MSW Student Recognized by State Organization

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University graduate student Ashley Higgins was recently recognized as Young Social Worker of the Year in Kentucky by the state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Ashley Higgins '14 was named Young Social Worker of the Year by the Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
Ashley Higgins '14 was named Young Social Worker of the Year by the Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Higgins enrolled in Asbury’s Master of Social Work program in January 2012 after visiting the campus and learning more about the institution’s faith-based approach, which was very important to her. Since then, she has attended classes and worked with the National Association of Social Workers and Kentucky Behavioral Healthcare while living with her family in Winchester, Ky.

“Ashley is a problem solver,” said Professor Michele Wells. “She does not come upon an issue that she is not willing to tackle. She is very socially adept and a strong advocate for social justice for her clients.”

Having grown up in West Virginia, Higgins’ passion is meeting the varied needs of people in Appalachia. She will graduate in May and is eager to see where her education might take her.

“I knew going into social work that there are a lot of people in need — of housing, of childcare, of counseling, of food,” Higgins said. “I always knew there were people, but I didn’t realize how many there are. There are not as many social workers as there are people who need social workers. To be recognized feels great, but I don’t feel like I’ve done anything greater than anyone else. It’s humbling.”

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