The Ashley Brooks-Danso Memorial Fund Student Travel Scholarships provide funding for baccalaureate or master's level social work students with an interest in aging to attend the 2016 CSWE Annual Program Meeting (APM). The 2016 awardees are listed below, and they will each receive $900 for travel expenses and complimentary registration to attend the 2016 APM and its Gero-Ed Track events in Atlanta, Georgia from November 3–6, 2016.
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.
Thelma Harrison, MSW, Arizona State University
Thelma Harrison is a first-year Master of Social Work student at Arizona State University. She aspires to work in the field of integrated healthcare as a licensed clinical social worker and currently interns at a community health center where she is learning the skills necessary to expand her knowledge of that field. She has been married for 9 years to herl husband Andrew and they have a beautiful, and very witty, 8-year-old daughter named Mia.
Barbra Bowman, MSW, Azusa Pacific University
Barbra developed her interest in working with older adults as a result of working with chronically homeless adults in her Foundation Year MSW internship and wanting to learn about the strengths and needs of this population and the systems of care in place for older adults. Additionally, throughout her career, she has seen how family systems and intergenerational dynamics impact the social welfare of those connected to older adults in the communities she has worked in, both locally and globally. She is concentrating her MSW on Community Practice, as she hopes to be a part of strengthening systems of care for adults and the people they are connected to, especially older adults, through advocacy, policy analysis, outcome evaluation, and program development.