...because people deserve lives with dignity™
  • Home
  • Academics
  • Degrees
  • Master of Social Work (M.S.W. Degree)
  • Western KS M.S.W.
  • Behavioral Health Scholars Program

Behavior Health Scholars Program

The Behavioral Health Scholars Program provides a value-added educational experience for exceptional MSW students who are interested in developing knowledge and skills in integrated mental health, substance use, and primary health care services for youth. The program offers advanced-level MSW clinical concentration social work students with scholarship support and educational opportunities in integrated  behavioral health practice with at-risk adolescents and transition-age youth. The BHSP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Behavioral Health Scholars receive:

  • A ten thousand dollar ($10,000) scholarship for the advanced-level year
  • Clinical field placement that offers interprofessional learning opportunities
  • Training (outside standard coursework) on working in integrated behavioral health with at-risk adolescents and transition-age youth and their families


Students who are eligible for the Behavioral Health Scholars Program will:

  • Be entering their advanced-level year practicum (either current foundation students in good standing or incoming advanced-standing students) 
  • Demonstrate an interest in a field practicum in integrated behavioral health that includes interprofessional practice with adolescents and/or transition-age youth. Examples of designated field sites include primary care clinics, community mental health centers, substance use prevention/treatment services, and school-based programs for at-risk youth
  • Commit to pursuing employment in behavioral health practice after graduation
  • Participate in project evaluation throughout the school year and for up to 2 years post-graduation

Please note:  Students in Employment-based Practicum (EBP) are not eligible for this program.

Application Process

Students will complete an online application (application deadline February 1, 2017), submit a current resume, and provide a letter of reference from the foundation-level field instructor (current students) or work supervisor (incoming advanced standing students). The online application will allow you to indicate your field practicum preferences for population (e.g. transition-age youth) and type of placement (e.g. primary care, school).

Interviews will be conducted in early to mid-February and selected students will be notified by the end of the month. Incoming advanced standing students must receive and accept an offer of admissions prior to being selected for the scholarship. The Scholars Program will work with the Field Office to match selected students with Scholars field sites. If you are not selected for a scholarship, you will be matched with an agency that is still available based preferences indicated in your practicum planning materials.



If you have questions, please contact BHSP Director, Michelle Levy at 785-864-2291 or mlevy@ku.edu.


Laurie Ramirez
Graduate Student Services Coordinator

Michelle Levy
BHSP Director

Jennie Marsh
Director, Field Education

Social Welfare Events
Follow Social Welfare

Follow KU SSW on FacebookFollow KU SSW on TwitterFollow KU SSW on YouTube