GABE W. MILLER MEMORIAL FOUNDATION AWARDS
FIRST 2007 SCHOLARSHIP

ShaniOn April 22, 2007, Alan Miller, President of The Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation, presented its 1st scholarship of 2007 to Shani L. Trapp, a 1st year MSW student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The presentation was made at The School of Social Work's Annual Spring Awards Ceremony at which 15 other MSW students, 3 PhD students, distinguished alumni and faculty, social work honorary society inductees and honors graduates were also recognized. Wynne Korr, Dean of the School of Social Work, presided, ably assisted by, among others, Assistant Deans Martha Cooper and Carol Brumer-Glicksman and Prof. Steven Anderson, who also serves on the Foundation's Advisory Committee.

Ms Trapp, who received her BS in Sociology from Illinois State University, is concentrating her graduate work in the area of Advocacy, Leadership and Social Change. Trapp grew up in the foster care system and became aware of the life she and her young daughter would have if she did not achieve a college education. She stated, "Although challenging at times, I discovered that pursuing a higher education as a single parent is entirely possible."

In an effort to reach out to other minority teenagers who were weighed down by traumatic childhoods, early parenting responsibilities and limited family support, Trapp began Marevelousplan Mentoring in 2002. This program was designed to give young people the opportunity to see successful individuals on an ongoing basis. During the almost five years of the program, Trapp has encouraged hundreds of marginalized teens to pursue their participation in higher education. Her efforts were recognized in March 2006 when she was presented with an award by the Women of Distinction in the State of Illinois.

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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