NASW Foundation to award $150,000 to selected recipients

Sep 23, 2015

The NASW Foundation has chosen the 2015-16 recipients of its scholarship, fellowship and chapter research grant programs, and will award more than $150,000 to the recipients.

Social work and NASW chapter candidates were selected for:

  • The Jane Baerwald Aron Doctoral Fellowship Program
  • The Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship
  • Social Work HEALS Doctoral Fellowships
  • The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarships
  • The Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarships
  • The Ruth Fizdale Chapter Research Grant Program.

Stacia West, a social work student at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, received the NASW Foundation’s Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship in Welfare Policy (one award of $10,000).

The fellowship provides partial support to social work doctoral candidates who are engaged in dissertation research in welfare policy and practice.

West was selected based on her dissertation, titled “A Paycheck Away from Homelessness: The Relationship between Financial Fragility and Housing Instability in Households Headed by Single Mothers.”

With a grant from the New York Community Trust Robert and Ellen Popper Scholarship Fund, the NASW Foundation launched Social Work HEALS, a collaborative endeavor of the NASW Foundation and the Council on Social Work Education.

The objective of the grant is to strengthen the delivery of health care services in the United States by advancing the education and training of health care social workers. Five doctoral fellowships will be awarded each year of the anticipated five-year program.

The Foundation’s existing Jane Baerwald Aron Doctoral Fellowship, which provides support to social work doctoral candidates who are engaged in dissertation research in health care policy and practice, has been supplemented and incorporated into the Social Work HEALS program and will be one of the five doctoral fellowships awarded.

The Aron Fellowship (one award of $15,625) recipient is Donald Gerke, Washington University in St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

The HEALS program allows increased funding for fellowship and scholarship recipients and support for leadership and professional development activities.

The Social Work HEALS Doctoral Fellows (four awards of $15,625 each) are: Sara Green, University of Washington School of Social Work; Roxanne Kennedy, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice; Susanne Klawetter, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work; and Deirdre Shires, Wayne State University School of Social Work.

From the September 2015 NASW News. NASW members can read the full story here.