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4 students receive social work, DCS scholarships, stipends

Four Austin Peay State University students have been selected for the Social Work/Department of Childrens Services (DCS) Scholarship and Stipend program, beginning Fall 2007.

This years recipients are Elizabeth Johnson, Clarksville, Jessica Rone, Memphis, Elyice McCutchen, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jerrion Richardson, Clarksville.

Each of these students will receive tuition plus $3,000 per semester for books and supplies for up to four semesters. In return, each is required to take two child welfare courses and do field placement with the DCS.
Four Austin Peay State University students have been selected for the Social Work/Department of Children's Services (DCS) Scholarship and Stipend program, beginning Fall 2007.

This year's recipients are Elizabeth Johnson, Clarksville, Jessica Rone, Memphis, Elyice McCutchen, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jerrion Richardson, Clarksville.

Each of these students will receive tuition plus $3,000 per semester for books and supplies for up to four semesters. In return, each is required to take two child welfare courses and do field placement with the DCS.

After graduation, each will become a certified child welfare social workerand will be guaranteed employment with DCS and an automatic raise of $4,000 more than the starting salary of about $30,000. Each is required to work for DCS for two years.

According to Glenn Carter, project director and professor of social work, DCS also has a program in place for these students to fund studies for a master's in social work. Each can apply before or after beginning work with DCS.

APSU can award 11 DCS scholarships over a two-year period. Four have been given out this spring, and four more will be awarded next fall. To apply for the scholarship, a student must be a social work major and have three or four semesters remaining prior to graduation.

Any student can become a certified child welfare social worker by taking the two child welfare classes and doing field placement with DCS, after which they will start with a $4,000 beginning salary raise.

Carter said, “This is a great opportunity for social workers as DCS really wants all their new employees to have social work degrees and all of their supervisors to have a master's in social work to receive accreditation.”

For more information, contact Carter by telephone at (931) 221-7728 or by e-mail at carterg@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke