James Madison University

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. 

2015 Award Recipient -   Rashema Jefferson

2014 Award Recipient -  Ha Tang

PHOTO: Ha Tang

Ha Tang graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Social Work. Ha completed her Senior Field Practicum at Valley Associates for Independent Living, Inc. of Harrisonburg, VA (VAIL). There Ha assisted with the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities grant, made information and referral calls, provided direct services to individuals with disabilities and attended meetings with Human Rights Committees and Rebuilding Together.


  • 2013    Emily Johnson
  • 2012    Alexandra Cornell
  • 2011    Brandon Rose and Laura Steger
  • 2010    Marly Flores and Lindsey Merritt
  • 2009    Sarah Rodriquez
  • 2008    Treshana Saxton
  • 2007    Sarah Groom
  • 2006    Tamara Parker
  • 2005    Marybeth McNamara
  • 2004    Robin Parks
  • 2003    Sarah Frick
  • 2002    Jessica Hotz