Champions for Change Awards and Recognition Event


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The Kent School of Social Work, Champions for Change Awards and Recognition event honors our community partners, alumni, donors, and scholarship recipients.  An address will be given by President Neeli Bendapudi, Dean David Jenkins, Dr. Anita Barbee, Kent Field Education Director Lynetta Matthis, and MSSW student Wanida Sommersell. In addition, we will recognize the 2021 Dean's Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, practicum field supervisors with 10 years of service, and two community partner agencies.

Watch this event on the Kent School Facebook page and YouTube Channel or on this web page. 

“Help us unlock the Dean’s match of $2,000 if we can secure 100 donors of $50+. The first 50 donors will receive a FREE Kent school gift!”

Want to win a Kent School Gift Basket? “Share” a Kent School Champions for Change post on Facebook or Instagram on March 19th with the hashtag #ChampionsforChange2021 to enter the drawing.


Become a Champion for Change!

Did you know that the Kent School houses over 30 scholarship funds that support the education of our social work students in all our undergraduate and graduate programs? These funds support a diverse community of learners including high performing academic achievers, the voices of various underrepresented communities, and passionate advocates for making a more just and better world, all whose education may not have been made possible without the support of our generous donors.

Despite the many challenges 2020 presented, over 200 donors stepped up to the plate to support our students’ resilience and determination in their academic pursuits at the Kent School through their charitable support to scholarships. This year we challenge each of you to join us in being Champions for Change by making a gift in support of student scholarships on March 19th. All gifts, large and small, make a difference in the opportunities available to our students and the unmatched education they can receive at the Kent School of Social Work.



2021 Dean's Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient 

Edward C Wunsch, Ed.D, LCSW

 Ed Wunsch and Katie Cameron

 Edward C. Wunsch pictured with scholarship recipient Katie Cameron.  Learn more here.




2021 Champions for Change Program

Champions for Change Welcome – Dean David Jenkins

Welcome- President Neeli Bendapudi

State of Kent Address- Dean David Jenkins

Kent in the Community - Dr. Anita Barbie

Field Education Director: Lynetta Mathis

Lifetime Field Instructor Award Recipients

Agency recognition: Americana Community Center and Seven Counties Services

The Importance of Field Education in Social Work

Dean’s Distinguished Alumni Award – Edward C. Wunsch, Ed.D, LCSW presented by Dean Jenkins

Student Spotlight - Wanida Sommersell

Impact of Scholarships video

Scholarship Donors and Recipients List

Thank you - Dean David Jenkins



Scholarships not listed in the video:

  • Lynn Carr: Lynn Carr Endowed Scholarship (Recipient-Rebecca Gilliam)
  • James Caudill: JoAnn Harrison Memorial Scholarship Fund (Recipient- McClain Owens)
  • Joe & Carolyn Brown: Joe & Carolyn Brown Endowed Scholarship (Recipient- Rujeko Machinga)
  • Victor and Takako Hardin : Dreamers & Seekers Endowed Scholarship
  • Keith MacKenzie: NIA Award
  • Dr. Stan Frager: Dr. Stan Frager Community Service Endowed Award
  • Mitch and Barbara Matamoros: Denny-Matamoros Scholarship Fund
  •  Kent Alumni Council: I am the Change Alumni Scholarship
  • Dr. Ed Wunsch: Ed Wunsch Scholars Fund
  • David Kueber: Kueber Family Foundation Doctoral Assistantship
  • David Jenkins and Bruce Carter: David Jenkins-Bruce Carter Scholarship
  • Dr. Karen Kayser: Psychosocial Oncology Doctoral Training Grants
  • Joe & Carolyn Brown: Family Empowerment Scholarship
  • Ruth Huber PhD Student Support Endowment
  • Dr. Shawnise Miller: HBCU Cardinal Express to Success


About the Kent School

Mission Statement: The Kent School of Social Work addresses complex social problems through education, research and service to create a just and better world.

Founded in 1936, the Kent School of Social Work prepares students to work in a society with complex social problems and needs. Rapidly becoming one of the top research social work programs in the country, the school is able to provide current research information in the preparation of its students for work with individuals, families and communities. Learn more about our Points of Pride.