A UNC graduate student will be recognized as the 2019 recipient of the NASW-NC President’s Award for Master of Social Work students, which has not been awarded to a UNC student since 2010.
On March 15, Mariah Cowell will be recognized as the recipient of the President's Award, which is communicated through North Carolina’s National Association of Social Workers chapter. It will be presented at the 2019 NASW-NC Ethics Conference and Awards Luncheon.
The recipient of the President’s Award is decided by an independent committee composed of seven board members who are past President’s Award winners, professors and social work experts. The awardee is selected on their leadership and community impacts in the field of social work.
“The award honors our president and a master's of social work student who demonstrates exceptional leadership skills and potential," said Valerie Arendt, executive director of NASW-NC. "The candidate also demonstrates exemplary performance in social work, internships and field placements."
Academic excellence is also an important component when selecting the recipient of the President’s Award. Several of Cowell's professors said they feel strongly that her accomplishments in social work demonstrate this quality.