UNCW Graduate Student Receives Prestigious Social Work Fellowship

Megan Bolden10/2019 Megan Bolden ’20, who is pursuing a master’s degree in social work, has been selected for the Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Award. This award grants her specialized training in mental health and/or substance abuse-related issues of racial/ethnic minority communities, a $6,500 stipend and additional support for professional development.

“This is a prestigious fellowship provided by our accrediting body,” said Kristen Bolton, M.S.W. program coordinator. “Megan was selected from a large pool of qualified applicants. She is an impressive student and receiving this fellowship is a testament to her bright future as a social work practitioner.”

According to the program’s website, the goal of the fellowship is to “increase the number of culturally competent master’s-level behavioral health professionals available to serve racial/ethnic minority populations to diminish the impacts of mental health and substance abuse disorders” in the communities where recipients live. Full-time master’s-level applicants must be dedicated to service in those underserved and underrepresented communities, and be in their final year of study at a CSWE-accredited institution.

“I applied for the Minority Fellowship Program because its mission hits close to home for me,” Bolden said. “Growing up, I witnessed mental health and substance abuse issues in the minority community of Wilmington, NC. These firsthand accounts only encouraged my journey to become a professional in the field of social work.”

Bolden’s goal is to become a licensed clinical social worker, which will allow her to work with clients in Wilmington’s growing minority community. She said she also wants to collaborate with other minority professionals in the community to work with underserved minority neighborhoods. She then wants to pursue her Ph.D. in social work.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the 2019 CSWE Master’s Minority Fellowship cohort. I look forward to representing scholars of color and the University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Social Work program on a national platform.”
-- Brea Perry ’20