BSW student at IUB lands two scholarships


Jessica Troxel, a bachelor of social work student at Indiana University at Bloomington, recently received two scholarships, one honoring women for overcoming adversity, while the other for their commitment to service.

Jessica was named one of 20 Hoosier women to receive the Power Scholarship. The scholarships are offered by the Indiana Women’s Power Caucus, to honor women who have overcome adversities to return to the classroom and have excelled in their career and community.

She also is the 2015-2016 Won-Joon Yoon Scholarship, which was named after a Korean graduate student who was a victim of extreme violence. The scholarship is awarded to IU students whose academic, professional and personal accomplishments and goals exhibit tolerance, understanding and commitment to service.

Dr. James Brown, a member of the social work faculty at IUB explained in a nomination letter for the Power Scholarship, that  to be an effective social service provider, having strong interpersonal skills, an eye for social justice, and a commitment to serving others are essential traits. “I would like to share my enthusiasm for one student whom exemplifies these traits consistently: Jessica Troxel.

“In the classroom, Jessica is a positive leader. I have seen her become more open about sharing her own personal adversity and framing it in a way that has made her stronger. She was a victim of a flood and lost her arm. She has been through a lot physically and emotionally, yet is a strong, resilient person who leads by example.”

 Interpersonally, Jessica listens first. If something is said in class that can be experienced as oppressive or exclusionary, she will share the concern but do so without alienating anyone. Students express appreciation in how she confronts the concern. This models for other Social Work students how to be assertive while also being a thoughtful leader.”

Jessica is a top student in maintaining a 98.9% class average, yet still striving for ways to improve,” Dr. Brown wrote. In the community, Jessica volunteers to help families who are in distress. These Monroe County families are court involved and at risk of having parental rights terminated from their children. Jessica, who previously volunteered as a special court appointed advocate for Monroe County and knows that on average, outcomes for children who are separated from parents are very poor. She decided to be a voice for the children.

“I believe Jessica Troxel is an authentic, genuine, and bright individual who cares about making other people better,” he said. “She takes risks in helping others fit in and succeed even if challenges exist. She is community focused, and reflective on how she can do even better as a contributing member of society.”

Rob Schneider