Scholarships

Scholarship Recipients 2022

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the School of Social Work is able to offer a number of scholarship opportunities to our BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. students each academic year. These scholarships not only help students meet their financial obligations but also  recognize their academic achievements and contributions to the social work profession. Congratulations to our scholarship recipients!

BSW Award

Raymond and Mary Borecki Buck Endowed Scholarship Fund

Mary Borecki Buck is an UConn School of Social Work alumna committed to supporting the education of future generations of social workers. This scholarship, created by Mary and her late husband, Raymond, will provide financial support to a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work program.

Avery Smith, Bachelor of Social Work

I want to thank you for your generous Raymond and Mary Borecki Buck Endowed Scholarship. It allows me to not only continue my studies, but it helps pay for my tuition and for books so I do not have to worry about the cost of finishing up my education. I plan to pursue a career in social justice which includes advocating and counseling young girls and women who have experienced injustices and trauma. My goal one day is to travel to different countries to support these women with counseling and proper education, and through this, hopefully, to write a book based on my experiences. I want to be a social worker because I want to give those who do not have a voice.

MSW Awards

Dr. Albert Alissi School of Social Work Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Albert S. Alissi, faculty emeritus, to provide financial assistance to a student conducting group work practice.

Jocelyn Rossitto, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

The impact that this scholarship has on my life is more than I can put into words. Receiving this scholarship helps to remind me that I'm on the right path, that the work I'm doing is meaningful. This scholarship helps give me peace of mind financially to continue through this program. After my MSW, my goal is to work in the criminal justice system, practicing social work in a juvenile detention center. I have always been passionate about criminal justice reform and lowering our country’s recidivism rate through rehabilitative practices. I’ve found that I’m fulfilled by my current work with juveniles in a youth service bureau, and hope to continue making a difference in our youth’s lives and futures through my future work in the criminal justice system.

Charlotte M. Kinlock Endowment Fund in Social Work

Established by Charlotte M. Kinlock, graduate of the school and adjunct faculty member. This award provides financial assistance to a student in a field placement working on LGBTQIA+ issues and provides financial support to school-sponsored organizations and activities that promote an understanding of LGBTQIA+ issues.

Patrick Muro, Individuals, Groups and Families concentration

Thank you for your generosity. I truly appreciate receiving Charlotte M. Kinlock Endowment Fund in Social Work. It is meaningful to know that my work and contributions to the LGBTQ+ community has been recognized. Last year, along with a coworker, I started a Mental Health support group for college aged Transgender students. My future career goal is to work in the substance use prevention work with LGBTQ+ youth.

Dr. Adelaide Sandler Master of Social Work Student Support Fellowship

Kelly Tanner, Individuals, Groups and Families concentration

Donna Millette-Fridge Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Donna Millette-Fridge by the School of Social Work in recognition of her commitment to helping the mentally ill become self-sufficient.

Avery Smith, Bachelor of Social Work

I am writing to thank you for your generous scholarship. It allows me to not only continue my studies, but it helps pay for my tuition and for books. I plan to pursue a career in social justice which includes advocating and counseling young girls and women who have experienced injustices and trauma. My goal is to travel to different countries to support these women with counseling and proper education, and through this, hopefully, to write a book based on my experiences. I want to be a social worker because I want to give those who do not have a voice. I want to make a difference in the mental health system by inspiring a new generation to stand up and speak for what's right.

Esther R. Pahl Fellowship for Social Work Excellence

Esther Pahl is a 1952 graduate of the School of Social Work. She credits her UConn social work education for her long and meaningful career caring for others. She established this scholarship to provide meaningful support to a student in need with an interest in working in a mental health setting.

Rachel Brennan, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

I am writing today to thank you for your generosity. This scholarship will assist me with my commuting costs, book purchases, parking expenses, and general living expenses. I am completing my field placement at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Intensive Outpatient Program, interning in the Transitional-Aged Youth general mental health track with individuals ranging from 18-25 years old. Many of the clients were recently hospitalized and are adjusting to being back in the community. My work at the IOP has been incredibly meaningful and has confirmed for me that I want to work with this population. I have really seen the value of group work and teaching coping skills to individuals with mental health difficulties.

Amanda Sullivan, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

I cannot thank you enough for your generous donation. This scholarship will help me afford tuition and textbooks for my classes. This semester I’ve become very passionate about working with adolescents and adults. I’m currently placed at Pinnacle Behavioral Health in West Hartford, CT for my field placement. It is an IOP dedicated to working with adolescents who are currently experiencing depression, anxiety, as well as school refusal, maladaptive eating, self-injury and suicidal ideation. I currently facilitate the middle school dialectical behavioral therapy group and this is where I’ve realized my passion for working with adolescents. My plan is continuing to work in the group setting and IOP services, specifically with individuals who are experiencing self-harm, depression and anxiety.

Frank V. Carollo Scholarship Fund

Mr. Frank Carollo was a 1953 graduate of the UConn School of Social Work who worked part-time while attaining his education. He established this scholarship to assist students who find it necessary to work to supplement their living expenses while attending school.

Alison Allen, Individuals, Groups & Families concentration

Thank you so very much for your generous donation for this scholarship. Once I decided on a career path, UConn was the only choice for me. Now I'm in my second semester, I am interning at Perception Programs in Storrs, where I have a generous caseload of college students and local residents that I offer therapeutic counseling to. I have an excellent manager and an absolute gift of a field advisor to help me navigate questions as they come up. I love learning from the hands-on work. I want to thank you again for your generosity. Your donation helps me to delay getting paid employment a little bit longer so that I can concentrate on my studies and give my best to my clients at my internship. I truly am so grateful.

Elena Appleton, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Thank you very much for your incredible generosity. In these uncertain times, every little bit of financial assistance helps, especially as I am in school full time and my husband has been supporting both of us on his teacher’s salary since early 2020. As my concentration is in individuals, groups, and families, I plan to go on to get my LCSW when I graduate so I can work with adults as a psychotherapist. I currently work part-time for a somatic therapy clinic which has afforded me the opportunity to learn about this niche specialty, piquing my interest in the power of mindfulness specifically around the treatment of PTSD.

Christopher Cocchi, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

I wanted to thank you for your generous scholarship gift. I have been interested in going into the counseling and Social Work field for some time, starting as early as childhood when I wanted to help others who were being targeted or teased. I continued this desire to help others into my undergraduate work, and afterwards in my career working with students in special education. My intention was then to continue onto graduate school to further my education, but my work was impacted by the pandemic, which made saving more difficult. This scholarship relieves much of this tension. I want to dedicate myself to work towards obtaining my MSW degree, and from there LCSW certification. I am excited to continue this program to see where it can lead me.

Celina Fernandez-Ayala, Community Organizing concentration

Thank you for your generosity! Without this scholarship I would not have been able to afford my final semester of the MSW program. The pandemic, my transition to a new position as an Organizing Fellow, commuting to Hartford, and balancing schoolwork and class time have strained my finances. When I graduate, my employer plans to hire me as a full-time Community Organizer for education equity in Connecticut. I chose the community organizing track to work alongside my fellow Black and Brown kin to dismantle racism and all other social injustices. What I love most about UConn is the brilliant and supportive groups of friends that I made here!

Betsy Hebert, Individuals, Groups & Families concentration

I thank you with sincere gratitude for providing me with this generous scholarship. I chose my course of study because I am interested in supporting the needs of children who can not speak for themselves and are often marginalized and oppressed. These are challenging times especially with the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic. Addressing the mental health needs of our society has become ever more urgent. UConn has allowed me with an invaluable opportunity to receive a high-quality education which will afford me the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of human welfare especially in marginalized people. On the completion of my education I hope that I can exemplify UConn's mission to not only receive a quality education but to contribute to the needs of society.

Ebony Holloway, Individuals, Groups & Families concentration

Thank you for your generosity in awarding me this scholarship. It provides me with much financial relief, as a mother of three paying for not only my own but my son's college tuition. My goal is to obtain my Master of Social Work degree, which will allow me to work with children and adolescents, either as a school or medical social worker. Working in the school system and having a field placement in a healthcare setting has allowed me to first-hand see how much of an impact I could make on children thanks to my education at UConn. UConn has given me the knowledge and confidence to be the social worker I know I can be.

Brianna Johnson, Individuals, Groups & Families concentration

I am so grateful and humbled to be chosen as the recipient for this scholarship. This award means so much to me due to some of the financial stress it helps alleviate, especially as a working mother with a full-time course load. It also provides motivating recognition that the hard work and long hours I have committed to myself, this program, and my future clients, have not gone unnoticed. I am extremely fortunate to continue my education at the UConn School of Social Work, with plans for a career in clinical social work, because of generous donors like you. Thank you.

Lorena Martinez, Public Policy concentration

I am very grateful for your generosity through this scholarship! With the Frank V. Carollo scholarship, I am able to head into the semester with a little more ease. I am seeking a Master's in Social Work to have the skillset to make a positive impact and work alongside marginalized and vulnerable communities, both in the United States and in Latin America. Social Work is giving me the opportunity to understand the root causes of injustice and the tools to challenge it. I am grateful to have a UConn education for the rigorous and well-balanced curriculum with dedicated and passionate professors. It is truly a gift to be here!

Jamal Neal, Individuals, Groups and Families concentration

I am so grateful to receive this scholarship! It allows me to pursue my education here at UConn while alleviating some of my financial burden. I am currently a joint degree student between here and Yale Divinity School. My hope for the future is to be able to create environments in which marginalized folks can show up as their full selves, actively participate in their environments, and be celebrated and encouraged to grow throughout their personal life journeys. For me, meaning-making is done through my religious and faith experiences. UConn has been providing me with the tools necessary to engage people and to meet them where they are.

Jacquelyn Perreault, Individuals, Groups and Families concentration

Thank you so much for your generosity in awarding me the Frank V. Carollo Scholarship. I am honored and encouraged to be chosen as a scholarship recipient. Your donation has enabled me to stay involved in the Hartford community, where I live and work, while attending school full-time. My professors, classmates, and educational experiences at UConn have affirmed my decision to pursue social work, and I am eager to begin my first field placement in the fall. As a social worker, I hope to work with children and immigrant populations, and I'm so thankful for your help in achieving this dream. Thank you for supporting social work in our region and thank you for contributing to my growth as a social worker.

Krista Sansone, Individuals, Groups & Families concentration

As one of the recipients of your scholarship this semester I would like to sincerely thank you for this award. As I wrote in my application, balancing work with my education has been very challenging and this award will help ease some of this pressure. After graduation I plan to take the test to get my LMSW and eventually work to get my LCSW. I am currently completing my field education at the Community Health Center in Meriden. I have really enjoyed the environment and work I do there and intend to continue working for groups that advocate for accessible health care. I chose this field because of my interest in mental health care and believe that everyone deserves access to quality care.

Alona Scott, Individuals, Groups & Families concentration

Thank you so much for choosing me as a recipient of the Frank V. Carollo Scholarship! I genuinely value this additional support to help me cover my education costs. After graduating, I intend to work primarily with adolescents in a trauma-informed setting who have been impacted by the legal system. As a result of your generous donation, you are creating the opportunity for me to amplify the voices of this underserved population. I will forever be grateful to the UConn community, as well as Frank V. Carollo, for your unwavering generosity and support.

Lexie Soja, Individuals, Groups & Families concentration

Your generosity has been a privilege and an honor to receive. This scholarship will aid in the beginning of my career, as I will be graduating this upcoming May. I'm currently completing my final field placement in the Pediatric Endocrinology Outpatient Clinic at Connecticut Children’s. My goal is to continue a career in medical social work. I'm fully determined to continue working with and advocating for vulnerable populations who are disproportionately impacted due to healthcare disparities.

Michaela Tripputi, Individuals, Groups & Families concentration

Thank you so much for your generosity! I am so appreciative to have received this scholarship. Especially during these uncertain times, it means a lot to have some assistance. This is my first semester at UConn for my Masters in Social Work. I am so excited to expand my knowledge and learn from my teachers, peers and field placements. With this degree I hope to work with adolescents to young adults who are struggling with their mental health, particularly in the juvenile legal system. My ultimate goal is to be able to provide resources and support for individuals in need. I can’t thank you enough for the generous donation and opportunity it provides me to keep learning to reach my goals!

Shanieka Welsh, Individuals, Groups & Families concentration

I am writing to thank you for your generous donation. Being an agent of change and an individual who creates tiny ripples of hope has been a dream of mine since I established and managed a non-profit organization at the age of sixteen which catered to the less fortunate in my birth country, Jamaica. UConn has further helped to keep this passion aflame through their commitment to providing students with a quality learning experience. I truly enjoy their commitment to inclusion and justice and the hands-on experience provided through my studies at this prestigious university. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and to give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.

Dr. Julio Morales Jr. Fellowship Endowment

Established in honor of Dr. Julio Morales Jr., retired professor, Dean of Students, and founder of the Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project, the Fellowship provides financial support to an MSW student who demonstrates a commitment to engaging in outreach programs in the Latino community and has, or will have, completed their field education practicum in the Latino community. Preference given to students who are fluent in both English and Spanish.

Ana Torres Cervantes, Individuals, Groups and Families concentration

Thank you so much for your generosity! This scholarship helps me to continue the work that I am doing now with underserved individuals as it will fund my license exam! I look forward to continuing to provide mental health services for some of our most vulnerable communities and populations once I graduate with my Master's in Social Work in May. My passion stems from being someone who grew up as part of an underserved population and wishing there was more available for my family and those around me. I want to thank you again for your generosity. Being able to receive this scholarship ensures I continue to believe that I am capable of whatever I put my heart into!

Ivor J. Echols Endowment Fund

Friends and colleagues of the late Dr. Ivor J. Echols, faculty member and prominent member of the African American community, established this award in her honor on her retirement.

Jessica Lewis, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Thank you for your generosity and support as I work toward achieving my MSW. As an African American woman who grew up in the inner city, I always knew that I wanted to dedicate my career to serving my community. I aspire to work as a medical social worker in urban underserved communities to provide support to those greatly impacted by health disparities. Your scholarship will help me in achieving this goal. Thank you again for your investment in students, such as myself who strive to make a difference in the world. I will remember your generosity and I hope to give back to other students in the future just as you have graciously given to me.

Karen Kellerman and Peter Arakas Fellowship in Social Work

Karen Kellerman and Peter Arakas are both proud graduates of the UConn School of Social Work. They created this scholarship to provide financial support for MSW students.

Eunices Pineda, Community Organizing concentration

It is an honor to be chosen for the Karen Kellerman and Peter Arakas Fellowship. The scholarship provides financial support and relief to continue my career in social work and public health. In Ecuador, I witnessed how sociocultural factors and a broken system cause social inequities, specifically affecting individuals from vulnerable communities. At age 13, I learned the harsh reality in my country, my grandmother was hospitalized in a public hospital. During this time, I witnessed the despair of others who had similar conditions but were unable to afford health care. Learning this reality encouraged me to pursue a career in public health and social work. As a future social worker, I want to advocate against social inequities, empowering communities to have a voice.

The LeBoeuf Johnson Master of Social Work Scholarship Fund

George LeBoeuf is a recent graduate of the School of Social Work, who, along with his wife, Shevonn Johnson, created this scholarship to support the educational needs of students enrolled in the Master’s of Social Work program.

Meghan OConnor

Meghan O'Connor, Individuals, Groups and Families concentration

I am so grateful to be a recipient of the LeBoeuf Johnson Master of Social Work Scholarship Fund. I am about to complete my MSW, and while working multiple jobs in addition to grad school this scholarship will be of great financial help, particularly with student debt. I am a person in long-term recovery and completing this MSW is a huge step towards working in addiction treatment for the rest of my career. Again, I am so grateful for your support of my studies and for other aspiring social workers.

Mary Deane-Scalora Endowment Fund

This scholarship was established in memory of Mary Deane-Scalora, MSW, by her family to provide financial assistance to a master’s level student with demonstrated interest in working with or for the advancement of the poor in a social services agency or educational institution.

Emory Fairchild, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

This generous award allows me to continue my education in the Master of Social Work program. I hope to get my LCSW and practice as a clinical social worker in marginalized and underserved communities for some time before going back to school to get my PhD in Social Work so that I may conduct my own research. I would love to learn more about interventions that improve the mental wellness of oppressed youth. I am currently at a field practicum at Noah Webster Micro-Society Magnet School in Hartford, where I work as a school social worker with middle-school aged children. Receiving this type of financial aid makes a huge difference to my graduate experience.

Mary Porter Wright and John Wright Fellowship in Social Work

Mary Porter Wright is an alumna from UConn School of Social Work.

Gina Squitieri, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Thank you for your generosity in awarding me this scholarship. It helps provide both economic relief and a sense of self confidence knowing that someone else can acknowledge my resilience. Living with epilepsy I have managed to live as normal of a life as possible, including maintaining a part time job. However, living in the suburbs with a lack of public transportation has made it difficult to work to my fullest potential. I chose to complete a degree in social work to give back to a community that faces chronic and acute health ailments. Outside of school I am working on becoming an ambassador for the Epilepsy Foundation to expand my skills by advocating on a macro level and spreading awareness about this chronic illness.

Mary Ellen and John D. Killeen Master of Social Work Scholarship Fund

Mary Ellen Killeen is a School of Social Work graduate who established this fund to provide financial support for students enrolled in the Master’s of Social Work program.

James Stone, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

I would like to thank Mary Ellen and John D. Killeen for their generous scholarship. This award will allow me to pursue my Masters of Social Work with less of a financial burden. It also motivates me to continue to work hard and stay focused so that I become the best possible social worker. I chose this field because I recognize that public servants like social workers are going to be needed now more than ever to advocate on behalf of their clients and provide support to those seeking help with an array of issues that plague our society. My goal is to integrate mental, physical, and emotional components of health into my practice. I believe that a holistic approach to wellness is the most effective way to treat the clients I will serve.

Miriam Silverman Memorial Scholarship

The Miriam Silverman Memorial Scholarship was established in her memory by her husband and friends to provide financial support to students in need.

Audra Panciera, Community Organizing concentration

I am extraordinarily grateful for the generosity of the Miriam Silverman Memorial Scholarship. Balancing field work, classes, family responsibilities, and a job has been a challenging but rewarding experience. Particularly during the pandemic, when employment can be unpredictable, this scholarship provides financial support that is very appreciated. I chose to go into social work, and community organizing specifically, because of the profession’s commitment to social justice. I hope to utilize my MSW to join others in doing the work to create a more equitable society. I am particularly passionate about climate justice, food justice, and immigrant justice, but I am open and eager to work in any area that furthers the social work mission. Thank you again for this scholarship and for believing in my future as a social worker.

Murry Shapiro Endowed Scholarship Fund

Paul Shapiro, a retired assistant attorney general and former Mayor of Mansfield, Connecticut, established the Murry Shapiro Scholarship in memory of his late father, a former member of the Group Work faculty who taught at the School of Social Work.

Holly Savitsky, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

I would like to sincerely thank you for your generous scholarship. For someone like me, every single dollar counts. I'm about to graduate with my MSW and I couldn't have gotten this far without a lot of help from the community. I'm hoping that in the future I'll be in a position to donate to scholarship funds for social work students.

Nancy Tarr Berdon Fund

The family of Nancy Tarr Berdon established this award in memory of Tarr Berdon, a noted professional social worker in the New Haven area committed to working with the poor.

Audrey Duhaime, Individuals, Groups and Families concentration

I am beyond grateful to have been awarded the Nancy Tarr Berdon scholarship. I feel immense gratitude as such a generous gift is truly a blessing. Thank you so much for the opportunity to accept this award. In my final year at UConn, I will remember receiving this award as an MSW student for the rest of my life. As I finish up this semester, this award provides a magnitude of assistance for student expenses. Receiving this award has allowed me to focus on my studies, field placement and finish the year out strong.

Matthew Stayner

Matthew Stayner, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Thank you so much for your generous scholarship. This scholarship will help me to focus more of my energy and time on becoming the best, most effective social worker that I can be. Following graduation, I intend to work with vulnerable populations, particularly those who are homeless or housing insecure and those with addictions. Your gift will allow me to become an effective social worker and to learn skills that I will use to help people in our communities who are at risk and in need of help.

Peter Petrella Fellowship for the School of Social Work

The Peter Petrella fund supports fellowships for incoming or continuing graduate students enrolled full-time in the School of Social Work. Students may be incoming or continuing and must demonstrate academic achievement. Priority will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Cassidy McHugh, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

I wanted to take this time to thank you for your generosity. This scholarship gives me the opportunity to not have to worry so much about the financial aspect of school and really dive deep into my studies. I graduated with my bachelor's degree from the University of New Haven in criminal justice this past May and my goal is to work with adolescents in the juvenile justice system. I have learned a tremendous amount on how to work with clients, especially with kids. Much of this comes through in my internship at a middle school. I look forward to the future and being able to apply all that I have learned at UConn to my practice.

Shirley & Howard Dickstein Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established by Shirley and Howard Dickstein to assist students with their expenses while attending school.

Kailey Bousquet, Individuals, Groups & Family Practice

Thank you so much for your generosity in awarding me this scholarship! This support will help alleviate some of the financial burdens that come with pursuing higher education and allow me to maintain focus on reaching my academic and professional goals in social work. I will forever be grateful for the knowledge and experiences the program, my professors, and my peers have provided me, and I look forward to using my newly acquired skills and education to provide for and learn from others. Although it is bittersweet that my time as a student at the UConn School of Social Work will be coming to an end soon, I feel confident that I have been prepared to enter the world of social work and be successful in it.

Kimberley Persaud, Community Organizing concentration

I was extremely excited when I received my letter informing me I was chosen for the Shirley and Howard Dickstein Scholarship Fund. Your contribution of this scholarship helps me immensely as I complete my last year in the Master of Social Work program at UConn and provides me with financial support and encouragement. As a first-generation college student, I selected to pursue my MSW because I enjoy meeting members in my community and collaborating with local agencies and small businesses to help create resources and opportunities for families. I hope to positively impact the field of social work by supporting, advocating, and empowering members in the community. Upon graduation, my goal is to work with The Department of Children and Families and continue to work with children in foster care and help aid sibling reunification.

Ph.D. Awards

Rollin Williams/Y.C. Wu Dissertation Research Fellowship

The School of Social Work Ph.D. program offers the Rollin Williams/Y.C. Wu Dissertation Research Fellowship each year. The fellowship is intended to foster a research-oriented academic culture within the PhD program. The proposal process encourages doctoral students to model and meet the requirements for succeeding in competition for funds by defining a problem, a research project, and a timeline to complete the dissertation.

One to two awards of $5,000 may be made per year. Doctoral students are eligible for the fellowship following the successful defense of their dissertation proposal. Students may receive this award once during their tenure in the Ph.D. program and are encouraged to use the award as support for activities related to dissertation research, including data collection and travel. A sub-committee of the Doctoral Committee will select award recipients.

Rollin Williams/Y.C. Wu Dissertation Writing Fellowship

The School of Social Work Ph.D. program offers the Rollin Williams/Y.C. Wu Dissertation Writing Fellowship each year. The fellowship is intended to foster a research-oriented academic culture within the PhD program, and is designed to provide support to PhD students in the final stages of completing their dissertation.

One to two awards of $5,000 may be made per year. Doctoral students are eligible for the fellowship if they are prepared to complete their dissertation within the one-year period following receipt of the fellowship. Students may receive this award once during their tenure in the PhD program and are encouraged to use the award as support to promote the timely completion of the PhD. A sub-committee of the Doctoral Committee will select award recipients.

Cristina Wilson Scholarship

The Cristina Wilson Scholarship aims to support Ph.D. students' financial needs as they complete their degrees.

Davidson Dissertation Stipend

The Davidson Dissertation Stipend provides funding Ph.D. student travel related to completing their dissertations.

Alberto Cifuentes Jr., MSW, Doctoral Candidate

2019–2020 Rollin Williams/ Y.C. Wu Dissertation Research Fellowship

2020–2021 Davidson Dissertation Stipend

I am very grateful for these two awards and plan on using them to offset the costs of my research. I am open to the many possibilities a doctoral degree has to offer. While I would very much like to teach at an institution that values both pedagogy and research, I am also open to working at a non-profit or research division as a consultant, associate, or executive director. I am very committed to educating the new generation of social workers, so life after my PhD will need to involve teaching at a BSW or MSW level. I am also open to pursuing a post-doctoral program that will enhance my skills in mixed methods research and community-based research, especially community-based participation action research (CBPAR). For my dissertation, I am examining the impact that stigma has on the sexual health and substance use outcomes of online male sex workers who have sex with men. After getting my PhD, I would like to initiate and implement community-based research where sex workers will be co-researchers and be involved in their own liberation from systemic oppression. My goal is to amplify the voices of sex workers, ensure their safety and rights, and improve their access to vital social services, including housing, employment, education, and healthcare. These awards have only bolstered my resolve to transform my research into a vehicle for social change and use this research as an avenue for building community and solidarity with sex workers nationwide.

Maureen Dimock Clark, MSW, LICSW

Maureen Dimock Clark, MSW, Doctoral Candidate

2019–2020 Rollin Williams/Y.C. Wu Dissertation Writing Fellowship

I am incredibly honored to be the recipient of the Rollin Williams/Y.C. Wu Dissertation Writing Fellowship. This award has been critical to completing my dissertation on the lived experience of involuntary civil commitment in early adulthood. The funding has served as a support to my writing covering such expenses as editing software. It has also afforded me the opportunity to have more work-life balance allowing me to reduce the amount of paid work I take on. This is immeasurable as I try to balance completing my PhD and being present for the rest of my life, particularly with my family.

Completion of my PhD will allow me to continue in my tenure track faculty position preparing the next generation of social workers. I plan to continue conducting research that is focused on promoting the voices of lived experience and exploring both implicit and explicit forms of coercion across mental health treatment settings. My hope is that my current and future research will inform social work education and practice in ways that encourage greater integration of human rights and social justice within mental health.

Grace Felten, MSW, Doctoral Candidate

2021-2022 Cristina Wilson Scholarship

I am honored and excited to receive the 2021-2022 Cristina Wilson Scholarship. The scholarship will greatly assist me in completing my Ph.D. Currently, I am working on my dissertation exploring the impact of forced migration on the health of refugee women in Greece and the United States with an emphasis on reproductive health. As part of this analysis, I am looking at the role that community volunteers and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) play in an attempt to fill in the gaps left by governments for services related to health and wellbeing.

One of my goals is to increase the involvement of social workers in issues related to migration as there is a currently a lack of involvement in this area. I would like to help bridge connections between social workers and other humanitarian workers in this area and support them through my research using a human rights lens. Additionally, my hope is that my work contributes to the prioritization of reproductive health in humanitarian settings and to viewing reproductive health in a more comprehensive manner. This scholarship will allow me to work toward these goals and the completion of my dissertation.

Spring 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the School of Social Work is able to offer a number of scholarship opportunities to our BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. students each academic year. These scholarships not only help students meet their financial obligations but also  recognize their academic achievements and contributions to the social work profession. Congratulations to our scholarship recipients!

BSW Award

Raymond and Mary Borecki Buck Endowed Scholarship Fund

Mary Borecki Buck is an UConn School of Social Work alumna committed to supporting the education of future generations of social workers. This scholarship, created by Mary and her late husband, Raymond, will provide financial support to a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work program.

Gianella Gutierrez

Gianella Gutierrez

Attending and paying for school for the last year has been very difficult due to unfortunate circumstances and the pandemic. With this scholarship, I am able to place more focus on my education and future goals without worrying about working extra hours at work. Without the financial burden, I can focus on graduating as a BSW student at UConn and eventually getting my MSW in clinical social work. After achieving this goal of mine, I hope to work in an organization or state department that focuses on child welfare. This passion of working with children grew during my volunteer work at the Boys & Girls club where I volunteer as a teacher assistant.

MSW Awards

Dr. Albert Alissi School of Social Work Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Albert S. Alissi, faculty emeritus, to provide financial assistance to a student conducting group work practice.

Natasha Whyte

Natasha Whyte, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

As a first-generation college student, it is an honor to be the recipient of the Dr. Albert Alissi School of Social Work Scholarship Fund. Thank you for your kindness and generosity, especially during these challenging times. Your scholarship has alleviated my financial burden and allowed me to pursue my goal of becoming a school social worker. I look forward to providing children and adolescents with the social and emotional support necessary for academic success and upward mobility. While doing so, I will never forget the knowledge and skills that the University of Connecticut provided me with. I cannot wait to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Thank you again for your support.

Albert Brown Jr. Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student currently conducting their field placement at the UConn Counseling & Mental Health Services.

Nancy White, Individuals, Groups, and Families Concentration

Thank you so much for the scholarship! During this academic year I worked at the Student Health and Wellness mental health program as a practicum student. This experience allowed me to see how integral it is for staff to be working towards the common goal of student health and wellness. I learned so much from the students that I worked with and I am grateful for the experience.

After graduation I will be working as an outpatient therapist at a community mental health practice in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The clients will be from all backgrounds, ages, conditions. I look forward to being able to contribute to my community by helping people with managing their mental health conditions.

Donna Millette-Fridge Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Donna Millette-Fridge by the School of Social Work in recognition of her commitment to helping the mentally ill become self-sufficient.

Amanda Brenner

Amanda Brenner, Policy Practice concentration

Thank you so, so much for awarding me a Donna Millette-Fridge Scholarship. I would like you to know that I honor her memory and the opportunities she is giving me today. I am equally passionate about work with those with mental illness. I have spent my entire year writing and testifying on mental health policy for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. I hope to focus directly on mental health advocacy after graduation, perhaps on the national level. I will bring my UConn education and my lived experience along with me and a great respect and tribute to Donna in whose name I now work.

Esther R. Pahl Fellowship for Social Work Excellence

Esther Pahl is a 1952 graduate of the School of Social Work. She credits her UConn social work education for her long and meaningful career caring for others. She established this scholarship to provide meaningful support to a student in need with an interest in working in a mental health setting.

Mackenna Jacovich

Mackenna Jacovich, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Your thoughtful contribution to my education is very much appreciated. Seeing my own story and work so far in social work as worthy of such a reward has really helped me realize my worth as a future social worker. In my field experience with Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS), I worked with children experiencing suicidal ideations or who had recently attempted suicide. Providing a safe place for these children to tell their stories and express their feelings without judgment has been such a rewarding and fulfilling experience. I hope to continue my work in this area and provide best treatment practices to children and adolescents at risk of suicide. Thank you again for your gracious fellowship.

Frank V. Carollo Scholarship Fund

Mr. Frank Carollo was a 1953 graduate of the UConn School of Social Work who worked part-time while attaining his education. He established this scholarship to assist students who find it necessary to work to supplement their living expenses while attending school.

Katherine Mcmullan, Policy Practice concentration

Melissa Keilty

Melissa Keilty, Policy Practice concentration

Your generosity has been a privilege and an honor to receive. This scholarship will aid in the beginning of my career by providing a sense of calm in the calamity that is being a youth of this day and age. My academic goals include finishing my Master of Social Work and someday pursuing a Doctorate. I selected a degree in social work for its abundant usefulness in a wide array of fields, for its application in various personal and systemic contexts, and for its value-based conceptions. I am a devout participant within various causes which advance justice in human and ecological systems. Your donation helps me maintain my ability to be flexible and gives me encouragement that my hard work is noticed, and appreciated.

Lexie Soja

Lexie Soja, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Thank you for your generosity in awarding me this scholarship. This additional support will alleviate some of the financial demands that can be difficult to prioritize when having to maintain a full academic course load. My goal is to pursue a career in medical social work. I hope to continue working with and advocating for vulnerable populations who are disproportionately impacted due to healthcare disparities. I will forever be grateful for the support that allowed me to continue my education and forward my career.

Charmain Yun

Charmain Yun, Community Organizing concentration

What an honor. Thank you so much for your generosity and support of social work students. I have been working part time and fulfilling full time school requirements over this past year. It has been so fulfilling, but as you can imagine, also tiring. Your scholarship doesn’t just help financially but also serves as an affirmation to the work that I have been doing. It’s been a hard year for so many, especially the clients and people we serve. The pandemic only highlights the disparities in our society. I plan to use my Masters in Social Work in the work of equality, systematic change, and advocacy for the people I serve.

Ivor J. Echols Endowment Fund

Friends and colleagues of the late Dr. Ivor J. Echols, faculty member and prominent member of the African American community, established this award in her honor on her retirement.

Jada Hines

Jada Hines, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

I would like to thank my donor for their generosity, as well as those that have selected me for this scholarship. As a teenager I felt as though I had to manage my mental health alone. I knew I wanted to be a social worker so no child would feel as alone as I once did. My goal is to become a school social worker that is present and available for all students, regardless of if they appear to need social services or not. I want students to know who I am and what I can do for them before my assistance is even needed. UConn has given me the opportunity to become more confident in myself and what I can achieve in the future, which is something I will always be grateful for.

Karen Kellerman and Peter Arakas Fellowship in Social Work

Karen Kellerman and Peter Arakas are both proud graduates of the UConn School of Social Work. They created this scholarship to provide financial support for MSW students.

Celina Fernández-Ayala

Celina Fernández-Ayala, Community Organizing concentration

Thank you for your generosity! The scholarship provides much needed financial support during these uncertain times. I decided to pursue an MSW out of my commitment to social justice, especially in Black and Brown communities in my hometown in New Haven, CT. As a Mexi-Rican, I witness disparities in nearly every aspect of Black and Brown life and am committed to working alongside my community to transform society. My career goals include opening my own non-profit that provides traditional social services, but also functions as a space for Black and Brown artists, dancers, singers, writers, and actors. In fact, I dance salsa and sing classical music in my rare spare time.

Mary Porter Wright and John Wright Fellowship in Social Work

Mary Porter Wright is an alumna from UConn School of Social Work.

Lilianna Rubio

Lillianna Rubio, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

I can't thank you enough for your generosity. Having gone from full-time to part-time due to the pandemic, this scholarship has given me the peace, and financial relief, that I needed to continue my studies and graduate on track for the summer. I chose to complete my degree in social work as a way to not only give back and provide an opportunity that I was once provided as a foster child, but also to fight for human rights and help give a voice and empower the powerless. I hope to one day provide therapeutic services to young children as well as immigrant and refugee families.

Mary Ellen and John D. Killeen Master of Social Work Scholarship Fund

Mary Ellen Killeen is a School of Social Work graduate who established this fund to provide financial support for students enrolled in the Master’s of Social Work program.

Briee Preston

Briee Preston, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

I want to say I am extremely grateful for being chosen for this scholarship award. I have never been awarded a scholarship, so this means so much to me. This scholarship truly helps with my financial situation as I continue to struggle to get through. The pandemic has not made life easy for me, and I constantly face making financial sacrifices. My most recent concerns have been school finances, so again this is a complete blessing. Thank you for your generosity and for considering me; I truly appreciate it.

Miriam Silverman Memorial Scholarship

The Miriam Silverman Memorial Scholarship was established in her memory by her husband and friends to provide financial support to students in need.

Shalamiesha Gilbert

Shalamiesha Gilbert, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Thank you for your generosity in your donation that has helped make my goal of achieving an MSW. It took me many years to finally apply to Graduate School and when the pandemic hit and my family’s income decreased, I wasn't sure if this was the right time to move forward with school. I decided to proceed despite the financial hurdles, and this scholarship will help ease my financial burden. I have always felt deep satisfaction through volunteer work and activism. In the back of my mind I knew I wanted to help others, but was unsure how to turn it into a career. Social work is my opportunity to turn my love of helping people into a career.

Murry Shapiro Endowed Scholarship Fund

Paul Shapiro, a retired assistant attorney general and former Mayor of Mansfield, Connecticut, established the Murry Shapiro Scholarship in memory of his late father, a former member of the Group Work faculty who taught at the School of Social Work.

Gina Squitieri

Gina Squitieri, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

I have endured numerous struggles throughout my lifetime and being a recipient of this scholarship reinforces the fact that other individuals recognize my hard work and resilience through it all. I have accepted an internship as a social work intern at UConn’s hospital in the ICU, fulfilling the main objective I set out for when I applied to this program. Words cannot express how grateful I am to be able to make a difference next semester in the lives of individuals whose health is in critical care and you supported me through this. There are not enough thank yous in the world to express my gratitude.

Nancy Tarr Berdon Fund

The family of Nancy Tarr Berdon established this award in memory of Tarr Berdon, a noted professional social worker in the New Haven area committed to working with the poor.

Ashante Malone, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

I am beyond grateful to have been chosen as a recipient of the Nancy Tarr Berdon scholarship. After completing the Master's Program at UConn, I will remain at the Department of Children and Families where I am currently employed and plan to transition to a social worker. I chose to further my education after being employed by DCF for several years. I am limited in how much I can directly assist families with my current role and I had such a desire to do more and that prompted my decision to return to school.

 

Holly Savitsky, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Thank you most sincerely for your generous scholarship. For a student like me, a single mother who has spent most of her life in poverty, scholarships are life changing. In the social work field there’s so much to learn, so many important details that help us understand how to best help people. In the future, I plan to work for a nonprofit agency. I’d like to do outreach work to people who struggle with barriers to care such as chronic homelessness, substance misuse, disabilities, and mental illness. I’d also like to include activism in my work, since the systemic ways in which people are being oppressed are going largely unchallenged.

Peter Petrella Fellowship for the School of Social Work

The Peter Petrella fund supports fellowships for incoming or continuing graduate students enrolled full-time in the School of Social Work. Students may be incoming or continuing and must demonstrate academic achievement. Priority will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Matthew Stayner

Matthew Stayner, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Thank you very much for this honor. This scholarship will make a huge difference in my ability to continue my education without having to worry as much about my financial situation. After earning my MSW, I hope to work within a community agency, ideally one that follows the integrated care model. I would like to work with adolescents and adults from vulnerable and underserved populations, who struggle with mental health and addictions. I believe that the integrated care model provides the best service for members of the community, as it allows clinicians from different disciplines to work together and form a team that addresses a clients’ needs holistically.

Shirley & Howard Dickstein Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established by Shirley and Howard Dickstein to assist students with their expenses while attending school.

Kailey Bousquet

Kailey Bousquet, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Thank you so much for your generosity in awarding me with this scholarship. I always dreamed of finding a career path that would provide me with opportunities for lifelong learning and giving back to others, and I am happy to say that I have found that in social work. Within my first year, I have learned more about our world and myself than I had before, and I will always be grateful for the knowledge and experiences the program, my professors, and my peers have provided me with. The School of Social Work at UConn is full of like-minded, determined, individuals and I absolutely love being a part of this community!

Kimberley Persaud, Community Organizing concentration

I want to thank you for your generosity and for providing this scholarship to me. I want to work in and with my community to help families and provide services to children with Autism. With my current internship, I work with my Hartford community and engage with families who have children with Autism and need early intervention for developmental delays. I am currently partaking in community organizing to develop a resource outlet for families. My goal is to remove the stigma addressed with Autism and create an environment where parents acknowledge their families' strengths and feel empowered to foster their child's development. Another goal of mine is to ensure families get the necessary mental health resources they need and adequate early intervention services for their children.

The LeBoeuf Johnson Master of Social Work Scholarship Fund

George LeBoeuf is a recent graduate of the School of Social Work, who, along with his wife, Shevonn Johnson, created this scholarship to support the educational needs of students enrolled in the Master’s of Social Work program.

Brianna Johnson

Brianna Johnson, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

I am so grateful for the opportunity this grant will award me. I began my career path 12 years ago when I first graduated UConn with my BA in Human Development and Family Studies. Since then, I have been working in the Applied Behavior Analysis field throughout the state of Connecticut. I received countless referrals for children that were labeled as “behavioral” and therefore “needed me.” These children did not need to be changed, they needed to be heard, and loved. I am hoping that furthering my education in Social Work, I will be able to make a bigger difference in not just individuals lives, but to teach others what it truly means to give help.

Ph.D. Awards

Rollin Williams/Y.C. Wu Research Dissertation Fellowship

The School of Social Work Ph.D. program offers the Rollin Williams/Y.C. Wu Research Dissertation Fellowship each year. The scholarship is intended to provide support to an incoming doctoral student who demonstrates the potential to make significant contributions to social work scholarship, education, and practice. All incoming doctoral students are eligible for the scholarship regardless of other financial supports.

One award of $10,000 per year for two years based on enrollment and good academic standing (for a total award of up to $20,000) will be made to a student entering the Ph.D. program. Students may receive this award once during their tenure in the Ph.D. program and are encouraged to use the award as a general stipend. The Ph.D. Program Director, in consultation with the Doctoral Committee, selects the scholarship recipient.

Cristina Wilson Scholarship

The Cristina Wilson Scholarship aims to support Ph.D. students' financial needs as they complete their degrees.

Davidson Dissertation Stipend

The Davidson Dissertation Stipend provides funding Ph.D. student travel related to completing their dissertations.

Grace Felten, MSW, Doctoral Candidate

2019–2020 Rollin Williams/ Y.C. Wu Dissertation Research Fellowship

2020–2021 Davidson Dissertation Stipend

My goal is to be a professor of social work at a Research I institution and to partner with international NGOs to provide research that will inform policy. Currently, there is little focus on migration and reproductive health, even with the professions’ commitment to serving the most vulnerable and advocating for human rights. I intend to help bridge connections between social workers and other humanitarian workers in this area and support them through my research using a human rights lens. Additionally, I hope this leads to the prioritization of reproductive health in humanitarian settings and to viewing reproductive health in a more comprehensive manner.

This scholarship has allowed me to continue my dissertation research conducting an exploratory qualitative case study to examine the impact of forced migration on the reproductive health of refugee women in Greece and to gain insight into the experiences of humanitarian workers trying to support refugees in severely constrained situations. I will use these funds for travel costs and other research-related expenses in order to conduct approximately 40 semi-structured, in-depth qualitative interviews with refugees and staff and/or volunteers working with refugees in Greece and to record relevant observations during visits to refugee camps, community centers, NGO offices, and informal spaces.

Jenna Powers, MSW, Doctoral Candidate

2019–2020 Rollin Williams/Y.C. Wu Dissertation Research Fellowship

2020–2021 Cristina Wilson Scholarship

I am incredibly honored and appreciative of receiving the 2019-2020 Rollin Williams/Y.C. Wu Dissertation Research Fellowship and the 2020-2021 Cristina Wilson Scholarship. Both of these awards will be instrumental in me achieving my goals upon earning my Ph.D. Upon graduation, I hope to continue teaching and conducting research with the foster youth community, both of which will be strengthened by my engagement in participatory action research (PAR) and community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects.

The Dissertation Research Fellowship has enabled me to pursue PAR and CBPR aspects within my dissertation study's data collection, analysis, and dissemination. This has provided me exposure to and practice with these participatory research methods. The Cristina Wilson Scholarship will make it possible for me to attend a conference where I can disseminate my dissertation research findings as well as learn from and network with other researchers conducting PAR and CBPR. As a result, both awards will directly benefit my research and teaching upon graduation.

Fall 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the School of Social Work is able to offer a number of scholarship opportunities to our BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. students each academic year. These scholarships not only help students meet their financial obligations but also  recognize their academic achievements and contributions to the social work profession. Congratulations to our scholarship recipients!

Charlotte M. Kinlock Endowment Fund in Social Work

Established by Charlotte M. Kinlock, a 1981 graduate of the School and adjunct faculty member, this award provides financial assistance to a student in a field placement working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues and provides financial support to School-sponsored organizations and activities that promote an understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

2020-2021 Kinlock Scholar

“Not only is it meaningful to have contributions of support to the LGBTQ+ community as a social work student recognized, it is also important personally to me as an LGBTQ+ student who wants to primarily work with this population. It is validating to be recognized for my work, but also to know that work with this population is seen as worthy of recognition, especially since global attitudes towards LGBTQ+ persons still require much change.

I am in the process of trying to work with an LGBTQ+ colleague who is a primary care physician to form an integrated primary care program for LGBTQ+ individuals in the State of Connecticut. Receiving this award supports me in my education to be able to achieve that goal.

Living through this global pandemic has made being able to work much more complicated, and so the funds from this scholarship have made supporting myself during this graduate degree possible.

Lynne Alexander Individual, Groups, and Families concentration

Frank V. Carollo Scholarship

Mr. Carollo, a 1953 graduate of the School, established this scholarship to assist students who find it necessary to work to supplement their living expenses while attending school.

2020-21 Carollo Scholars

Alexandra Berry

"Thank you so much for choosing me as a recipient of the Frank V. Carollo Scholarship! This comes at a time when the scholarship is especially thoughtful, as we are living in uncertain times. I am pursuing my MSW degree and will be looking to pursue a clinical license in the future. Especially now, mental health care is very important and I can’t wait to start my career."
—Alexandra Berry, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

“I am absolutely delighted to receive a scholarship! I truly value this additional support to help me cover the costs of my education. I know the value of the work in this field brings greater satisfaction than any other. Thank you so much for supporting me and, in doing so, forwarding the careers of young professionals in social work.”
—Sundari Birdsall, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Amanda Brenner

“I have set a new goal to work for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services after graduation. My mission is to codify the rights of people with mental illness in policy. This scholarship reduces the amount of federal loans I will need to take out this semester. I thank you wholeheartedly for your generosity and I hope to one day give back to students at my undergraduate and graduate programs as you have.”
—Amanda Brenner, Policy Practice concentration

Kelly Ha

“Thank you kindly for your generosity as it is the reason I am able to finish my MSW!  My intentions are to revolutionize the field in cultural humility and explore more in Asian and Asian American mental health. As the child of Vietnamese refugees, I am fulfilling my family's American Dream. This scholarship has been a huge help in allowing me to not only support my family but also myself."
—Kelly Ha, Individuals Groups, and Families concentration

Alexandra Ortique

"Over the last 13 years, I have completed college credits in small increments. Your generous financial gift will be used to help offset a financial burden. I have always had a deep desire to work with children and families and I have a passion for child welfare. After graduation, I would love to be a school social worker. I will forever be grateful for the scholarship support."
—Alexandra Ortique, Individuals, Groups and Families concentration

Lauren Perrone

“This scholarship will help me finish UConn’s Social Work program so I can change the lives of the people around me, helping me reach my ultimate goal of working as a social worker within the criminal justice field. I am so blessed to have been awarded this scholarship that ties into one of my favorite aspects of UConn, which is embracing the values of generosity, diversity and service.”
—Lauren Perrone, Individuals, Groups, and Groups and Families concentration

“I can't thank you enough for your generous scholarship. Along with working and attending UConn full-time for my MSW, I’m the primary caretaker of twin daughters with disabilities. I selected this degree because I want to be able to help people like my daughters in an impactful way. Social work has been a lifetime calling for me, and being able to continue my education with a graduate degree from UConn is an unbelievable privilege."

—Holly Savitsky, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Zain Seyal

“I want to take time to sincerely thank you for granting me this scholarship. I aspire to become a clinical mental health therapist for the purpose of serving the low-income and minority populations such as Muslims in the west, as mental health is deeply stigmatized in the Muslim, South-East Asian communities, and more, I wanted to give back to these communities.”
—Zain Seyal, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Mary Dean-Scalora Endowment Fund in Social Work

Established in the memory of Mary Deane-Scalora ‘92 by her family to provide financial assistance to a Masters student with demonstrated interest in working with or for the advancement of the poor in a social services agency or educational institution.

2020-2021 Dean-Scalora Scholars

Olivia DeFilippo

"You are helping me to achieve my dreams of pursing a career in Victim Advocacy, and to allow victims' voices to be heard. I can't thank you enough for propelling me closer to my dreams with this scholarship."
—Olivia DeFilippo, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Meghan OConnor

“I am a first-year MSW student, and I have been working the the substance use field for the last several years. I am hoping through this program to continue to work towards my dreams of being a clinical social worker. I am incredibly grateful for your generosity with this scholarship. I cannot thank you enough for helping me pursue dream of becoming an MSW.”
—Meghan O'Connor, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Dr. Julio Morales Jr. Fellowship Endowment

Established in honor of Dr. Julio Morales Jr., retired professor, Dean of Students, and founder of the Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project, the Fellowship provides financial support to an MSW student who demonstrates a commitment to engaging in outreach programs in the Latino community and has, or will have, completed their field education practicum in the Latino community. Preference given to students who are fluent in both English and Spanish.

2020-2021 Morales Scholar

Omally Martinez

"[After graduating], I would like to work primarily with adolescents in a trauma-informed setting, conducting both English- and Spanish-speaking therapy services for clients. I am also considering working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. I will forever be grateful to the UConn community, as well as Dr. Julio Morales Jr. for their support and generosity during these unprecedented times."
—Omally Martinez, Individuals, Groups, and Families concentration

Dr. Adelaide Sandler Master of School of Social Work Student Support Fellowship

Dr. Sandler, who earned both her MSW and PhD from the school, was inspired to establish this fellowship by her fellow classmates who struggled to complete their degrees while bearing caregiving responsibilities for children and family members at home.

 

2020-2021 Sandler Scholar

Katherine McMullan, Policy Practice concentration