Madonna University Social Work Students Honored by NASW Michigan

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LIVONIA, MICH. – Madonna University is pleased to announce that two of its social work students, Sara Pitchford (BSW) and Melody Montgomery (MSW), have been named Social Work Students of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Michigan Chapter. NASW is the largest professional social work organization in the world, representing social workers across all practice settings. The NASW Michigan Chapter works to support and advocate for social workers in the state, while promoting ethical and effective social work practice. 

Melody Montgomery, a dedicated student with a strong background in child welfare and family support, brings a wealth of experience to the field. Holding a Master's in Women's and Gender Studies and a Bachelor's in Psychology, Melody has spent over seven years working as a Foster Care Specialist in Michigan. Her passion for social work is evidence in her commitment to improving the lives of children and families through positive change and empowerment.

Sara Pitchford, continuing her education in Madonna's MSW program this fall, exemplifies the social justice mission of social work. As a mother and former foster parent, Sara's dedication to building a more inclusive world is rooted in personal experience. She has actively tackled food insecurity in southeast Detroit and participated in grassroots community organizing. Sara's commitment to social work is fueled by empathy, action, and a desire to raise awareness about social inequities.