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Laura Butler Memorial Scholarship

The Laura Butler Memorial Scholarship was awarded for the first time in the Spring of 1996. The Scholarship was developed by the social work students in memory of Laura Butler whose untimely death occurred the summer of 1995. She was the daughter of the past UTM Social Work Program Director, Dr. Lola Butler. Ms. Laura Butler was a young and vivacious African-American woman whose life inspired many as she was beginning her career as a first grade teacher. Among her many passions was her interest in multi-cultural issues. She chose to begin her career at school primarily because of the multi-cultural nature of that institution. Laura Butler's example and interests accentuated the social work profession's core values and the importance of education. The Student Social Work Association and Alpha Delta Mu Society have each committed to contributions of one hundred dollars annually to be awarded to an appropriate nominee at the Social Work Banquet in March. Other donations will also be accepted and added to the Scholarship total for each year. The successful nominee will be one who best demonstrates the qualities and traits necessary for serving and improving the quality of life of others and who is especially interested in promoting and encouraging multi-cultural understanding. Nominations may be made by the candidate, fellow students, or faculty. The nominees will be reviewed by a committee comprised of the Social Work Program faculties and student representatives. Nominations are due in the Department of Behavioral Sciences office by February 15 of each year.


Child Welfare Stipend

The Tennessee Department of Children's Services (DCS) Title IV-E Tuition Assistance Program provides full-time social work undergraduate students with tuition and financial assistance for up to four semesters. Students who have been through this program are paid a higher starting salary at DCS. In return, participants must work for DCS for 18 to 24 months (depending upon the amount of funding they receive) as a front line case manager when they graduate.


The Title Iv-E Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Tuition Assistance Program provides financial support for selected social work majors who commit to working with children and families immediately after graduation. According to the Child Welfare League of America (2003) a social work-educated workforce is directly linked to better outcome for children and families and lowers staff turnover in child welfare settings. The Tennessee Department of Children's Services (DCS) administers this program to better meet the challenges of child welfare by professionalizing its workforce with front line staff trained in social work.


If you are a social work major interested in a career in child welfare with DCS, then apply through the website below. Please carefully read all the information provided on the website.


APPLICATION DEADLINES: Fall Semester - June 15th; Spring Semester - November 15th


To be eligible for participation you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the U.S.
  • undergo a background check and fingerprinting.
  • be admitted into an accredited social work program at a participating university and have at least a 2.6 GPA in social work course.
  • have no more than (4) semesters remaining before graduating.
  • commit to work as a front line case manager with DCS immediately upon graduation.


Also, please meet with your advisor and let them know you are an applicant for this program so you may be directed on how to meet all the academic requirements.


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