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Awards & Appreciation

Social Worker of the Year Award

2019 Social Worker Awards Call for Nominations
Download nominations form (PDF)
(Deadline February 28, 2019)

APOSW supports and honors the commitment and expertise of those in the field of pediatric oncology social work. An APOSW Social Worker of the Year is recognized annually, and additional awards are bestowed as merited to recognize individuals' lifetime contributions to the field.

This award was established in 1995 to honor those social workers demonstrating practice excellence within there own childhood cancer centers. The social workers are nominated by their own medical teams. The Social Worker of the Year award has been graciously sponsored over the years by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and most recently by the Children's Brain Tumor Fountain.

Criteria for Nomination:  The social workers must have their masters in social work and have been a member of APOSW for at least two years. Qualities considered in nominating a social worker:

Practice - Provides for the psychosocial needs of patients and families in an exceptional manner.
Teamwork - Is an active member of the interdisciplinary team providing consultation and support of staff.
Resourcefulness - Continuously strives to broaden knowledge of available resources in the patient care setting as
  well as in the community, state and federal level.
Innovation - Develops programs which are helpful to patients, parents, and staff in pediatric oncology setting.
Advocacy - Develops, supports, and promotes policies and programs which benefit patients, families, and staff.

Judging Criteria:

  Administrative recognition/support
  Clinical Skills/contributions
  Program Development/contributions
  Community Development/contributions
  APOSW Participation/contributions

Past award recipients have represented both small and large as well as international institutions.

    We offer our congratulations to the following APOSW members awarded as Social Worker of the Year or other outstanding awards


The APOSW Board of Directors is comprised of professionals in the field of pediatric oncology social work who volunteer their time and efforts towards the mission of our organization.  We recognize those who have served on the Board of Directors.

    Past Members of the APOSW Board of Directors

The Houston Tyler Rothschild Scholarship

Joyce Rothschild established the Houston Tyler Rothschild Scholarship in honor of her four-year-old grandson, Houston who died of Neuroblastoma in 1986.

After Houston's death Joyce decided to finish the college degree she started at Penn State in 1949. She completed an internship with Lynda Walker LCSW, who had been Houston's social worker. Through Lynda, Joyce learned about APOSW. She attended her first conference as a "friend of APOSW" in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1989. There she learned that many social workers are not able to attend the conference due to lack of funding. She established the Houston Tyler Rothschild Scholarship Fund to help social workers attend our annual conference. Joyce was recognized as an honorary member of APOSW in 1994 at the APOSW Conference in Santa Fe.

The scholarship continues to provide support for social workers to attend our annual conference. The amount of money in the fund determines the number of scholarships awarded each year. Forty- five social workers have received the scholarship since 2005. The silent auction and raffle at the conference are the primary source of funding for scholarship. Frequently conference presenters also donate their honorariums. Members have an opportunity to donate to the scholarship when they renew their membership each year. To make a donation by check, email

2019 Scholarship Application (PDF)

Deadline for submission is February 1, 2019


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