Foundation National Programs
Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial
The Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a master's
degree candidate in social work who demonstrates an interest in
or has experience with health/mental health practice and has a
commitment to working in the African American community. Scholarship
recipients now work in hospitals, medical clinics, and social services
agencies that provide treatment and specialized services to African
scholarship is a memorial to Verne LaMarr Lyons, a social worker
and NASW national staff member who died in 1989, while waiting for
a heart transplant. Lyons committed his life to increasing awareness
of pernicious health concerns affecting African Americans such as
insufficient prenatal care, infant mortality, AIDS, cirrhosis, and
general life expectancy.
Lyons Scholarship is awarded based on the projected annual earnings
to the fund and contributions. To make a donation, click below.
A panel reviews applicants and selects the award recipient.
Up to 2 scholarships of up to $2,000 each will be awarded in the 2013-2014 academic year to a MSW student who has interest and/or demonstrated ability in health/mental health practice and a commitment to working in African American communities.
In recent years, Lyons scholarships have been awarded to MSW students
at University of Chicago, Smith College, and Virginia Commonwealth
2012 Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship Recipients
Lyons previous award recipients
Verne LaMarr Lyons MSW Scholarship Guidelines