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Ursuline Student Receives Top Social Work Award

April 26, 2011

Ursuline College is proud to announce that the Cleveland Region (III) of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, has named Celia Smith as the recipient of the 2011 Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Student of the Year Award. The Cleveland resident is currently a senior majoring in social work.

“Celia is an outstanding student who has demonstrated strong leadership skills and has contributed exponentially to Ursuline’s Social Work Program,” said Ursuline Professor and Co-Director of Social Work Sharon Wilson, MSSA, LISW-S, who nominated Smith for the social work award. “Her dedication to the social work profession can be seen not only in the classroom but in her work with the community as well.”

Since her admission to the Social Work program in 2008, Smith has remained active on and off campus. Smith is a Junior Counselor in Ursuline’s Undergraduate Admissions Office and is a member of the Student Social Work Organization (SWO). She is also a current National Association of Social Workers (NASW) member and a member of the NASW Ohio Region III Legislative Committee. Currently, Smith is completing her field placement at Hospice of the Western Reserve in the Villaview Office.

In addition to Smith’s involvement in the SWO and NASW, she is actively involved with her church as a volunteer of the welcome team and the outreach ministry. She has also volunteered for Metro Health’s Cancer Center Breast Screenings/Health Fair and participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. 

For the tenth time, the Cleveland Region (III) of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers awarded an Ursuline student the top honor of Baccalaureate Social Work Student of the Year. Award recipients are selected on the basis of academic standing, social work leadership skills and significant contributions through involvement in the social work program, campus activities, service to the community or scholarly activities.


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