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Department of Social Work

Department of Social Work

Child Welfare Scholars Program (CWSP)

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Eligibility Requirements (pdf - 108 KB)


The children and families of South Carolina deserve a strong child welfare system staffed by well-educated, trained professionals. The South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) has formed a partnership with Winthrop University to recruit, educate, and prepare BSW and MSW students for public child welfare practice. The program is inviting applications for the Child Welfare Scholars Program (CWSP). As an incentive, participants receive a paid internship in exchange for a commitment to work at SCDSS or a Title IV-E agency for a specified period after graduation. The selection process is highly competitive.

CWSP Group

What is public child welfare?

The goal of public child welfare is to strengthen families and ensure safety, permanency, and well-being for all children. Child protective services are provided to support and stabilize families that may be having problems in meeting their children’s needs. When it is not possible for families to remain together, placements through kinship care, foster care, residential or group care, or adoption may be necessary. Working in child welfare may involve solution building with families by doing assessments and investigations; engaging families in case planning; working with other agencies, courts, and community members; and placing and monitoring children in out-of home settings and addressing the right of every child in South Carolina to be in a safe, healthy permanent family.

Program Benefits for Scholars

  • An opportunity to make a difference by providing quality services and supports to vulnerable children, youth, and families in South Carolina
  • Per-semester paid internship for the semesters in field
  • Preparation for professional service and leadership in child welfare


You must be a full-time BSW or MSW student with an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on a minimum of 60 hours of academic course work.

  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in social work courses
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 in all other (non-social work) coursework
  • Have at least two semesters, but not more than four semesters, remaining in your course of study before you are eligible to earn a BSW or MSW degree

For more information, contact Winthrop's Program Coordinator, Shamika Wright.