NASW-Oklahoma Membership Annual Awards

Nominations are accepted year round and reviewed in January.

The National Association of Social Workers, Oklahoma Chapter (NASW-OK) established their annual Social Work Awards to honor outstanding members and students in Oklahoma. With oversight of the NASW-OK CNLI, the Chapter Board of Directors honor members annually for outstanding contributions to social work in Oklahoma.

Awards are given in the following categories:(click on the award name to review qualifications)

  1. Student of the Year: A NASW-OK member who is a student in a BSW, MSW, or Doctorate program who: demonstrates leadership qualities (active member of student organizations), contributes to the positive image of a social work program, commitment to political and community activities, success in academic performance, degree to which the student represents the professional ethics of social work as defined in the NASW Code of Ethics. Students’ eligibility shall remain in effect during for a period of two semesters post-graduation, excluding summer sessions, within the calendar year, whichever is greater.
  2. Emerging Leader: Emerging leaders are “early” career social workers that have demonstrated exemplary leadership, expertise, and dedication to the profession in the state of Oklahoma, whose contributions enhance practice knowledge and/or the capacity of the profession and the human service to obtain resources and influence. They have all demonstrated excellence in a variety of areas, including public or nonprofit agency-based practice, policy/legislative advocacy, academia, resource development, and administration.
  3. Social Worker of the Year: An NASW-OK Chapter member in good standing who: reflects the values espoused in our NASW-Oklahoma Chapter Mission Statement; promotes the NASW to the public and advocates for the populations' social work serves; represents the highest ethical standards of social work as defined in the NASW Code of Ethics; contributes to the improvement of the social fabric in tangible and intangible ways; takes risks and enlists public support for improved human services.
  4. Lifetime Achievement Award: An NASW-OK Chapter member in good standing who: has accomplished stellar successes in his/her social work career which have enhanced the profession, supported clients, upheld social work values, and advocated for the betterment of all people.

Awards are presented at the NASW-Oklahoma Chapter Awards Reception.
The NASW-Oklahoma Chapter Awards Reception takes place at the
NASW-Oklahoma State Conference on the second weekend of March each year.