IV-E Child Welfare Scholars Program

The IV-E Child Welfare Scholars Program is a collaborative effort between the University of Nevada, Reno School of Social Work, the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services Family Programs Office (DCFS-FPO), Washoe County Human Services Agency (WCHSA) and Division of Child and Family Services-Rural Region (DCFS-Rural). The Program assists students pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree with a focus of study in child welfare by providing a child welfare field placement, training, educational support, and a financial stipend (forgivable loan) in exchange for a year of employment with a Nevada public child welfare agency.

Program benefits for professional and personal growth

  • A field placement in a northern Nevada public child welfare agency
  • Preparation and skills through a specialized online scholars field seminar
  • Dynamic, engaging, and comprehensive child welfare pre-service training by participation in Nevada Child Welfare Training Academy in the academic year
  • A financial award (stipend/”forgivable loan”) in the amount of $5,950*
  • Pathway to post-graduation employment with a Nevada public child welfare agency
  • Post-graduation access to monthly support, coaching, professional and leadership development

*NOTE: Financial award is subject to change

Program requirements

  • Commitment to work for Washoe County Human Services Agency (Reno) or Division of Child & Family Services (Statewide) for one year
  • The one-year work commitment is required to begin as soon as possible after graduation

Child Welfare Education program staff

NV Partnership for Training
Jennifer Massie
Jennifer Massie, MSW
Title IV-E Training Coordinator
(775) 682-7412
3041
NV Partnership for Training
Viviana Colosimo-Blair
Viviana Colosimo-Blair
Coordinator, Training Title IV-E Program
(775) 682-9814
3041
NV Partnership for Training
Domenic Dini
Domenic Dini, Ph.D.
Instructional Technologist Title IV-E Program
(775) 682-5732
3041
NV Partnership for Training
Michael Luque
Michael Luque, MSW, LSW
Community Outreach Trainer Title IV-E Program
(775) 682-7406
3041
NV Partnership for Training
Tracy Mendibles
Tracy Mendibles
Administrative Assistant Title IV-E Program
(775) 682-7407
3041
NV Partnership for Training
Sarah Jane Smith
Sarah Jane Smith, MPH, MA
Coordinator, Evaluation and Research Title IV-E Program
(775) 682-8523
3041

Contact us

Mailing address

1664 North Virginia Street
Mailstop 419
Reno, NV 89557

Physical address

18600 Wedge Parkway, 100E
Reno, NV 89511

Jennifer Massie, Title IV-E Training Coordinator

Email: jmassie@unr.edu
Phone: (775) 682-7412