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AOSW 2019 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. 

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Conference Awards
Conference Scholarships

The 2019 AOSW Conference Awards & Scholarship application center will be open Monday, January 28 - Friday, March 1, 2019. 

The 2019 Awards and Scholarships will be bestowed at the 2019 AOSW 35th Annual Conference Welcome and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Tucson, Arizona USA. 

AOSW 2019 Conference Award Opportunities


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.

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

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

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

AOSW 2019 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. 


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 2019 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. Download the application here.


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.