Lawanna Renee Barron Scholarship Endowment Fund

Thanks to the generosity of renowned social work education advocate and NASW member, Lawanna R. Barron, BCD, ACSW, LCSW, the NASW Foundation will partner with her on a unique endowment fund, supporting select social work students pursuing their BSW and MSW degrees in mostly rural areas.

About The Scholarship And Its Namesake

Lawanna Renee Barron

This endowment will help support the students by reducing their financial stresses; in turn, Barron hopes the boost will help them make long-term commitments to support and grow the social work profession. Initially, the endowment will help fund the education of one BSW or one MSW student with demonstrated interest, or experience working in, rural settings and/or health and mental health in African American communities.

Barron recently retired after 29 years with the Moody Air Force Base Family Advocacy Program in Georgia. She served as the Family Advocacy Treatment manager from 1993-2000, Family Advocacy Outreach manager from 2000-2019, and Family Advocacy Intervention Specialist from 2019-2022.

Recently, Barron was the recipient of the Tuskegee University College of Arts and Sciences Department of Social Work – Social Work Excellence Award for her contributions to military families, rural communities, and social work education through her volunteer work on various boards and mentorship of aspiring social work students. She was named Moody Air Force Base Civilian of the Year in 1994; and on numerous occasions, she was named Civilian of the Quarter. In 2003, she was named the NASW Georgia Chapter Social Worker of the Year.

Lawanna Renee Barron Scholarship Endowment Recipients


  • Shykira Farmer, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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