Students Win Social Work Scholarships
(Released: May 9, 2002)
By Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn School of Social Work has announced
the awarding of scholarships to five students.
The scholarships and recipients are:
Nancy Tarr Berdon Scholarship:
Amy Blazawski of Glastonbury;
Natalie Real of Winsted.
Frank V. Carollo Scholarship:
Amy Blazawski of Glastonbury;
Tracey Cotterell of Bloomfield.
Dana DiBiasi Scholarship:
Tonisha Stewart of Middletown.
Dr. Ivor J. Echols Scholarship:
Valerie Jackson of Manchester
Amy Blazawski of GLASTONBURY, a second-year
graduate student at the school, is majoring in group work with a
minor in administration. She is completing her field placement in
mental health at UConn's Department of Student Health
Blazawski, who has 12 years' experience in the field of
social work, plans to pursue a doctorate at Smith College's
School for Social Work in Northampton, Mass.
Nancy Real of WINSTED, a second-year graduate
student at the school, is majoring inpolicy and planning with a
minor in adminstration. She is a dual degree candidate at the
School of Social Work and UConn School of Law, with a focus on
international human rights. She is currently completing her field
placement for the School of Law at the Connecticut Urban League
Initiative, and will work for Connecticut Legal Services in
Waterbury this summer. Next semester, Real will study human rights
at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, as part of a semester abroad
Tracey Cotterell of BLOOMFIELD , a second year
graduate student in social work, is majoring in administration with
a minor in community organization. She is currently completing a
field placement at the state Department of Children and Families in
Manchester, where she performs case management, counseling, and
other services to families.
She is a member of the Hartford Community Partnership, an
activist group whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect
in the community. Her ambition is to become a community activist
for children in the Hartford area. Cotterell is also an aspiring
Tonisha Stewart of MIDDLETOWN , a full-time
second-year graduate student in social work, is majoring in
casework with a minor in group work. She is completing her field
placement at Community Mental Health Affiliates, Child Guidance
Clinic in New Britain, and is currently employed full-time at with
the state Department of Children and Families in New Britain as a
Child Protective Service/Social Worker. After graduation, Stewart
plans to continue to work in the area of child protective
Valerie Jackson of MANCHESTER has been awarded
the Dr. Ivor J. Echols Scholarship by the University of Connecticut
School of Social Work. Jackson, a second-year graduate student in
social work, is majoring in casework with a minor in group
Jackson is currently employed as an investigative social worker
for the state Department of Children and Families in Hartford,
where she is involved in intervention and assessment of child
safety - abuse and neglect - in the home.
Jackson enjoys working with children and plans to explore other
areas of child protective services, particularly where she can
provide direct care and treatment services to families.
The Nancy Tarr Berdon Scholarship was
established by retired Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Robert I.
Berdon in 1994 in memory of his wife, Nancy Tarr Berdon, '56.
She was a noted social worker in the New Haven area, who engaged in
direct practice and was committed to working with the poor.
The Frank V. Carollo Scholarship was
established by Carollo, a 1953 alumnus of the school. The
scholarship provides assistance to students who must work to
supplement their living expenses while pursuing the masters degree
in social work.
Stephen Pulaski established the Dana DeBiasi
Scholarship award in 1996 in memory of his wife, Dana
DeBiasi, who was a graduate of the class of 1987. DeBiasi was
committed to working with poor and underserved populations.
The Dr. Ivor J. Echols Scholarship was
established by friends and colleagues to honor the late Echols,
formerly an associate dean of school, on her retirement. The award
is presented to a student of high academic standing who has
contributed significantly to the Organization of Black Social Work
Students at the School of Social Work and to the African-American
community, while pursuing the masters degree in social work.
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