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NASW-NC Awards


Social Worker of the Year Award

The NASW-NC Social Worker of the Year Award is an annual award given to a social work professional who has demonstrated commendable social work practice and involvement with NASW and other professional, civic, and community organizations.


Presidents' Award

The Presidents' Award/Fund provides an annual award of $1,000 to an MSW student member of NASW from a CSWE accredited social work program in North Carolina. This is an award that honors past NASW-NC presidents and is awarded to MSW students who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and potential. The award will be presented in March at the annual NASW-NC Ethics Conference and Recognition & Awards Luncheon held in Raleigh, N.C. Donate to this fund.

Toby Brown Award

The purpose of the award is to recognize Toby Brown's commitment to BSW education and BSW students through the development of a scholarship award. This scholarship fund was established in memory of and to honor Dr. James S. Toby Brown who died on May 4, 1995. He was an Assistant Professor of Social Work at North Carolina State University and was a much-recognized educator and practitioner. Click here to learn more about Dr. James S. Toby Brown! Donate to this fund.

Myrna Miller Wellons Advocacy Award

The NASW-NC Myrna Miller Wellons Advocacy Award is an annual award given to someone who has demonstrated a strong passion to advocate for the needs of the social work profession and/or policy issues. This nominee has been a champion in impacting policy both for the social work profession and the clients served by social workers.

The Award, previously the Advocate of the Year Award, was renamed in 2009 in honor of the late Myrna Miller Wellons, a past Director of Government Relations for NASW-NC and strong advocate for the social work profession. Mrs. Wellons was a tireless advocate for many issues and a mentor to many social workers across the state.

Conference Scholarship Award

The Conference Scholarship award is designed for social workers who are beginning their professional career and have graduated with their social work degree within the past 3 years.  Two award winners will be selected for each of NASW’s annual conferences, and the award covers the cost of the conference registration.  This award was the creation of Myrna Miller Wellons who felt strongly that new and early career social workers needed financial support that would enable them to obtain continuing education.

Scholarship and Financial Aid Resource Manual

Looking for other opportunities to fund your social work education? This NASW-NC members-only Scholarship and Financial Aid Resource Manual is designed to help social work students at all academic levels find scholarships, awards, and financial aid assistance to achieve their educational goals. Included in this guide are scholarship descriptions with contact information, student loan repayment and loan forgiveness programs, recent information regarding loan options for those pursuing a social service profession, listings of internet scholarship search engines, and school contact information for assistance with financial aid.

Make A Donation

If you would like to make a donation to any of the NASW-NC Awards please click here.  Your donation is 100% tax deductible and 100% of your donation goes towards awards.

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