GABE W. MILLER MEMORIAL FOUNDATION AWARDS
THIRTY SECOND SCHOLARSHIP

Melissa Farmer

Melissa Farmer, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work.

She is completing her internship at the United Way of Chicago. During this time she intends to learn more about community services for seniors as well as to advocate for and evaluate programs. Her BSW internship was at Senior Services of Will County in Joliet. Upon completion of her BSW she continued on as a Case Manager at Senior Services. Since entering the MSW program she has worked closely with Dr. Chi-Fang Wu researching governmental assistance and the relationship between poverty and health. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies she has consistently devoted herself to understanding the issues confronted by the elderly. This has led her to develop skills in advocacy, program planning, and program evaluation. Melissa was adopted by an older couple as a child. Her commitment to serving the elderly population as a form of "giving back".

Some of her volunteer work was done thorough her undergraduate program, Lewis University where she completed her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work in 2013. This included experience on the "LUMINATE May Service" trip where she worked with the Omaha Tribe in Nebraska. This experience was similar to an alternative Spring Break experience, but more in depth for several weeks in May. She has done other faith based and secular volunteer work. At Lewis University she was both a Peer Counselor as well as a Peer Minister.

During her time in the MSW program she has worked diligently to go above and beyond the normal requirements. She has completed training in "Mental Health First Aid" (Mental Health Association) and as a "Comprehensive Care Coordinator" (Illinois Department of Aging). These skills will enhance the advocacy, leadership and research skills from her concentration area.

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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