INA TABOR AWARD (2016-17)
The late Ina Tabor believed in rural social work. She also believed in children and the importance of keeping families together. Tabor left an ongoing legacy combining her love of rural social work and children. The Ina G. Tabor Scholarship was established by the trustees of the Earl W. and Ina G. Tabor Foundation to provide perpetual financial assistance to worthy students pursuing a degree in social work at Mansfield University.
Ina Tabor was the first full-time employed social worker in Tioga County with the Master of Social Work degree. Her degree was obtained in 1952 from Case Western Reserve University. She enjoyed a long and distinguished career as Director of Children's Services in Tioga County, serving for 18 years in that capacity. She became a member of the program's professional advisory committee during the initial years of accreditation. Near the end of her career, Tabor and Children's Services were approved by Mansfield University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology as field placement supervisor and agency for students in the casework track in the Sociology major. She regularly had students from the department serving as interns under her direction. Tabor was a regular guest speaker in MU Social Work classes and contributing author to social work journals and books.
The Tabor Scholarship is presented annually to a Mansfield University social work major who has completed 91 credits with a minimum 3.0 QPA to qualify. Selection by Social Work faculty members is based on demonstrated high moral and ethical standards and a commitment to rural social work practice. Preference is given to students residing in Tioga, Potter or Bradford counties. The Tabor Award for 2016-17 goes to ANGEL GREENFIELD.
Angel Greenfield is a Senior in the Social Work Program who resides in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children. She aspires to work in Gerontology, and with Children and Families. Angel chose Social Work because she cares about the quality of life of people. Angel wants to help people live up to their full potential so they can achieve anything they want to and she wants to support, encourage and uplift them so they can be the best they can be. Angel wants to to help give a voice to the individuals whose voice has become suppressed because of oppression so they can find their strength within to stand up for themselves and eventually become the person they choose to be.
The '72 Scholarship for Social Work was created by Van W. Emmons Sr. & Katherine R. Emmons. Van W. Emmons was a life-long resident of the Cowanesque Valley in Tioga County. He attended Mansfield State Teachers College as a music major in 1941. From 1980 until his death in 1989 Mr. Emmons served as a Tioga County Commissioner. As a public servant he worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for Tioga County residents. He did this by promoting industry and employment opportunities, housing, better local government agencies and social welfare. Mr. Emmons firmly believed that Mansfield University was a positive major asset for the region.
The 2016-17 scholarship goes to MAGDALENA CALLAHAN, a junior Social Work major. Magdalena describes working in a food pantry as a moving, humbling experience. She has volunteered at the Northern Dauphin Human Service Center. She stated that many people waiting for food had fallen on hard times. Some people had lost their jobs, others still worked but had so many medical expenses that they could barely get by. According to Magdalena, listening to these sad stores "took a toll on me. That was until one little girl and her family walked in. Despite living in hardship, she was extremely happy and bubbly. She drew pictures for all the workers and lit up the room." Magdalena recognized the little girl exhibited optimism, joy, and appreciation for life. She realized why serving the community is important to help others and instill hope for better times for all community members.