Wahlberg National Scholarship

Dr. Patty Gibbs Wahlberg, ETSU’s BSW Program Director, in cooperation with the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD), established a student scholar award in honor of her late husband, Dr. Jim Wahlberg, the former MSW Program Director at ETSU who gave longstanding service to and leadership in social work and social work education at local, regional, and national levels before his untimely death in 1999. 


The award includes round trip airfare to the BPD annual spring conference so the recipient can present his or her essay on Social Justice, Equality, and Empowerment.  The award recipient also receives a one night hotel stay at the conference, a $250 honorarium, and recognition with a plaque at the Annual Recognition Luncheon held during the conference. 


In addition to the scholar award to present the essay, the recipient is eligible for a full scholarship to pursue the master’s degree in social work at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.  To be chosen for this award is a prestigious honor, as well as an opportunity for full funding to pursue an MSW degree.  Additional information and applications are available on the BPD website. To navigate to the information select the "About" section, then "Awards" (located on the left navigational menu).