BARBARA SOLOMON ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Barbara Solomon, DSW ’66, is a pioneer social worker who introduced the concept of Black empowerment as a framework for social work practice. She is the first African American to hold a deanship at the University of Southern California as dean of the USC Graduate School in the 1980s.
The Barbara Solomon Endowed Scholarship provides financial assistance to African-American students pursuing a Master of Social Work at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work with an expressed interest in working with African-American populations and communities.
“I think some problems that we felt strongly about in the field of social work have only recently become part of the national conversation. We’re in a very different place now, and I think it has catapulted the social work profession into a position where it can be a more powerful force. I see the need for African-American social workers, who understand the communities and can communicate with the residents, as even greater now than it has ever been.”
- Barbara Solomon
Read more about the creation and impact of the Barbara Solomon Endowed Scholarship
ROBERT NISHIMOTO ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Robert H. Nishimoto was a retired professor from the USC Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work. Nishimoto was an expert in the areas of stress and coping among cancer patients and Vietnamese Chinese refugees, case management, adolescent pregnancy, and cross-cultural methodology. He was a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) worker on a Native American reservation in Rapid City, South Dakota. In addition, he was a social worker for Catholic Social Services in Van Nuys and Lancaster, California and a volunteer at the Food Basket-Hawai'i Island's Food Bank, RSVP program, and Hawaii Care Choices. A member of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, Nishimoto was also an avid world traveler. Nishimoto passed away in November 2019 and is remembered for his valuable contributions to the field of social work and for his advocacy for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The Robert Nishimoto Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 by the Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Caucus (API), for Asian Pacific Islander Master of Social Work students committed to working with the API population.
LATINO SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWED FUND
With support from the Latino Alumni Advisory board, whose mission is to enhance and support the quality of social work education at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and prepare Latino students for the profession through advocacy, fundraising, education, curriculum development and community service.
The Latino Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund provides support to students who demonstrate a commitment to the Latinx community.
“The financial gain that I have had all these years, working with my master’s degree, has put me on a very different level than the average Mexican-American wage earner. That’s why I believe strongly that we should help current and future Latinx students. I was only able to get here because of people who helped me along the way, who supported and encouraged me. So, I feel I’ve got to do the same.”
- Brunilda Chavez
Read more about Brunilda’s journey to an MSW and the impact of support for Latinx students
USC SUZANNE DWORAK-PECK LGBTQ SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck LGBTQ Scholarship Fund Scholarship provides support to Social Work or Nursing students, who have demonstrated a commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer issues through academic accomplishments, community involvement and/or other personal contributions.
Past scholarship recipient, Bonnie Johnson, MSW ’17, said that receiving a scholarship made her feel less alone and inspired her to keep fighting for LGBT people and for a more accepting world.
“I plan to become the most effective and impactful social worker and advocate I can for marginalized populations,” she said.