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LIU Post Student Alina Perez Awarded 2012 Social Work Scholarship

Honored by National Association of Puerto Rican-Hispanic Social Workers

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Alina PerezBrookville, N.Y. -- Alina Perez, a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at LIU Post, has been awarded the National Association of Puerto Rican-Hispanic Social Workers Student Scholarship.

Perez, who resides in Hempstead, N.Y., is a part-time student in the program. She has a bachelor's degree in media arts from LIU Brooklyn.

"I worked in television for seven years, but it wasn't emotionally fulfilling," she said. "I wanted to do something more altruistic."

She took some classes in art therapy, but found she had an aptitude for advocacy and social work. After several years of soul-searching, she enrolled in the LIU Post program in the Fall 2011 semester.

Through her studies, she developed an interest in helping veterans. As a member of the M.S.W. Graduate Student Association (MSWGSA), she helped secure a grant from the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers to plan a forum at LIU Post that educated social work students and professionals about the special needs of veterans.

"Alina is an active participant in the MSWGSA," said Dr. Elissa Giffords, professor in the Department of Social Work and the Faculty Liaison to the MSWGSA. "She is staunchly committed to vulnerable populations and is often engaged in one or more charitable pursuits."

Perez participates in community service activities both on and off campus. She was awarded the Nassau County Department of Social Services Outstanding Community Service Award for her work, which includes serving as the student representative for the National Association of Social Workers New York State Chapter, Nassau Division; volunteering at the Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen as well as participating in the Have a Heart for the Homeless Candlelight Vigil. "Alina has shown an amazing commitment to serving others through her advocacy and volunteer work," said Dr. Ilene Nathanson, chief administrator of the Collaborative M.S.W. Program and chairman of the Department of Social Work at LIU Post. "Her dedication to service, along with her outstanding classroom performance is commendable."

Perez will receive her $1,000 award at a ceremony in June.

Posted 05/14/2012

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