Foundation National Programs
International Rhoda G. Sarnat
International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award is given to an individual, group,
or organization that has significantly advanced the public image
of professional social work. This monetary prize is made possible
from an endowment fund established by a generous contribution in
1996 from Mrs. Rhoda Sarnat, LCSW and
her spouse, Bernard Sarnat, MD.
Rhoda G. Sarnat is a retired
clinical social worker, former faculty member at the University
of Southern California Graduate School of Social Work, and a member
of NASW who is committed to improving the public perception of professional
The purpose of the Sarnat Award is to increase public awareness
and recognition of the value of professional social work. The
recipient is awarded a cash prize of $3,000.
International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award recognizes significant contributions
to the public image of professional social work by a living individual,
a group, or an organization. This award includes, but is not
limited to, social workers or social work agencies. One $3,000 cash prize will be awarded.
The following must be submitted online.
- Completed nomination
- One page summary with clear,
concise examples of activities and accomplishments that describe
nominee's contributions to a positive image of professional social
work, to include: five year history of actions, national or international
in scope, evidence to support contribution(s), significant impact
on the profession of social work.
- Professional summary: curriculum
vitae or resume for individuals, profile of organization to include
mission, scope, structure, size and legal status.
- Three (3) letters of confirmation
of nominee's contributions.
An award panel will review
applications and select the award recipient.
Nominations are considered for two consecutive years. Members of the
NASW national and chapter board of directors with unexpired terms
and all national and chapter staff, while employed by NASW, are
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