The CSWE Gero-Ed Center is pleased to announce the 2015 awardees of the Ashley Brooks-Danso Memorial Fund's Student Travel Scholarships! These scholarships provide funding for baccalaureate or master's level social work students with an interest in aging to attend the 2015 CSWE Annual Program Meeting (APM). Awardees will receive $500 for travel expenses and complimentary registration to attend the 2015 APM and its Gero-Ed Track events in Denver, Colorado from October 15–18, 2015.
These awards are provided through the Ashley Brooks-Danso Memorial Fund, which honors the life and legacy of Ashley Brooks-Danso (1979–2011). From 2004–2008 Ashley co-directed the CSWE Gero-Ed Center and was a friend, mentor, and colleague to many in the social work community. Ashley’s great passion at the Center was finding creative ways to recruit students to gerontological social work and help support their studies.
Carolyn Lokensgard, MSW, St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas
Carolyn's interest in working with and serving older adults developed early on by her family’s vibrant elders. She seeks to use her MSW to complement her M.Div. after experiencing the growing need for social workers to resource and value the unique strengths of older adults' spirituality and their faith communities. As an Area in Emphasis in Aging Scholar at SCU/UST, Carolyn will be completing her MSW clinical internship at a long term acute care hospital, working as a part of an interdisciplinary team in an outpatient clinic and leading support groups, primarily with individuals and their families dealing with Parkinson's and dementia diagnoses.
Huy Ho, MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University
Huy finds exploring gerontological work exciting as it intersects with a myriad of important and contemporary social justice issues. Due to his experience serving older homeless individuals through AmeriCorps and his time spent as a case manager for those with severe and persistent mental illness, Huy is pursuing his MSW and a certificate in aging studies to improve the experience of aging on interpersonal and community levels. Huy's particular interests include advocating for elder rights in the health care system as well as improving end-of-life issues and awareness.