Kristina Valdez, master of social work (MSW) student at Marywood University’s Pocono, Pa. MSW program, recently received the Council on Social Work Education Fellowship Award (CSWE).  

According to the CSWE website, “CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) opportunities support the mission of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to reduce the effect of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities by increasing the number of individuals trained to work with underrepresented and underserved racial/ethnic minority persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.”

This is the second consecutive year that a student from Marywood University’s Pocono MSW Program has been honored with this prestigious fellowship. CSWE is the accrediting body of all schools of social work education.

Marywood University’s School of Social Work is the leading provider of MSW education in Northeast Pennsylvania. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the School of Social Work at Marywood prepares students for culturally-competent, ethical, inter-professional practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Offering a blend of traditional, online, and hybrid courses, as well as full range of field education experiences, Marywood University graduates embark on rewarding careers in a variety of fields.

For additional information about Marywood University’s School of Social Work, please visit, or call (570) 348-6282. For additional information about the Council on Social Work Education’s Minority Fellowship Program, please visit