Student Award and Scholarship Recipients

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Student Awards

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.

Awardees:

Year Name
2017 Katherine Norton
2016 Katherine Gaines
2015 Hannah Rossi
2014 Moriah Tolton
2013 Katherine Brunson
2012 Jennifer Dixon

Mary Theresa Pruchnic Award for the Outstanding Senior in Social Work

The social work faculty select each year a student to receive the Mary Theresa Pruchnic Award for the Outstanding Senior in Social Work. Selection is based on scholarship, performance/competence and professional identification.

Awardees:

Year Name
2017 Beatrice Leland
2016 Allison Crenshaw
2015 Hollis Setzer
2014 No awardee
2013 Leannah Williams
2012 Theresa Ruggiero

Soul of Social Work Award

The social work faculty select each year a student to receive the Soul of Social Work Award. Selection is based on the criteria including demonstration of a passion for social work, compassion for those whom we serve, commitment to community service, commitment to empowering and enabling oneself and others, ability to get out of one’s comfort zone, and strong communication skills.

Awardees:

Year Name
2017 Makayla Smith & Andrea Vennable
2016 Deanna Larion
2015 Rashema Jefferson
2014 Ha Tang

Advocacy in Action Award

The Advocacy in Action Award is awarded by faculty to a graduating JMU-BSW student who meets the following criteria: demonstrated leadership, commitment to social causes, action toward social change, and behavior consistent with social work values and ethics

Awardees:

Year Name
2017 Addison Tucker
2016 Ryan Papciak
2015 Keri Vandeberg
2014 Renna Wirchin

Scholarships

Cecil D. Bradfield Scholarship in Social Work

The Cecil D. Bradfield Scholarship in Social Work is awarded to a full-time JMU officially declared social work who is a rising sophomore, junior or senior who had been admitted to the Social Work Program; has a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0; has demonstrated need as determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov); and demonstrated commitment to community service and advocacy for the underprivileged.  The award goes to sociology major in even years and a social work major in odd years. 

Awardees:

Year Name
2017-18 No awardee
2015-2016 Jennifer Hemenway
2013- 2014 Hannah Yost

Ellen M. Murphy Scholarship in Social Work

The recipient must be a declared junior or senior in social work with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at James Madison University and have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Year Name
2017-18 Grace Dillon, Jane Lim, Amber Miller
2016-2017 Nicole Clanton, Madison Gorfida, LaShawn Spencer, Andrea Vennable

Cecil D. Bradfield Lifelong Learning Scholarship in Gerontology

The Cecil D. Bradfield Lifelong Learning Scholarship in Gerontology is awarded to two students who are a senior social work major or gerontology minor studying, working or planning on working with older adults.  The recipients may be eligible for either December or May graduation; and must have 2.75 and above cumulative GPA with a 3.0+in required major or minor courses. Professional identification may be demonstrated by membership in professional/student organizations and/or special papers, presentations, projects as well as by community service, campus wide activities and/or work experience.

Awardees:

Year Name
2017-2018 Recipient Ryan Shupp
2016-2017 Recipient Ryan Shupp & Allison Pignatello
2015-2016 Recipient Jessica Hilleary

Alumni Awards

R. Ann Myers, Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Awardees:

Year Name
2017 Andrea C. King (Class of 2004)
2016 Yvonne H. Frazier (Class of 1983)
2015 Danielle Pack McCarthy (class of 1998)
2014 Maggie White Tapp (class of 1995)
2012 Drew Molloy (class of 1975)
2012 Becky Shaw (class of 1981)

Social Work Program Outstanding Alumnus Award Recipients

Awardees:

Year Name
2000 Phillis Oeters-Pena (class of 1979)
1994 Evelyn Anne See (class of 1974)
1993 Eddie Bumbaugh (class of 1973)
1992 Maggie White Tapp (class of 1995)
1985 R. Ann Myers (class of 1969)
1981 Marie Arrington (class of 1938)
1980 Andree Gitchell (class of 1974)