In 2023, Washington state was awarded $6 million from the U.S. Department of Education to create a pipeline from Washington state’s five accredited Masters in Social Work training programs to Washington state’s K-12 schools.
Called the Workforce for Student Well-being Initiative (WSW), 100 aspiring school social workers will receive conditional scholarships, based on financial need, to support the pursuit of an advanced degree, and then commit to working in a high-need public or tribal school.
The primary goal of WSW is to help all K-12 students in Washington state to thrive. To achieve this, WSW advances the careers of skilled social work professionals through training, mentorship, and financial supports to elevate their impact in schools.
WSW is a partnership between the UW SMART Center, UW School of Social Work, UW College of Education, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington Association of School Social Workers, Association of Washington Principals, Washington State Association of School Psychologists and the schools of social work at Eastern Washington University, Seattle University, University of Washington Tacoma, and Walla Walla University.
For more information about this Initiative, visit wswinitiative.org