Title IV-E Undergraduate Student Stipends

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Benefits

Benefits

$7,000 stipend: Undergraduate students selected for the Title IV-E program receive a $7,000 stipend per academic year. After graduation the students agree to work for the Montana Child & Family Services Division (CFSD) for a specific amount of time (usually two years), starting within six months after graduation. CFSD and the Center work with students to help find an appropriate placement.

Additional training: The program also offers additional training opportunities for the selected students. Through the partnership with CFSD, students build additional competencies for practice in a public child welfare setting. Students work directly with professionals in foster care programs, adoption assistance, and group home care, and students build skills for working with professionals in medical, educational, and judicial fields.

Eligibility

Eligible Schools and Majors

Eligible Schools & Majors

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Montana State University logoHuman Development & Family Science

Montana State University Billings logo Human Services

 

Undergraduate Student Eligibility

Undergraduate applicants must be:

  • Declared majors in social work, human development and family sciences, or human services
  • In good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Able to commit to employment with CFSD after graduation. Six months of employment are required for each semester of the stipend.
Academic Requirements

 

Academic Requirements

Students selected for the program take classes to build a substantial body of knowledge in public child welfare. Coursework in human behavior, child abuse and neglect, social work or human service practice methods, and family systems prepare students for the required practicum or internship with the Montana Child & Family Services Division (CFSD).

Core Curriculum

Required classes for Title IV-E Stipend Program

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Montana State University

Montana State University-Billings

SW 420, Child Abuse and Neglect HDFS 459 Helping the Hurt Child

REHA 453 Case Management and Community Resource

SW 450, Children and Youth at Risk HDFS 359 Theories and Skill for Human Services EDEC 310 Child in the Family
SW 488, Social Work Practicum with Child and Family Services Emphasis HDFS 498 Internship with Child and Family Services Emphasis HS 395 Supervised Field Experience 1 in the Human Service with Child and Family Service Emphasis

One of the following courses:

PSYX 340, Abnormal Psychology

PSYX 348, Psychology of Family Violence

SW 423, Addiction Studies

One of the following courses:

PSYX 340, Abnormal Psychology

HDFS 460, Parenting Education and Child Guidance

CHTH 205, Drugs and Society

One of the following courses:

PSYX 340, Abnormal Psychology

REHA 301 Principles of Counseling and Group Theory

REHA 406 Assessment in Human Service and Addiction Programs

Selected students must remain in good standing within their academic major to continue in the program, or they will be expected to repay the amount of financial support they received.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities

The Title IV-E stipend is based on employment with the Montana Child & Family Services Division (CFSD).

  • Participants must accept a job with CFSD within six months of graduation. The Center and CFSD will work with students to find an appropriate placement in Montana.
  • The work agreement is generally two years – six months of employment for each semester of stipend.

 CFSD jobs are located across the state. The Center and CFSD want to help students find a placement that is a good fit. For questions about job placements, contact Charlie Wellenstein at the University of Montana Center for Children, Families & Workforce Development, (406) 552-3149, charlie.wellenstein@mso.umt.edu.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply, contact Charlie Wellenstein at the University of Montana Center for Children, Families & Workforce Development, (406) 552-3149, charlie.wellenstein@mso.umt.edu. He will send you application forms and any other information you need.

Applicants will need to submit the following paperwork:

  • Application form
  • College transcripts
  • Three-page essay
  • Three reference forms and letters

Application materials will include more detailed information on all application requirements.

Additional Requirements: Applicants will also:

  • Interview with a selection committee with members of the Center and CFSD personnel
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Commit verbally and in writing to employment with CFSD anywhere in Montana for the required period following graduation
  • Fulfill minimum education and experience requirements for state employment with CFSD upon graduation