Can I apply for the City Heights MSW Scholarship AND the Title IV E Program?
No, you must select only one. Applying to both would create a conflict with internship requirements associated with these two programs.
What type of support services will the scholarship recipients receive from the SDSU School of Social Work?
The City Heights MSW Scholarship recipients will have access to an academic advisor, as well as a Student Success Specialist within the School who can assist with non-academic support. Scholarship recipients will also be connected with members of the SDSU alumni community who can provide insights and advice on pursuing the LCSW licensing process. A peer mentor will be available as additional support for Scholarship recipients.
The School of Social Work is committed to the success of all students, and facilitates connections with other campus resources that can assist in supporting students’ academic journeys.
When are (3) letters of recommendation and (1) sponsorship due?
These materials, along with the Interfolio, Cal State Apply, and City Heights MSW application and GRE, must be submitted by December 15, 2021.
Do I need to receive my bachelor’s degree from SDSU to apply?
No, your bachelor’s degree may come from any accredited university.
Why do I need to have experience working and/or living in City Heights to be eligible?
The City Heights MSW Scholarship was created in response to the growing need to support a bilingual, culturally-responsive social work workforce to serve the City Heights community.
I meet all the eligibility criteria for this scholarship opportunity. However, I do not have proficiency in any of the languages listed under the Preferred Candidates section of the City Heights Master of Social Work Scholarship page. Am I still eligible to be considered for this scholarship?
Yes. Any applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria for the City Heights MSW Scholarship will be considered for this opportunity. Having language proficiency in one of the languages listed in the Preferred Candidates section is not a prerequisite for consideration. However, because this scholarship opportunity was created in response to the growing need to support a bilingual, culturally-responsive social work workforce in City Heights, preferred candidates will have proficiency in one or more of the languages listed in the Preferred Candidates section, and will have a demonstrated desire to serve the needs of City Heights community members through their career.
What does a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) do? Where do they work?
One of the most common career options people can take after receiving their MSW is starting the licensure process to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). The State of California awards the license after several more specific requirements are completed. California Board of Behavioral Sciences is the governing body that awards and enforces all licensed professionals in the human services field, including LCSW, LMFT, LPPC and LEP’s. It is also important to keep in mind that a license is required to practice clinically in any way.
What does the licensing (LCSW) process entail?
Will I be required to obtain my social work license (LCSW)?
Our goal in providing this scholarship opportunity is to identify individuals who have a strong commitment to pursuing their license so they are best equipped to serve behavioral health needs within the City Heights community.
Will there be support post-MSW program to help with obtaining my license?
Formal support will be provided through the two years of the MSW Program. During this time, it is expected that students will develop a strong professional network that will facilitate their post-MSW goals of working in the City Heights community. The academic preparation that students receive in the MSW Program provides a strong foundation that will position graduates to successfully obtain licensure.
Are there alumni or peer mentors the scholarship recipients can contact for support?
Yes, scholarship recipients will be connected with alumni and students who can serve as peer mentors.
How many classes will I need to take each semester?
To graduate within two years, students will need to take an average of 15 units (5 courses) per semester.
Am I required to have an internship? If so, what is the process and where will it be?
Yes. Please refer to the field education website for more information on the field placement process. City Heights MSW Scholarship recipients will be required to do both years of their field placement within City Heights.