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Thursday, December 4, 2008

UNCP’s Child Welfare Education Collaborative begins scholarship program

A new scholarship program aimed at attracting and training child welfare social workers will have a celebration program on January 16 at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Donza McLean

Donza McLean

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Authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly, UNCP will offer five $8,000 annual scholarship to students willing to go to work in Child Protective Service Programs.

The program will launch with an event on Friday, January 16 from 2 – 4:30 p.m. in UNCP’s James B. Chavis University Center Annex. State Sen. William Purcell, a retired pediatrician and child welfare advocate, will be the keynote speaker.

A Laurinburg, N.C., native and in his 12th year representing District 25, Dr. Purcell serves as co-chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee, co-chair of the Senate Health Care Committee, and is a member of the Education/Higher Education Committee, Commerce Committee and Finance Committee.

In 2008, he was voted the 10th most effective member of the NC Senate by fellow senators, lobbyists and the state capital news correspondents.

The Child Welfare Education Collaborative’s requirements are that recipients work one year with Child Protective Services at a Department of Social Services office in North Carolina for each year they receive the scholarship. They must also take the Child Welfare course and do a 480-hour internship at a Child Protective Services program.

“They will always have a job in child welfare,” said Donza McLean, who is coordinating the collaborative. “The purpose of the scholarship program is the recruit students who have an interest in child welfare career.

“There is a critical gap in the child welfare field,” McLean said. “We’re looking for students inside UNCP and outside the University who would get a social degree and work in this field.”

McLean comes to UNCP after 13 years in Child Protective Services. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work from UNCP and a Master of Social Work from East Carolina University.

For information about the Child Welfare Collaborative, the scholarship or the January 16 event, please contact McLean at 910.775.4382 or email

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