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2015 SSW Scholarships

2015 scholarship and assistantship recipients (left to right): Elaina Schreckenberger, Quicha Strong, Mindy Bartleson, Rebecca Duggan, Naomi Busler, Hannah Mapes, Stephanie Johnston, Julie Cardwell and Lauren Sandwich.

School of Social Work honors excellence at annual awards luncheon

Posted May 11, 2015
Reported by: Laurie Anderson,

Athens, Ga. – Top students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University of Georgia School of Social Work were honored on April 9 at the School’s annual awards luncheon, held at Trumps Ballroom in Athens.

This year two new scholarships were awarded: the Joanne T. Emerson Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship and the Helen Elizabeth Huey Scholarship. Longtime staff member Kat Farlowe established the Emerson Scholarship in memory of her mother, former executive director of Interfaith Community Services of South Carolina in Columbia. It annually supports a graduate student in the nonprofit management program. John W. Huey, Jr. and his wife Kate Ellis Huey established the Huey scholarship in memory of his sister, a social worker. It annually supports two graduate students who demonstrate a strong desire to protect the interests of children, particularly children growing up in foster care.

Scholarship supporter Jerry Loyd was present to congratulate Stephanie Johnston, this year’s recipient of the Elizabeth B. Loyd Scholarship, and Pauline Berger family members Sarah Elsbern and her daughter Lily Belle congratulated Joelle Pettus, who for the second year was awarded the Pauline Berger Memorial Graduate Assistantship in Family and Child Welfare.

Leigh Engen, a 2008 graduate of the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organizations program, was honored with the James Dodd Distinguished Alumni Award. Engen, who lives in Connecticut and could not be present, is a board member of the Twenty-Seven Foundation, which has funded 20 graduate assistantships in the nonprofit management program.

“[Leigh Engen] has been unflagging in her support for the School,” said Dean Daniels. “Any time we have gone to her with a specific need she has always been there; she has always said ‘I’m in,’ and generously helped with that need.”

A complete list of honorees is presented below. To view more photos of the 2015 Awards Luncheon, see

Endowed Assistantships and Scholarship Recipients






Special Recognitions