Senior Honored as Social Work Student of the Year

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) recently selected Melanie Beatty ’07 as Student of the Year for their Dayton chapter, an honor that reflects Melanie’s dedication to serving those around her.

Melanie interned at Project Woman in the Dayton area, assisting victims of domestic abuse, working as a child advocate, and participating in clinical reviews. Also very involved in Adopt-a-Block in Springfield, Ohio, she served as an officer in Phi Alpha (the social work honor society). She has led Cedarville students in a project on North Korean refugees, which culminated in a presentation at the Ohio Association of Social Work Educators Conference at Ashland University. A large part of her time was also spent at her senior internship with Graceworks Lutheran Services, where she assisted with adoption placements.

The impact of Melanie’s service has not been limited to Ohio. She has participated in other social work projects such as helping at Chicago’s Cabrini Green housing development and serving meals in a New York City homeless shelter. An excursion to India gave Melanie the chance to work with orphans in some of the poorest areas of Calcutta, as well as interact with an organization that helps free women from the bondage of prostitution.

While Melanie does not yet know exactly what her future holds, she does hope to continue working with children and families, eventually going overseas to serve. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work in the near future.