On October 7, 2005, Alan Miller, President, of The Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation presented the second Gabe W. Miller Scholarship to Dawn Davis, a first year MSW student at Illinois State University.
Alan traveled to the School Of Social Work’s reception honoring the incoming Dean of the School Of Social Work, Dr. Wanda Bracy, and the 25th year of accreditation of its program, to present the award.
A 1995 graduate of Monmouth College, Dawn majored in government and communications and theater arts. After college, she worked for the Sojourn Center and Services in Springfield as a primary advocate counseling and educating adult and child clients regarding domestic violence. In that position, Dawn also oversaw shelter operations, maintained client records and manned the hotline. She then moved on to the Department Of Children And Family Services where she served as a Preparing For Adult Life Transitional Case Manager for youth coming out of foster care into independent living. This position included community advocacy, program budget, statistics and inter-agency cooperative marketing responsibilities. After that, Dawn volunteered as Volunteer Coordinator for two years with The Phoenix Center in Springfield, providing life skills training and individual support and HIV/AIDS education and testing referrals to youth with other than - traditional sexual orientations.
Dawn’s background in social services delivery was to some of the same disabled, disadvantaged and dispirited populations that Gabe had served and demonstrates a similar – to - Gabe’s commitment to social justice and to helping others.
In his presentation, Alan spoke of Gabe’s “calling,” described in Gabe’s own words as part of a class assignment just about one year ago:
I ended up going to Samaritan House about 6 times. Let it be known that I really didn’t enjoy going there. However, after each time I went I was happy I did go and I felt good about what I had done. Knowing that I provided a needed service that made someone’s life a little easier is pretty much what I strive for. I understand that a monkey could probably serve food just as well as I could, but I doubt the monkey would have felt as good about what he had done as I did.
In my life I try to do what I can to make peoples’ struggles a little easier. Usually these are small things, that don’t give me a lot of recognition. I am not looking for recognition. Just a small thank you.
I have been trying to get others to believe in a sense of com- munity. The idea that we all support one another and do what we can to take some of life’s burdens away. I have noticed that this can be a hard thing to model for others. When all you do are these small things for others, often times they are overlooked. But, again, I am not looking for any recognition. I am, however, hoping that others will see my actions and decide that the helping life attempt to live is the same kind of life that they would like for themselves.”
Dawn’s scholarship will help defray some of her costs of preparing for a career of taking away some of other persons’ life burdens, feeling satisfied in doing so and being a role model unto others to do likewise. The same career that Gabe would have enjoyed.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|