A University of Mississippi student from Natchez was recognized as the stateâ€™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.
â€śI was definitely surprised when I heard my name,â€ť Dellinger said. â€śWhen you are surrounded by so many worthy students, it is always surprising to find yourself not only nominated but [also] selected.â€ť
Carol Boyd, chair of the Department of Social Work, said, â€śI nominated her not only because of her involvement inside the classroom but within her community as well.â€ť
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 bachelorâ€™s degree in social work in December after completing the internship.