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The Dorothy Gallagher Award

The Dorothy Gallagher Award is given in honor of Dorothy Gallagher. Miss Gallagher taught at Avila predecessor, St. Teresa's Academy, from 1949 to 1962. Miss Gallagher had an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and had worked for the Jackson County Welfare Office. At St. Teresa's, she helped develop the sociology program and continued to be active in social work in the Kansas City area. Her family endowed the Guadalupe Center and, in the tradition of Jane Addams, Miss Gallagher and her sister lived at the Center. She was fluent in Spanish and worked with Hispanic Americans in that area without pay.

Avila's Social Work department established this award to honor Dorothy Gallagher's memory. Each year, a student who exemplifies social work values is chosen to receive the award. The student must have at least a 3.5 GPA in social work courses, and demonstrate maturity, self-awareness, personal and social responsibility, the ability to think and reason critically and analytically, and growth in these areas during his/her time in the BSW department at Avila. 

Beginning in 1976, the Dorothy Gallagher Award has been presented to Avila BSW students who best represented the ideals of social work education. Full-time social work faculty makes the selection from students who are approaching graduation.

Amanda Eisenmann received the Dorothy Gallagher Award for the 2017/2018 school year

The Dorothy Gallagher Award for 2017/2018, Eisenmann

Past Recipients

Jarion Champ received the Outstanding Social Work Student Award for the 2018/2019 school year.

2018 Outstanding Social Work Student, Jarion Champ


Social Work Field Instructor of the Year

Michelle Ross, is the 2018-2019 recipient of the Social Work Field Instructor of the Year Award

Brian O'Malley, MSW, is the 2017-2018 recipient of the Social Work Field Instructor of the Year Award

Laura Gilman, MSW, is the 2016-2017 recipient of the Social Work Field Instructor of the Year Award


Best Senior Capstone Project

Shawna Super received the 2014 Best Capstone Project award for her project entitled, "Pilor Support Group for Nonoffending Caregivers." The award was presented by Director of Field Education, Corinne Kritikos, MSW.

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