Three BSU students recognized as child welfare scholars

Three Bemidji State University students enrolled in the Department of Social Work have received child welfare stipends for their interest in providing care for children who have been placed in out-of-home care as a result of maltreatment or other circumstances.

Seniors Corey Maras, from Lamberton, Minn., Katie Northbird, from Red Lake, Minn., and junior Makinsey Scharping, from Arlington, Minn., were appointed as child welfare scholars after a competitive application process.

All scholars will receive a $2250 stipend each semester until they graduate, take program-specific courses and complete their practicum at a county-, state- or tribal-level child welfare unit.

Among other requirements, university child welfare scholars are expected to attend student meetings and training seminars pertaining to child welfare. They must also maintain good academic standing as defined by social work department policy. Upon exit from the social work department, students are to seek and accept employment in public child welfare.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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