Awards & Scholarships

Home About AOSW Awards & Scholarships

2020 Award and Scholarship Recipients   

ACS Quality of Life Award
Christina Bach, MSW, MBE, 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. 

LLS Hematology-Oncology Lifetime Achievement Award Award
Nikki Yuill, LCSW

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is also pleased to announce the LLS Hematology/Oncology Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was created to specifically honor an oncology social worker who has exhibited leadership and support for blood cancer patients and has had ongoing involvement with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) throughout their career. This award was established to recognize an exceptional social worker with ten (10) or more years of experience in hematology/oncology. 

Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer's Social Worker of the Year Award Winner
Catherine Paykin, MSW
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
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
Kaity Miller

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

Theresa Beaudette
Diann Binns
Bhumika Dahal
Alexandra Hoffarth
Jacalyn Lasich
Ellie McMann
Jessica Rivera
Lisa Rule

View 2003 - 2019 Award and Scholarship Recipients