National Awards

NASW and NASW Foundation Awards

group of 2018 award recipients

The NASW National Awards recognize leaders in the profession and in our communities who fully embody social work values and ethics. Our past award recipients have accomplished the extraordinary and we have been honored to recognize them.

We need your participation to keep the tradition moving forward. Please consider nominating a social worker or individual who exemplifies the best of the profession’s values for one of the following awards:

  • A professional social worker who has made significant contributions or developed model programs that have been replicated for Social Worker of The Year or Lifetime Achievement
  • An individual who has gone above and beyond in their community for Public Citizen of The Year
  • An elected official who has shown leadership in public policy issues important to the profession for Public Elected Official of The Year
  • A professional social worker who has made exemplary contributions in health and mental health practice for Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement
  • An individual or group that has made a significant impact on national mental health public policy, professional standards, or program models for Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement
  • An individual, group, or organization that has significantly advanced the public image of professional social work for the International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award

Nomination Deadline Extended

We will accept nominations for the NASW Foundation Recognition Awards through November 14, 2019.


Learn more at the NASW Foundation website.

Or contact us at or 202-336-8270.

2018 Award Recipients