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Graduate students from seven states awarded National social work scholarships

NASW Foundation announces educational awards

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) has announced recipients of the 2014 Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship, including graduate students from New York, Illinois, California, Washington, Texas, Massachusetts and North Carolina. These men and women were chosen for their academic excellence and their commitment to helping Native American and Hispanic communities.

"This group exemplifies the sort of passion and drive we like to see in Foundation scholarship candidates," said NASWF director, Robert Arnold. "Specific to these awards, their work with minority populations facing social obstacles matches the program’s mission well."

The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship is a monetary grant awarded to master's degree candidates in social work who have demonstrated a commitment to working with, or who have a special affinity with, American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations, or in public and voluntary nonprofit agency settings.

From California:

  • Olga Mariana Swenson, California State University Long Beach
  • Adriana Escobar, University of California Berkeley

From New York:

  • Ariel Goldberger Blau, New York University
  • Daisy Arriaga, Lehman College

From Texas:

  • Theresa Moran, Texas State University

From Illinois:

  • Angela Suarez Consuelo, University of Chicago

From Washington:

  • Pamela Bryan, University of Washington-Seattle

From Massachusetts:

  • Meagan Shapaus, Bridgewater State University
  • Vanessa Corbera, Boston College

From North Carolina:

  • Chelsea Kolander, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Gosnell Scholarship was established through a bequest of Consuelo Gosnell, a social work practitioner who was a champion of civil and human rights and worked diligently to ameliorate conditions for critically under-served American Indians and Latinos in the Southwest.

Social workers are skilled professionals who have gone through extensive training to receive a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctorate in social work. Social workers are licensed by the state after receiving their degree.


For more information about the NASW Foundation or the Gosnell Scholarship Program, please visit or e-mail

The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) is a charitable organization created to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through the advancement of social work practice.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with 130,000 members. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.