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Departmental Graduate Fellowships

Eligibility for Departmental Awards

Departmental Restricted Fellowship awards are given on the basis of academic distinction and merit, demonstrated financial need, or a combination of both. Eligibility for restricted awards is determined by the donor(s), subject to applicable fellowship program guidelines; and many are designated specifically for MSW students. Preference for some awards may also be given to students who have not received as much funding as other students in the department.

  • Some need-based fellowship funds can be used only for students who have demonstrated financial need through a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students who are eligible to file a FAFSA should submit a completed FAFSA by the priority deadline to be eligible and considered for any university funding, including Departmental Fellowship Awards.
  • To understand how departmental awards may affect other financial aid eligibility, please see the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office's Graduate Award Guide.

How to Apply for Departmental Fellowships

Entering (Newly Admitted) Students

All applicants to graduate study at Berkeley Social Welfare are automatically considered for all available awards during the admissions review process. Fellowship offers are generally made to successful applicants at the time of admission notification; an additional fellowship application is not required for newly admitted incoming students. To ensure consideration for all possible awards, all applicants to graduate study should complete the "Economic Background" section of the online Graduate and Professional Application for Admission.

Continuing Students

Annual applications for departmental fellowships are distributed to all continuing students when they become available, usually in the spring semester of each year, for awards given in the following academic year.

Current Awards and Amounts

Departmental Restricted Fellowship Awards typically range between $500 and $10,000. Award amounts, and the total number of awards made, both vary from year to year, depending on availability of funds. Departmental Fellowship Awards may be applied directly to tuition and mandatory fees, or may be given in the form of a stipend payment.​

Browse the tabs below to learn more about each fellowship, including eligibility terms and current award amounts:

The 60th Anniversary Fellowship

The 60th Anniversary Fellowship Fund provides support for Social Welfare graduate fellowships. The annual award amount is currently $5,000.

The Berkeley Social Welfare 60th Anniversary Fellowship Fund was established with gifts from alumni, faculty and staff, and friends of the School of Social Welfare in honor of the 60th anniversary of its founding in 1944.

The Jean Allgeyer Family Fellowship

The Allgeyer Family Fellowship provides needed financial support to MSW students who plan on pursuing careers serving children and families in need. The annual award amount is currently $2,500.

The Jean Allgeyer Family Fellowship Fund in Children and Family Services was established in 2010 with a gift from Berkeley Social Welfare alumna Mrs. Jean M. Allgeyer (MSW '51), a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Los Angeles.

The Mary Catherine and Robert J. Birgeneau Graduate Fellowship

The Birgeneau Fellowship provides support for doctoral students, with a preference for students specializing in child welfare issues. The annual award amount varies.

The Mary Catherine and Robert J. Birgeneau Graduate Student Support Fund was established in 2007 with a gift from former UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau and Mary Catherine Birgeneau, a longtime social worker.

The Bradner-Cornet Fellowship

The Bradner-Cornet Fellowship is awarded to Social Welfare graduate students in order of preference to: (1) MSW/MPH Concurrent Degree; or (2) MSW students in the Management and Planning (MAP) concentration. The annual award amount is currently $1,500.

The Bradner-Cornet Fellowship was established in 2008 by former Berkeley Social Welfare Field Consultant and Lecturer Bari Cornet. Bari's father, Hugh Bradner, was a physicist at UC Berkeley.

The Doris Jackson Britt Fellowship

The Britt Fellowship​ is awarded to MSW students preparing for careers in service to low-income African-American communities, and with field placements in public or faith-based institutions. The annual award amount is currently $500.

The Doris Jackson Britt Fellowship was established in 1999, on behalf of Doris Britt, the former Admissions Director of the School of Social Welfare.

The Luis Carrillo Endowed Fellowship

The Carrillo Endowed Fellowship fellowship provides financial aid to Social Welfare graduate students who are from Puerto Rico or of Puerto Rican ancestry, with a preference for those who are bilingual (Spanish-English) and who intend to work within the Puerto Rican and/or Hispanic communities. The annual award amount is currently $2,500.

The Luis Carrillo Endowed Fellowship was established in 2003. Luis Carrillo received his MSW in 1956. He was a school social worker for the San Francisco Unified School District and also worked for City College. He received a Fulbright Award from 1965 to 1967, spent in Latin America. He self-published his life story under the name of Luis Carrillo Miranda, “A Child of No Importance: The Life of a Puerto Rican Dreamer,” which is available in the Social Research Library.

The Rintha Mary Carter Social Work Fellowship

The Carter Fellowship provides support for Social Welfare graduate students. The annual award amount is currently $3,000.

The Rintha Mary Carter Social Work Fellowship was established in 1995 through a bequest from the Rintha M. Carter Trust. Rintha M. Carter received her BA in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley in 1948.

The Donald J. Catalano and Fred H. Smith Memorial Fellowship

The Smith-Catalano Fellowship provides support for an MSW student in the Health concentration. The annual award amount is currently $4,000.

The Donald J. Catalano & Fred H. Smith Memorial Fellowship was established in 1991 with a gift to the School of Social Welfare endowment from the Estate of Fred H. Smith.

The Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services (CASAS) Fellowship

CASAS Fellowships are awarded to social work students who have the potential to make significant contributions to the field of aging. Annual award amounts vary.

The Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services (CASAS), founded by the Eugene and Rose Kleiner Family Foundation, supports research and development on innovative programs and services designed to improve the lives of older persons; and works to improve the training of social workers to meet the needs of a growing population of older Americans.

The Martha Chickering Fellowship

The Chickering Fellowship​ provides needed financial support to MSW students who plan on pursuing careers serving children and families in need. The annual award amount is currently $3,500.

The Martha Chickering Fellowship was established in 1994 through a fundraising campaign conducted by the Chickering Fellowship Committee, which was comprised of Berkeley Social Welfare alumni from the Classes of the 1930s.

Martha Chickering is a distinguished alumna of UC Berkeley and the School of Social Welfare. She first graduated from Berkeley in 1910, the same year she served as President of the Associated Women Students of UC. She returned in 1928 to enroll in the newly accredited social services certificate program in the Department of Economics at Berkeley, the precursor to the School of Social Welfare MSW Program. In 1932 she became the program's director.

In 1936, Martha received her Ph.D. in economics from Berkeley. She was appointed Assistant Professor in Berkeley's Curriculum in Social Service the same year. In 1939 she became the Director of the California State Department of Social Welfare and served in that capacity for six years. Professor Martha Chickering was inducted into the California Social Work Hall of Distinction in 2003.

The Chow Ngor Peui and Lee Kwai Fong Memorial Fellowship

The Chow-Lee Fellowship supports graduate students in the School of Social Welfare who demonstrate high academic distinction. The annual award amount is currently $750.

The Chow Ngor Peui and Lee Kwai Fong Memorial Fellowship Fund was established in 2013 with a gift from Chau Yip Po Ying, Chow Chun Shing, Chow Lai Wah, Chau Mun Wah Stella, and Chow Chun Chung to honor their parents.

Mr. Chow Ngor Peui (1922-2009) and Ms. Lee Kwai Fong (1922-2013) had been married over 70 years. They were born and grew up experiencing many hardships during World War II and the Civil War in China. Even though they did not receive a formal education during their lifetimes, they held continued learning in high regard. Living in poverty in their own upbringing and throughout most of their adult life, they strongly believed education can improve one’s mind and life. Also, they instilled in their children this adage: to be successful is not about how much money you earn – it is how you care about others that counts. Their entire life is a true testament to their enduring generosity, selflessness, and the power of love.

The Silda E. Covington Fellowship

The Covington Fellowship is awarded to MSW students whose educational focus is on services to families and children. The annual award amount is currently $5,000.

The Silda E. Covington Fellowship was established in 2014 with a bequest from Ms. Covington's estate to the School of Social Welfare.

The Minna B. Crook Fellowship

The Crook Fellowship supports MSW students who plan on pursuing careers in public service. The annual award amount is currently $4,500.

The Minna B. Crook Fellowship was established in 1986 in memory of Minna B. Crook by her sons, Peter and Christopher Crook. Minna B. Crook, born in Berkeley in 1919, was a lifelong resident of the East bay and a graduate of UC Berkeley. Her entire working life was spent in public service as a social worker. She firmly believed in the importance of maintaining social welfare as a profession. In the later years of her life, she became concerned that society was becoming less concerned and less willing to devote its resources, time and energy to helping those in need. This fellowship was established to assist, in some small measure, those committed to devoting their time and energy to a career in public service.

The Jeffrey Edleson and Sudha Shetty Fellowship

The Edleson and Shetty Fellowship​ supports high-achieving students interested in the intersection of social welfare and public policy, particularly those students pursuing a joint MSW/MPP degree at Berkeley. The annual award amount is currently $500.

The Jeffrey Edleson and Sudha Shetty Fellowship Fund was established in 2014 with a gift from Jeffrey Edleson, Dean and Professor in the School of Social Welfare, and Sudha Shetty, Assistant Dean for International Partnerships and Alliances in the Goldman School of Public Policy.

The Joan Ellis Scholarship

The Ellis Fellowship provides financial support to Social Welfare graduate students with demonstrated financial need. The annual award amount is currently $750.

The Joan Ellis Fellowship was established in 2003 with a gift from the trust of Joan Ellis, an alumna of the MSW program. Joan Ellis received her MSW in 1951, specializing in medical social work. She served as a psychiatric social worker for many years in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Fresno.

The Sue Ann Gershenson Endowed Graduate Fellowship

The Gershenson Endowed Graduate Fellowship supports graduate students in the School of Social Welfare who demonstrate a high level of academic distinction. The annual award amount is currently $3,500.

The Sue Anne Gershenson Endowed Graduate Fellowship was established in 2012 with a gift from the Sue Anne Gershenson Trust. Sue received a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1968 and an MSW from the School of Social Welfare in 1970. After she received her MSW from Berkeley, Sue convinced the Hayward Police Department to create a social worker position to be first responder to domestic violence calls. Sue spent many years working with families affected by violence and abuse. She later received a J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1992.

During her life Sue was always proud of her education and wanted to give back to the school from which she gained so much. This fellowship was established in fulfillment of her request to support financially the cause that she supported with her heart.

The Jewelle Taylor Gibbs Multicultural Practice/Policy Fellowship

The Jewelle Taylor Gibbs Fellowship is awarded to a second-year MSW student in the Child and Family concentration with a second year field placement in a multicultural setting, or is working with multicultural families within a second-year field placement. The annual award amount is currently $1,000.

The Jewelle Taylor Gibbs Multicultural Practice/Policy Fellowship was established in 2000 with a gift from Professor Emerita Jewelle Taylor Gibbs.

The Mabel Winifred Goode Fellowship

The Mabel Winifred Goode Fellowship Fund supports fellowships for graduate students in the School of Social Welfare. Annual awards amounts vary.

The Mabel Winifred Goode Fellowship Fund was established by Mabel Goode, who majored in history at Berkeley and received her BA in 1926. She dedicated her life to public education and spent her career as a public school teacher in the Albany School District.

The Catherine Hutto Gordon International Program Fellowship

The Hutto Gordon International Program Fund supports fellowships for students who are participating in an international experience that may include a travel abroad course, international internship, or field placement in an international setting. The annual award amount is currently $500.

The Catherine Hutto Gordon International Program Fund was established in 2013 by Catherine Hutto Gordon, alumna and longtime friend of the School of Social Welfare. Catherine Hutto Gordon participated in international field work during her philanthropic and social work careers, where she found those programs to be extremely rewarding. Catherine received her BA in Social Welfare from Berkeley in 1973, and earned her MSW from the University of Southern California School of Social Work in 1997.

Catherine Hutto Gordon retired as a social worker who specialized in infant mental health and child and family psychotherapy. She has served as chair of the School of Social Welfare's Dean's Advisory Board, and as a UC Berkeley Foundation Trustee where she was awarded the UC Berkeley Foundation Trustee Citation in 2003. Her additional campus affiliations include the Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society and the School of Education Dean's Advisory Board. Catherine Hutto Gordon is Trustee and President of the Hutto Patterson Charitable Foundation.

Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP) Master's Fellowship

Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP) Master's Fellowships consists of a $10,000 stipend and in-state fees for the first year (only) of the MSW program.

All incoming MSW students are considered for GOP Fellowship nomination based on graduate application materials - no additional information or separate application is required. Eligibility is limited to new students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only) who meet diversity requirements and demonstrate financial need.

Greenwood Emeritus Faculty Prize for Excellence in Writing

The Greenwood Emeritus Faculty Prize for Excellence in Writing is an annual prize awarded to a Master’s-level student or students in Social Welfare demonstrating excellence in writing. Students submit a paper for consideration and selection is made with participation of the School’s Emeriti Professors for an award given at the end of the spring term. The annual award amount is currently $1,500.

The Elizabeth Shea Holmstrup Fellowship

The Holmstrup Fellowship provides tuition or fee assistance support for Social Welfare graduate students. The annual award amount is currently $3,000.

The Elizabeth Shea Holmstrup Fellowship was established in 2013 by a bequest from the Elizabeth Shea Holmstrup Scholarship Foundation.

The Hutto-Patterson Fellowship in School Social Work

The Hutto-Patterson Fellowship is awarded to students pursuing careers in school social work. The annual award amount is currently $7,000.

The Hutto-Patterson Fellowship in School Social Work was established in 2010 through a gift from the Hutto Patterson Charitable Foundation at the direction of Catherine Hutto Gordon, president and trustee of the Hutto Patterson Charitable Foundation and a Berkeley alumna.

The Sasha Ikenberg Fellowship

The Sasha Ikenberg Fellowship supports MSW students studying in the Children and Families specialization. The annual award amount is currently $5,000.

The Sasha Ikenberg Fellowship was established by Daniel Ikenberg in honor of his daughter Sasha. Sasha Ikenberg attended UC Berkeley, where she graduated with honors with a BS in psychology in 1994, and received her MSW degree in 2000. She was employed as a Clinical Social Worker by Seneca Center in San Leandro.

The S. Allan and Marguerite Johnson Fellowship

The Johnson Fellowship​ is awarded each year to an MSW student or students pursuing a variety of career goals and demonstrating high academic distinction. The annual award amount is currently $3,500.

The S. Allan and Marguerite Johnson Fellowship was established in 1995 with a gift from Al and Marguerite Johnson, longtime friends of the School of Social Welfare. Mrs. Johnson earned her BA from the School of Social Welfare in 1960, and Mr. Johnson holds an MBA from UC Berkeley.

The Jeff Jue Award

The Jue Award is given annually to an MSW student pursuing a career in public sector mental health services, with a preference for those working with older adults. The annual award amount is currently $750.

The Jeff Jue Award was established in 2006 to honor the memory of Jeff Jue, a 1970 graduate of the Berkeley Social Welfare MSW program and a recognized social work leader in the state of California. eff Jue was the Director of Mental Health in Merced, Sonoma, San Francisco, and Stanislaus Counties. He also served as President of the California County Welfare Directors Association, the California Mental Health Directors Association, and the California chapter of National Association of Social Workers (NASW). He was also a friend to many at the School. Jeff Jue was honored into the California Social Work Hall of Distinction in 2009.

The Rose Kleiner Memorial Award in Gerontology

Kleiner Awards provide fellowship support for MSW students pursuing careers in social work with older adults. The annual award amount is currently $5,000.

The Rose Kleiner Memorial Award in Gerontology was established with a gift from the Kleiner Family Foundation. Rose Kleiner received her MSW from UC Berkeley at age 50 with a speciality in gerontology. In 1982, she founded Older Adults Care Management, a private agency that offers an alternative to institutionalization through consultation, counseling, and home care services.

The Ralph M. Kramer Award

The Ralph M. Kramer Award was established in 2005 in honor of Berkeley Social Welfare Professor Emeritus Ralph Kramer. The Kramer Award is given annually to an outstanding graduating MSW student in the Management and Planning (MAP) concentration. MAP faculty makes selection and the award is given at the end of the spring term. The annual award amount is currently $1,500

Kramer Award Winners

2018
Brian Cheung
Amelia Rudberg

2017
Bonnie Lockhart

2016
Ariana Allensworth
Peter Radu

The Myrtle Lytle Fellowship

The Myrtle C. Lytle Student Aid Fund supports graduate fellowships for students in the School of Social Welfare. Annual award amounts vary.

The Myrtle C. Lytle fund was initially established by a bequest from the estate of Myrtle Lytle, a Berkeley Social Welfare alumna who received her MSW in 1956. Since then, various donors have made additional contributions to the fund. Myrtle Lytle served as director of the Alameda Family Services Agency in the late 1950s, and worked as a family case worker and supervising social worker for various agencies until 1962.

The Irene Macdonald Fellowship

The Macdonald Fellowship provides financial support to MSW students who plan on pursuing careers serving low-income, vulnerable individuals, particularly the physically or mentally disabled. The annual award amount is currently $2,000.

The Irene Macdonald Fellowship was established in 2010 by the family of Irene Macdonald. Irene Macdonald was a native of San Francisco and an alumna of the MSW program at Berkeley. She was a longtime social worker, field instructor for the School of Social Welfare, and advocate for people with disabilities.

The Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Graduate Fellowship

The Mack Fellowship provides support for social welfare graduate students specializing in nonprofit organization management. The annual award amount is currently $5,000..

The Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Graduate Fellowship was established with a gift from the Estate of Florence Krenz Mack, a Berkeley alumna and longtime professional social worker in San Francisco. Florence Krenz Mack was born in San Francisco in 1911. She graduated from Berkeley with a BA in Economics in 1932 and then earned a graduate Credential in Social Welfare in 1933. Mrs. Mack became a professional social worker, serving in the San Francisco Emergency Relief Administration, the Children's Agency of the San Francisco Associated Charities, and the Public Welfare Department of San Francisco. She later married Milton Mack, founder of Milton Mack Associates, a real estate company. Mr. Mack died in 1974. Mrs. Mack died in 1998.

The Mary Ann Mason Graduate Fellowship

The Mason Fellowship provides support for doctoral students, with a preference for students studying issues relating to families and child welfare. The annual award amount is currently $1,000.

The Mary Ann Mason Graduate Fellowship was established in 2005 through a gift from Professor Emerita Mary Ann Mason.

The Maxine W. Meldrum Fellowship

The Meldrum Fellowship supports MSW students who plan careers in the area of health and medical social work with older persons. The annual award amount is currently $3,500.

The Maxine W. Meldrum Fellowship was established in 2002 in honor of longtime medical social worker Maxine W. Meldrum. Maxine W. Meldrum received her BA is social welfare in 1947, and her MSW in 1949. She had a long and successful career in medical social work, which culminated in her appointment as Chief of Social Work Services for the VA hospital in San Francisco.

The Lorraine Midanik and Stephen Blum Fellowship

The Midanik-Blum Fellowship is awarded to graduate students pursuing careers in health services, with preference given to students in the concurrent MSW/MPH program. The annual award amount is currently $1,500.

The Lorraine Midanik and Stephen Blum Fellowship was established in 2008 with a gift from Dean and Professor Emerita Lorraine T. Midanik and Stephen Blum. During her 27-year tenure on the School of Social Work faculty, Professor Midanik was instrumental in establishing the joint master's degree (MSW+MPH) program with the School of Public Health.

The Lorraine T. Midanik Doctoral Fellowship in Social Welfare

The Midanik Doctoral Fellowship provides financial support for a doctoral student in the School of Social Welfare. The annual award amount varies.

The Lorraine T. Midanik Doctoral Fellowship in Social Welfare was established in 2011 on behalf of dean and professor emerita Lorraine T. Midanik, who served as a member of the faculty for 27 years.

The James and Khadija Midgley Doctoral Award

The James and Khadija Midgley Doctoral Award was established by Social Welfare professor and dean emeritus James Midgley and Khadija Midgley in 2006. The Midgley Doctoral Award is awarded to the best doctoral dissertation within the School of Social Welfare each year. The dissertation shall have policy relevance for the field of social welfare and shall have attained a high level of academic distinction and originality. The Doctoral Chair solicits nominations from doctoral faculty at the beginning of each spring term. The annual award amount is currently $3,000.

Midgley Doctoral Awardees

2018
Marla Stuart

2017
Zach Morris

2016
Katharyn D. Cordell

The Ed and Harriette Nathan Fellowship

The Nathan Fellowship provides financial assistance to MSW students pursuing careers in the philanthropic, nonprofit or public human services related to child welfare and mental health. The annual award amount is currently $750.

The Ed and Harriette Nathan Fellowship was established in 2011 in honor of Ed Nathan, a pioneer in social work philanthropic grantmaking. Ed Nathan graduated from UC Berkeley with his B.A. in 1941. He earned his MSW from Berkeley Social Welfare in 1952, and joined the faculty in 1966. He became Executive Director of the Zellerbach family Foundation in 1972. Ed was also instrumental in the creation of the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) in 1990.

The Mary O'Day Gerontology Fellowship

The O'Day Fellowship is awarded annually to a master’s student pursuing careers in aging services. The annual award amount is currently $1,500.

The Mary O'Day Gerontology Fellowship was established in 1992 to honor Mary O'Day, longtime field consultant and lecturer in Social Welfare. A pioneer in gerontological social work, Mary O'Day served on the Social Welfare faculty for 20 years as Coordinator of the Gerontology Program, forerunner of today's Aging Services concentration.

The Charles O'Shea Memorial Scholarship

The O'Shea Scholarship is awarded to an MSW student preparing for direct clinical practice of social work with children and adolescents. The annual award amount is currently $3,000.

The Charles O'Shea Memorial Scholarship was established in 1973 by Mrs. Phyllis J. O'Shea, in memory of her husband Charles O’Shea, who was a Berkeley Social Welfare Lecturer and Field Supervisor in the 1950s.

The Social Welfare Graduate Minority Student Fellowship

The Social Welfare Graduate Minority Student Fellowship Fund provides support for graduate student fellowships in the School of Social Welfare. The annual award amount is currently $5,000.

This fund was established by alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the School to support underrepresented minority students.

The Solis Family Fellowship

The Solis Family Fellowship supports Social Welfare graduate students who are preparing for careers to serve Raza (Latino) people and communities. The primary criteria for selection are 1) clear evidence of strong career goals to serve Raza; and 2) sufficient Spanish language fluency and knowledge of culture to perform graduate field work serving Raza. The annual award amount is currently $2,000.

The Solis Family Fellowship was established in 1993 in honor of the productive and inspirational life of Joseph H. Solis, Fieldwork Consultant Emeritus at the School of Social Welfare for more than 20 years, who passed away April 15, 2010.

Joseph Solis received his MSW degree from Berkeley Social Welfare in 1953. At Berkeley, Solis taught and developed field internships at the School of Social Welfare. He recruited and guided over 200 Latino students to graduate with MSW degrees. He co-developed and was project director of the Latino Child Mental Health Program. He conceptualized and developed the Intercambio Program between UC Berkeley and the Universidad de Guadalajara, allowing students to travel to Mexico and learn firsthand the factors that impact migrant families. Joe was also instrumental in creating La Familia Counseling Service and La Clinica de la Raza.

The Harry Specht Memorial Graduate Fellowship

The Harry Specht Memorial Graduate Fellowship supports second-year Masters of Social Welfare (MSW) students who demonstrate a high level of academic distinction and have chosen to concentrate in either (1) Management and Planning or (2) Direct Practice in Child and Family Services. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated a commitment to the alleviation of poverty and/or its effects, through their participation in community organization and development, community-based direct practice, research, and/or advocacy activities. Evidence of financial need may also be a consideration. The annual award amount is currently $3,000.

The Harry Specht Memorial Graduate Fellowship was establihsed in 2013 with a gift from Alan and Kimberly Sherman, in honor of Social Welfare professor and dean emeritus Harry Specht.

Harry Specht was a social welfare scholar, educator and administrator, whose tenure as dean of the School of Social Welfare brought it recognition as one of the foremost graduate schools of social work in the world. His values and mission as a social worker were in large part shaped by a difficult childhood spent in a chaotic, impoverished household during the depths of the Great Depression. During his early professional years in New York City, Specht worked with street gangs and in the famous settlement houses of the City: Bronx House, Lenox Hill, and the Mt. Vernon YM-YWHA.

After obtaining a PhD from Brandeis University in 1964, Specht and his family moved to California where he became Associate Executive Director of the Contra Costa Council of Community Services. A one-year stint as lecturer at the San Francisco State Department of Social Work was followed by his appointment in 1967 as a lecturer at the School of Social Welfare at Berkeley. Specht was appointed dean of the School in 1977 and served admirably in that role until his death in 1995.

As a scholar, Specht was a leading authority on community organization and social planning. Out of more than a dozen books and over 50 papers, his favorite work was his final one, Unfaithful Angels: How Social Work Has Abandoned Its Mission, co-authored with Dr. Mark Courtney and published in 1994. The book provided a compelling case for social work as a profession of community change and social justice, with a particular focus on aid and service to the poor.

Alan and Kimberly Sherman are professional social workers themselves and great admirers of Specht and the values he brought to the field of social welfare during the 1970s and well beyond. As a graduate of the Berkeley Social Welfare MSW program in 1990, Mr. Sherman is tremendously appreciative of the knowledge and experience, connections and opportunities that he gained during his time at Haviland Hall. The establishment of this fellowship is an effort to partly repay his profound debt to the School of Social Welfare by providing support and opportunities for other MSW students who are passionate about social justice and the community or systems change required to achieve it.

The Riva Specht Memorial Fellowship

The Riva Specht Fellowship is awarded to an MSW student or students pursuing careers in aging or health services, with preference given to students interested in hospice services. The annual award amount is currently $4,000.

The Riva Specht Memorial Fellowship was established in 1998 by a gift from Harry Specht, former dean of the School of Social Welfare, in honor of his wife Riva, a longtime social worker and specialist in human development.

The Tang Opportunity Fellowship in Mental Health

The Tang Opportunity Fellowship supports graduate students in the School of Social Welfare with a specialization in mental health, who demonstrate high academic distinction. The annual award amount is currently $1,500.

The Tang Opportunity Fellowship in Mental Health was established with a gift from the Tang Opportunity Fund at the direction of Nadine Tang. Nadine Tang is an alumna of the School of Social Welfare. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has a private practice and has served the university in many capacities, including as an assistant clinical professor in psychology and as Chair of the UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees.

The William E. Valentine and Jonathan Pannor Fellowship

The Valentine-Pannor Fellowship supports a second year MSW student, who is assigned to a field placement at Stanford Hospital and Medical Center. The annual award amount is currently $2,000.

The William E. Valentine and Jonathan Pannor Fellowship was established in 1995 by Jonathan Pannor in memory of William E. Valentine. William Valentine was a 1981 graduate, who was recognized nationally for his innovative work in medical social work and for developing early HIV intervention programs. Valentine was the director of social work at Stanford Hospital, and was honored in 1993 as NASW Social Worker of the Year and UC Berkeley Alumnus of the Year.

The Wurzel Family Graduate Fellowship

Wurzel Family Graduate Fellowships are awarded with a preference for candidates interested in careers in public welfare, public health or medical care programs. The annual award amount is currently $5,000.

The Wurzel Family Graduate Fellowship is one of the first to be established in the School, originally by UC Berkeley alumna and lifelong donor Lillian Wurzel. Ms. Wurzel, whose generosity to the School of Social Welfare spans seven decades, passed away at the age of 100 in March 2013. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1934 with a credential in social welfare, years before the campus formally offered degree programs in the subject.

In 1942, she established the Joseph and Mary Wurzel Loan Fund in honor of her parents. In a letter to then-campus president Robert Gordon Sproul, Wurzel wrote, "I am happy to forward the enclosed check for one hundred dollars to you to establish a loan fund for graduate students in the School of Social Welfare. I have thought of establishing this fund for some time and know from conversations with Dr. Cassidy and other members of the faculty of the School that it is something which is badly needed." Wurzel continued to donate to the fund, which grew to such a surplus that by the mid-1980s School of Social Welfare Dean Harry Specht recommended to the campus that the program be converted from a loan to a fellowship fund, which it officially became in 1991.

After she completed her credential at UC Berkeley, Lillian Wurzel went on to earn her MSW at the University of Chicago. She served as a Red Cross field director during World War II and received a commendation from President Truman. She had a 65-year career as a medical social worker serving at the Contra Costa County Hospital and the Santa Clara County Social Services Department.

 

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