Integrated Health Scholars Program
To expand the number of social work professionals prepared to serve populations across the lifespan in integrated healthcare settings in rural and other underserved areas in Kansas.
INTEGRATED HEALTH SCHOLARS
We provide a value-added educational experience for exceptional clinical MSW students at KU to develop knowledge and skills in integrated mental health, substance use, and primary health care service delivery. Each year, we support 28 Scholars who:
- Receive a $10K scholarship during their advanced year ($5K in Aug and $5K in Jan)
- Complete a clinical field practicum offering interprofessional learning opportunities
- Participate in monthly training outside of standard MSW coursework focused on providing interprofessional team-based care in integrated primary and behavioral health
- Sign a letter of commitment to seek work in integrated behavioral health and participate in follow-up after graduation
We encourage you to explore this website to learn more about integrated health and the Scholars experience.
We are now accepting applications for Scholars for 2021-22. To apply, follow these three steps:
1. Check Your Eligibility
To be eligible to apply, you must be starting the specialization year MSW clinical practicum in August 2021 meaning you must be one of the following:
- Current full-time generalist level student (in first year of the 2-year Traditional MSW)
- Current part-time student going into your final year practicum
- An incoming advanced standing student (application pending or accepted)**
Current students must be in good standing.
In addition, per federal guidelines, you must be a citizen, national or permanent resident of the US.
2. Prepare to Apply
Click here to see the application questions and instructions for providing a current resume and letter of recommendation. Please note, the actual questions you receive in the online application may vary slightly depending upon your current student status.
3. Complete your Online Application
The online application may be completed at https://kusurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8IZMrDcYfLjE7H.
The Scholars application deadline is January 15, 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact one of the Scholars Team pictured below.
**For 2021 Advanced Standing applicants: For information on applying to the KU MSW program, go to Admission. IHSP admission decisions may be delayed if your MSW admission application is not complete. Applications are considered complete when references and transcripts are posted. You can view your MSW Checklist to see if all references and transcripts have been posted. If you have questions about the status of your MSW admission application, please contact Georgiana Spear, firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Admittedly, when I applied for the Scholar's Program, my primary motivation was the scholarship money. I would have never dreamed that the value of the trainings incorporated into the program would surpass the value of the scholarship money- but they have! Especially living in a rural area, having access to top-quality trainings with experts in the field have been experiences that are second to none. The trainings have covered practical information that is directly applicable to social work practice. As a future social worker of Western Kansas, the opportunity to become better prepared and more highly educated has been a privilege. I am so grateful that the Scholar's Program has allowed all this to be at my fingertips here in Western Kansas!"
The IHSP is funded by a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training award from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.