Shirley Bembry Scholarship

Memories, stories, and tributes keep our friends and family members in our minds and hearts.  This is certainly the case for Shirley Bembry whose remarkable life is remembered and honored by the Baccalaureate Social Work Program.  A committee, including Shirley’s son, will select a social work student as the recipient of the Shirley Bembry Scholarship.  The award recalls Shirley’s commitment to child welfare and supports students who will carry on her advocacy work on behalf of children.

This scholarship is open to all students with an interest in pursuing a career in child welfare. To apply, students must have a 2.5 GPA, a junior standing, and be eligible to go into their field placement in the next academic year.

 Students are required to submit a résumé and an essay (maximum two pages) addressing the following topics:

  • Discuss your interest in a career in child welfare.
  • Identify the personal, professional, and/or volunteer experiences you have had that demonstrate your interest in and commitment to child welfare.
  • What do you see yourself doing professionally in the area of child welfare in the future?


Materials will be evaluated on the basis of thoughtfulness, clear and demonstrated interest in child welfare, and writing quality. Recipient will be expected to attend the Social Work Graduation Celebration to personally accept the award.


Shirley Bembry Endowed Scholarship Fund