The School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago recently acquired $3.47 million in grant funds that will finance master’s students and train faculty, students and field educators in many disciplines.
With these funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the university will launch two new initiatives.
One of these grants comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration, a part of the HHS, and is worth $2.6 million. These funds will be spread over the next four years, financing the Pathways to Academic Career and Employment Success (PACES) scholarship program.
With this funding, the program can educate as well as train academically, economically, environmentally and ethnically disadvantaged full-time social work students. To qualify, students must be seeking clinical social work careers specifically within primary care sites of medically underserved communities. The grant will pay for books, tuition and program fees.
“We are taking the university’s strategic plan, ‘Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane and Sustainable World,’ to heart and finding collaborative, creative solutions to educate students and professionals in the community who may otherwise not be able to receive such tools and training for myriad reasons,” Dr. Susan Grossman, interim dean of the School of Social Work, said. “I commend my colleagues in the School of Social Work — and our partners across other departments, including those in the schools of medicine and nursing — for their tireless work in launching these initiatives.”
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