Kris Tower Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Kris Tower Memorial Scholarship Endowment
The Kris Tower Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to students in the School of Social Work who share Kris’ passion for innovative teaching, technology, and advocacy – as a champion for people with disabilities. Preference will be given to promising undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Social Work interested in working with, and on behalf of, persons with disabilities.

Kris earned both her bachelor’s degree in social work and doctorate degree in education at the University of Nevada, Reno and was a beloved faculty member at the School of Social Work and Renown Regional Medical Center in the Rehabilitation Unit and Emergency Room. Much of her training and experience was with clients with traumatic, congenital, and acquired disabilities. In private practice, she worked with people who were newly injured or diagnosed with serious medical problems and provided expert witness testimony in legal cases involving medical issues. She also served on state and local boards and took an active role in the legislature on social work related policies.

She was named “Social Worker of the Year” in 1994 by the Nevada Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was also honored as the “Disabled Employee of the Year” in 1990 by the State of Nevada for her work at Renown and “Mentor of the Year” by UNR’s College of Human and Community Sciences. She was also appointed by the Governor to the State of Nevada Independent Living Council, where she served as chairperson.

For more information on giving to the School of Social Work, please contact Jillian Szewczak '13, Assistant Director of Development at or 775-682-7178.

Thank you for considering making a charitable gift. We have a $5,000 limit per credit card transaction as we strive to keep our fees low in order to realize the full charitable gift for the program. If you wish to make a larger gift, please consider setting up an EFT, utilizing a wire transfer or mailing a check so that the program can realize the entire amount of your gift.

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