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Established Funds

The School of Social Work is proud to have a number of existing funds, created through the generosity of alumni and friends of the School, that support our students and faculty. Your gift to an established fund enhances the capacity of that fund to provide this support. Gifts at any level can be made to an existing fund.

Scholarships & Assistantships

The Tisha Abolt Graduate Assistantship
Established in 2000 and endowed in 2006 in memory of former MSW student Tisha Abolt, a gifted student from the coastal Georgia area who lost her life in a car accident just weeks before graduation. This assistantship provides financial support to a student in the MSW Program. (Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

The James D. Horne Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1995 in memory of University friend Jim Horne, this scholarship provides financial assistance to undergraduate or graduate students,with preference given to students interested in working with the homeless population. (Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

The Helen Elizabeth Huey Scholarship Fund 
Established in 2014 in memory of the fund's namesake by her brother John W. Huey, Jr. and his wife, Kate Ellis Huey. The fund provides scholarship support for Masters of Social Work students. Strong preference is given to students devoted to protecting the interests of disenfranchised children, particularly those growing up in the foster care program. (Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

The Wilbur P. Jones Scholarship
Established in 1985 in memory of respected community activist Wilbur Jones, this scholarship promotes excellence, diversity, and equity in the profession of social work by diversifying the student population within the School of Social Work. The scholarship is typically awarded to a graduate student from an underrepresented group within the field of social work. (Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

The Leadership in Addiction Treatment Scholarship
This award, established in 2013 by former faculty member Donna Leigh Bliss, provides scholarship support to second year graduate students interested in addiction treatment-centered social work practice. Eligibility is based on merit and interest in the addiction treatment field. (Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

The Pauline Durant Lide Scholarship
Established in 1987 in memory of former School of Social Work Professor Pauline Lide, provides financial assistance to graduate students demonstrating financial need and superior scholarship. (Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

The Elizabeth B. Loyd Scholarship
Established in 2009, this scholarship supports students pursuing a master’s degree with a clinical focus in family-centered social work practice. (Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

The Joe and Diane Perno Scholarship
Established in 1987 in memory of School of Social Work alumnus Joe Perno and his wife, Diane, provides financial assistance to social work students, with preference to students pursuing a graduate degree. (Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

The School of Social Work Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established to provide the friends and loved ones of deceased School of Social Work students, faculty, and staff with an opportunity to make a memorial gift to the School. Money donated to this fund in a person's memory funds a one-time scholarship to a student. (Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

Kenneth Whiddon Award Fund
Established in 2012 memory of its namesake, this fund supports a student in the master's degree program whose career goal is to enter the field of mental health. (Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

The Robert A. Vonk Scholarship
This fund, established in 2013, provides support for a student who is committed to providing excellent social work services to benefit people with developmental disabilities. Recipients shall demonstrate strong scholarship, and an interest in the field of developmental disabilities. (Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

Support Funds

The Merle M. Foeckler Field Instruction Fund
Established through the generosity of Associate Professor Emerita Merle Foeckler, this fund provides funding for conferences and other continuing education opportunities for the School's field instructors. (Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

Pauline M. Berger Memorial Graduate Assistantship in Family and Child Welfare
Established in 2002 by the generosity of her husband, Dr. Israel Berger, the Berger graduate assistantships will educate and support the teaching and research of two graduate students dedicated to the practice of family and child welfare. (Checks made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

Ph.D. Support Fund
The fund is used to meet the academic needs of Ph.D. students with additional educational and professional development opportunities. Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation.)

Institute for Nonprofit Organizations
Established to support workshops and continuing education programs for the community, inviting guest teachers for selected courses, providing scholarships for students and for marketing the Institute in print media. (Checks made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

Professorships

Thomas M. "Jim" Parham Professorship of Family and Children Studies
The Parham Professorship, in memory of esteemed child advocate and social work professor Dr. Jim Parham, was established in 1998 to enable the School to recruit a distinguished scholar in the area of child and family policy. (Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

Pauline M. Berger Professorship in Family and Child Welfare
The Berger Professorship was established in 2002 through the generosity of Dr. Israel Berger, in memory of his wife Pauline, a former School of Social Work professor. The Professorship provides supplemental funding that allows the school to recruit a distinguished scholar in the area of family and child welfare. (Gifts to this fund should be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation).

Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professorship of Social Justice and Civl Rights Studies The professorship is named in honor of Donald L. Hollowell, the pioneering civil rights attorney and lead counsel in Holmes v. Danner, the landmark case that secured admission to the University of Georgia for the first African American students to register for classes at the University in 1961. The professorship was endowed in April 2010 and was announced by Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., chair of the Hollowell endowment committee, at the world premiere of the documentary Donald L. Hollowell: Foot Soldier for Equal Justice at the Woodruff Fine Arts Center in Atlanta.  The documentary was produced by the Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies.

The Georgia Athletic Association Professorship in Health and Well-Being, established in 2015, addresses persistent and emerging disparities in the health and welfare of underserved populations and help to strengthen the university’s dual degree graduate program in social work and public health. For details about recruitment for this position, please visit http://t.uga.edu/1Ye.

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