Felicia Bender is a social work major with an outstanding academic record and a passion for improving the care of aging populations.
As a scholar in the Research and Mentoring Program, or RAMP, she investigated the distribution of nursing home civil monetary penalty funds and was selected to present her work at three conferences.
Bender also is one of 20 undergraduates nationwide selected to participate in the Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars program. Through HEALS she has engaged in interprofessional training and clinic outreach services to underserved populations.
Bender has engaged in study-abroad and service-learning experiences, and she is a member of Tau Sigma National Honor Society as well.
Faculty members and students frequently recognize Bender for her kindness and strong ethical standards. Associate Dean and Associate Professor Denise Gammonley, her faculty advisor, wrote, “She greets every challenge with a smile and great new questions … and is a joy to work with.”
After graduating in May, Bender plans to pursue an MSW and possibly a certificate in macro-policy work. She also is considering doctoral studies in the future.
In addition to advocating for the elderly and their rights, Bender also wants to advocate for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
Both UCF and the college honored Bender at a March 29 reception for all Founders’ Day students at the Burnett House.