Important Student Information
Student E-mail Accounts
All Department of Social Work students are required to have a WestConn e-Mail account. Students are advised to check their e-mail frequently for announcements and communications including information about important events, meetings, scholarships, current courses, new courses, Junior and Senior application deadlines, etc.
The Department will communicate with students ONLY through the WestConn e-mail system, and not through students' personal e-mail addresses.
Scholarships and Awards
The Department awards three scholarships each year to social work majors. All three require applications. These were created in memory of social work students, who died while enrolled in the program.
The Scott Andrews Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a returning student who reflects the spirit of Scott. He embraced life, was sensitive, caring and committed to a career in social work. Recipients have a demonstrated commitment to helping others as well as a financial need. Preference is given to students in single parent families.
The Laura Duffy Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a social work student who has demonstrated a life-long commitment to community services and who embodies the warmth and caring which Laura personified. This scholarship is administered and awarded by the Phi Alpha Honor Society, in which Laura was a member.
The Craig Lundwall Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Craig Lundwall, a 1998 graduate of the Department of Social Work. The award is given to a student who excels academically, is sensitive and has a passion for social change – all qualities Craig personified.
The Beatrice K. Nemzer Student Recognition Awards is awarded by the Department of Social Work which recognizes the outstanding senior and outstanding junior each spring at the School of Professional Studies Student Honors Convocation. The awards are given based on grade point average, service to the Department and University and commitment to the profession.
The Alice Fales Social Work Service Award is awarded to a graduating Social Work Senior whose service to the Social Work Program and to fellow students exemplifies key values of the social work profession –specifically, Service, Competence, Dignity and Worth of the person, and the Importance of Human Relationships. The award is named in honor of Alice Fales, Class of 1998, who set a high standard of academic achievement paired with service-directed activities which furthered both the success of department projects and supported the advancement of her peers.
The Ray Strolin Social Justice Writing Competition: The Department of Social Work sponsors a Social Justice Writing Competition to honor the memory to the late Ray Strolin, a former adjunct professor in the Department of Social Work, to affirm our commitment to social and economic justice and to underscore the definition of Social Work as both an Art and a Science. Honorees receive a certificate and read their selection at the Annual Beatrice K. Nemzer Social Work Symposium. A copy of the selected work(s) will also be shared with the Strolin family.
Phi Alpha Honor Society, Chi Sigma Chapter, is a national honor society for upper-class social work students. Eligibility requirements include an overall GPA of 3.25 and an average of 3.50 in social work courses (slightly higher for Juniors), completion of a minimum of 9 credits of social work courses, and demonstrated excellence of scholarship and commitment to the profession. Invitation for membership is made by the Society membership yearly, and an Induction Ceremony is held in the Fall.
Specific eligibility requirements and applications are distributed by the Department according to the University scholarship calendar. Students should also look for up-to-date scholarship information in their WestConn e-mail and on WestConnduit.