Office of the Registrar
Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards (2015/2016)
5.12 School of Social Work

The following are available to students in the School of Social Work based on the recommendation of the Dean.

The Alcohol and Drug Dependency Commission Commemorative Awards

These awards have been established to commemorate the Alcohol and Drug Dependency Commission (1982-1992). In an effort to promote the pursuit of addictions studies in various disciplines, it is hoped that recipients will pursue careers in addiction-related fields. Up to three awards, valued at $750.00 each, are available annually and open to students who have completed a major or published paper at the undergraduate or graduate level or are completing an Honors Dissertation on addictions issues. It will be awarded on a rotating basis to students in Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine, and Social Work with a Faculty or School receiving only one award in any given scholarship year. These awards will be granted by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon recommendation of the Dean/Director/Head of the respective Faculty or School.

The Lyndsey Anne Antle Award in Social Work

This award is being established by the family of Lyndsey Anne Antle who was a student in the School of Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland and would have graduated on May 26, 2006. Unfortunately this did not happen. She was struck by a vehicle on June 19, 2005 and passed away as a result of severe injuries on June 22, 2005. Lyndsey strived for excellence in everything she did and truly believed in giving her all to work, family, friends and anyone who needed a helping hand. Her natural wisdom, warmth and strong conviction to helping others made her a great human being and she would have made a wonderful social worker. This award is valued at $300.00 and will be awarded annually to the student in the graduating class who has the highest average for years three and four of the Social Work program combined. It will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Dean, School of Social Work.

Marcella M. Besaw Memorial Volunteer Award

This award has been established by the family of Marcella M. Besaw (1953-2010). Mrs. Marcella Besaw was known for her generosity to others and her service to her community. This scholarship is valued at $200.00 annually and will be awarded to a student entering the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) as a Second Degree program. The recipient must have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the service of humanity through involvement in volunteer/work experience relevant to the study of social work. The recipient must meet the minimum academic requirements for an award as defined by the University. It will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon the recommendation of the Dean, School of Social Work

The Jackie Brown Memorial Social Work Scholarship

This scholarship has been established in the memory of Jackie Brown, a dedicated social worker who was an activist for social justice. Valued at $500.00 annually, it will be awarded to a full time undergraduate social work student who best epitomizes Jackie's commitment and energy to creating positive change related to a social justice issue in his/her community. The award, however, is not necessarily intended for the student with the highest academic standing. This scholarship will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon the recommendation of the Dean, School of Social Work.

The Christopher & Donna Cox Scholarship

This scholarship, established through a generous contribution by Dr. Donna Hardy Cox and Dr. Christopher Cox, is valued at $500 per annum. Drs. Donna Hardy Cox and Christopher Cox, both alumni of Memorial University of Newfoundland, have established this scholarship in gratitude for their well-rounded student life and academic experiences. To be eligible, candidates must be full-time undergraduate students. The scholarship will be awarded annually on a rotating basis between the School of Social Work and the Faculty of Medicine, beginning with the latter. In Medicine, the Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating M.D. student who has a strong academic record and who has expressed an interest in specializing in Oncology. In the School of Social Work it will be awarded to a graduating B.S.W. student who is in scholarship standing and who has made the greatest contribution to student and community leadership. The Scholarship is awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards, based on the recommendation of the Dean/Director of the appropriate discipline.

Brendan Kelly Memorial Internship Award for Social Work

This award was established by Kim Kelly and Mike Maher, graduates of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and members of the Kelly family, to honour Kim’s brother Brendan who died by suicide in 2000. Having achieved his Bachelor of Arts at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Brendan was actively engaged in residence life and the University Catholic Community. Brendan was dedicated to hard work in his studies, volunteer initiatives and part-time employment. Valued at $500, it will be awarded annually to a social work student completing an internship who is from the Southern Shore on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador, or who has graduated from a high school outside of the St. John’s Metropolitan area. Preference will be given to those who are completing an internship in the area of mental health or have expressed an interest in the area of mental health. Financial need may be given consideration. Recipients must meet the minimum academic requirements for an award. This award will be granted by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Dean, School of Social Work.

Victoria Legge Award for Spiritual Leadership

This award was established by Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Mosaic University Chapel and the School of Social Work to honour Victoria Legge (1990-2013), a graduating B.S.W. student of the Class of 2013. Victoria was an executive member of Chi Alpha and an active member of Mosaic University Chapel. She developed her character and became a leader through active involvement with Emmanuel Pentecostal Tabernacle in Deer Lake and later at Mosaic University Chapel. Known as a positive, optimistic and socially conscious person, Victoria wished to make a difference in her community. Valued at $300, the award will be granted annually to a full-time student graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) in the year in which the application is submitted. The recipient must meet the minimum academic requirements for an award as defined by Memorial University of Newfoundland. Preference will be given to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to social justice and service to humanity and/or the environment through involvement in faith based activities and spiritual leadership. An application is required which is available at the School of Social Work. The award will be granted by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Dean, School of Social Work.

The Memorial University of Newfoundland Social Work Scholarship

This scholarship, at a value of at least $350.00, is awarded annually to a Social Work major enrolled in full-time study at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In the awarding of this scholarship, scholastic standing and financial need will be taken into account. The scholarship will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Dean of Social Work and may be renewed in a subsequent year.

The Professor John S. Morgan Scholarship

This scholarship has been named to honour the late Dr. John S. Morgan, an honorary graduate of the University who served as Visiting Professor of Social Work during the 1976-77 academic year. It is valued at $500.00 per annum and will be awarded on the basis of academic merit to an undergraduate student enrolled in the School of Social Work. The scholarship will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Dean of the School.

Rick Morris Memorial Bursary

This bursary was established in memory of Rick Morris by his family and friends. Rick was a caring individual who was deeply committed to Newfoundland and worked with a variety of individuals, organizations, and government. He was a mentor to many helping professionals, who regularly sought his counsel on personal and professional issues. He was deeply concerned with violence against individuals, particularly women, children, and the survivors of Mount Cashel. He was involved in the establishment of Unified Family Court’s mediation services and frequently collaborated with the aboriginal and senior’s communities. The bursary, valued at a portion of the income from the endowment, will be awarded annually to a student who is in financial need and meets the minimum academic requirements for a bursary. It will be awarded on a rotating basis to a student enrolled in one of the following academic areas: Year 1- School of Social Work, Year 2- Faculty of Education, Year 3- School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Year 4- Department of Gender Studies and Year 5- School of Nursing. The bursary will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon the recommendation of the Head of the Unit for which the bursary is being awarded.

Mary Florence Mugford (Lane) Memorial Award for Social Work

This travel award was established by the family of Mary Florence Mugford (Lane) to honour their mother as a woman who persevered in life. This award is valued at a portion of the income from the endowment and will be awarded annually. The recipient will be a student in the School of Social Work who is traveling to a rural placement in the field of mental health and/or addictions. Preference will be given to a student who graduated from a high school outside of the St. John’s metropolitan area. The recipient must meet the minimum academic requirements for an award as defined by the University. It will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon recommendation of the Dean, School of Social Work.

The John J. Murphy Scholarship in Social Work

This scholarship, valued at $500.00, is awarded annually to a student who has achieved academic excellence upon completion of the first year of the Social Work program. The award, however, is not necessarily intended for the student who has received the highest average in this category. It is awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards upon the recommendation of the Dean, School of Social Work.

The Elizabeth A. Newlands Memorial Scholarship in Social Work

This scholarship has been named to honour the late Mrs. Elizabeth Newlands, one of the first graduates of the B.S.W. Program as Memorial University of Newfoundland. Valued at a minimum of $1,000.00 annually, it will be awarded on the basis of academics to either a graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in the School of Social Work. If granted to an undergraduate the scholarship will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards. If awarded to a Graduate Student, it will be awarded by the Dean, School of Graduate Studies. In either case the scholarship will be awarded on the basis of an appropriate recommendation from the Dean, School of Social Work.

The Dr. J. Victor Thompson Scholarship in Social Work

This scholarship, valued at not less than $650.00 is awarded annually to a full-time Social Work student upon completion of at least 90 credit hours in Social Work and other courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The award will be made on the basis of academic excellence by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards, acting on the recommendation of the Dean, School of Social Work.

Undergraduate Aboriginal Award in Professional Studies

The Undergraduate Aboriginal Award in Professional Studies was established by Mr. Alan Rowe (B.Comm. ’78) through a generous donation to the Dare To: The Campaign for Memorial University. To be eligible, candidates must be Aboriginal students from Labrador or the Territories of Canada who are enrolled full-time, and have clear academic standing. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated financial need. Awarded upon entrance to an eligible undergraduate professional program, the Award is valued at $2,500 per year and is renewable for three additional years assuming the recipients maintain clear academic standing and full-time enrollment. Two new recipients will be selected each year on a rotating basis, between the Faculties of Business Administration, Engineering and Applied Science, Medicine, and Education and the Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work. If a successful candidate is not recommended by the discipline on rotation in a given year an eligible student from one of the other disciplines may be awarded the scholarship for that year. The Awards are granted by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards with input from the Aboriginal Resource Office, and on the recommendation of the Deans of the appropriate academic units.

Lorna Weafer Award in Social Work

This award was established in memory of Lorna Weafer. Lorna’s warmth and compassion knew no bounds; she absolutely adored children and volunteered as a Big Sister. Valued at a portion of the income on the endowment, it will be awarded annually to a full-time student in the Bachelor of Social Work program who best epitomizes Lorna’s passion for work with children and adolescents, and who demonstrates active community leadership or mentorship. Preference will be given to a mature student as defined by Memorial University of Newfoundland. The recipient must meet the minimum academic requirements for an award. This award will be granted by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Dean, School of Social Work.