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2022 Award and Scholarship Call for Applications

AOSW's Awards and Scholarships for the 2022 AOSW Annual Conference are now open. Please see below for paper applications and descriptions of each award or scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2022.

Oncology Social Worker of the Year Award

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.

Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer's Social Worker of the Year Award 
Sponsored by the Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer

GO2Foundation-2.pngThe 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

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.

In addition to AOSW Awards, we are also offering (8) conference scholarships to AOSW Members!

Kim Lawson Scholarship

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.

2022 Conference Scholarship 

AOSW Conference Scholarships defray the cost of conference attendance for five (5) members of AOSW who need financial support to attend conference. The scholarship includes complimentary conference registration and a stipend to assist with travel and hotel costs.


Betty Vargo 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 $1,000 scholarship defrays the cost of conference attendance for an AOSW member seeking a master's degree in social work and with a demonstrated interest in end-of-life care.

Naomi Stearns Conference Scholarship


Established to honor the first AOSW President, Naomi Stearns, this $1,000 scholarship defrays the cost of conference attendance for a member who has demonstrated commitment to the profession, including AOSW activity. The scholarship is supported through generous donations of supporters, including our own members. 

2021 Conference Scholarship Recipients

Melanie Berry
Sarah Bremen
Victoria Charles
Cheron Joy Hillmon
Jenny Rodriguez
Angelina Santillan

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