Giving Opportunities

Roy E. Dulak Professor in Community Practice Research

The purpose of the Dulak Professorship is to support and honor an outstanding faculty member who substantially enriches the educational, service and research program at the School of Social Work in the area of community practice and who promotes strong relationships between UT Arlington and the surrounding community.

Dr. Richard Hoefer is honored with this award.



Funds distributed from the endowment are used to provide scholarship support to BSW, MSSW, and PhD students of social work at UT Arlington.


It is the goal of this professorship to enhance the research of faculty experts in family violence. The professorship is named for Arlington Police Officer Jillian Michelle Smith, a 2009 graduate of UT Arlington criminal justice program. Officer Smith lost her life on December 28, 2010 while responding to a 911 assault call. It is hoped that the professorship will serve both to honor her actions and inspire future scholars to develop research-based practical solutions for the terrible problem of family violence.


The Kalman and Ida Wolens Foundation established this Professorship in memory of their family member, Cheryl Milkes Moore. At the time of her death in April 2010, Ms. Moore was in the final semester before she was to receive her MSSW degree from the UT Arlington School of Social Work. She was an avid advocate for people suffering from mental health issues including alcohol and drug dependency.


MSSW Students

The Roy and Betty Dulak Endowed Scholarship Award was established to attract and retain first and second year MSSW Social Work students entering the field of Social Work with a concentration in Community and Administration Practice.

Judith Birmingham Endowed Scholarship

BSW, MSSW Students

Full time student pursuing either a BSW or MSSW in social work and have completed at least one semester of course work, maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrating financial need.

Scholarship recipients may reapply provided they remain in good standing in the School of Social Work. Reapplying students will be given priority over new applicants. No student shall hold this scholarship for more than two years.

Lila B. Hagins Endowed Scholarship

BSW, MSSW, PhD Students

Full time students who have expressed an interest in pursuing a social service career and have been accepted and are enrolled in the School of Social Work. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.

Scholarship recipients may reapply provided they remain in good standing in the School of Social Work. Reapplying students will be given priority over new applicants. No student shall hold this scholarship for more than two years.

Coleen Shannon Endowed Scholarship

BSW, MSSW Students

BSW or MSW Students based on financial need.

Carolyn C. and Santos H. Hernández Endowed Scholarship

BSW, MSSW, PhD Students

First generation college students who are majoring in Social Work, are single parents, or who have otherwise had to overcome personal obstacles in pursuit of their educational goals.

Jeannette Coburn Endowed Scholarship

MSSW students

Incoming or continuing MSSW students in need of assistance to attend on a full-time basis.

Peter G. Gaupp Endowed Scholarship

MSSW Students

Gifts to this fund support scholarships and stipends for MSSW students concentrating in community and administrative practice. Awards are given to students with financial need who might not otherwise be able to obtain a graduate college education.

Glen W. Rollins Mental Health Endowed Scholarship

MSSW, PhD Students

This endowment provides an annual scholarship to a deserving student pursuing study in the field of mental illness and or public social service. The award is intended for incoming or continuing students and may be renewed.

Federico Souflée, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

BSW, MSSW, PhD Students

This endowment awards scholarships to students who have a history of working with the Mexican-American community with satisfactory progress toward a degree. Recipients may continue to receive this assistance for subsequent years.

Charles H. Mindel Graduate Research Scholarship Fund

PhD, MSSW Students

Eligibility is limited to graduate students, either Ph.D. or Master's, working on empirical, preferably quantitative, dissertation, or thesis research in all fields of social work.

Dean's Excellence Fund

The School of Social Work Dean's Excellence Fund is a source of unrestricted dollars that benefit the school's priorities and needs. Gifts to this fund support important opportunities such as:

  • Scholarships
  • Student Activities
  • Visiting Lecturers
  • Special Needs of Students

A recent example includes purchase of text books for students who were admitted (to the SSW) as a result of being displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

PhD Assistantship Fund

PhD Students

The PhD Research Assistantship Fund reimburses students for their assistance to Faculty research and training initiatives.

Another method of giving is a gift to one of the School's four Centers and Programs of Excellence. A contribution of this sort assists with internship stipends, research costs and program enhancements.


Endowing the centers/programs described below will allow for critical sustainability and growth. Funding from the endowments will assist the School in attracting acclaimed faculty doing cutting-edge research that translates to effective social work practices. Students will benefit through the training they receive within the centers and through mentoring relationships as they assist with and conduct their own research.

The Judith Granger Birmingham Center for Child Welfare

The Judith Granger Birmingham Center for Child Welfare was established in 1996 and serves as a resource center to improve the safety and well-being of families and children who find themselves in the public service sector, through the advancement and dissemination of knowledge. Education and dissemination efforts of the Center address the basic rights of children to be nurtured and protected by their families with the support of their communities.

Objectives of the Center include helping equip child welfare practitioners, supervisors and administrators with current, detailed and evidenced-informed knowledge about effective practice models, ways to support adequate development of children and families, and strategies to preserve families. The Center is committed to the professional development of child welfare services, through both the Title IV-E Training contract and the Protective Services Training Institute (PSTI) contract. Each provides professional development to CPS employees throughout the State as well as other DFPS employees. The Center also provides professional development through the statewide certification program of the Certification Office at the Center and through the professional education of MSSW child welfare practitioners. In addition, the Center supports the generation of knowledge that addresses the gaps of information areas in child welfare practice. The Center communicates its knowledge and the improvement of services to children and families through publications, training, and the professionalization in child welfare practice.

Endowing the Center for Child Welfare will be an acknowledgement of the National status it has achieved and assure it continues to provide the important service it does to the State, Region and Country.

The Center for Clinical Social Work

For over two decades, the Center for Clinical Social Work (CCSW), formerly known as The Community Services Center, has played an active role in supporting the well being and mental health of children and citizens of Arlington. The CCSW provides evidence-based mental health clinical services to AISD students as well as the citizens of Arlington and surrounding communities. Another primary aim of the program is to support the growth and scholarship of master’s and doctoral students, and faculty through a strong focus on field training, data collection and research.

The CCSW is a unique program to Schools of Social Work in the United States being the only one of its kind in the State of Texas. The CCSW provides students and faculty the opportunity to develop cutting-edge knowledge setting it apart from peer institutions.

Endowing the center will provide the sustainability and stability for the infrastructure and will assist students and faculty in promoting their research and the development of new skills nationwide. In turn, the endowed center will permit visiting faculty, post-doctoral opportunities, and other professionals a chance to update their practice and research skills.

Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies

Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies is located in Dallas, Texas and has been part of the UT Arlington School of Social Work since 2007. This program targets: (1) Pregnant and post-partum women recovering from addiction and (2) Children and youth in high risk living situations. The center delivers evidenced-based, trauma-informed services to help build healthy, nurturing families. Through classroom and home-based instruction parents receive training to improve parenting skills, support addiction recovery, strengthen knowledge of child development, and address difficult parent and child issues. Through the prevention services, the children and youth are taught skills to build resiliency to resist using drugs.

This program is also a training site for social work students interested in Community and Administrative Practice and in Direct Practice with individuals and families.

Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies is supported by state contracts that fund the administrative and direct services aspects. It is a goal of the program to increase the research capacity. This goal will be achieved by endowing the program and utilizing proceeds from the endowment for research purposes.


The purpose of this center is to improve nonprofit sustainability through research, management training, student recruitment and education, and to improve understanding of the unique relationship between nonprofits and donor organizations. CAN-DO assists advocacy groups, human service nonprofits and donor organizations function more effectively and efficiently.

Innovative Community-Academic Partnership (iCAP)

The Innovative Community-Academic Partnership (iCAP) builds on the UT Arlington SSW mission by providing support for students, support for faculty research, support for community partners and by generating new knowledge that helps the community.

Priorities include:

  • Community connection, outreach and collaboration to help foster innovative and sustainable research aimed at improving the well being and standard of living for children and families in Tarrant County.
  • Public Education as to the specifics of iCAP’s values and what iCAP does
  • Ensuring a continuum of care from services to research and data collection
  • Identifying and pursuing funding sources
  • Future expansion into other geographic areas.

The iCAP funds highly competitive research proposals received from university faculty and community organization collaborations. Emphasis is given to multidisciplinary projects with high community impact. Proposals are reviewed by a panel of national experts. The program also provides educational forums for faculty and community partners and engages students in service learning experiences.

The iCAP is the only program of its kind in the North Texas Region. Sustaining and further developing this unique program is dependent on endowing it. This will allow the program to stabilize and to expand the geographic outreach.