The Rising Star Award

The ORVCSWS Rising Star Award seeks to recognize a first year MSW student who has shown a strong commitment to clinical social work. ORVCSWS will honor a student who had to overcome significant obstacles to enter the social work graduate program, and has shown great progress in his/her direct practice field placement experience. We are asking field placement/clinical practice class faculty to nominate a first year (or equivalent) MSW student who meets the following criteria:

  • Has overcome significant obstacles to enter graduate school and to remain in the graduate program
  • Shows a commitment to ethical clinical practice
  • Demonstrates an ability to conduct thorough interviews, to complete assessments and formulate appropriate interventions sensitive to the individual/family/group client
  • Demonstrates beginning clinical knowledge and conceptual understanding in the helping process
  • Recognizes the need for, appropriately utilizes, and values supervision
  • Demonstrates an interest in the larger issues of clinical practice

The recipient of “The Rising Star Award” will receive:

  • A $ 100.00 gift
  • 1 year membership in ORVCSWS
  • Acknowledgement at the May ORVCSWS Award Reception
  • Special recognition at his/her subsequent college graduation the following year

Please submit nominations, or inquiries to