James Madison University

Social Work Academic Scholar

This award is given to the senior graduating with the highest GPA in Social Work who has completed at least 60 credits at JMU.

2013 Award Recipient


PHOTO: Katherine Burson

Katherine Burson

Katherine Burson graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and a minor in family studies.  She completed her field practicum at Pleasant View, an agency which provides a supportive environment for persons with developmental disabilities. She engaged in numerous community service activities while at JMU, including supervising children twice weekly so their parents could take ESL classes and working as a social work intern at Rockingham Memorial Hospital  assisting the medical social worker with discharge planning.  She worked with the Jeremiah Project for five summers as staff /assistant director working with disadvantaged children and their families. As a member of the National Association of Social Workers – Program Unit she served as secretary and co-leader in 2011-2012.

Previous Awardees:


  • 2012    Jennifer Dixon
  • 2011    Katherine Anderson
  • 2010    Julia Solow
  • 2009    Lindan Brown
  • 2008    Sarah Jackson
  • 2007    Kelly Smith

Formerly the CISAT Dean’s Scholar Award:


  • 2006    Kathryn Taliaferro
  • 2005    Karen Olsen
  • 2004    Kristen Nolen
  • 2003    Mary Beth Colville
  • 2002    Lauren C. Storms
  • 2001    Stephanie Holt
  • 2000    Jennifer Sullivan
  • 1999    Joy Vumback
  • 1998    Angela Griffith
  • 1997    Charlotte Rudkin
  • 1996    Rita Biggs
  • 1995    Maggie White
  • 1994    Susan Firth
  • 1993    Diane Worringham
  • 1992    Diane Worringham
  • 1991    Diane Worringham
  • 1990    Janice Horn

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