The Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village branch of the American Association of University Women has selected Amy Hronek, a junior social work major at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, as one of its 10 scholarship recipients for 2020.
The American Association of University Women empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Each of the recipients will receive a $1,500 scholarship.
After graduation, Hronek plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work. In the future, she plans to work within the criminal justice system, “where she will work for better lives for those who have been incarcerated,” according to a news release.
She also wants to “help people, who after leaving mental health facilities, face serious issues such as drug and alcohol addictions and homelessness and need help finding homes and rehabilitation systems.”
Hronek’s desire to work as a social worker stemmed from social workers who made an impact on her life by assisting her during difficult times and giving her the confidence she needed to return to school.
“Social workers strive to bring about positive change in people’s lives, and I want to help people change their lives and perspectives,” Hronek said.
Previously, Hronek has been on the President’s List and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at National Park College. She has also volunteered at Eleanor Klugh Jackson House for Crisis Intervention. According to the executive director, Hronek “handles situations with ease, professionalism, and compassion.”