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AOSW 2020 Professional Recognition Awards

Oncology social workers are special people, helping patients, families, colleagues and communities

AOSW recognizes three extra-special oncology social workers with awards at its Annual Conference. Each award is sponsored by a national organization and includes a monetary award and a beautiful plaque. Please note that AOSW Board of Directors and AOSW Awards Committee members are ineligible for these awards. 

Learn more about: 
Conference Awards
Conference Scholarships

2020 AOSW Conference Awards & Scholarship applications are open from Monday, January 6, 2020 - Friday, March 6, 2020. 

The 2020 Awards and Scholarships will be bestowed at the 2020 AOSW 36th Annual Conference Welcome and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. 

AOSW 2020 Conference Award Opportunities

NEW! Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer's Social Worker of the Year Award
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The Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer is pleased to support this new award. With this award, GO2  Foundation 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. Download the application here.

Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020
The criteria for this award are:
  • Applicants do not need to be a member of AOSW but agree that a portion of their scholarship will cover AOSW membership costs if they win. 
  • Letters of support (minimum of two, no more than four) addressing criteria for the award from other social work professionals, co-workers, hospital administrators, or community agency representatives are required. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing quality and compassionate care to those at risk for lung cancer and/or people diagnosed and their loved ones as a social worker in a lung screening, cancer treatment, psychosocial support, palliative care or hospice care center.  
  • Demonstrated commitment to GO2’s focus on saving, extending, and improving the lives of those vulnerable, at risk, and diagnosed with lung cancer and the AOSW mission. 

Amount to recipient: $1,500 check (portion must go for conference registration &

AOSW membership if recipient is a non-member)

Application and eligibility requirements: Application form, CV, Letters of Support

(minimum 2; maximum 4), must have a BSW or MSW, may be a current AOSW member or become a member as part of award.

 

LLS Hematology/Oncology Social Worker of the Year Award

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 blood cancer and their loved ones. This award, given annually, recognizes a hematology-oncology social worker. The award comes with a continuing education stipend that covers conference registration and membership fees for non-members. Download the application here.

Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020

The criteria for this award are:

  • Professionalism, integrity and commitment to oncology social work
  • Well-developed clinical expertise in the delivery of patient care services
  • Knowledge of community resources and skills in advocating for the fulfillment of patients with blood cancer and caregivers need
  • Experience and dedication to the specific needs of patients with blood cancer and their caregivers
  • Commitment to providing compassion care and interventions to patients with blood cancer and their families
  • Professional leadership in mentoring colleagues on the identification and management of the psychosocial needs of blood cancer patients and their families
  • A commitment to the goals and activities of AOSW and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Nominee must be a member of AOSW or non-members must use stipend money toward an AOSW membership
  • Nominee must have MSW degree

Amount to recipient: $1,500 check (portion must go for conference registration &

AOSW membership if recipient is a non-member)

Application and eligibility requirements: Application form, CV, Letters of Support

(minimum 2; maximum 4), must have a BSW or MSW, may be a current AOSW member or become a member as part of award.

 

LLS Hematology/Oncology Lifetime Achievement Award

The LLS Hematology/Oncology Lifetime Achievement 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. It is supported by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Social Work is required. The award recipient must be a current member of AOSW or must use the award to become a member of AOSW. The awards committee collects the nominations and forwards them to LLS for review; LLS chooses the winner. Download the application here. 

Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020

The criteria for this award are:

  • Professionalism, integrity and commitment to oncology social work
  • Well-developed clinical expertise in the delivery of patient care services
  • Knowledge of community resources and skills in advocating for the fulfillment of patients with blood cancer and caregivers need
  • Experience and dedication to the specific needs of patients with blood cancer and their caregivers
  • At least ten (10) years experience in hematology/oncology social work.
  • Commitment to providing compassion care and interventions to patients with blood cancer and their families
  • Professional leadership in mentoring colleagues on the identification and management of the psychosocial needs of blood cancer patients and their families
  • A commitment to the goals and activities of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Nominee must be a member of AOSW or non-members must use stipend money toward an AOSW membership
  • Nominee must have MSW degree

Amount to recipient: $1,500 check (portion must go for conference registration &

AOSW membership if recipient is a non-member)

Application and eligibility requirements: Application form, CV, Letters of Support

(minimum 2; maximum 4), must have a BSW or MSW, may be a current AOSW member or become a member as part of award.
 

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. This award is sponsored by the Association of Oncology Social Work through generous donations of supporters, including our own members. This award is sponsored by the Cancer Support Community. Download the application here.

The criteria for this award are:

  • Professionalism, integrity and commitment to oncology social work
  • Well-developed clinical expertise in the delivery of patient care services
  • Knowledge of community resources and skills in advocating for the fulfillment of patient and family needs
  • Collaboration skills which facilitate the development and implementation of programs, services or policies impacting patient care
  • The ability to communicate psychosocial issues and interventions to others through educational presentations and/or supervisory activities
  • Commitment to the goals and activities of AOSW
  • Nominee must be an active member of AOSW
  • Nominee must have either a BSW or MSW degree

Amount to recipient: $1,000 check (portion must go for conference registration &

AOSW membership if recipient is a non-member)

Application and eligibility requirements: Application form, CV, Letters of Support

(minimum 2; maximum 4), must have a BSW or MSW, may be a current AOSW member or become a member as part of award.
 

Leadership in Oncology Social Work Award

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. This award is sponsored by the American Cancer SocietyDownload the application here.

The criteria for this award are:

  • Professionalism, integrity and commitment to oncology social work
  • Program planning skills which have a positive impact on patient care
  • Leadership in the field of oncology social work
  • Conceptual and implementation skills which impact on program/policy development in a broad sense for the individuals with cancer and their families
  • Ability to advance the state of the art of oncology social work through education, research, publications or individual consultation
  • Demonstrated commitment to the goals and activities of AOSW through active participation in the organization
  • Nominee must be an active member of AOSW
  • Nominee must have MSW degree

Amount to recipient: $1,000 check (portion must go for conference registration &

AOSW membership if recipient is a non-member)

Application and eligibility requirements: Application form, CV, Letters of Support

(minimum 2; maximum 4), must have a BSW or MSW, may be a current AOSW member or become a member as part of award.


NEW! 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. Download the application here.
 
Awards Criteria:
  • Nominations only accepted by AOSW Board Members/Committee Members
  • Must have a BSW or MSW and an active member of AOSW who has volunteered/demonstrated leadership for the organization.
  • Nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae
  • Letters of support (minimum of two, no more than four) addressing criteria for the appropriate award from other social work professionals, co-workers, hospital administrators, or community agency representatives 
  • Preference given to an individual without institutional support

Amount to recipient: $1,000 check (portion must go for conference registration)

Application and eligibility requirements: Application form, CV, Letters of Support

(minimum 2; maximum 4), must have a BSW or MSW, must be an active volunteer with AOSW and current AOSW member.

 

AOSW 2020 Conference Scholarship Opportunities

AOSW is also pleased to offer three types of scholarships to AOSW members. Each scholarship provides an opportunity for an individual to attend AOSW's Annual Conference. 
 

NEW! Kim Lawson Scholarhsip 

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. Download the application here.

AOSW Conference Scholarships

These scholarships are sponsored by AOSW. Eight conference tuition scholarships are available and cover the cost of an early bird registration to the conference. Recipients are chosen based on a demonstrated commitment to the field of oncology social work, as evidenced in the application, current CV and one letter of support. The recipient must be an active AOSW member and willing to serve as a Room Monitor at the 2020 AOSW Annual Conference. Download the application here. 


Naomi Stearns National Conference Scholarship

Established to honor the first AOSW President, Naomi Stearns, this $1,000 scholarship defrays the cost of conference attendance for an AOSW member who has demonstrated commitment to the profession, including AOSW activity, as evidenced in the application, current CV and two to four letters of support. The scholarship is supported by donations to the Naomi Stearns Scholarship Fund. 2020-Naomi-Stearns-Application


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, who had a commitment to education in social work on end-of-life issues. It is given in support of an AOSW member who is seeking a master's degree in social work. The recipient will have a demonstrated interest in end-of-life care or stated interest otherwise evidenced in the award application. Letters of recommendation are required (minimum of two, maximum of four), one of which must be verifiable from a social work professor or field supervisor. This scholarship includes conference registration and up to $600 toward travel and lodging; total scholarship not to exceed $1,000. Download the application here.

Questions? Please contact the AOSW Awards Committee staff liaison, Jordan Burghardt, at 847-686-2295 or via email with any questions.