University of South Carolina

Social-work student Graduate Student of the Year

University of South Carolina graduate student and former Peace Corps volunteer Rebecca Holderman has been named Graduate Student of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, South Carolina chapter.

Rebecca Holderman
Rebecca Holderman

Set to graduate in May with a master of social work (MSW) degree, Holderman has committed herself to community and volunteer activities for years.

“Social justice is one of my passions,” said Holderman, who is from Chehalis, Wash.

She is an interpreter in the Center for Child and Family Studies’ HABLA Project, the telephonic interpretation service for state agencies. She also interns in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Holderman is the president of the Black Social Work Student Association and a member of the Social Work Student Association and Phi Alpha, the social-work honor society. She also writes a social-work blog (

After earning an undergraduate degree in social work at Eastern Washington University, Holderman spent two years with the Peace Corps in St. Kitts in the Eastern Caribbean, where she worked with youth in afterschool, empowerment and AIDS education programs.

The Graduate Student of the Year Award is one of only four awards given each year by NASW-SC. The other awards recognize an undergraduate student, a social worker and a citizen who exemplify the values and interests of social work.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 03/17/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 03/22/10 @ 4:19 PM | Permalink