Fall 2020 Alumni news

Trans Champion Scholarship Award to be named in Honor of Amirage Saling, MSSW, 19'

Amirage Saling Graduation

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the recent passing of fellow alum, Amirage Saling, MSSW, 19’. Amirage was awarded the 2019 Kent School Student of the Year Award and was the first transgender person to carry a school/college banner at the U of L commencement ceremony. She was also a trailblazer in the LGBTQ community in Louisville and in the HIV services field. We send our condolences to Amirage's family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.

The Kent School is currently developing a Trans* Champion scholarship award to be named in Amirage’s honor. She embodied the spirit of everything the award is slated to recognize in a Trans* Champion. The award will be created and given to a Kent School of Social Work student, who either identifies as Transgender, Nonbinary, Gender Queer, or Gender Nonconforming or who is a champion for the rights of this minority group. They will exemplify the attributes necessary to be an advocate for LGBTQ rights within the field of Social Work with a particular emphasis on the rights of those who are Transgender, Nonbinary, Gender Queer, or Gender Nonconforming.

If you are interested in giving to the scholarship fund, donations can be made by going to the main Kent School Giving Form 

From there, select your gift amount and then designate to the Trans Champion Award.


Thank you for honoring Amirage in this manner.

Amirage Saling obituaryUofL Today article


 “Thankful for her fulfilling career in social work and the education that made it possible, Gail Hart, MSSW gives back to the University of Louisville so future students can have the same opportunities.” Reflecting on her fulfilling and varied career as a social worker, Gail Hart was most deeply affected by her work in elementary schools. "Young children are so trusting and so vulnerable," she notes. "You feel a very special desire to protect them." Read more.
Jennifer KendrickJennifer Kendrick, MSSW graduated from the Kent School in 2011 with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (now CFT). A self-described voracious reader. Kendrick reads at least one fiction book a week and one non-fiction book every two weeks. A few more fun facts about Kendrick include her travels to 18 islands in the Caribbean, she trained a therapy dog, and she was also a member of two comedy troupes when in college!  Read more.