USF Social Work Professor Creates Graduate Scholarship

August 10, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

University of St. Francis (USF) professor emerita Dr. Billie Terrell will continue to inspire students in the field of social work through the establishment of the Terrell Multicultural MSW Scholarship at USF.

Terrell is an alumna, graduating in 1977 with her bachelor’s degree in social work from then-College of St. Francis. Terrell then earned her MSW from the University of Illinois and doctorate from the Institute for Clinical Social Work. She then went on to practice medical and psychiatric social work extensively at Silver Cross and St. Joseph Hospitals in Joliet, Ill. Other career achievements include opening her own practice for multicultural families and working as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois and USF until becoming a full-time faculty member at USF in 1985.

Terrell continued to serve her community by participating on the board of several community agencies, including the Guardian Angel Home and the Center of Correctional Concerns. She currently serves as the vice president of the Will County Board of Health.

Giving back to the university was important to Terrell because of the support she had received during her career. “Giving back is the way we earn what was given to us,” commented Terrell. “I have had tremendous support over the years that has enhanced my personal and professional life. I know the financial struggles our students experience trying to earn their degrees and to better their lives. I hope with our alumni support, this scholarship is available for many years.”

The Terrell Multicultural Scholarship will be awarded to an MSW student at USF based on their demonstrated leadership, financial need, academic achievement and community involvement. . Scholarships will be presented to the recipient by a USF social work faculty member, USF’s director of financial aid, and a member of the Terrell family.

Through this scholarship, Terrell wishes to be remembered for her pride and passion for the profession of social work. Her work ethic, compassion for others, loyalty and commitment to the students and history of social work at the University of St. Francis will live on through her generous donation.

The University of St. Francis offers undergraduate, graduate and post-master’s certificates in social work. For a full list of programs, please visit

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,900 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.