

BSW Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have and maintain at least a 2.5 Grade Point Average
  • Will have completed at least 30 college semester credit hours
  • Must have declared social work as your field of study
  • Will have completed at least 6 semester hours of social work classes

BSW Recipients are Required to:

  • Pursue a full-time course of study leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Concord University. In addition to the usual required social work courses, the student will complete Social Work 320. Social Work 420 (Field Instruction) must be completed within a Department of Health and Human Resources office.
  • To provide the Department with a copy of his or her transcript within thirty (30) days of the end of each semester attended and to inform the Department of his or her academic progress. A minimum 2.5 grade point average must be maintained in order to continue eligibility for the program.
  • Accept employment with the West Virginia Bureau of Human Services or the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources in those counties where the Bureau of Human Resources has need for staff.

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MSW Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be accepted into the Master of Social Work Program at Concord University
  • Wants to pursue a career in child welfare at the Department of Health and Human Resources
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are currently employed by the Department of Health and Human Resources

MSW Recipients are Required to:

  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Complete Field Practicum at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
  • Accept or continue employment with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources following graduation

Application Deadline is March 31.

For more information about the Social Work Public IV-E Scholarship, please contact:

Dr. Sarah Whittaker
Public IV-E Scholarship Coordinator
​Professor of Social Work

Marsh Hall, Room A212
(304) 384-5228
whittakers@concord.edu

If you are interested in applying for the Public IV-E Scholarship, download the appropriate application in PDF format, complete and return it to Dr. Sarah Whittaker.

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BSW Public Scholarship Application

          BSW Public Scholarship Application (Online)

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MSW Public Scholarship Application

         MSW Public Scholarpship Application (Online)

 

Division of Social Sciences Scholarships


The Division of Social Sciences offers several scholarship opportunities for our students. Review the descriptions of the scholarships below. If you meet the eligibility requirements, we encourage you to apply.

For additional scholarship opportunities, visit Concord University's Scholarship webpage. Don't forget, the counselors at the Financial Aid Office are an excellent resource for information about paying for college.

Deadline for 2016-2017 Academic Year: October 3, 2016

Undergraduate Waiver (CCUS) Scholarship

  • 2 awards each of $1140.00 for In-State Residents ($3210.00 for Out-of-State Residents)
  • Eligibility: Social Sciences major, 3.0 GPA, non-renewable. Student cannot have other tuition specific scholarship such as Promise, HSTA, DHHR, U564, or outside scholarships designated for tuition.

Joseph Hatcher Scholarship

  • 2 awards each of $500.00
  • Eligibility: Social Sciences major, must have completed Freshman year with minimum 24 credit hours and 2.5 GPA earned, be a Mercer County resident, demonstrate financial need, non-renewable

Lewis E. Tierney Scholarship

  • 2 awards each of $400.00
  • Eligibility: Social Sciences major, must have completed Freshman year with minimum 24 credit hours and 2.5 GPA earned, must demonstrate financial need, non-renewable

The Barnette Scholarship

  • 1 award of $754.67
  • Eligibility: Graduate of a West Virginia High School, Social Sciences major, current minimum 3.5 GPA, remain in good standing with the university, must demonstrate financial need, minimum ACT of 21 or equivalent

George F. Moore Scholarship

  • 1 award of $970.35
  • Eligibility: Rising CU Junior majoring in Political Science, minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and 3.0 Political Science GPA, must participate in S.O.U.P. and SGA, community service, have good standing with the university

Health Sciences Scholarship Program


CSWO Fundraising Shirt BackThe health Sciences Scholarship Program (HSSP), established by the West Virginia Legislature in 1995, provides a recruitment incentive award for students in the state's higher education system to complete their training and provide primary care in underserved areas of West Virginia, or teach in an undergraduate nursing program in the state. 

Awards

The Health Sciences Scholarship Program makes approximately 15 awards each academic year to students in the state's higher education system: $20,000 for medical students and $10, 0000 for other health disciplines.

Eligibility

Students enrolled ina higher education program in West Virginia in the following fields are eligible: Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, Nurse Educators, Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Physical Therapists.

  • Fourth-year medical students at a school of allopathic or osteopathic medicine who are entering primary care internships or residency program in West Virginia, including family medicine, general pediatrics, general internal medicine, internal medicine/pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and general psychiatry;
  • students who are in the final year of a primary care graduate program for nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants or master's degree nursing program leading to a career in nursing education;
  • Students who are in the final year of a graduate program in physical therapy; and 
  • Students who are in the final year of a graduate program in social work or a doctoral program in clinical psychology. Social work students must be training to become Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers. Doctoral clinical psychology students must match with an internship in West Virginia. 

Selection Criteria

Awards are made by the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, based on a competitive process and recommendations of an advisory panel. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to primary care in West Virginia. Other selection factors include: background or family ties in rural West Virginia; work or living experience in a rural area; and experiences as a health professional or health professions student in rural West Virginia. Awards will be made from a pool of all applicants, and preference will be given to West Virginia residents.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age disability, or veteran status in the provision of educational or employment opportunities. 

Service Obligation

Students who receive an award must sign a contract at the time of accepting the award agreeing to practice care for a minimum of two years in an underserved area of the state upon completion of training. Nurse educators must teach in an approved undergraduate nursing program in the state for at least two years. 

Students are responsible for locating a practice site in a designated underserved area or a nursing faculty position after they have completed their training. the penalty for not fulfilling the service obligation is repayment of the award with interest. A listing of areas and facilities that qualify for the service obligation is included in the application packet. 

Federal law currently prohibits concurrent service of Health Sciences Scholarship service obligation with some federal programs' service obligations, such as the National Health Service Corps' loan repayment program. 

Application Process

Application packets are available at: www.cfwv.com under Financial Aid Planing> Find Scholarships. 

For more information contact:
Laura Boone, Program Coordinator
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Boulevard, East; Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-558-0530 
E-mail: lboone@hepc.wvnet.edu