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The University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work announced today that four students were selected to be the 2015-2016 Social Work HEALS scholars (Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars). The winners - Bri Hastie, Rosland Powell, Eric Clark and T. Brooke Beckwith - were awarded a combined $16,000 stipend to further their studies in social work.

Social Work HEALS, funded by the The New York Community Trust, aims to educate and train social workers from the B.S.W. to postdoctoral levels of social work to strengthen the delivery of health care services in the United States.

By developing the next generation of health care social work leaders and preparing them to lead efforts to address system-level changes, Social Work HEALS scholars will have heightened awareness of prevention and wellness and will learn how to address issues of structural racism that are embedded in social institutions.

USC is one of ten universities selected by the National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASFW) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) to receive $20,000 scholarships each year for five years.

USC was able to select 4 students (two baccalaureate and two master’s) to receive Social Work HEALS scholarships. Each recipient was selected for his or her commitment to the field of health social work.

“The four Social Work HEALS scholars selected were in good academic standing, interested in pursuing health social work as a career, committed to completing health-related coursework and professional development activities during their fellowship year and completing their field placement 2015-2016 in a health setting,” Dr. Teri Browne, co-director of USC’s Interprofessional Education for Health Sciences, said.

The four students will receive a $5,500 total. $4,000 of that amount will be applied to their yearly scholarship fund, while the other $1,500 will be given for travel support to attend the policy and education event in Washington, D.C. with the nation’s other Social Work HEALS scholars.


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