We are pleased to introduce our Scholarship recipients for the 2018-2019 SSWLHC Annual Scholarship. All applicants for this scholarship are WA State residents that are completing their final year in their respective MSW programs. Recipients receive a $2,100 scholarship and the opportunity to participate on the SSWLHC Board. As always, we were in awe of the talent that applied for our annual scholarship. The recipients this year are:
Jessica Kelly works with seriously, chronically, or terminally ill or injured Navy and Coast Guard personnel as a Recovery Care Coordinator with Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor. A 2015 graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Kelly is currently a third-year graduate student in the University of Washington – Tacoma Master of Social Work Program. Kelly spent nine years volunteering with Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, a non-profit social service organization serving Sailors and Marines, where she served on the Executive Board from 2008-2015 and as the Chairman of Volunteers from 2013-2015. Through her work with critically injured service members, Kelly developed an interest in the connection between medical ailments and symptoms of traumatic stress, anxiety and/or depression. She is also a subject matter expert in caregiver burden and support, devoting her graduate studies to identifying barriers for caregivers and their need for support. As her graduate school capstone project, Kelly is developing a family-centered care plan for patients with terminal illness holistically integrating medical professionals with families in patient care. Kelly is honored to receive the SSWLHC-WA scholarship, and looking forward to working with this incredible group of experienced medical social workers.
Molly Wilkerson is a student in Boston University’s part-time, online MSW program. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in Applied Health Sciences, Public Health. Born and raised in Tennessee, Molly moved to the Pacific Northwest to participate in an AmeriCorps program in Vancouver, Washington where she served two years working with children and their families in a Head Start program and in a public elementary school. Molly completed her first MSW practicum at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System’s Community Living Center, gaining valuable skills with geriatric populations. She is excited to be completing her second practicum again at the VA in the ALS and MS Clinics. In her spare time, Molly enjoys hiking, camping, and reading a good book.
TyKera Williams is a SSWLHC WA Chapter Scholarship recipient for 2018. TyKera has a background in children, youth and family related social service and has decided to become a clinical social worker in healthcare to make a difference, in the world. She is in her second-year of the Clinical MSW program at Seattle University. When TyKera is not advocating for social change and mental health, she spends her time cooking fresh cuisine, hiking with her family, crafting and listening to podcasts.
Prior to entering the Clinical MSW program, TyKera earned her BS in Biopsychology with a minor in Entrepreneurship from Loyola University (Maryland). During her studies at Loyola, her placements as a Field Study Intern for Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and University of Maryland “Shock Trauma” -Trauma and Resuscitation Unit in Baltimore, MD ignited her interest in healthcare. She has since aspired to integrate behavioral health and primary care for those who have underprivileged access to affective care.
Following graduation and a relocation to the Pacific Northwest, TyKera became a Visitation Supervisor for Compassion Care in Bremerton, WA. While at the foster care agency she was able to mobilize and provide multiple tiers of professional supervision for families of Kitsap County. Last year, at her placement with Catholic Community Services, TyKera was able to provide individual and group, social services and educational services, to both parents and pregnant women of King County. This year, TyKera is eager to complete her advanced practicum at University of Washington Medical Center Virology, Genetic Disorders and Pain clinics.