Student Travel Scholarship

The Gero-Ed Center is currently accepting applications for the Ashley Brooks-Danso Memorial Fund’s Student Travel Scholarships!

Awardees of the Student Travel Scholarships will receive $500 for travel expenses and complimentary registration to attend the 2014 CSWE Annual Program Meeting and its Gero-Ed Track events in Tampa, Florida from October 23–26, 2014.

Learn more about eligibility and how to apply by downloading the application at the bottom of the page. Applications must be submitted no later than July 1, 2014. Awards will be announced in August, 2014.


2013 Awardee

Todd Crawford, BSW, Southern University at New Orleans

While working in customer service, Todd volunteered in numerous programs serving at-risk youth, older adults, and individuals suffering with mental illness and substance abuse. In 2010 he began pursuing a BSW. Todd felt that he had been a “social worker” all his life, but through his education, he learned the skills necessary to truly help others. After receiving his BSW, he planned to pursue an MSW with a concentration in gerontology.

“Having the opportunity to attend the CSWE was both an educational and motivating experience. The CSWE Gero-Ed Center staff were overwhelmingly helpful as I maneuvered my way into so many informational seminars. If I had one statement to say about the entire seminar it would be,'Thank you for an experience I will never forget.'"


2012 Awardees

Blair Karp, MSW, St. Louis University

Through her BSW field placement, Blair worked with older adults in a care management program. After graduating she volunteered at a hospice and worked in a skilled nursing facility. She received a certificate in gerontology with a concentration in health and mental health in her MSW program. A persuasive advocate for aging issues, she strived to excite this interest in her fellow students.

“Attending the 2012 CSWE APM and knowing that 2,300 social workers came together to share ideas and create change inspired me. I had the opportunity to connect with colleagues, make new contacts, and catch up with old acquaintances. The Gero-Ed Track allowed me to see fellow social workers’ dedication to gerontology and provided me with knowledge to apply in my practice and community.”

Jennifer McCullough, MSW, Hood College

Jennifer’s grandmother, her role model, inspired her to pursue a career in aging. She volunteered at a nursing and rehabilitation center and eventually conducted her field placement there where she led groups, conducted assessments, and visited bed-bound residents. She also helped organize a Day of Caring for older adults and people with disabilities with her local United Way chapter.

“I truly enjoyed the multitude of opportunities that were made available to me at the APM through the Ashley Brooks-Danso Fund Student Travel Scholarship. I was able to bring back new information and make connections that will help me as I pursue my degree in social work.”

Megan McDonough, BSW, Michigan State University

Meghan’s interest in gerontological social work began in high school when she served as a dietary aide in a local retirement community and found that she valued her daily interactions with older adults. During her BSW program, she further pursued this interest by volunteering at an adult day center and conducting her field placement at a medical and rehabilitation center.

Attending the CSWE APM was a wonderful educational and personal experience, and one that I never thought I would have as an undergraduate! It was so rewarding to have the opportunity to be surrounded by ground-breaking news and research in the social work field. I am so grateful for the opportunity given to me by CSWE.”