2020 Award and Scholarship Recipients
ACS Quality of Life Award
Penny Damaskos, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
Sponsored by American Cancer Society
Established and sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this prestigious award honors individuals whose contributions through education, direct service, publications and presentations reflect a commitment to quality of life for all cancer survivors.
Oncology Social Worker of the Year Award
Melissa Stewart, LCSW-R
Sponsored by Cancer Support Community
This award recognizes an exceptional member of AOSW who, in the day-to-day delivery of compassionate service, is a model for the profession. The award is sponsored by the Cancer Support Community and through the generous donations of supporters, including AOSW members.
Leadership in Oncology Social Work Award
Karlynn BrintzenhofeSzoc, PhD, MSW, FAOSW
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this award recognizes an exceptional member of AOSW who has significantly contributed to the field of oncology social work and demonstrated leadership through administration, education, clinical practice or research.
LLS Hematology-Oncology Social Worker of the Year Award
Karen Bettner, MSW, LSW, ACSW
Sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is pleased to support this award. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society recognizes the work and importance of social workers in the lives and treatment of patients with a blood cancer and their loved ones.
Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer's Social Worker of the Year Award Winner
Catherine Paykin, MSW
Sponsored by the Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer
The Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer is pleased to support this award. The Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer recognizes the work and importance of social workers in the lives of people at risk for lung cancer, those diagnosed and their loved ones. This award, given annually, recognizes dedication to the lung cancer community and field of oncology social work. The award comes with a $1,500 stipend that covers conference registration, hotel/airfare, and membership fees for non-members.
AOSW Volunteer Social Worker of the Year Award
Julianne Oktay, PhD, MSW, FAOSW
Established to honor AOSW volunteers, this $1,000 award provides complimentary registration to AOSW Conference and an annual opportunity to recognize an exceptional, experienced oncology social worker and active volunteer of AOSW. Only AOSW Board or Committee Members can nominate someone for the Volunteer of the Year Award; the Awards Committee cannot nominate anyone for this award. The award is presented to an oncology social worker who, in the day-to-day delivery of compassionate service, is a model for the profession itself. This award is supported through contributions to AOSW.
Kim Lawson Scholarship
Ting Guan, MSW
Established to honor AOSW President, Kim Lawson, this $1,000 scholarship defrays the cost of conference attendance for an AOSW member who has demonstrated commitment to the profession, including pursuing a PhD or DSW as part of your professional development. The scholarship is supported through generous donations of supporters, including our own members.
Naomi Stearns Conference Scholarship
Marie Lavigne, LCSW, OSW-C
Established to honor the first AOSW President, Naomi Stearns, this scholarship defrays the cost of conference attendance for a member who has demonstrated commitment to the profession. It is supported by donations to the Naomi Stearns Scholarship Fund.
Palliative Care and End-of-Life Scholarship
Established in 2006 in memory of longstanding AOSW member and leader in palliative and end-of-life care, Betty Vargo, this scholarship is given in support of an AOSW member seeking a master's degree in social work and with a demonstrated interest in end-of-life care.
Pictured: 2018 Scholarship Recipients
2020 Conference Scholarship Recipients