Verne LaMarr Lyons Scholarship
The Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Master's Degree candidates in social work who demonstrate an interest in or has experience with health/mental health practice and have a commitment to working in African American communities. Previous recipients now work in hospitals, medical clinics, and social services agencies that provide treatment and specialized services to African American clients and others have gone into broader leadership services.
The NASW Foundation thanks the Tamara L. Harris Foundation for its support of the Lyons Scholarship program 2021 - 2023. This grant funding allowed the NASW Foundation to award an increased number of Lyons scholarships—and at a higher amount per student—along with leadership development opportunities / virtual participation in NASW's Leadership Academy.
The NASW Foundation also wishes to extend special thanks to The New York Community Trust (NYCT) for its generous support of the Lyons Scholarship program as part of Social Work HEALS in 2015-2020. With support from The NYCT, the HEALS program expanded the education and training of healthcare social workers at the BSW, MSW, PhD/DSW and post-doctoral levels to improve the delivery of healthcare services in the United States.