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Established in 1994, this scholarship seeks to provide support to students studying towards a degree in Social Work who are either American Indian or have a background working within the American Indian community. The Cotrell Family, who was instrumental in the establishment of this scholarship, named the fund in honor of their father.
The Maxine and Milt Klein Idaho Society of Clinical Social Work Scholarship was established in 2004. Milt Klein, LCSW, was the director of the Department of Health and Welfare in the 70’s and founding president of the Idaho Society for Clinical Social Work. He and his wife were partners in private practice for many years. The fund benefits graduate students enrolled full time at Boise State in the Department of Social Work.
The Irene Wilcox Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in 2004 in honor of the late Irene Wilcox. Irene was the first clinical social worker in the state of Idaho and was instrumental in getting the Idaho Legislature to pass 18 bills regarding child welfare. She also helped established the first free mental health clinic in Boise. In 1966 Irene was asked by the dean of Boise State University’s Psychology and Social Sciences Department to start an undergraduate school of Social Work. In just 10 years the program she helped create was nationally accredited and was expanded to offer a master’s program as well.
The Dan Huff Memorial Scholarship Fund in Social Work was established in 2011 to honor the memory of long-time Social Work professor, Dan Huff. Dan was one of the schools very first professors and an important fixture within the department and the community for over 40 years. His skill as an educator and mentor was greatly valued and appreciated by the decades of students who learned under his tutelage. The Huff scholarship will provide needed scholarship support for students working towards their degree in Social Work.
The Administrative Fund provides needed general operating support to meet the ongoing administrative needs within the School of Social Work. Funds are utilized to provide student and faculty with funds for travel and research needs as well as provide support for equipment and supplies as necessary.
The Mark Lusk Award is presented annually to a Junior or Senior in the School of Social Work in recognition for outstanding scholarship. This cash award is presented each Spring.
The Idaho Society of Clinical Social Workers is a professional organization dedicated to support social workers in Idaho by promoting excellence in clinical practice and enhancing the emotional health and well-being of vulnerable populations. This scholarship, which supports graduate students within the Boise State School of Social Work, was established to support the continuing development of future generations of social workers. Funds are raised through a variety of activities by members from across the state.
Established in honor of Irene Wilcox, the Social Work Conference Fund can be used in support of travel and fees associated with student attending professional conferences within the Social Work arena.