Awards

School of Social Work Awards

There are many financial awards available to students during all phases of their enrollment at the School of Social Work. Some awards are based on academic achievement, while others are based on experience in the field.

Award applications are sent to all students enrolled in the spring semester. In addition to the financial award, the recipient’s name for many of the awards will be engraved on a plaque at the School of Social Work and the student will be recognized at the annual awards ceremony. The Financial Aid Committee reviews and ranks all submitted applications.

BSW Awards

Gary Shaffer Memorial BSW Award

This award was established in memory of former faculty member Gary Shaffer.  This award is given to an outstanding BSW student.

John K. Gibson Award in Social Work (BSW)

This scholarship was established in honor of John K. Gibson. John was a man of many passions. He was concerned about others, especially those struggling to survive the difficulties of oppression, racism, and marginalization. John’s loving wife, Nancy White-Gibson established this award in honor of her husband. The recipient of this scholarship has demonstrated commitment to any of the following: social justice, restorative justice, civil rights, and/or experience working with marginalized persons.

Mark P. Hale Award (BSW)

This award, in honor of the second dean of the School, is designated for an outstanding BSW student who demonstrates potential for making a significant contribution to the profession of social work. The student is nominated by a faculty member.

Patricia L. Morey Award (BSW)

This award was created to honor Patricia L. Morey, the retiring Director of the Women’s Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Awarded to a BSW student who has a demonstrated interest in working with survivors of interpersonal violence, through advocacy, counseling, or education. This may be demonstrated through leadership, research, class work, or work experience.

School of Social Work Alumni Board Award (BSW)

Made possible by the work of the Alumni Board. This award is given to a full-time student who has received no other financial support.

Susan & Michael Haney Social Work Scholarship (BSW)

This award is made possible by funds from Susan and Michael Haney. The recipient of this award shall be a part- or full-time School of Social Work student who is making satisfactory progress toward their degree and are entering their junior or senior year. Criteria for this award include: academic achievement, financial need, volunteer service, leadership, work history, and passion for social justice.

MSW Awards

Adah Hopkins Award (MSW)

Th award is designated for a current student who is balancing many obligations while attending graduate school, who is handling these obligations in a positive, professional manner, and for whom the award would assist them in meeting the educational demands of graduate school. A student may be nominated by a peer, faculty, and/or staff, but cannot self-nominate.

Becca Nimmer Marcus Award (MSW)

This award is made possible by funds from Dr. Paul Marcus in honor of his wife, Becca Nimmer Marcus. Ms. Marcus received her MSW from the School of Social Work in 1983. The recipient must be a full-time MSW student who has identified the field of mental health as an area of professional interest and intends to practice in that area upon graduation.

Samuel and Ruth Blinick Memorial Award (MSW)

This award was established by Art Blinick in honor of Samuel and Ruth Blinick. The recipient must be a full-time student who plans to work with the elderly population upon graduation.

Downing Field Education Award (MSW)

This award is given to a current MSW student participating in an unpaid internship and involved in community organizing or advocacy.

Educational Opportunity Award (MSW)

This award is made possible by funds from an anonymous donor dedicated to the field of Social Work with the hope that the fund will increase the number of minority social workers in practice. The recipient must be a full-time student who is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe, African-American or Latino heritage.

Janice M. Hartman Memorial Scholarship (MSW)

This scholarship was established in honor of Janice M. Hartman, a founding member of the Crisis Nursery and Champaign County CASA. Janice returned to school after her 6th child began kindergarten, and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sangamon State University in 1973 and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois in 1976. The recipient of this award must be a full-time MSW student, with preference given to female, non-traditional or returning students who have worked in the field and are returning to school.

John K. Gibson Award in Social Work (MSW)

This scholarship was established in honor of John K. Gibson. John was a man of many passions. He was concerned about others, especially those struggling to survive the difficulties of oppression, racism, and marginalization. John’s loving wife, Nancy White-Gibson established this award in honor of her husband. The recipient of this scholarship has demonstrated commitment to any of the following: social justice, restorative justice, civil rights, and/or experience working with marginalized persons.

Marietta Stevenson Award (MSW)

This award is made possible by funds contributed in memory of Marietta Stevenson, first Dean of the School of Social Work. The recipient must have a policy interest which is supported by demonstrating leadership in class projects, student organizations, and/or community/internship experiences.

Mark P. Hale Award (MSW)

This award, in honor of the second dean of the School, is designated for an outstanding MSW student who demonstrates potential for making a significant contribution to the profession of social work. The student is nominated by a faculty member.

Patchner-Ramanathan Award (MSW)

This award is made possible by funds contributed by former Associate Professor Michael Patchner and retired Professor Pallassana R. Balgopal in memory of their parents. Applicants must be a full-time student who has identified health care or service to the elderly as an area of professional interest and intends to practice in that area upon graduation.

Patricia L. Morey Award (MSW)

This award was created to honor Patricia L. Morey, the retiring Director of the Women’s Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Awarded to a MSW student who has a demonstrated interest in working with survivors of interpersonal violence, through advocacy, counseling, or education. This may be demonstrated through leadership, research, class work, or work experience.

Ron Moorman Award (MSW)

This award is made possible by funds contributed in honor of Ron Moorman, retired CEO of the Child Care Association of Illinois. The recipient must be a full-time student who has identified the field of child welfare as an area of professional interest and intends to practice in that area upon graduation.

Roxie A. Watson Memorial Award (MSW)

This award is made possible by funds contributed in memory of Roxie A. Watson. The recipient must be a current MSW student who has succeeded in their academic pursuits despite encountering obstacles to success. The award shall be given to a student who demonstrated a desire to make a difference but who may not typically qualify for assistance with priority given to single parents, direct caregivers, and veterans with secondary preference given to students have encountered other significant personal obstacles.

Shirley Wattenberg Award (MSW)

This award is made possible by funds contributed in memory of Shirley Wattenberg, Associate Professor emerita who was a faculty member from 1965-1988 at the School of Social Work. The recipient must be a full-time student who has identified the field of health care as an area of professional interest and intends to practice in that area upon graduation.

Doctoral Awards

Our doctoral program prepares the next generation of researchers and policy analysts, as well as for the rigors of university-level teaching. Contributions toward these awards will provide important opportunities for their growth as researchers and teachers who will impact the lives of our most at-risk populations.

Ackerson Award for Excellence in Student Teaching

Established in 2014 by Dr. Barry Ackerson, the Ackerson Award for Excellence in Student Teaching is given to a student who excels in teaching while in the pursuit of a doctoral degree.

Cynthia Bell Fund

This award was established by family and friends of Cynthia J. Bell, PhD alumna. The award supports doctoral research in the areas of child welfare and law.

Daniel S. Sanders Fellowship

This award is made possible by funds from Christobel S. Sanders, whose husband was former Dean at the School of Social Work. The purpose of this award is to support a PhD candidate who has an interest in international social development.

Ernie Gullerud Dissertation Award

Established in 2000 by Ernie Gullerud, retired Associate Professor. This award is designated for a PhD student in support of dissertation defense.

International Studies Dissertation Award

This award is made possible by funds contributed by former School of Social Work Professor Steven Anderson to support international students working on their dissertation.

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