Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates

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Program Description

The Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates (CWEB) program is a cooperative effort among the United States Administration for Children and Families, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, and fifteen undergraduate social work degree programs in Pennsylvania accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Its goal is to strengthen public child welfare services in Pennsylvania by providing educational opportunities for undergraduate social work majors preparing for employment in one of Pennsylvania's 67 public child welfare agencies. Qualified persons who are full time social work majors in their senior year at any of the approved schools may receive an educational fellowship in return for a contractual obligation to accept employment in a Pennsylvania public child welfare agency immediately following their studies. The employment commitment is not waived or postponed for graduate study.  

Who is qualified to apply?

Any official undergraduate social work major in any of the 15 approved schools may apply provided the applicant is at least a junior; has a sincere interest in child welfare studies; has a satisfactory academic grade point average; and has a recommendation from the faculty of the social work program in which the applicant is enrolled. Persons currently in default of federal educational loans are ineligible. Participants must have satisfied general education requirements and be in their senior year of social work studies to receive CWEB funding.  Funding may not be used for unfulfilled general education requirements.  

Applications to CWEB

All applicants must complete the Online CWEB Application 
Additionally, the following documents are required to complete an application to CWEB:

  1. Current Resume
  2. Faculty Recommendation
  3. Academic Transcripts
  4. Current Drivers License
  5. Personal Statement (Questions on Application website)


Additional Information

CWEB Expense Reimbursement Guide

CWEB Student Handbook

CWEB Internship Guidance

CWEB flyer