DSW Students Earn Valuable Fellowship

June 8, 2016
Two DSW students earn California State University fellowship

Stephanie Grant and William “Will” Wong, Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) students, have been awarded the 2016-2017 California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) fellowship. The CSU CDIP is the largest program of its kind providing financial assistance and faculty mentorship to promising doctoral students pursuing tenure-track faculty positions within the CSU system. Forgivable loans of $10K per year are issued to each CDIP Scholar each program year of study, for a maximum of $30K. Stephanie and Will are active practitioners and experienced trainers who bring substantive years of practice knowledge and wisdom to their students.

DSW student Stephanie GrantStephanie Grant has over 25 years’ experience in education, family services, and administration working with diverse populations and with special needs. Currently, Stephanie is the Director of Psychological Health with the Air National Guard and serves as a ‘subjective matter expert’ to commanders and provides behavioral health support to airmen and their families. She is an adjunct professor at California State University Fresno (Fresno State) where she teaches practice courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  Stephanie’s scholarship agenda focuses on developing practice strategies that meet the complex needs of service members and veterans within familial and community contexts

DSW student Will WongWill Wong is a 22-year veteran in child welfare practice, with 18 years at the nation’s largest Child Protective Services (CPS) agency in Los Angeles, CA, where he has worked in all domains of child protective and family services. He has been honored multiple times by local and national government agencies, organizations and media outlets for his advocacy work in foster care and adoption.  As an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at the California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State L.A.), he teaches a range of foundation and practice courses, bringing critical knowledge of current interventions and social policy into the classroom. Will’s scholarship agenda focuses on child welfare practice, CPS worker retention, ethics and resiliency in social work practice.

Commensurate with the Education as Practice philosophy of the DSW Program at the St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas School of Social Work, both Stephanie and Will share similar teaching philosophies that emphasize student-centered learning approaches that foster the development of engaged, reflective and ethically resilient social work practitioners. With the opportunities provided through the CDIP fellowship, they look forward to assuming their roles as permanent members of the social work academe as engaged teachers, scholars and leaders upon completion of their doctorates. Stephanie Grant is in her second year of DSW studies and Will Wong in his final year.