UM student picked for prestigious social work award

John Nowlin congratulates UM student Tatum Dellinger on receiving the state’s top student award for social work. Photo by Susan Allen.

A University of Mississippi student from Natchez was recognized as the state’s top student this year in the field of social work.

The National Association of Social Workers selected Tatum Dellinger to receive the 2009 Claire Nowlin Undergraduate Award.

“I was definitely surprised when I heard my name,” Dellinger said. “When you are surrounded by so many worthy students, it is always surprising to find yourself not only nominated but [also] selected.”

Carol Boyd, chair of the Department of Social Work, said, “I nominated her not only because of her involvement inside the classroom but within her community as well.”

This fall, Dellinger will intern at the Tupelo Family Resource Center. She plans to continue her research of Parental Alienation Syndrome. She will receive her bachelor’s degree in social work in December after completing the internship.