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Graduate Program Receives $1.3 Million Grant

Feb. 5, 2014

A $1.3 million grant to CSUF will provide students with stipends to complete a master of social work degree in return for committing to work for a minimum of two years in a public child welfare agency.

The federally funded California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) MSW stipend program provides for two years of support, at $18,500 per year, to full-time students enrolled in the child welfare concentration. Part-time students also are eligible for stipends that covers tuition, books and travel.

David Chenot, chair and associate professor of social work, said the grant covers the stipends for the 35 full- and part-time students in the program, as well as salaries for four faculty members and one support staff. It also covers other expenditures associated with the program.

Chenot said Cal State Fullerton has received the annual funding every year since the MSW program began in 2009. The UC Berkley-based CalSWEC program was created in 1990 with 21 graduate schools of social work currently participating in the program.

The stipends go a long way toward helping CalSWEC students complete the master of social work degree, said Chenot.

"It is beyond significant for many students that would have a rough time, particularly those that are interested in going into child welfare," he said. "Students in the program often tell us how they could not have done it without the stipend."

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