2023 Excellence in Social Work Practice Awards

Excellence in Social Work Practice Awards recognize Master’s students in the Pitt School of Social Work who demonstrate exemplary commitment to their social work professional development.  The awards are given to students completing specialized study and displaying outstanding potential as social workers.  These awards are made possible by the generosity of alumni and friends of the School.  Each award carries a small monetary recognition.

Anyone may begin the nomination process—student, peer, faculty member, staff member, or field / tasks supervisor.

Awards for Direct Practice MSW students (Qualifying characteristics are noted after the name):

  • Dr. Lynn Adkins Quasi Endowment – Outstanding performance in the classroom
  • Elizabeth C. Evans Resource Fund – Outstanding performance by a nontraditional student
  • George and Sylvia Plutchok Student Resource Fund – Outstanding efforts to promote diversity, equity, & inclusion
  • Grady H. Roberts Jr. Endowed Student Resource Fund – Outstanding performance in field
  • James McDonald Endowed Fund – Outstanding Efforts to learn about and demonstrate interprofessional practice
  • Robert L. and Sally C. Schwartz Endowed Fund – Outstanding Efforts in Service School, University, and/or Community

Awards for COSA MSW students:

  • Robert and Sally Schwartz Endowed Fund
  • Charlotte J. Dunmore Endowed Fund
  • School of Social Work Endowment for COSA Students


  • November 28:  Nominations open
  • January 2:  Nominations close
  • Early February:  Notification of awardees

Other information:

  • All nominees must have completed their generalist course of study
  • MSW students on all campuses are eligible
  • If you self-nominate or nominate a peer, you will be asked to identify a faculty member, staff member, or field / task supervisor to support the nomination
  • Nominees will be asked to upload a recent resume
  • Awards may be used to cover educational expenses, including but not limited to books, lab fees, travel, or other educational expenses

Nomination Form for DP Students: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5tYqaUn9TeMSyoe

Nomination form for COSA Students: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aa7yFFLcFO97ZVs

Please contact COSA Specialization Chair Mary Ohmer (mlo51@pitt.edu ) or Direct Practice Specialization Chair Beth Mulvaney (eam65@pitt.edu ) if you have questions.