Gabe Miller Scholarships

High potential MSW students who need financial assistance are identified by their faculties and administrations and directed to our Advisory Committee member for their school - currently: Loyola University of Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago/Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign and University of Southern California.

The Advisory Committee member reviews the paperwork, interviews the applicant and, as appropriate, recommends the student to the entire Advisory Committee. A majority approval sends the application to the Foundation's Board. Beginning in 2007, some scholarship grants were matched by the university the student attended, effectively doubling the award. Since 2008, they have all been matched.

In 2005, 2 $2,000 scholarships were awarded.
In 2006, 2 $2,500 scholarships were awarded.
In 2007, 4 $2,500 scholarships were awarded and matched.
In 2008, 1 $3,000 scholarship  was   awarded and matched.
In 2009, 3 $3,000 scholarships were awarded and matched.
In 2010, 2 $3,000 scholarships were awarded and matched.
In 2011, 3 $3,000 scholarships were awarded and matched.
In 2012, 3 $3,000 scholarships were awarded and matched.
In 2013, 4 $3,500 scholarships were awarded and matched.
In 2014, 4 $4,000 scholarships were awarded and matched.
In 2015, 4 $4,000 scholarships were awarded and matched.

Please read on for more information about our Gabe Miller Scholars.

For further information, please contact The Foundation.

1st Gabe Miller ScholarTrish Snell, M.S.W., University of Denver, 2006; Ph.D., Notre Dame University

Now a Post Doctoral Fellow at Rice University. Area of interest: Special inequality, and geographical and cultural communities. Co-author of Passing The Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money, Oxford University Press, 2009, among other books and articles. Panelist on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashfmok, in 2011.

2nd Gabe Miller ScholarDawn Davis, Illinois State University

Out of contact.

3rd Gabe Miller ScholarLauren White, Illinois State University

Presently matriculating/working as a Child Welfare Specialist at the Babyfold, a child welfare agency in Normal, Illinois that provides a residential program, a school program, and family services.

4th Gabe Miller ScholarCheryl Lockett, Illinois State University

Doing her field work in the Adoption Preservation Program of The Babyfold, which includes her research project of comparing intake and exit Child Behavior Checklist Self Reports. Anticipates graduating in May, 2007, and then two years of supervised work to qualify to sit for LCSW exam.

5th Gabe Miller ScholarShani L. Trapp, University of Illinois

Received her BS in Sociology from Illinois State University. In an effort to reach out to minority teenagers weighed down by traumatic childhoods, early parenting responsibilities and limited family support, Trapp began Marevelousplan Mentoring in 2002. Migrated out of profession.

6th Gabe Miller ScholarChristopher S. Perri, Loyola University Chicago (LUC)

Perri received both his Masters in Child Development from Chicago's Erikson Institute and his Masters In Social Work from Loyola University Chicago in 2007. He has hands-on experience with the Wrongful Conviction and Death Penalty Movement, The Navajo Nation and utilizes his talents as a hip-hop musician in service to emotionally disturbed and behaviorally disordered children. He is currently a member of the Psychology and Mental Health Faculty of The Monarch School, a therapeutic day school in Houston, Texas where he now serves as Program Director of the Novice and Apprentice Levels. The school opened in 1998 with 23 students and now has 53 faculty serving 90 students. Visit to see a clip of Christopher in action in his outdoor and environmental education work at Monarch (click on GG Monarch 1 and a bit of 2). Chris also serves as a Field Instructor for the University of Houston's Graduate School of Social Work and teaches in its Counseling Psychology Program.

7th Gabe Miller ScholarCarlos F. Moran, University of Southern California (USC)

Moran has a long history of serving troubled youth and the Chicana/o community and has served on the boards of The Puente Project Conference and MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan) National Conference (Finance Director). Carlos has graduated with his MSW and currently serves as Program analyst for Special Services for Groups. He develops programs, writes grants and manages contracts for SSG which provides a full range of social services through over 30 community based service sites. Carlos also manages one of SSG's after school enrichment programs in a local high needs community.

8th Gabe Miller ScholarAudrey L. Tousant, University of Southern California (USC)

Tousant received her BA in Sociology and Law and Society from University of California - Riverside and her MSW in 2001. As a student she was already well-experienced in delivering services to abused and neglected children, at-risk youth, families facing terminal illness of a loved one and disabled children. Audrey's goal was to work in community building and educational improvement to reduce the problems of the child and youth populations with whom she works and she is satisfying that aim by serving initially as Manager of the Prevention Initiative for Shields for Families, Inc. and now as Child Welfare Administrator. Audrey oversees five child welfare programs across Los Angeles County with a combined annual budget of $3.5 million.

9th Gabe Miller ScholarThomas J. Malczyk, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI)

Tom received his bachelor's in psychology from Illinois State University in 2005. He recognized his attraction to social work during a one year stint as a crisis hotline worker on the National Runaway Hotline. He then transitioned from graduate studies in clinical psychology to social work, Tom is hoping to specialize in hospice services. Out of contact - 2011.

10th Gabe Miller ScholarRachael Dietkus-Miller, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI)

Ms. Miller received her B.A. in Sociology at UIUC in 2009. A former AmeriCorps volunteer, she obtained practical experience in the subject matters of her passion by serving as an invited presenter and by leadership roles with, among others, the Illinois Coalition To Abolish The Death Penalty, the ACLU, Downtown Danville, Inc. and, recently, the YWCA of the University of Illinois, as its Executive Director. Rachael was in the University's Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change specialization.

11th Gabe Miller ScholarStephanie D. Moss, University of Southern California (USC)

Ms. Moss received her bachelor's in communications and sociology from the University of Arizona in 2004. Stephanie's interest and practical experience in Community organizing and Policy Administration, USC's name for her concentration, was stimulated and honed by her participation with Shields for Families, Inc., an L.A. County initiative with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Children's Defense Fund, Boys and Girls Club of Carson and Athletes In Action of the Urban Project Los Angeles.

12th Gabe Miller ScholarAnanda Leinartas, Jane Addams College of Social Work of the University of Illinois, Chicago

Ananda Leinartas received her bachelor's in psychology and gerontology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006, where she was elected to Phi Eta Sigma. She self-financed her first two part-time years at the Jane Adams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Chicago by concurrent full-time employment as a Crisis Triage Worker with Resurrection Behavioral Health Procare. Ananda's third year required full-time studies, so she had to give up her employment. Her Gabe Miller scholarship, matched by the school, was thus especially helpful. Having received her MSW in 20??, Ananda hopes to put her new degree to use in advocating and working for the chronically mentally ill.

13th Gabe Miller ScholarZuleika Andrade, University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work

Zuleika Andrade received her MSW at USC. Ms Andrade's goal is to build effective community services for youth at risk and to use her community organizing and social development skills to influence policy in this area. Ms Andrade, who graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston, has served internships at the Ronald McDonald House and the Jeffrey Foundation, both located in Los Angeles, California. She was a member of Omnicrom Delta Kappa National College Leadership Honor Society and Kappa Gamma Pi National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society.

14th Gabe Miller ScholarKristopher Koester, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) School of Social Work

Kristopher Koester is pursuing his MSW at UIUC. While an undergraduate, Koester worked at a residential treatment center for adolescents with psychological and behavioral issues. Koester, who has a background in economics and business administration, also helped start a new division of a national child welfare organization, Kids Hope United, in Miami, Florida, which served families in the area.

15th Gabe Miller ScholarWhitney Welsh, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) School of Social Work

Whitnet Welsh, a Peace Corps veteran, is driven by hands-on personal involvement. She worked in Cape Verde and at UIUC has worked with refugees at Hearland Alliance.

16th Gabe Miller ScholarJana Hernandez, Loyola University Chicago

Jana Hernandez is already experienced through her field work providing therapy and assessment services to children and their families.

17th Gabe Miller ScholarLauren Higbee, University of Illinois Chicago / Jane Addams Colllege of Social Work

Lauren is committed to social justice as evidenced by her undergraduate work at Syracuse University and at Jane Addams on CHA's tenancy policies.

18th Gabe Miller ScholarLauren Belding, University of Illinois, Chicago / Jane Addams College of Social Work

Lauren is driven to help older adults. Her first year field placement with a hospice and her current internship with the Illinois Depratment of Aging have reinforced her motivation.

19th Gabe Miller ScholarJennifer Copeland, Loyola University, Chicago

Jennifer is developing herself to serve children with disabilities who have also suffered trauma such as domestic abuse and homelessness - the 'disabled and disadvantaged' we aim to help.

20th Gabe Miller ScholarJenny Vu, University of Southern California

Jenny chose to live in a Latino immigrant community to better understaand its issues and needs. She already has deep experience in her staffing and leadership of self-suffiency programs.

21st Gabe Miller ScholarAlison Lehner, Loyola University, Chicago

While working as a teaching artist bringing art programs throughout Chicago, Alison co-founded "F.Y.I." - For Youth Inquiry, a participatory theatre program for engaging youth in safe, accessible conversations about sexual health and sexual violence. F.Y.I. reaches approximately 1,500 youth per year. Alison will continue this work and is in the planning process for the coming program year. F.Y.I. will soon start on a 5-year strategic sustainability plan with the help of the Arts and Business Council of Chicago.

22nd Gabe Miller ScholarAnnie Azriel, University of Illinois, Chicago / Jane Addams College of Social Work

She has carried a full plate of leadership and volunteer fare - college residential advisor, tutoring, Relay for Life (ACS), Fellow of Bradley and 2009 National Conference in Ethics at the U.S. Military Academy. In her spare time, Annie teaches Hebrew school at two Chicagoland synagogues and summers on staff at OSRUI, working with special needs children, among other responsibilities.

23rd Gabe Miller ScholarDanielle Perry, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) School of Social Work

The recipient of many scholarships and awards, this 2012 Rutgers graduate started off as a certified nursing assistant at the Masonic Home of New Jersey, did a stint as a program associate at the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program and Champaign Unit 4 School District's AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program's motivational in-school teaching, scholastic skills and esteem improvement. Her internship experiences include The Center for Non-profit Management and Governance's Lead for the Unity Square (New Brunswick, NJ) neighborhood organizing effort.

24th Gabe Miller ScholarRaji Shivshanker, University of Southern California

"Service is Action" is the name of one of Raji leadership awards or titles from back in 2008 and there has been a string of them since then. That tag line epitomizes Raji. Starting as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer for Penny Lane Centers, moving on to be a forming member of the North Hills East Neighborhood Council, to her research assistantship at USC and then with the Los Angeles Conservation Corp, she is currently with the ACLU of Southern California, the latter two for internships.

25th Gabe Miller ScholarLynette De Dios, University of Illinois, Chicago / Jane Addams College of Social Work

Always employed throughout her college and graduate schooling Lynette has done her MSW studies at night, and is steering herself toward a career in child and adolescent mental health problems.

26th Gabe Miller ScholarNakisa Choupani, University of Southern California

This newly minted MSW has found inspiring experiences in mental health services and advocacy, so she is aiming her career toward psychiatric social work and social justice advocacy.

27th Gabe Miller ScholarSarah Mesick, Loyola University, Chicago

Sarah is a community organizer with Southwest Organizing Project ("SWOP"), a MacArthur Foundation Awardee for Creative and Effective Institutions, and has also been active in immigration reform and educational improvement.

28th Gabe Miller ScholarAshley N. Grabb, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Having grown up in a single parent household on food stamps, Ashley's only access to fresh vegetables was her grandparents' garden during the summer. Now she plans to apply her MSW knowledge and practical know-how to the issue of food justice.

29th Gabe Miller ScholarIvan Gonzalez, University of Southern California

30th Gabe Miller ScholarTiara Smith, University of Illinois, Chicago / Jane Addams College of Social Work

31st Gabe Miller ScholarCandyss Newman, Loyola University, Chicago

32nd Gabe Miller ScholarMelissa Farmer, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign