THRIVE Scholars Program Grant | Springfield College

THRIVE Scholars Program Grant

Application Information and Deadlines:

Applications now open for THRIVE Scholars Cohort 2 - 2024-25

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Applications NOW DUE February 12, 2024

Boston Children's

Transforming - Healthcare - Racial Equity - Inclusive - Visionary Leaders - Excellence

The Department of Social Work’s THRIVE Scholars Program is funded in part thanks to a $300,000 grant received from Boston Children’s Hospital’s Collaboration for Community Health in spring 2022.


This program will benefit graduate social work students entering their final year of Master of Social Work (MSW) studies who are ethnically, racially, and linguistically diverse individuals, and individuals from low-income backgrounds, first-generation students, or working parents/guardians.

Benefits to Future THRIVE Scholars

Direct financial assistance (20 students will receive $10,550)

  • Targeted electives focused on the mental and behavioral needs of children, youth, and families
  • Field practicum settings that will further enhance and support learning in the following areas:
    • Children’s mental and behavioral health
    • Providing evidence-based and culturally responsive practices for children, youth, and families
    • Advancing the quality of children’s behavioral health care
    • Addressing racial and health disparities
  • Pairing with an alumni mentor
  • Workshops and programming focused on evidence-based and culturally responsive practices
  • Licensure preparation
  • Information about loan forgiveness and financial literacy

The goal of the program is to reduce barriers and increase success in the student's postgraduate career transitions and prepare them to provide evidence-based and culturally responsive mental and behavioral health care to children, youth, and families.

22-23 THRIVE Speaker Series

Diverse social work professionals were invited to share their knowledge and expertise with THRIVE Scholars and the Department of Social Work faculty, staff, and student body. Events were open to the greater Springfield College community as well. 

THRIVE speakers for the 2022-2023 academic year included:

Ysabel Garcia, MPH: "Interupting Suicide with Community Care"

Jalil Johnson, PhD, NP: "Overcoming Interdisciplinary Challenges In Community Mental Health"

Jessica Wozniak, PsyD: “Trauma-Focused CBT”

Dominique Shabazz, MSW: Positionality as Social Workers: How Who We Are Shows Up in What We Do

Adrien Messick, MSW: Beyond He/She: Strategies to Affirm LGBTQIA+ Youth Through Language

Gayl Crump-Swaby, EdD, MSW: Releasing the Burdens of Intergenerational Trauma

THRIVE Scholars Recognition Night

The THRIVE Scholars Recognition Night was held on May 3rd, 2023 at Judd Gymnasia in collaboration with the Phi Alpha Honor Society Ceremony. The inaugural 10 THRIVE Scholars were recognized by the THRIVE Leadership Team - Dr. Anthony Hill, Dr. Lisa Watson, Lily Ghrear, and Laura Mackie. Family and friends were invited to attend this special event!