Social work

Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC)

GSWEC is a collaboration among six Graduate Schools of Social Work and nine community agencies specializing in services for older adults. It was established in 1999 to provide aging-focused 2nd year field placements and competency-driven geriatric social work field education. GSWEC field placements are structured to provide students with a well rounded experience of social work with older adults.

This stipend, originally funded by John A. Hartford Foundation in 1999, is for those students who are interested in pursuing a career in the geriatrics field and gives them an opportunity to be placed with prominent health and social services providers for the aging.

Students in any of our on or off-campus programs will be eligible to apply for the stipend for their second year of field. The stipend is $4000-$6000 with the expectation that the student will complete a minimum of 20 hours per week at the GSWEC agency; Wednesdays are a mandatory field day. Some sites may allow a minimum of 16 hours per week. There is no work-back requirement for GSWEC stipend recipients.

As with all stipends, there will be a competitive application process and availability is dependent on funding and agency availability. Students should also be prepared with other financial aid plans should they not be selected.  Also, the award of some stipends may change the amount of financial aid a student is eligible for.

More information will be emailed or presented to admitted students as it becomes relevant.