Amber Letchworth, an EWU Senior majoring in social work, has been selected to receive the Dean Jeffers W. Chertok Honored Student Award. This award is presented to exceptional students who have shown a commitment to their education by demonstrating outstanding academic achievement with a minimum of a 3.75 GPA in their previous four quarters and through leadership and service to the community.
Letchworth has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Eastern, all while she has balanced work, a family and an active volunteer schedule. Furthermore, Letchworth has been accepted to the Advanced Standing Masters of Social Work Program at EWU for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Faculty in the school identify Letchworth’s growth in the classroom and her ability to lead through diplomacy, her intellectual curiosity, and her willingness to go above and beyond for her peers as well as to organize macro level interventions. One faculty member states that the challenges and adversities Letchworth has faced in her past have shaped her into the social justice advocate that she is today.
Due to her tireless advocacy for social change, Letchworth was invited to be part of the Legislative Action Committee of the National Association of Social Workers – WA chapter. In addition to her academic excellence, Letchworth has demonstrated substantial service to her community through a variety of volunteer activities, including a major focus on providing and improving services to formerly incarcerated individuals who are now re-entering their community. In her volunteer roles, Letchworth has tangibly helped highly marginalized individuals from diverse backgrounds live more fully in our society.
Lastly, Letchworth has spent the 2019-20 academic year in a practicum with The Parent Representation Program. Her evaluation comments have been overwhelmingly positive, stating, for example, “She brings a unique sense of empathy that clients immediately can pick up on.” Another comment reads, “She truly enjoys and thrives in the area of mezzo level advocacy and possesses a rare passion for grassroots advocacy.”
Letchworth also received a Jeffers Chertok Scholarship award in 2019.