Social Work Student Pamela Smith Receives Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship

NASW Foundation gives Jackson State University student awardWashington, DC – The National Association of Social Workers Foundation is proud to announce that Pamela Smith will receive the Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship for the 2007-2008 for her work with African Americans.

This scholarship is awarded to MSW candidates who express an interest in or work with the African American community through practice in health or mental health services. Scholarship recipients work in hospitals, medical clinics, and social services agencies that provide treatment and specialized services to African American patients.

Ms. Smith is in the Master of Social Work program at Jackson State University. Throughout her education, Ms. Smith has worked in health practice, particularly with African Americans, educating the community about heart disease. She was also a wellness intern with the Quality Education for Minorities Network in Washington, DC, where she created an adolescent obesity curriculum.

Ms. Smith has developed a deep commitment to the use of social work knowledge and skills to promote health and mental health awareness among the African American community.

For more information about the NASW Foundation or the Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship, please visit or e-mail

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