The Karen Agnew Prize reflects Social Work's commitment to teach, encourage and support individuals making a difference in the field and the community.
Karen Agnew was a student at ACU's Strathfield campus for four years. After completing a Diploma in Habilitation at ACU, she followed her true passion and enrolled in a Bachelor of Social Work.
Karen died suddenly while on holiday in England in June 2007. At the time of her death, Karen was nearing the completion of her degree in the Bachelor of Social Work program. She was an extremely passionate and dedicated student with a genuine commitment to the practice of Social Work. This was apparent in the way Karen lived her life, the way she helped and guided her friends and family, and was particularly evident to her teachers during her field education placement.
Following Karen's death, staff and students in the School of Social Work wanted to honour her memory and pay tribute to her qualities as a student social worker. In recognition of Karen's dedication and attributes in field education placement, the Karen Agnew Award was established.
Bachelor of Social Work students from any of the three campuses are eligible for the award if they have undertaken field education placement during the year. From 2008-2017, the prize was awarded to students undertaking their first field education placement. As from 2018, the award is open to students who have completed any field education placement during the year.