Scholarship Opportunities

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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 Phi Alpha 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.


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.

Carey Counseling Center, Inc. Endowed Scholarship

Carey Counseling Center, Inc. awards $1250 per semester for four semesters to two students majoring in social work or psychology at The University of TN at Martin. Applicants must have completed 60 hours of college credit and must have four semesters left prior to graduation. Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and must be from one of the 8 counties in Northwest Tennessee (Benton, Carroll, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley). Students should not apply if they are receiving any other scholarships that pay their tuition in full. Applications will be reviewed by the Carey Counseling Center, Inc. Scholarship Committee. Selected candidates will be invited to interview with the Committee at the Carey Counseling Center, Inc. corporate office. Applications will be due on June 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester each year. Students should speak with their academic advisor for more information. Applications will be available in Sociology Building room 105.



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