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 African American communities. 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.
With a generous grant from the New York Community Trust Robert and Ellen Popper Scholarship Fund, the NASW Foundation is pleased to announce SOCIAL WORK HEALS, a collaborative endeavor of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This grant will increase the annual funding from 4 scholarships in the amount of $4,150 each to 4 scholarships in the amount of $5,500 each (historically the Lyons Scholarships have been awarded based on projected annual earnings and contributions). The increased funding will raise the prestige/stature of the Lyons Scholarships and will allow for leadership development opportunities.
Four scholarships in the amount of $5,500 each will be awarded in the 2016-2017 (exact amount pending approval of grant renewal) to MSW students who have interest and/or demonstrated ability in health/mental health practice and a commitment to working in African American communities.
A total of $4,000 will be disbursed directly to the recipient’s university. An additional $1,500 will be earmarked for each recipient for conference attendance and leadership development. As part of the Lyons Scholarship Award, the 2016 - 2017 recipients will be expected to attend conferences and/or leadership development activities. Expenses for conferences and professional development must be approved through the NASW Foundation and funds will not be distributed directly to the recipient.
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A panel reviews applicants and selects the award recipient.
2015-2016 Lyons Scholarship Award Recipients
Lyons previous award recipients
Verne LaMarr Lyons MSW Scholarship Guidelines
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