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HRSA BHWET Scholars

This program focuses on developing and expanding the behavioral health workforce.

What is the NC State HRSA BHWET Scholars Program?

With funding from a HRSA BHWET grant, we have developed the HRSA BHWET Scholars Program. Each year, we select students in their final year of the MSW program to serve as HRSA BHWET Scholars.

Those selected to be HRSA BHWET Scholars are eligible to receive a $10,000 stipend in exchange for specific activities, commitments, and behaviors. As part of this program, among other responsibilities, Scholars:

  • Complete their practicum at an approved site where they provide behavioral health services
  • Attend specialized HRSA BHWET training workshops outside of the classroom
  • Participate in HRSA evaluations and surveys

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HRSA funds programs for medically underserved and/or vulnerable populations, and supports the training of health professionals, including clinical social workers. HRSA includes several bureaus and offices, including the Bureau of Workforce Development and Office of Rural Health.

The Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BHWET) is a HRSA-funded initiative that focuses on developing and expanding the behavioral health workforce to serve our communities, and particularly those in rural and medically underserved areas.

  • Traditional 2-year MSW students entering their final year of the program AND advanced standing MSW students are eligible to apply
  • Students must have an interest in pursuing behavioral health, be placed in a behavioral health-related practicum, and be committed to working with medically underserved populations
  • Must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  • Students who receive NC State graduate school funding, including scholarships, grants, or fellowships. For example, Graduate Research Assistants and Graduate Teaching Assistants who receive tuition reimbursement cannot be HRSA BHWET Scholars  
  • Students who have received previous HRSA funding 
  • Students who receive other federal funding from HRSA or any other department of the federal government. However, please note this does NOT include Veteran’s benefits or financial aid
  • In early spring 2024, applications will open. Stay tuned for the application link!
  • HRSA BHWET Scholars applications need to be completed AFTER your practicum is confirmed for next academic year. Please mention your interest to the Director of Field Education during practicum planning meetings
  • In summer 2024, screening of applicants will begin
  • Selected HRSA BHWET Scholars will be notified by July 31, 2024

Please contact hrsa_grants@ncsu.edu if you have questions or for additional information!

School of Social Work Awarded Four-Year $1,919,598 Grant From HRSA

The NC State School of Social Work was recently awarded a four-year $1,919,598 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This initiative aims to increase the number of clinically trained social workers committed to and able to address the growing behavioral health needs of at-risk children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth.

HRSA BHWET Professional Grant Writers/Faculty. Featuring Dr. Jodi Hall (top left), Dr. Alan Ellis (top right), Dr. Sarah Ascienzo (bottom left), and Dr. Kim Stansbury (bottom right).