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 VOL. 23, NO. 15FEBRUARY 20, 1998 

Social Work Presents African-American Scholarship


From left: Award recipient Jenelle Hudson; presenter John Heimerdinger; Dean Ronald A. Feldman; Professor Agnes Louard, and son Kenneth Louard.

The School of Social Work recently awarded the first V. Benjamin and Agnes Louard Scholarship for African-American students to Jenelle Hudson at an award ceremony and reception at Faculty House. Participants in the ceremony included Dean Ronald A. Feldman, John F. Heimerdinger, Frances P. Freedman, Maurice V. Russell and Danna Wood; Professor Agnes Louard presented the scholarship check to Hudson.

  The Louard Scholarship is one of the School’s first awards expressly for African-American students. It helps qualified individuals cope with the financial challenges of graduate study and advances the Louards’ lifetime dedication to fostering education and social work expertise, particularly within African-American communities.

  The scholarship was established by Agnes Louard in memory of her husband, Ben, who died in 1986. Both distinguished graduates of the School of Social Work, they have been recognized by the profession and community organizations for their outstanding leadership.

  Hudson earned her B.A. degree in sociology at SUNY-Binghamton, and has worked with two social service agencies, in programs with developmentally-delayed children and with medically fragile and critically ill children and adolescents. As a graduate student at the School of Social Work, her field placements have been at the Community Counseling and Mediation Center and at the Community Service Society.

  An administrator with the WINS Program for the Nassau County Department of Social Services, Ben Louard was president of the Five Towns Community Council and an early member of 100 Black Men of Nassau County. A member of the class of 1954, he was president of the school’s Alumni Association from 1969 to 1971.

  Agnes Louard, a 1948 graduate, served on the School’s faculty for 25 years and continues to be involved in its educational and alumni affairs. She is a past president and current board member of the Peninsula Counseling Center, vice-president of the Pleasant Avenue Day Care Center and a member of the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women and Women’s City Club of New York. She is also a trustee of the Schomburg Corp. and of Union Chapel, Oak Bluffs, Mass.