On 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 Scholar||Trish Snell, M.S.W., University of Denver, 2006; Ph.D., Notre Dame University|
|2nd Gabe Miller Scholar||Dawn Davis, Illinois State University|
|3rd Gabe Miller Scholar||Lauren White, Illinois State University|
|4th Gabe Miller Scholar||Cheryl Lockett, Illinois State University|
|5th Gabe Miller Scholar||Shani L. Trapp, University of Illinois|
|6th Gabe Miller Scholar||Christopher S. Perri, Loyola University Chicago (LUC)|
|7th Gabe Miller Scholar||Carlos F. Moran, University of Southern California (USC)|
|8th Gabe Miller Scholar||Audrey L. Tousant, University of Southern California (USC)|
|9th Gabe Miller Scholar||Thomas J. Malczyk, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI)|
|10th Gabe Miller Scholar||Rachael Dietkus-Miller, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI)|
|11th Gabe Miller Scholar||Stephanie D. Moss, University of Southern California (USC)|
|12th Gabe Miller Scholar||Ananda Leinartas, Jane Addams College of Social Work of the University of Illinois, Chicago|
|13th Gabe Miller Scholar||Zuleika Andrade, University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work|
|14th Gabe Miller Scholar||Kristopher Koester, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) School of Social Work|
|15th Gabe Miller Scholar||Whitney Welsh, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) School of Social Work|
|16th Gabe Miller Scholar||Jana Hernandez, Loyola University Chicago|
|17th Gabe Miller Scholar||Lauren Higbee, University of Illinois Chicago / Jane Addams Colllege of Social Work|
|18th Gabe Miller Scholar||Lauren Belding, University of Illinois, Chicago / Jane Addams College of Social Work|
|19th Gabe Miller Scholar||Jennifer Copeland, Loyola University, Chicago|
|20th Gabe Miller Scholar||Jenny Vu, University of Southern California|
|21st Gabe Miller Scholar||Alison Lehner, Loyola University, Chicago|
|22nd Gabe Miller Scholar||Annie Azriel, University of Illinois, Chicago / Jane Addams College of Social Work|
|23rd Gabe Miller Scholar||Danielle Perry, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) School of Social Work|
|24th Gabe Miller Scholar||Raji Shivshanker, University of Southern California|
|25th Gabe Miller Scholar||Lynette De Dios, University of Illinois, Chicago / Jane Addams College of Social Work|
|26th Gabe Miller Scholar||Nakisa Choupani, University of Southern California|
|27th Gabe Miller Scholar||Sarah Mesick, Loyola University, Chicago|
|28th Gabe Miller Scholar||Ashley N. Grabb, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign|
|29th Gabe Miller Scholar||Ivan Gonzalez, University of Southern California|
|30th Gabe Miller Scholar||Tiara Smith, University of Illinois, Chicago / Jane Addams College of Social Work|
|31st Gabe Miller Scholar||Candyss Newman, Loyola University, Chicago|
|32nd Gabe Miller Scholar||Melissa Farmer, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign|