California Society for Clinical Social Work

Professional Development | Advocacy | Connection

We are thrilled to highlight the 2018 recipients of the Jannette Alexander Foundation Scholarships. The Jannette Alexander Foundation for Clinical Social Work Education is a subsidiary non-profit education foundation of the California Society for Clinical Social Work. Each year, the Foundation awards $1000 scholarships to graduating MSW students who demonstrate excellence in clinical studies and practice. Congratulations to these inspiring 2018 students who have already made wonderful contributions to the field of social work! We are so excited to follow your continued success and contributions.

Daisy Vargas

Daisy Vargas gives credit to her mother for planted seeds of resilience and pursuit of higher education in social work. As a first-generation graduate student, she is very proud of her Mexican-American roots and uses herself to bridge connections with others individually and groups. Currently, Daisy serves children and families at La Familia, in Hayward, CA, providing individual, family therapy, and support groups for mothers impacted by trauma and significant life experiences affecting their overall wellbeing. She has also served as an AmeriCorps member in the Fair Oaks Community Center, in Redwood City, CA was worked directly with individual and families from diverse backgrounds in providing safety net services and serving as a bridge in these efforts. Community experiences also include interning at Glide Memorial participating in the Family, Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC) program, in the Tenderloin and international non-profit organization, Banderas de Esperanza, leading summer enrichment program for children of impoverished backgrounds in Nayarit, Mexico

Daisy is proud of her upbringing and hard work culminating in her MSW degree at Cal State University, East Bay. She graduates in June 2018 with a focus on community mental health and with clinical work in Latino mental health. 

Daisy looks forward to becoming licensed, and continuing family and group work in communities in the Bay Area.

Jacqueline Ruddy

Jacque Ruddy was awarded her Master of Social Work by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. Jacque has been an outspoken advocate for equal access to breast health care and the early detection of breast cancer since 2011. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Jacque understands the fear and uncertainty the goes with a breast cancer diagnosis. She is committed to being a voice for the uninsured and underinsured, to make sure they receive the services they deserve. Jacque seeks to empower the clients she serves so they, in turn, can be a source of strength to others.



Roland Hsu

Roland Hsu is a candidate for the MSW at San José State University. Hsu earned a PhD at the University of Chicago and was a professor of European history, and has published books, articles, and policy white papers on historically informed approaches and best practice responses to vulnerable populations including immigrants and refugees. Hsu serves as a CASA volunteer, an intern therapist at the Stanford faculty Staff Help Center, and as a member of the Advisory and Governance Board of Adolescent Counseling Services. Hsu is also Director of Research of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University.


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