Kathryn E. Becker Norman earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 1974 and an MSW in 1976 from UW-Madison. After graduating, she worked as a case manager in a mental health organization, and also worked running a group home. Kathryn found joy in helping others, especially when she could aid people to help and empower themselves.

Kathryn was a 24-hour social worker who would go to rummage sales to pick up things to meet different clients’ daily household needs. She also helped to organize and found a nonprofit that later became the Consumer Survivor Network of Minnesota. Kathryn advocated peer counseling for individuals with mental illness, actively promoting the approach throughout her career.

Well-suited for social work, Kathryn enjoyed her role as a social worker and dedicated her life to the profession. She once took up the project of turning a large house into an adult foster care home, a project that went unfinished when she passed away at the age of 45. This scholarship was established in her memory with contributions from her friends and family.

Program Level
Eligibility Criteria
Mental Health
Award Amount
Award Category
Fall Competition