NYU Silver Receives New Scholarship Support From The New York Foundling

November 14, 2018

Gift Will Support Four NYU Silver MSW Students Committed to Careers in Child Welfare

NYU Silver School of Social Work will share with Fordham University a $100,000 gift of support from The New York Foundling to provide scholarships in the 2018-19 academic year to outstanding Master of Social Work students pursuing careers in child welfare.

As a result of The Foundling’s support, NYU Silver will be able to provide scholarships to four talented students in the final year of the MSW program who are committed to careers in child welfare. The scholarship recipients, who will carry out their required field learning at programs run by The Foundling, will have the opportunity to make a purposeful impact early in their training on the well-being of young people in New York City.

NYU Silver is known for its excellence in clinical training and its strength in child welfare practice. The school’s Dean and Paulette Goddard Professor of Social Work, Neil B. Guterman, is himself a nationally recognized expert on child abuse and neglect, and child victimization.

“NYU Silver is dedicated to preparing future social workers with the acumen and skills they need to serve the most vulnerable and marginalized populations,” said Dr. Guterman. “We are grateful to The Foundling for their vision and generosity in creating these scholarships, and for their strong partnership and collaboration in providing meaningful service options for the next generation of social work leaders.”

Given the cost of higher education, some students who are drawn to careers in social work may instead pursue more lucrative fields out of necessity. The scholarships are intended to reduce some of this financial pressure and empower students who have a particular interest to work in child welfare.

“Child welfare is a challenging, complicated, and at times, a stressful field, but I can’t imagine anything more rewarding than devoting one’s life to keeping children and families safe and healthy,” said Bill Baccaglini, president and CEO of The Foundling. “We constantly need to attract talented, compassionate, and smart people to enter this profession. These scholarships will provide a spark–pointing a few more promising students our way–toward a career making a difference in children’s lives.”

About The New York Foundling
The New York Foundling reaches 30,000 children and families each year in all five boroughs of New York City, surrounding counties, and Puerto Rico. Established in 1869, our vision is a community where every person, regardless of background or circumstance, enjoys the safe, stable, and supportive relationships needed to reach his or her full potential. To achieve this, we provide evidence-based programs that focus on keeping families together; preventing abuse and neglect; providing academic support for children; and giving people with developmental disabilities the tools and training they need to lead independent lives. For more information, please visit www.nyfoundling.org.

About NYU Silver School of Social Work
NYU Silver School of Social Work provides a robust and engaging environment for the education of professional social workers, offering undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. The School serves as a major postgraduate training center for practicing social workers and offers master’s students intensive learning opportunities in family and children’s services, mental health, integrated health, substance misuse and co-occurring disorders, palliative and end-of-life care, restorative justice, and other innovative and emerging areas of social work. MSW students also have the opportunity to pursue global learning with NYU Silver programs in New York, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, and other cities around the world. Founded in 1960 and renowned for a strong tradition of excellence in direct social work practice and dedication to social justice, NYU Silver has provided rigorous training to over 18,000 social work practitioners and leaders in every area of the field. The School’s faculty are on the leading edge of scholarly research and address society’s most intractable problems with a focus on proactive approaches and preventive interventions that transform lives. For more information, please visit socialwork.nyu.edu.

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