2024 Graduation Award Recipients

Dr. Peter B. Vaughan NASW Student Award (New York City)

The New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers grants an award to a graduating student who has demonstrated a high level of professional commitment, identity, and values through student leadership, field practice, or academic projects.  
Recipient: Cynthia J Pai

NASW Student Award - Connecticut

The Connecticut Chapter of NASW grants an award to a graduating student who resides in Connecticut. The award is given to a student who has demonstrated a high level of professional commitment, identity, and values through student leadership, field practice, or academic projects.
Recipient: Melissa E Malley

The St. Peter Claver Award

This award is named for a Jesuit who, due to his life and work, became the patron saint of slaves of Colombia and of African Americans. Each year this award recognizes graduating students for their outstanding performance in coursework, fieldwork, or school service.
Recipients: Harvey Salvador Cruz, Bernice Lorna Gaspard, Kailey Marie McGarvey, Amy Lynn Ortiz


The Catholic Interracial Council of New York sought to increase cooperation and understanding between African Americans and whites to advance the cause of social justice and equality for African Americans. This award honors graduates that have worked to further this mission. 
Recipient: Melissa E Hubbard

The Esther Jean Arnhold Award

This award is named for a woman who was an artist in New York City who particularly enjoyed sharing her interests with children. Her bequests have benefited young people and the arts. This award recognizes graduates who have been outstanding in their work with children or embraced the arts in social work.
Recipients: Riya A Lerner, Anita M Raman

Ann Walsh Award

This award was named for a former employee and friend of the Graduate School of Social Service. Students are selected for this award based on their commitment to promoting social change.
Recipients: Rachel Elisabeth Gentile, Rupal M Patel

Fordham Hartford Partnership Program in Aging Education 

Fordham Hartford Partnership Program in Aging Education is a public-private scholarship program in collaboration with the New York Academy of Medicine. The goal is to promote social work leadership in the field of gerontology.
Recipient: Jarely G. Salcedo-Coyt

The Kathy and Brian MacLean Scholarship in Palliative Care

This Scholarship is awarded to students who complete an internship in palliative and end-of-life care and who are committed to a career in this field.
Recipients: Rachel C Beauregard, Fortunata Anne Campbell, Renata Eski, Molly McCullen, Christine Tabone, Kirsten M Wyatt

Uptown Inter-Agency Council for the Aging Beatrice M. Goldberg Scholarship 

This Scholarship is awarded to a student who completes an internship in an agency dedicated to support or advocacy of older adults and who is committed to a career working with older adults in New York City.
Recipient: Gabrielle C. Seredowych

The Prioritizing Integrated Care, Prevention and Equity: Leading Interprofessional NYC-Based Efforts (PIPELINE) for Youth Health Scholarship:

This Scholarship is awarded to students selected as PIPELINE for Youth Health Fellows (2021 – 2022). Supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the PIPELINE for Youth Health Fellowship is an innovative behavioral health workforce development program. Selected fellows complete specialized coursework and internship focused on prevention, integrated behavioral health, and health equity.
Recipients: Irving Amaral, Nadine D Barry, James E Bunting, Onasia Milana Ford, Clara Gasso Soler, Nora Grace Giordano, Maya R Goldner, Lauren Ashley Gray, Sapphire A. Hilton, Tywanda Tiara Jones, Caitlin R Kreutz, Rajindra Kumari, Barbara-Sophia A. Lyn, Charlea Brooke Munoz, Anita M Raman, Anjili Raghubir, Preeti Rijal, Cindy Rodriguez-Medina, Jessica Rodriguez, Jenna Rae Westerhout San Diego, Katherine Anne Schnable, Derrick D Scott, Chitra Suresh, Vincent J Tardella, Yesenia Torres

The John G. Sullivan Award

John Sullivan left a successful career in business to dedicate his life’s work to helping those who were homeless and suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, and H.I.V/A.I.D.S. He earned a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in 1995. During his career, he worked for several social service agencies in New York City in the field of homelessness. In April of 2011, when news of his untimely death became known, an anonymous donor stepped forward and requested that his legacy be recognized. This award is for graduating students that plan to commit to working with the homeless population.
Recipient: Johanna Miller, Jessica Gia Novo

The Thea Bowman, Ph.D., F.S.P.A., Research Award

This award is granted to two doctoral students for outstanding doctoral dissertations.
Recipients: James Michael Amarante

Student Ambassadors

GSS Ambassadors serve as a resource to newly admitted students, providing them with support and guidance as they transition into the M.S.W. program.
Ambassadors: Harvey Salvador Cruz, Alyssa Gomez, Amy Lynn Ortiz, Cynthia J Pai, Anita M Raman, Jacqueline L Romero

Allegra Benveniste Honigman Award

This award is given to a graduate of the B.A.S.W. program at Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies who demonstrates academic and practice excellence. It was established in memory of Allegra Benveniste Honigman, a 2004 graduate of the B.A.S.W. program. 
Recipient: Nicolas Martin Reda

The New York State Office of Mental Health Schools of Social Work Project for Evidence-Based Practice in Mental Health Fellowship

The NYS OMH – Schools of Social Work Project is a partnership between OMH and Schools/Departments of Social Work in New York. Students receive training and education in recovery oriented, evidence-based practices for adults diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness (SMI).
Recipients: Melissa S Burt-Miller, Kevin J. Connolly, Olga Desyatnik, Jessica Hernandez, Claire P Williams Martinez

Children and Families Institute Scholarship

Children and Families Scholarship recipients exhibit a commitment to academic excellence, an interest in gaining leadership skills, and the intention of working upon graduation with children and families in Westchester County.
Recipients: Justin A Di Lalla

Fordham GSS/NYC Public Schools Collaborative Fellowship

 Developed in partnership with the NYC Public Schools system, this program immerses students in NYC elementary, middle, and high schools alongside seasoned school social workers, providing hands-on experience paired with a tailored curriculum to fit the needs required by today’s schools.
Recipients: Kesly Alonzo, Gabriella Alicia Borges, Margaret Bryant, Ollie Cantarella, Gabriella Jae Cisneros, Aileen S Garcia Escarraman, Angelica Martinez, Danielle A. Minogue, Clara A Oliva Paz, Shannon S Pierre, Xenia G. Rodriguez, Crystal Marie Sanchez, Ayodele C Temple, Haewa Park Trakansook, Tatiana Ivana Turnage