2020–2021 Academic Year College of Social Work
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Scholarship Recipients

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Jhuma Acharya

  • MSW II
  • Columbus, OH (Blacklick)
  • Social Work Scholarship for Underrepresented New American Communities

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

This Scholarship meant a lot to me. It helped me pursue my dream and also allow me to grow along with the adversity. Had this scholarship not been awarded I was thinking of skipping a couple of semesters because of the pandemic and with everything going on I was really financially down. This scholarship allowed me to continue putting meals on the table for my family through my employment which otherwise I would have to spend the income to pay my tuition fee. I am so extremely thankful for this huge support. To get this was a great. I am always grateful for this opportunity.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by sharing what I have learned through this program and through my personal experience to instill hope to those who are always marginalized. I want to support families and children with what I can do and also educate communities of color to understand that opportunities are there but we have to explore them. I am also very much interested in research so I will partner with other scholars especially in those refugee and immigrant communities who face layers of challenges as they adapt to a new place.

Field Placement

Columbus City Schools (North Towne Elementary School)

Interest Area

School Social Work; Also interested for pursuing into a PHD program

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Asha Ahmed

  • MSW II
  • Dublin, OH
  • The Robert Mason Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

What being a scholarship recipient means to me is that I am incredibly blessed to be chosen to receive financial assistance that will make me that much closer to achieving my dreams. This scholarship significantly reduced the financial burden that comes along with grad school that would have been challenging for me and my family. This scholarship also means that I have also put in hard work and dedication into my studies and it is a recognition for the achievements I have made thus far. Thank you!

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to become a social worker who can change the stigma surrounding mental illness in my community and provide healing work.

Field Placement

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Interest Area

Mental Health & Substance Misuse

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Tanya Akhtar

  • Senior
  • Columbus, OH
  • Mark E. Ain Memorial Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Receiving a scholarship allows me to get an education, and ultimately change my lifestyle and give back to the community.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to make changes by working in substance misuse treatment.

Field Placement

MCS TOUCH

Interest Area

Substance misuse

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Fatoumata Bah

  • Junior
  • Canal Winchester, OH
  • Social Work Scholarship for Underrepresented New American Communities

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

The financial help I received to go to school reminds me that there are many people invested in my education and knowing this motivates me to work as hard as I can.

How do you hope to change the world?

After receiving my degree, I plan on earning a master’s in social work and then going to medical school to become an Ob/Gyn. I’ve chosen this route because my ultimate career goal is to move back to my native country of Guinea and open a clinic that focuses on the mental and physical health of women and girls who have been sexually abused.

Interest Area

Human Trafficking; Immigrants/Refugees/International Social Work

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Brittany Baker

  • MSW II
  • Urbana, OH
  • Edwin Sharp Burdell Memorial Fund
  • James Edward Hagerty Fellowship and Scholarship in Community Organization
  • Myrtle Cook Cray and Raymond E. Cray Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient means that others believe in me. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to advance social justice.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to continue helping people help themselves - while simultaneous addressing the root causes of oppressions. In the wise words of Lilla Watson, “If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” "

Field Placement

Columbus City Schools Adult and Community Education

Interest Area

I am interested in serving immigrant and refugee populations as well as those impacted by the carceral state.

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Natalie Beachy

  • Senior
  • Columbus, OH
  • Thelma Goodman Scholarship in Social Work

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Receiving a scholarship is affirming and validating as I pursue a career in social work. This scholarship helps me see that my work is important and valuable. I am thankful that the college supports my aspirations enough to offer their financial support to me.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by communicating to people that they are important, valuable, and granted inherent dignity. I am excited to pursue a career that does this by prioritizing early intervention and affirmative experiences for youth. Even if my career only makes a difference in the life of only one kid, I'd consider that a worthwhile world-changing venture, because it would have changed the world for that child. Hopefully, though, I'll have a career that facilitates lots of world-changing for lots of kids.

Field Placement

Urban Concern

Interest Area

School Social Work

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Isabelle Biglin

  • ASAP
  • Crestline, OH
  • The Erika, Andra, and Inara Brubaker Endowed Scholarship Fund for Academic Excellence in Domestic Violence and Child Welfare in the College of Social Work

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient has lifted a massive weight off of my shoulders. Because of this scholarship I have been able to allocate more time in my schedule to take care of myself and get homework done--which ultimately makes me a better clinician and person. Also, this scholarship has allowed me to graduate from both undergraduate and grad school 100% debt free! I am eternally grateful and this blessing has filled me with an immense sense of peace.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to use my social work degree to impact society on both a macro and micro level. I am currently working with young people and families by using experiential therapeutic approaches such as art and adventure therapy. This is something that I can see has a powerful impact on individuals and families that I would enjoy to cultivate throughout my career. However, it is apparent that there are fundamental systemic changes that must be made in society, and I hope to use the tools I have been given as a social worker to enact that change.

Field Placement

The Buckeye Ranch

Interest Area

Mental Health and Substance Misuse

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Caitlin Blanc

  • ASAP
  • Cleveland, OH
  • The Anne Hayes Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient means everything to me. This scholarship is the reason that I am able to complete my Master's degree. I grew up with a single mom and she helped with what she could for my undergrad degree and my sister's undergrad degree and we both knew that if we wanted to pursue higher education, like a Master's degree, it was our responsibility. Receiving this scholarship made it possible for me to stay at the school I love and work towards being a change agent in this world. Being a scholarship recipient means more to me than I can put into words because it changed everything and allowed me to advance my social work skills and practice. Being in graduate school is allowing me to gain the skills I will need for the jobs I have been thinking about since I started the Social Work program in my undergrad career. I am very grateful to be a scholarship recipient and it has helped me financially, but more importantly it has helped me grow and flourish in this field. This opportunity has allowed me to continue to work for what I want to accomplish in life and it has opened many doors for me that I am excited to explore. I will always be thankful for being a scholarship recipient.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by being a light for someone and bringing them hope. Hope is one of the most powerful things we have in this world and if I can help someone find hope or bring hope into their lives it will be all worth it. This field is all about being there for people and allowing them a safe place to turn to when they need it. So, by allowing them this supportive and positive atmosphere we can change the world together and make them feel valued and important. I hope to change this world by being a change agent with all of my clients and building rapport so they know that they have someone in their corner cheering them on.

Field Placement

Pickerington Local School District - Violet Elementary and District Office

Interest Area

School Social Work and Pediatric Medical Social Work

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Blake Canowitz

  • MSW I
  • Columbus, OH
  • The Professor Milton Ain Fund for Practicum Support
  • The Mayer & Dotty Rosenfeld Scholarship in the College of Social Work
  • M. R. Bissell, Jr. Scholarship in Social Administration

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient has allowed me to focus more on my studies to become a social worker. It has helped me fully immerse myself into the field placement experience without the stress of working full time, working at my field placement, and taking classes. It has been a tremendous help for me and my family, and has allowed me to pursue my passions.

How do you hope to change the world?

I strive to educate others on the importance of mental health and self care. I hope to make a lasting impact on the families and children that I work with in order to make their lives a little bit easier.

Field Placement

Nationwide Children's Hospital Behavioral Health

Interest Area

I am interested in working with children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. I am also very passionate about the field of mental health.

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Hannah Caudill

  • ASAP
  • Hamilton, OH
  • Evelyn Moreida Krislov Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I was honored to receive the Evelyn Moreida Krislov Scholarship. This scholarship helped me to further my education and get my Masters Degree in Social Work. Being a scholarship recipient allows me to honor and appreciate all the people who helped make my education possible.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by using my education to improve health outcomes for people living with medical conditions. I hope to use my understanding of the psychological and social impacts on health to break down barriers people face to accessing healthcare and improving their quality of life.

Interest Area

Health and Substance Abuse

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Christina Coletta

  • MSW I
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • The Anne Hayes Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

While I could not have proceeded with my master's degree in social work without scholarship assistance, the significance of being chosen as a recipient has had a far greater impact on my life than the money itself. I am a symphony musician, unemployed as a result of the covid pandemic, and as a result forced to finance my career pivot without my assured source of income. Like all students, my financial need is great, but what I want to share isn't about how my scholarship changed my financial situation. I am 50 years old and a mother of two teenage sons who are teeming with potential energy behind the starting gate of life and are about to go out into the world and make their mark. Consequently, there have been so many moments over the last couple of years when I talked myself out of returning to school and pursuing this career change. "You've had your time, Christina, it's now time to invest in the next generation." "You no longer have potential; you have peaked" was the refrain I'd hear in my head when I indulged in self-sabotage. I could hear my mother's words rattling around in my head as well--"faint heart never won fair maiden", she'd say. Thankfully, one fascinating dividend of getting older is that the heart sheds its inhibitions and becomes emboldened to acquire what it wants. And so I boldly applied to OSU and made the decision to become a social worker. Receiving a scholarship was confirmation that I was indeed not done yet and that maybe the universe was even nodding in agreement with my plans. It was no longer some crazy gamble I was taking because now there was tangible evidence that someone else thought my midlife shenanigans were a good idea as well. My scholarship was proof that other people out there thought I had potential and were willing to put their money on me. You literally bet on me, and you may never know what that did for my confidence. I was no longer ridiculous for doing this. I was no longer "too late to the party." By honoring me with a scholarship, the committee went on record that I was a good investment. A 50 year old musician, a divorced mother of two, who on her bad days worries she might be too old to "change the world", was deemed deserving of a major university's scholarship investment. So while I thank the scholarship committee from the bottom of my heart for their financial support, I thank them more for what they did for me emotionally. Thank you for seeing potential in this student. Long after the money is all gone, the thing I will carry with me always is how you made me feel.

How do you hope to change the world?

As a musician, I have always felt that I was in one of the "healing professions." Music and the arts function as the "liver" of a society. They allow its people a mechanism for processing the "toxins" that build up as we navigate the human experience. Pain, suffering, grief, loneliness are all emotions we try to stuff down, but left unaddressed they become toxic to our emotional wellbeing. Music and the arts create opportunities for these toxins to get purged and processed, allowing humans to return to healthy functioning. Sometimes we don't even realize we need to process these things, which explains why a movie or a song can leave us unexpectedly in tears. In other words, music is like a garbage collector for the soul. When you are overcome with emotion after hearing a song or watching a movie, that's garbage being taken to your curb. Over the course of my 20 year career as a cellist, I have grown more and more fascinated by this process. How can humans more effectively manage emotions and the stressors of life? My quest for the answers to this has led me to working with people directly, without the chasm that separates stage and audience. The field of social work, and the MSW degree are the natural destination for my journey. I am excited to become a conduit between humans and more functional and happy lives. There is a saying---"'hurt' people hurt people"---inferring that when someone experiences trauma and it is not addressed (not taken out to the curb), that person likely goes on to hurt others. But, there is also a phenomenon of "hurt" people helping people, and I seek to understand and acquire expertise in the interventions that have been shown to successfully interrupt predicted outcomes of abuse. Acting as a "disrupter", I may be helping people achieve healthier outcomes one at a time, but in breaking these cycles, these inherited abuses handed down through generations, I could potentially be changing the world in at much more significant way.

Field Placement

Whole House Counseling and Consultation

Interest Area

Mental health and substance abuse

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Kathryn Coxe

  • PhD
  • Columbus, OH
  • Anna Marie Malia Robinson Endowed Scholarship for Mental Health Research

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I am deeply honored to be selected as the recipient of the 2020 - 2021 Anna Marie Malia Robinson Endowed Scholarship for Mental Health Research. This award has enabled me to successfully complete the research I am conducting in the areas of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and mental health services. The co-occurrence of TBI and mental health conditions is vastly underrecognized among social work professionals and scholars. Receiving this award means that I can conduct research in this area and promote the intersection of TBI and mental health conditions in the social work community. By completing my research with the help of this generous scholarship, I am able to contribute to the scientific advancement of TBI research in social work, and exemplify the values that social work scholars in my publications and presentations.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope that by conducting my research, I am able to bring to light the importance of recognizing the role of TBI in behavioral health services treatment. Using principles of implementation science, I hope that social work professionals will adopt TBI care practices when working with their clients so that their clients will have better outcomes. I believe that social workers have the power to help their clients be the best version of themselves that they can be. To do this, social workers must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to intervene with clients who have TBI and TBI-related comorbidities. Given the prevalence of TBI among many populations that social workers serve, I believe that we can make a major difference in the lives of so many people who live with this hidden, chronic disability.

Interest Area

Traumatic brain injury; Implementation science

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James Davis Sr.

  • Senior
  • Mansfield, OH
  • Folds Family Endowment Fund for the Benefit of the College of Social Work

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient means succeeding towards reaching goals. I am humbled to received this scholarship and it means a lot to me that I was chosen and I am grateful.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by sharing my life and how I have endured through many obstacles. I want to change the world and teach people how to overcome through issues they have been dealing with and that giving up is not an option.

Field Placement

Family Life Counseling and Psychiatric Services

Interest Area

Mental Health & Behavioral

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Olivia Degitz

  • MSW II
  • Columbus, OH
  • The Master's Endowed Scholarship Fund in Social Policy and Program Development

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I am humbled and grateful for the support from Dr. Moore & Mrs. Kauffmann, and the College of Social Work. Receiving The Master's Endowed Scholarship Fund in Social Policy and Program Development is a meaningful endorsement in my work as a graduate student and community member.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to further and deepen my commitment to my community of Columbus, Ohio, and to advocate for more equitable education policy at the state, local and national level. I believe in policy intervention as one way to practice community and social justice work, and will utilize my education in social work and public policy from The Ohio State University to propel the work that I do.

Field Placement

The Ohio State University Office of Student Life Student Advocacy Center

Interest Area

Community and Social Justice Education and Tax Policy

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Zosimo Dikitsas

  • MSW I
  • Columbus, OH
  • Richard R. Medhurst and Genevieve H. Medhurst Scholarship in Social Welfare

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient means that I am able to continue to work on my graduate degree and give back to our community despite hardships that have happened this past year. I did not anticipate that 2020 would include a global pandemic that would cause me to lose my job, or that my partner would pass away from ovarian cancer, but the support that the scholarship provided me helped me get through these unexpected losses. I am beyond grateful for the scholarship that I received because it has helped shift the trajectory of my life in a more hopeful direction.

How do you hope to change the world?

I will change the world by showing up with marginalized communities when they fight against oppression on a macro level, as well as providing trauma-informed counseling to queer and trans youth as they navigate difficult circumstances.

Field Placement

Assisting Professor Lauren McInroy with research on technology and queer youth in The Ohio State University College of Social Work

Interest Area

LGBTIQA youth and Mental health and substance misuse

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Fiona Doherty

  • MSW II
  • Cherry Valley, NY
  • College of Social Work Alumni Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I am filled with gratitude for the support and generosity of our College of Social Work community. Because you have helped fill my cup, I may have the privilege of doing so for others in the future~ thank you!

How do you hope to change the world?

Through research and advocacy efforts, I hope to use the social work lens to address equity and justice challenges for a more diverse and resilient food system.

Field Placement

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA)

Interest Area

Equity and justice challenges in the food system; Social work and climate change

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Erica Duncan

  • MSW II
  • Elyria, OH
  • Franklin H. Patterson Memorial Fund
  • The C. C. Stillman Fellowship in Community Organization

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I feel very grateful and fortunate to be a scholarship recipient at Ohio State. These funds have allowed me to maintain a healthy work-school-life balance and focus on becoming the best practitioner and human I can be.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to work alongside neighborhoods and communities that are at the beginning stages of their revitalization, inspiring them and encouraging them using a social work lens.

Field Placement

Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI)

Interest Area

Community Development & Sustainability

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Laura Eckert

  • MSW I
  • Maumee, OH
  • College of Social Work Alumni Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I am incredibly grateful for this scholarship as it alleviates some of the burden of my education and allows me to focus on growing as a social worker.

How do you hope to change the world?

I want to help families heal from difficult situations. I want to provide hope for children struggling from mental illness.

Field Placement

The Buckeye Ranch

Interest Area

Children, youth and families; mental health

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Raychel Edelsberg

  • Senior
  • Parkland, FL
  • The Thelma Zisenwine Rogovin Endowed Scholarship Fund in Social Work
  • The Jeanette Zupancic Memorial Scholarship Fund in Child Welfare

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient is such an honor. To me, it means being granted an opportunity to study what I love and work to better the lives of the people I interact with day after day.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by working from the ground up. I would love to work with kids and be able to help influence their lives for the better.

Field Placement

Ohio Guidestone

Interest Area

Child Welfare

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Alexandra Elliott

  • MSW II
  • Hudson, OH
  • James Edward Hagerty Fellowships or Scholarship in Corrections
  • The Anna Marie Mills Memorial Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I am so honored to be so supported in my education. It means so much to me that I can continue learning and developing with a reduced financial burden. I am so grateful and humbled by that opportunity and hope to pay it forward in my career.

How do you hope to change the world?

I am hopeful that through bringing communities together and uplifting the voices of those who are often overlooked, that I can help create more justice in this world. I hope to be a part of helping communities get the resources they need and build on their strengths, so that they have hope and go out to change the world around them too.

Field Placement

Southeast Healthcare

Interest Area

Community and social justice

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Destinie Ford

  • ASAP
  • Columbus, OH
  • Social Work Faculty and Staff Endowment Fund
  • Mary Goldia Spafford Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Receiving scholarships as an additional means of financial assistance has motivated me to continue to grow in my academic achievements. Not only that, but receiving this gift also helps support the legacy I am able to build for my son using my degree as these scholarships reduced the financial burden of loans which is will inevitably take away from my earned income in an already underpaid field. I am the only person in my immediate family to have gone to college, let alone pursue a graduate level degree. Receiving these scholarships has helped make the process less scary, and less daunting. So thank you for helping me create an environment for my son that shows that with will, we can accomplish anything.

How do you hope to change the world?

I think everybody dreams of changing the world, each dream contains no small feat and every person seeks out a purpose that tells them "this is how you will do it, this is how you will change the world." For me, this dream is viewed from a bottom-up lens. The change in the world I want to bring is direct change in the lives of many that lead to a healthier society, one that functions with empathy, understanding, and self-efficacy. I want nothing more than to be a mental health professional helping others find motivation so THEY can change the world. I want to be a catalyst in the change of the world. I want to touch many lives individually and empower these lives to drive the change.

Field Placement

ASAP PT, in the process of being assigned now.

Interest Area

Mental Health and Families/Adolescents

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Megan Francis

  • MSW I
  • Dayton, OH
  • H. Stanley and Shelosmith D. Eichanauer Annual Scholarship

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient means that there is belief and investment in my education and future as a contributor to the field of Social Work. It is a testament to the value of the social work profession and the difference we can make. This scholarship invests in my personal and scholarly development through a profession that values of service towards others, social justice, connection, evidence-based practices, and treating all with respect.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by supporting families who’ve experienced challenges as a result of mental health and substance use disorders. I want to help families establish/find meaning, connection, introspection, support systems, healthy coping strategies, and positive regard for each other in the midst of difficulty and/or crisis.

Field Placement

Syntero

Interest Area

Social Determinants of Health; Substance Abuse

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Anna Gardner

  • Sophomore
  • Powell, OH
  • College of Social Work Alumni Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient means a lot to my family and me. In these stressful times, knowing that this scholarship would take some financial stress off of my parent's shoulder when it came to educational expenses meant the world. It provided a sense of comfort during a period of my life filled with uncertainty.

How do you hope to change the world?

Although I do not see myself changing the world on a grand scale, I do hope to advocate for the best interest of every client that I come in contact with as a future social worker. I want to be a compassionate, honest, and comforting personal advocate. I want to impact my client's in such a way that they feel motivated to pay it forward to others creating a ripple effect of compassion and positive change in this world.

Interest Area

I am interested primarily in Medical Social Work with the goal of specializing in Mental Health and Substance Abuse in a hospital setting.

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Kaitlyn Garrett

  • Senior
  • Wellington, OH
  • Jim Lantz Memorial Scholarship Fund for Social Work Students

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

It honors me that people see potential in me and want to help me change the world. This scholarship took a huge weight off my shoulders and allowed me to focus more on my studies.

How do you hope to change the world?

It might sound cheesy, but I want to create more love and understanding in the world. I think this starts in the little, mundane interactions and then moves into bigger worldwide interactions. People deserve to be treated like human beings, no matter what they look like or how they choose to live their life. I want to fight for justice to make lives a little bit easier and let God live through me in my career.

Field Placement

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services

Interest Area

Human rights and law

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Amy Heid

  • MSW II
  • Columbus, OH
  • The Worthen/Dowler/Price Endowment Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I am very proud and honored to have been bestowed this scholarship. On a very personal level, this scholarship has meant that I have been able to provide for my son. I understand the application process is very competitive, and I am especially grateful to have received this honor.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world one person at a time. My hope is to work with people on their journey to reaching their full potential. A person who has worked toward this makes the world better for their family and everyone else around them.

Field Placement

Syntero Dublin

Interest Area

I want to work with people who have an SUD, people within the LGBTQ and the aging adult population.

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Lucy Hennon

  • MSW I
  • Hilliard, OH
  • Donna Theresa and Preston McMurry Jr. Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I feel incredibly honored to be a scholarship recipient for the 2020-2021 academic year. To me, being a scholarship recipient not only means that I am supported in my effort to further my education and pursue my own goals, but that I can use the knowledge and skills that I gain in order to make a difference and give back to others. I am very grateful to the College of Social Work and Preston McMurry Jr. for this opportunity.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world first and foremost by committing to being a lifelong learner and advocate for social justice. In my daily interactions I hope to create change through my relationships and work by encouraging, empowering, and supporting others on their own journeys. In the field of social work, I specifically hope to have an opportunity to make a difference through community organizing and development, public policy, and prevention education.

Field Placement

Femergy

Interest Area

Domestic / Sexual Violence Advocacy and Prevention; Community Development and Organization

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Taylor Hites

  • Senior
  • Lima, OH
  • Joseph E. Williams Scholarship

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient shows that I am not in this alone. I have other people rooting for me along the way and when I need some encouragement I can think that other people invested in my education because they believe in me and the change I want to bring into the world. I cannot thank the scholarship donors enough for the help they have provided me with.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by providing my future clients with a place to come to for support and compassion. I believe if the world was a happier place things would be better. I would like to be this change and spread kindness to others by valuing the dignity and worth that all people hold.

Field Placement

Allen East Local Schools

Interest Area

School Social Work, Public Welfare Social Work

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Lauren Hodges

  • MSW I
  • Mobile, AL
  • Evelyn Moreida Krislov Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a recipient of a scholarship at The Ohio State University has allowed me to pursue the final piece of education that I need in order to begin my dream career. Without a scholarship I would have been unable to begin my MSW, and I would have settled for any position I could find to support myself, particularly during this pandemic. Receiving this scholarship allowed me to still prioritize my education and future goals.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world one person at a time. As a social worker I will work with many individuals who are, in many cases, feeling ignored and lost. My position will give me the opportunity to make that person feel seen, heard, and valued. It is a small way to change the world, but recognizing the inherent value of a person is, in my opinion, crucial to helping them. By helping one person I can change their world, and that is a good start.

Interest Area

Medical Social Work

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Mykala Houseburg

  • Senior
  • Bucyrus, OH
  • Robert G. Paterson Scholarship
  • The Butch O'Neill Scholarship Fund in the College of Social Work

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a recipient of a scholarship means that someone believes in me. Someone gave me the opportunity to further my educational goals. In addition, being a recipient means that I am one step closer to achieving my lifelong dreams of becoming a social worker.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to combat racism by educating my community about the populations I care about. I also hope to provide services and resources to my clients to improve their wellbeing. I want to motivate others to achieve their dreams by using the strengths perspective.

Field Placement

Ethiopian Tawahedo Social Services

Interest Area

Older Adults and the Immigrant and Refugee population

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Tipoko Kabore

  • MSW II
  • Burkina Faso
  • Matthew Carl Behling Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Mary C. Manning Scholarship

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient means that my education matters to many people, especially scholarships donors. I have been chosen among many applicants and the financial support makes me feel blessed and supported. For this reason, I am showing gratitude for great academic achievement.

How do you hope to change the world?

Becoming a Social Worker means that I want to change the world in a meaningful way. Being a change agent who will serve the underserved population is what I am studying for. Hence, in my career path, I want to be involved in advocacy, initiative creation, and policy review for social change. This starts now by receiving the appropriate education, being involved in extracurricular activities, and volunteering in the community.

Field Placement

College of Social Work: Office of Community Engagement and Advocacy

Interest Area

Advocacy for housing stability; Community engagement and initiative

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Kathleen Kaura

  • MSW II
  • Columbus, OH
  • The Erika, Andra, and Inara Brubaker Endowed Scholarship Fund for Academic Excellence in Domestic Violence and Child Welfare in the College of Social Work

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Receiving the scholarship ensured that I was able to finish my MSW; as a single mother of two with full custody, it has been a challenge to balance work, school, and raising them. This scholarship encouraged me to finish my degree versus needing to take a break to work and provide for my children. I have been able to continue with my life goals and make progress toward a degree and career in social work.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to raise awareness on gender-based-violence; that it exists globally as well as locally. I hope to bring a more feminist theoretical approach to social work interventions that work to improve gender issues. Specifically I hope to work with the immigrant and refugee population in Columbus on gender equality and social services.

Field Placement

The Columbus Council on World Affairs, Global Scholars Diploma Program

Interest Area

International Social Work; Gender-based Violence

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Kristen Lawrence

  • ASAP
  • Vandalia, OH
  • Nancy E. Fitzgivens Endowed Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient has meant the world to me. It not only has relieved some of the financial burden on myself to pay for my education, but has provided me with the opportunity to pursue my dream of going to grad school and pursuing my Masters in Social Work. Knowing that others, especially the generous donors with the Nancy E. Fitzgivens Endowed Scholarship Fund, believed in my ability and were willing to support me in this journey, has strengthened my self-confidence in my own abilities. I am proud to have the support of these generous donors in my education. Knowing that people are supporting and have faith in your ability to succeed is an amazing feeling. This scholarship has assisted in my financial needs and allowed me the chance to follow my dreams to work in the field of social work where I am able to help others and make a difference in the world.

How do you hope to change the world?

Although changing the world may seem like a big task, even the smallest of things can make the world of a difference in the lives of others. For me, I have always believed that if I change the life of one person for the better, then I have done my job. The social work profession allows for an endless amount of possibilities for ways in which you can have an impact and change the world. For me specifically, I am hoping to do so as a School Social Worker. With a social work background, this allows me to bring a different perspective into the school setting in working with children, as students. I want to act as the link between home, school, and the community, for children and families and provide support and resources to students and families who may be struggling. I am hoping to be able to act as a strong positive support in the lives of children, while advocating for their needs and working to change school and educational policies to best support our children. I hope to be able to make a positive impact in the lives of all children I work with, knowing that there will be struggles and hardships, but I am ready to live up to the challenge.

Field Placement

Pickerington Local School District (Heritage Elementary School)

Interest Area

School Social Work; Child Welfare

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Tareek Leonard

  • MSW I
  • Columbus, OH
  • The Anne Hayes Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

It means so much to me to know that others share my vision of a world where food and healthcare are accessible to all that may ask for it. This scholarship showcases investment in not only me but that ideal world.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to help reshape the way we relate to each other as humans. Our relationships should be built on care, trust, and understanding, rather than transactional.

Field Placement

Columbus Free Clinic

Interest Area

Food Access Medical Social Work

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Jenny Lian

  • Senior
  • Cleveland, OH
  • David Moots Memorial Scholarship

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient means that I am fortunate enough to be given the chance to continue my education. I am one step closer to reaching my goals to work to improve the lives of the individuals in my community who are vulnerable and oppressed.

How do you hope to change the world?

I am hoping to change the world by working with individuals to help address their necessary and/or basic needs. I believe that helping at least one person will create a domino effect that will affect other individuals around them.

Field Placement

Alvis, Inc.

Interest Area

Youth and children; Corrections/community justice

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Naomi Lindsay

  • Junior
  • Dayton, OH
  • The Robert Mason Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

It means a lot to me, it made me feel as though someone else saw the potential and believed in me and wanted to pour into me. I also find it gives me an extra push so I can always strive to be the best person I can be.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change this world or leave my mark by the programs I will implement in the criminal justice system to help people who are transitioning back into society. To leave a mark so they knew they weren't alone and they remember that.

Interest Area

Criminal Justice; Policy and Reform

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Brittany Lipper

  • Senior
  • Oregon, OH
  • Joan L. Crawford Endowment Scholarship Fund in Social Work

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient means the world to me. I am a first generation college student, and was very concerned about how I would finance college. This scholarship has allowed me to focus more on my education and worry less about finances. I am very grateful for this opportunity, and cannot thank my donor enough for their generosity!

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world in many ways. I would like to start out on a micro-level, working with individuals and families in child welfare. As my career progresses I would like to start doing more macro-level work involved with child welfare policy and education. My main goal throughout all of this is to provide children and their families with the best lives possible.

Field Placement

Franklin County Children Services - Ongoing Department

Interest Area

Child welfare; School social work

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Caroline MacNeill

  • Senior
  • Suwanee, GA
  • The Anne Hayes Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient has shown me the value of the hard work and dedication that I have put into my time at Ohio State. As I entered my senior year with this scholarship, it gave me the motivation to continue to work hard and finish my undergraduate career strong. It has also meant a lot to me to be honored and recognized by the College of Social Work by being chosen as a recipient.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by empowering people and communities. Specifically, I hope to focus my career on voter engagement and community organizing so I can work with people and communities to create and advocate for the changes that choose.

Field Placement

College of Social Work Office of Community Engagement

Interest Area

Advocacy; Voting Rights

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Tyra Martin

  • ASAP
  • Columbus, OH
  • The Anne Hayes Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

The scholarship has allowed me to achieve my goals.

How do you hope to change the world?

My mission is to embrace, empower, and love our youth today for a better tomorrow.

Field Placement

Pickerington High School - Central

Interest Area

At-risk youth

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Mackenzie Moore

  • MSW I
  • Perrysburg, OH
  • The Jean Wills Memorial Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient is an honor. Receiving the Jean Wills Memorial Scholarship means that my goals, dreams, and aspirations as a social worker are supported by my OSU community. It also has made my dreams of change more attainable as it has alleviated financial burden and has allowed me to focus on my education. This investment in my academic career has motivated me to be a great student and agent of change. I plan to repay it by dedicating my career to social justice and service.

How do you hope to change the world?

My goal is to work in a school setting to create a safe and welcoming space for children to reach their maximum potential. I think that I can create a lot of change at the school level by focusing on anti-racism, anti-oppression, and strengths based approaches. Throughout my school social work career, I hope to advocate and amplify the voices of students, parents, and those within the community to create change they would like to see in their school.

Field Placement

Perrysburg School District

Interest Area

Child & Family Services; School Social Work

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Gabrielle Moots

  • MSW I
  • Columbus, OH
  • The Sarah Ellen Ely Endowment Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient has allowed me to pursue my dream of one day working in the field of social work with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while receiving the support from alumni with a personal tie to this mission.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to one day work alongside individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, in navigating the complex terrain of disability services and mental health services.

Interest Area

Mental Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

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Olivia Osborn

  • MSW I
  • Eldridge, IA
  • The Pamela M. Cusick Endowed Scholarship Fund in Geriatric Social Work

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

It gives me opportunity to pursue my dreams of being a social worker and obtain a graduate level education.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by having a hand in reducing the stigma around mental health.

Field Placement

Vera French Community Mental Health Center

Interest Area

Working with the elderly; Mental health

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Demondre Peak

  • MSW II
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • College of Social Work Alumni Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient means being supported to fully follow my dreams. While receiving this scholarship has benefited me financially, more than anything, it has given me the confidence and conviction to relentlessly pursue all of my dreams.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to encourage people to all strive for the goals and dreams, then to reach back and help someone else reach theirs. I hope to provide a young, Black man in high school with representation that success is limitless and exceeds the bounds of sports or entertainment.

Field Placement

Ohio House of Representatives

Interest Area

Social Justice and Community Engagement

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Fei Pei

  • PhD
  • China
  • The Selma and Alexander W. Erlen Endowment Fund for Doctoral Support

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I am a doctoral student who focuses on maltreated children’s healthy development and community health. In past four years, I was inspired to seek services and academic opportunities to help vulnerable children who live in disadvantaged neighbourhoods because of the college’s commitment to both academic and service, which is reinforced in Erlen award. Being a scholarship recipient not only lighten my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of my services and academy but also inspire me to help others and give back to the community.

How do you hope to change the world?

I want to provide a comprehensive understanding of the community disparities and called for community-level interventions/preventions first via my research. Then, I want to build an effective community-based intervention for immigrant children and promote healthy development for vulnerable children.

Interest Area

Child development and community health

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Ellen Peterson

  • MSW II
  • Wilmington, OH
  • The Anne Hayes Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I am so honored and appreciative to have been selected to receive a scholarship through the Ohio State College of Social Work. Managing financial burdens while completing a graduate degree can be difficult, so I am especially grateful to have the support of the generous donors for the Anne Hayes Memorial Scholarship. I pursued my Master's of Social Work with the intention of elevating the voices of those in my community who have been underserved and oppressed. At times, we all need a helping hand, and I would like to continue this expression of generosity and selflessness with my future clientele.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by healing trauma-formed wounds, one person at a time. Most students of social work enter the field with the desire to help others - and I am no different. I have a special interest in working with young adults and adolescents, who are in an extremely turbulent time in their lives - yet overlooked by most support services. In particular, I would like to work in a clinical setting using a combination of CBT and solution-focused counseling to address mental health, substance use, and trauma-related concerns. Changing the world doesn't have to be grandiose program-level initiatives. I hope that by providing my clients the resources to heal their painful memories - I can free them to create their change. Inspiring hope and ambition in others is the best way to have long-lasting, efficacious change.

Field Placement

Pickerington High School North - School Social Work Intern

Interest Area

Mental Health & Crisis Intervention; Young Adults and Adolescents

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Maggie Pfefferle

  • MSW II
  • Columbus, OH
  • Judith Meezan Bayha Scholarship Fund
  • John H Smith Scholarship

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I have fallen in love with social work during my five years in the workforce and am so proud to be able to call myself a social worker. I was unable to continue working full time as I began my field placement at Nationwide Children’s during my second year and required that I reduce my work hours to accommodate. Unfortunately, my employer was hit hard by the pandemic and laid off nearly all of the part-time employees in April 2020, including myself. Receiving assistance toward my education means so much to me, as it relieves some of the burden of attending school full-time.

How do you hope to change the world?

Once I acquire my Master’s degree and licensure, I intend to become a trauma therapist. During my time at Child Protective Services, I gained experience working with many types of child welfare issues, but one area where I excelled was working with children who are victims of sexual abuse. I am proud to have been one stable and safe adult that the children on my caseload could trust in what was a horribly turbulent period in their lives. As a trauma therapist, I believe that I will be able to connect with these victims and make them feel safe and comfortable in order to process the trauma and move on to live happy, fulfilling lives.

Field Placement

Nationwide Children's Behavioral Health

Interest Area

Child Maltreatment and Trauma

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Bailey Phillips

  • MSW II
  • Mount Sterling, OH
  • The Nancy A. and Warriet Savage III Endowed Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient means that I am able to be limitless. I will be graduating with my master's degree debt free. This allows me to have the ability to be more flexible in my employment and in my future. I will use the resources and privilege I have been given to give to others and empower them. It also allows me to be motivated by what I have been given to continue my education by pursuing a doctoral degree.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by advocating for individuals that have been oppressed by the criminal justice system in the United States. There are people who have been incarcerated that are without proper community. They have been stigmatized and forgotten by society. I intend to be a part of a community that not only notices those leaving incarceration but empowers them through finances, resources, employment, and social support. My hope is to every day love those around me and be present with them in their pain. I want nothing more then to keep learning and growing myself in order to work alongside of those in need of support. My mission in life is to love God and love my neighbor in a way that is healing, liberating, and incarnational.

Field Placement

Placement is at Columbus Springs Dublin- Behavioral Health Hospital, Employment is at Rachel's House a transitional housing program for women who left prison

Interest Area

Criminal Justice Population working with adults and juveniles in reentry, Victims of severe trauma

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Felix Poteate

  • PhD
  • Stafford, OH
  • The Sean and Anna Delaney Endowed Scholarship in Veteran Services for the College of Social Work

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Blessed and highly favorable. And able to pay it forward.

How do you hope to change the world?

Stopping Veteran suicide or at least give them tools from a Veteran who suffered and made it thru.

Interest Area

Addiction; Veterans

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Johnathon Redmon

  • ASAP
  • Delphos
  • The Dr. Milton S. Rosner Scholarship Fund for Academic Excellence in Social Work

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

To me being a scholarship recipient is a huge honor. I am humbled by to be recognized as a top scholar at such a great university. Being honored with a scholarship affirms my hard work and pushed me to work harder in the future to live up to the expectations set forth for me.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to advocate for sweeping policy change that positively affects the working class so we no longer have to struggle to exist in society.

Field Placement

Urban Strategies inc.

Interest Area

Policy, macro

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Cesidia Richardson

  • MSW II
  • Groveport, OH
  • The Worthen/Dowler/Price Endowment Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I am so grateful to have been a scholarship recipient this year. It was a great help for me and I was able to focus on my classes and internship more than I would have been without it.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world through kindness and respect. That may sound naive, but my interest lies in clinical work on a micro level. I think that showing kindness, respect, and unconditional positive regard to our clients and even strangers can change the world for the better.

Field Placement

Young Adult IOP for mood disorders and substance use (or other problamatic habits) in the PHP/IOP department at Harding Hospital.

Interest Area

Counseling and Young Adults

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Marie Rineveld

  • MSW II
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Dr. Carol J. Greco-Delaney Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Carol J. Greco Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Asking for and receiving help, as I did with this scholarship, has become a hallmark accomplishment of my graduate school experience. By the very nature of our profession, no person can do "social" work alone. Starting a second career mid-life has meant forgoing my perceived financial security in corporate America to instead do the incredibly focused, necessary, and challenging work of a social work student during a time of political and racial unrest. This program has stoked my curiosity, fueled new friendships, and created cherished new colleagues. I asked for more in beautiful and humbling ways: eating at the pantry while packing food boxes for others, riding for and raising research funds for Pelotonia's Team Buckeye as my own treasured Grandfather died of cancer, and delivering pandemic emergency preparedness kits to older adults in the community while gratefully accepting care packages and supplies to care for self. Being a recipient means understanding that this gift is one I am able to repay daily simply by doing the work where I am now with those who surround me. The world cannot wait for tomorrow, so I will begin today!

How do you hope to change the world?

The pandemic did not get in the way of my education. The pandemic was and IS my education. As a 2021 graduate, I enter the field to a hurting, stretched, and isolated nation, one that is experiencing profound need amidst concurrent epidemics of COVID-19, blatant and systematic racial oppression, and political divisiveness. Our brilliant college hoists a sign of hope each spring outside Stillman Hall that reads, "Look out world! Here comes help!" Now, it is my turn and duty to get to work. While I may never know the ultimate affect I have on a client, the extra moment I spent singing them birthday song on my guitar during session or writing a handwritten poem into a greeting card matters. I will continue to be my authentic self and give people space to express themselves and evolve in their own best way. Look out world! Here comes another competent, motivated, and willing CSW MSW graduate- me!

Field Placement

Syntero

Interest Area

Aging and Mental Health

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Sean Robinson

  • MSW I
  • Canal Winchester, OH
  • The Joseph Palmer Scholarship in the College of Social Work

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

This scholarship means so much to me. It has given me the opportunity to return to school without putting my family's financial stability at risk. This has given me the chance to learn and grow to be more effective in the work I do now forming and supporting leaders who work with young people in churches and schools throughout Ohio. It has also helped me to grow more as a foster parent seeking to assist in providing safety and nurturing development. Lastly, this scholarship will give me the opportunity and skills to discover new ways of advocacy and accompaniment with vulnerable young people and their families.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to be an instrument of peace, compassion, and change in the lives of vulnerable and oppressed young people and their families. I hope to walk with young people who are struggling with mental health, poverty, and other challenges, helping them to see their strengths and ability to overcome their obstacles and to be their best selves.

Field Placement

National Youth Advocacy Program, Inc. (NYAP)

Interest Area

Children and Families Mental Health

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Victoria Sanders

  • ASAP
  • Reynoldsburg, OH
  • The Erika, Andra, and Inara Brubaker Endowed Scholarship Fund for Academic Excellence in Domestic Violence and Child Welfare in the College of Social Work

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

It inspires me as it means that my aspirations are supported and that someone thinks that I can make a positive difference in the world.

How do you hope to change the world?

I want to make as many positive changes in people's lives as possible. I want to provide a listening ear to those who need it, and advocate for them if they desire. I want to do whatever I can for whoever I can.

Field Placement

Ethiopian Tewahedo (pending)

Interest Area

Native American youth Domestic abuse victims

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Samara Sauls

  • MSW I
  • Corona, CA
  • The Erika, Andra, and Inara Brubaker Endowed Scholarship Fund for Academic Excellence in Domestic Violence and Child Welfare in the College of Social Work

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I hold being a scholarship recipient in great reverence. I feel extremely humbled to know my drive and dedication have been recognized by others, and that they chose to demonstrate their belief in me and in my goals by supporting my education in this manner. The investment in me, and subsequently in all those whom I plan to help, serves to contribute to my passion for this work and feelings of responsibility to dedicate myself even more to my education and purpose.

How do you hope to change the world?

I believe many of us live our entire lives carrying trauma that not only impacts our abliity to live meaningful lives, but affects the people connected to us, and, if left untouched, such trauma carries on to future generations. I aim to work with trauma survivors to process, heal, and find contentment, both within themselves and as they relate to their environments; in doing so, we will create effective change not just for them, but for countless others. By the mere act of healing our trauma as individuals, we can simultaneously work to heal communities and the systems that interrelate to perpetuate such trauma. I particularly want to focus my approach by using modalities that integrate the mind-body connection; as a classically trained dancer and long-time artist, I have experienced firsthand the healing power of the body, as well as the body's ability to hold and keep us tethered to our trauma. I want to extend the use of these modalities to underserved trauma survivors who may not have access to less "traditional" modes and approaches. I believe all people should have the ability to heal in a way that works for them - resources should not be limited on one's economic (or other) factors, but so often people lack even the knowledge of such options as well as the access.

Field Placement

None yet: I am in the part time 3-year online program

Interest Area

Mental Health (trauma survivors) and Youth/Children Services

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Ruperta Schwartz

  • MSW I
  • Columbus, OH
  • Emerson and Miriam Wollam Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient means a lot to me and in so many ways. It means that there are wonderful giving people who support me and believe in my aspirations and educational goals. It means that I can go another semester focusing on my grades without the extreme pressure of financial burdens.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world one life and one day at a time. I hope to change the world by educating, philanthropy, advocacy, counseling and social work. I also desire to give back and continue the wonderful effects of love, graciousness, and offer hope to all that I am blessed to be a blessing to.

Interest Area

Sex Trafficking; Mental Health

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Catherine Sheldon

  • MSW I
  • Columbus, OH
  • Hutchins Endowment Fund in Social Work Benefiting Veterinary Medicine

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

To me, this makes me feel valued as a master's student, and as an individual who is working full time and pursuing my MSW. This scholarship helps to pay for my tuition so I can focus on being the best LSW I can be, and give my education the attention it deserves so I can continue to better and challenge myself.

How do you hope to change the world?

I have a vision of getting my DSW and doing research about how animal assisted social work in low-income communities can help with moral, mental health, and AOD struggles. With my DSW, I want to continue to teach and inspire BSSW students, as I was, to change the world. I hope to continue to advocate for change in the Social Work field, so that we can continue to change with the times.

Field Placement

Honoring the Bond, OSU Vet Medical Center

Interest Area

Animal Assisted Social Work in Low Income Communities and Disability Advocacy

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Kelly Spears

  • Junior
  • Cardington, OH
  • The Marlena Kay Richards-Cox Endowed Scholarship

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

As a single mother of three teens, I'm so thankful to have been chosen as a scholarship recipient. I often have trouble making ends meet, and this financial support has made a tremendous difference.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to help individuals suffering with eating disorders and disordered eating. I will educate and inspire others by sharing my own recovery story and utilizing the skills I've learned in the social work program at Ohio State. I hope to help boys, girls, men, and women live fully and free from food and body image issues.

Interest Area

Disordered Eating

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Eric Taube

  • MSW II
  • Dublin, OH
  • The Sara (Sally) E. and Robert (Bob) C. Delaney Endowed Scholarship Fund in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient means so much to me! In school, I can put greater focus on coursework, licensure prep, and most of all development of my clinical and other relevant skills in social work, rather than worrying about finances. After school, I will be more able to seek out opportunities that align with both my interests and areas where I can make the greatest impact (instead of being solely a "bottom line" person).

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by unlocking the potential of youth/students who do not think they can follow their passions and do what makes them happy and giving them the tools to succeed, including both independence and how/where to ask for assistance as needed. Investing in our youth today can have tremendous positive societal impacts in the future, as well as in the moment for those individuals. Social work is unique in the increased focus on removing systematic/external barriers to success and helping clients find the best way to navigate them.

Field Placement

Olentangy Local School District

Interest Area

Children and adolescents (students), Youth with developmental disabilities (especially ASD, ADHD, and similar ones)

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Matthew Tippit

  • Senior
  • Columbus, OH
  • The Robert Mason Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient has meant everything to me. Not only has it provided me with a sense of stability in these uncertain times, but it renewed my confidence in the work I am doing. The kind and extremely generous gesture from Mr. Mason made my entire year in 2020 and continues to keep me inspired going into 2021. I will never be able to thank Mr. Mason enough for creating this scholarship and I hope I am to pay it forward someday.

How do you hope to change the world?

There are two different ways I hope to change the world. In clinical work, I would hope to inspire and help people. I might not be the one to directly change the world but maybe I could inspire the person that does. And with political work, I would love to implement practices and policies that address deep rooted issues in society. I know this will likely be a hard battle to fight but I look forward to the challenge.

Field Placement

Columbus City Schools: Project Connect

Interest Area

Clinical Mental Health Work and Politics

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Katie Truxall

  • MSW I
  • Alliance, OH
  • The Erika, Andra, and Inara Brubaker Endowed Scholarship Fund for Academic Excellence in Domestic Violence and Child Welfare in the College of Social Work

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

I am honored to have been chosen as a scholarship recipient. To me, this means that others see the potential I have to make a difference. It gives me the confidence to pursue my dreams knowing that I have a support system that believes in me.

How do you hope to change the world?

My hope is to improve individual's mental health and relationships by providing counseling services. By doing this, individuals can live up to their full potential, creating a happy place for all to live.

Field Placement

Providers for Healthy Living

Interest Area

Mental Health and Substance Abuse; Crisis and Trauma Intervention

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Leia Withee

  • MSW I
  • Worthington, OH
  • Victor Edward Bloomfield Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • The Margaret P. and Peter F. Cavanaugh Scholarship Fund in Social Work

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a scholarship recipient has been incredibly meaningful for me. It has allowed me to pursue a degree and a profession that I am excited and passionate about. It has also meant I am able to focus more closely on school work, and pursue opportunities to help me further my future career.

How do you hope to change the world?

I'm hoping to work in the field of summer camp to make camps more accessible for kids regardless of their needs to get to experience camp. I also hope to help create training programs for camp counselors that focus on both increasing their skills in supporting campers' mental, emotional, and social health as well and helping them learn to better care for their own mental health while they're at camp.

Field Placement

Buckeye Ranch Day Treatment

Interest Area

Children and Families Mental Health

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Antwan Woods

  • ASAP
  • Mansfield, OH
  • The Kenneth E. and Lynette O. Hoehn Endowed Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

It means to me that hard work never goes unnoticed. A hard worker is always rewarded but in social work, being a scholarship recipient is an investment in a student's future as a social change agent.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by leading by example. A leader that every African American could look up to and instill hope within themselves.

Field Placement

Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Affairs

Interest Area

Social Policy; Social Science/Social Work Research

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Jasmine Wooten

  • Senior
  • Columbus, OH
  • The Dodie Thomas Memorial Scholarship
  • Social Work Minority Scholarship Fund

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

Being a recipient of scholarships has increased my ability to provide for my children while pursuing higher education. Receiving scholarships reduced stress over finances and contributes to stability.

How do you hope to change the world?

I hope to change the world by being one more person with a passion to make a difference in the lives of other's, those I love and within my community. One person, and one action can tip the scales a effect lasting change.

Field Placement

Columbus State Community College: Financial stability intern

Interest Area

Single mothers/parenting and non-traditional students pursuing higher education, obtaining financial stability, and navigating barriers. Advocating for and implementation of programming to help perpetrators of abuse recognize the issues with their actions/behaviors, development of positive behaviors, as well as help to heal from traumas that may be contributing to their actions/behaviors.

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Yunzi Yu

  • Senior
  • Tianjin, China
  • The Undergraduate Honors Award

What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you?

It's a great honor for me to be the scholarship recipient. Being awarded this scholarship is a great affirmation of my efforts. It encourages me to continue to help others to live a better life.

How do you hope to change the world?

I always believe that it is our duty as social workers to help create a better world in which every child can thrive. For that reason, I hope to be an excellent social worker to help every child to reach their full potential and become the person they want to be. Also, I believe in the power of research, and I hope to be a good researcher to reduce careless interventions in the field and help develop better policies for children.

Field Placement

Moms2B

Interest Area

Child and Family Well-Being

Scholarship Donors

Thank you to our

Scholarship Donors

  • Hannah and Philip Adelman
  • Shirley Ain
  • Patricia MacWood Alvarez
  • Dianna K. Barrett
  • John and Nancy Behling
  • Joseph and Mary Borgo
  • Robin Rosenfeld Brenneman
  • W. Michael Brittenback
  • Inara Brubaker
  • Suzanne and Lawrence Capitini
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • John W. Cox
  • Richard Crawford
  • Pamela Cusick
  • CSW Alumni Board
  • Carol Greco-Delaney and Rick Delaney
  • Judith Eggers
  • H. Stanley Eichenauer
  • John, Joyce, and Sarah Ely
  • Jonathon and Judith Erlen
  • Wilbert S. Folds
  • Denise Goodman
  • Kristin W. Goodwillie
  • Steven B. Hayes
  • Norbert and Nancy Hertl
  • Lynette Hoehn
  • Wayne Moore & Laura Kaufman
  • Marvin Krislov
  • Jan E. Lantz
  • David and Cathy Levy
  • Robert Mason
  • Preston V. McMurry, Jr.
  • Jacquelyn Meshelemiah
  • Gretchen O’Connor
  • Michael and Kathy O’Sullivan
  • Butch O’Neill, Jr.
  • Mark Palmer
  • Matthew Palmer
  • Anna Marie Robinson
  • Victoria Rogovin-Dobkin
  • Karen B. Russell
  • Warriet Savage III
  • Lynn Gutches Snowden and Herbert Snowden
  • James and Katherine Stahler
  • Bev Toomey
  • Carlton Triolo-Sapp
  • Robert Cross Wollam

Thank you to all of those who support our students. You have impacted not only the lives of our students but the many whom they serve. If you are interested in making a donation to any of our scholarships, please visit osu.edu/giving or contact Melanie Wehmeyer, Director of Development at wehmeyer.8@osu.edu.

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