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Advancement

Founded in 1942, the UT College of Social Work has a long history of facing challenges with courage, confidence and compassion.
Now, perhaps more than ever before, the College is bringing these values to our state and region. More than 40% of Master’s level social workers in the state of Tennessee are our graduates. Our alumni direct and staff community mental health centers, domestic violence shelters, family service agencies, hospitals, and schools. Their work illustrates the vital importance of social work education.
The support of our alumni and friends is essential to our mission. There are many ways to give. A gift to the College Fund for Social Work provides scholarships, helps us to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, and allows us to respond to immediate needs. Alumni of our Nashville program may wish to give to the College of Social Work Nashville fund. Our giving page offers a variety of options.
Every gift, large or small, makes a difference. Please help us to build on our tradition of excellence in social work education and to make that education possible for the next generation of social workers.

Thank you and go Vols!

Stephanie Piper

Stephanie Piper
Senior Director of Advancement
spiper@utk.edu 
(865) 974-5363

The “Why” of Giving to
the College of Social Work

Donors Share Their Stories

The William Steven Inklebarger Scholarship

There’s a story behind the William Steven Inklebarger Scholarship. It’s a story of courage and determination and the power of education to change lives. Above all, it is the story of a family’s legacy and their proud tradition of service.

Dona and Bob Diftler: Creating A Legacy

As a child, two things were clear to Dona Diftler. She wanted to be a counselor, to make a difference in people’s lives. And she enjoyed giving gifts more than she liked receiving them.

Change Happens Here

The Impact of Giving

Your gift changes lives. Scholarships make a university degree possible for students who never dreamed they could achieve such a goal. The careers they pursue help to create communities where everyone can thrive.

“UT gives us the tools and resources we need as students to learn how to serve through our own fields in our own ways. We all share the common goal of hoping to leave the world better than when we found it.”

-Lanella Atchley, BSSW ‘25
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Board of Visitors

The CSW Board of Visitors
is a volunteer advisory body dedicated to helping the college successfully fulfill its teaching, research, and service missions. Click below for more information

Advancement News

  • McNabb Center Endows Scholarship

    McNabb CEO and President Mona Blanton-Kitts (far right) with McNabb employees who are UTCSW alums. The McNabb Center, the largest […]

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  • UT College of Social Work Announces First Endowed Chair

    The University of Tennessee College of Social Work announces the establishment of the Roger and Carol Nooe Endowed Chair. This […]

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  • Betsey R. Bush Faculty Scholar Award Research Fellowship Program 2022-2023

    The College of Social Work Office of Research Administration is pleased to announce that Courtney Cronley and Kristen Ravi are the recipients of the 2022-2023 Betsey R. Bush Faculty Scholar Award Research Fellowship program.

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