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New Contract for Child Welfare Stipend Program

9 MSW students awarded $10,050 stipend--first of its kind in MnSCU system.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-8-2012

Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Human Services recently awarded a contract for $125,680 to the Master of Social Work program at Minnesota State University, Mankato to establish a graduate level Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program (CWSP). Matching funds from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Social Work bring this contract total to $248,898.

As a result of the contract, nine Minnesota State Mankato graduate students were selected to receive stipends of $10,050 each for the 2012-13 academic year. The stipends will enhance the educations of recipients, who after graduation must commit to working in a public child welfare setting (state, county or tribal) for each year they receive a stipend.

The fall 2012 graduate student recipients selected for stipends include Gayle Chandler (Russell, Minn.); Michelle Holt (Mapleton, Minn.); Abigail (Johnson) Malterer (Janesville, Minn.); Tiffany Kacir (Rochester, Minn.); Sarah Manthei (Norwood Young America, Minn.); Tina Meyer (Amboy, Minn.); Jessica Robertson (Alexandria, S.D.); Kayla Tanner (Brooklyn Park, Minn.); and Lori Thom (Springfield, Minn.).

Minnesota State Mankato is the first University in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to receive a contract to offer a graduate-level Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program. A Title IV-E Program is a federal entitlement program established by Congress and administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and University of Minnesota-Duluth are the only other schools in Minnesota that currently have such programs.

“We are very excited to be working with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to offer this stipend program,” said Robin Wingo, master of social work field education director at Minnesota State Mankato. “This is a great opportunity to enhance the career opportunities for students interested in public child welfare and to contribute to the delivery of quality services to children in the state of Minnesota, particularly small and rural communities. This has been a goal of the Department of Social Work for years and it is wonderful to have the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program available.”

Under the contract, Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Social Work, which is part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will be reimbursed for costs for administration, for delivering graduate coursework to the scholars, and for developing graduate level child welfare specific coursework.

Wingo, an associate professor and the administrator for the contract, said the contract for the Child Welfare Stipend Program builds upon an already successful undergraduate Title IV-E social work program that began at Minnesota State Mankato in 2005.

The contract also builds upon Minnesota State Mankato’s successful Master of Social Work Program, said David Beimers, director of the program.

“The Child Welfare Stipend Program complements an already successful MSW program that has graduated more than 100 students in its first four years,” said Beimers. “The stipend provides an incentive for students to return to school for their MSW, although the benefit is shared with the agencies and communities where these students will practice following graduation.”

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Social Work will seek to have the initial one-year Child Welfare Stipend Program contract renewed for three years and eventually plan to merge the undergraduate and graduate programs, Wingo said.

For more information please contact Robin Wingo, associate professor in the Department of Social Work in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavior Sciences, at 507-389-5084.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, a system of 31 public colleges and universities with 54 campuses in 47 communities throughout the state of Minnesota.

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