Chapter Awards

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DEADLINE: Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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Nominations are now being accepted for the annual NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Awards.  All nominees must be a current resident or practice in the state of Illinois. 

  • Social Worker of the Year: An NASW-Illinois Chapter member in good standing who: reflects the values espoused in our NASW-Illinois 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 improvement of the social fabric in tangible and intangible ways; takes risks and enlists public support for improved human services. Must hold an LSW or LCSW and work/reside in the state of Illinois. 
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: An NASW-Illinois 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. Must currently and previously held an LSW or LCSW and work/reside in the state of Illinois. 
  • Public Citizen of the Year: A non-social worker who: exemplifies the social work profession with outstanding service to individuals served by social workers; reflects the highest ethical standards in his/her field of endeavor; takes risks and enlists public support for improved human services; advocates for and contributes to the public’s awareness of social problems. Must reside/work in the state of Illinois.
  • Emerging Leader: Emerging leaders are “early” career social workers who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, expertise, and dedication to the profession in the state of Illinois, 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. Must reside/work in the state of Illinois. Click here for further emerging leader selection criteria. 

PLEASE NOTE: The chapter is committed to diversity among award recipients. Nominations MUST be submitted using this online nomination form. We will be contacting your nominee for additional information. You are encouraged to work closely with your nominee to complete the nomination.

We are looking for outstanding individuals whose work has supported and promoted the social work profession and the people it serves.

Nominate someone here!
Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2019





  • Be a current NASW member
  • Work in Illinois
  • MSW degree from an accredited graduate school of social work
  • Minimum three years post-masters experience (Consideration will be given to full- or part-time employment and/or volunteer work)
  • 40 years of age or younger (Consideration will be given to individuals irrespective of age for whom social work is a second or later career)
  • Demonstrated excellence in the following areas, including but not limited to: Public or nonprofit agency-based practice; policy/legislative advocacy and/or academia; contributions to services, programs, resource development, management, political efficacy, cross-cultural and anti-racist practices, teaching, research, and/or the development of practice knowledge

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