TrishOn August 12, 2005, Judy and Alan Miller, CEO and President, respectively, of The Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation presented the first Gabe W. Miller Scholarship to Patricia (“Trish”) Snell, a second year MSW candidate at the University Of Denver’s Graduate School Of Social Work.

Judy and Alan traveled to the Graduate School Of Social Work’s Summer Graduation Awards Ceremony to present the award.  This would have been Gabe’s graduation.

Trish, a cum laude graduate in psychology and sociology from the University of Arizona already has a wealth of experience gleaned from student-assigned, volunteer and for pay positions delivering social services to special needs children, mentally and developmentally disabled teens and adults and tutoring and mentoring disadvantaged persons.  These are among the disabled, disadvantaged and dispirited populations that Gabe too had served.

Trish has other social work experiences in common with Gabe, including being in the GSSW’s Community and Leadership Track and having a strong commitment to social justice.  Although Trish is in the two year MSW program and Gabe was in the one year advanced standing MSW program, Trish actually knew Gabe.  Trish received her scholarship in absentia, as she had not yet returned from Mexico where she had spent her summer working with rural communities, as part of her Certificate In Latino/Latina Social Work requirements.  Dean Catherine Alter, head of the GSSW, received the award on Trish’s behalf.

In their presentation, Alan and Judy spoke of Gabe’s character, and how he rushed to respond to human needs as soon as he saw them.

They picked up on two mottoes that were quoted in the ceremony’s program and are footers in two of the graduates’ emails:

“Be the change in the world you wish to see.”  Ghandi     and,

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead

and they urged the assemblage to adopt the principals of the two mottoes in the context of what Gabe’s Foundation is attempting to do and to become one of that “small group of thoughtful, committed people…” who will make the difference that Gabe would have made had we been privileged to have him with us.

For further information, please contact The Foundation.

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1st Gabe Miller ScholarTrish Snell, M.S.W., University of Denver, 2006; Ph.D., Notre Dame University
2nd Gabe Miller ScholarDawn Davis, Illinois State University
3rd Gabe Miller ScholarLauren White, Illinois State University
4th Gabe Miller ScholarCheryl Lockett, Illinois State University
5th Gabe Miller ScholarShani L. Trapp, University of Illinois
6th Gabe Miller ScholarChristopher S. Perri, Loyola University Chicago (LUC)
7th Gabe Miller ScholarCarlos F. Moran, University of Southern California (USC)
8th Gabe Miller ScholarAudrey L. Tousant, University of Southern California (USC)
9th Gabe Miller ScholarThomas J. Malczyk, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI)
10th Gabe Miller ScholarRachael Dietkus-Miller, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI)
11th Gabe Miller ScholarStephanie D. Moss, University of Southern California (USC)
12th Gabe Miller ScholarAnanda Leinartas, Jane Addams College of Social Work of the University of Illinois, Chicago
13th Gabe Miller ScholarZuleika Andrade, University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work
14th Gabe Miller ScholarKristopher Koester, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) School of Social Work
15th Gabe Miller ScholarWhitney Welsh, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) School of Social Work
16th Gabe Miller ScholarJana Hernandez, Loyola University Chicago
17th Gabe Miller ScholarLauren Higbee, University of Illinois Chicago / Jane Addams Colllege of Social Work
18th Gabe Miller ScholarLauren Belding, University of Illinois, Chicago / Jane Addams College of Social Work
19th Gabe Miller ScholarJennifer Copeland, Loyola University, Chicago
20th Gabe Miller ScholarJenny Vu, University of Southern California
21st Gabe Miller ScholarAlison Lehner, Loyola University, Chicago
22nd Gabe Miller ScholarAnnie Azriel, University of Illinois, Chicago / Jane Addams College of Social Work
23rd Gabe Miller ScholarDanielle Perry, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) School of Social Work
24th Gabe Miller ScholarRaji Shivshanker, University of Southern California
25th Gabe Miller ScholarLynette De Dios, University of Illinois, Chicago / Jane Addams College of Social Work
26th Gabe Miller ScholarNakisa Choupani, University of Southern California
27th Gabe Miller ScholarSarah Mesick, Loyola University, Chicago
28th Gabe Miller ScholarAshley N. Grabb, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
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