Remembering Dan Huff’s Impact on Social Work Students and the Profession

“In 1971 upon enrolling in the Social Work program, Dan was my advisor, and when I joined the faculty in 1978, he became a colleague and friend. Personally, I am giving $1,000 to start the drive to increase the Dan Huff Memorial Scholarship fund to celebrate the incredible impact Dan had on students and the profession.”

Dave Johnson, MSW, ACSW

Boise State University Class of 1973

Dan Huff dedicated his professional career to social work education at Boise State. His skill as an educator and mentor were greatly valued and appreciated by the decades of students who learned under his tutelage. His impact on the School of Social Work was foundational.  He was one of the first three individuals recruited to teach for the new bachelor’s degree program started in1966. Irene Wilcox, served as the first Social Work Department Chair. Frances Guzie was hired full-time in 1969, and in 1970 Dan was hired as the third Social Work faculty member.  

Dan was committed to students and social justice. He particularly wanted to ensure rich learning opportunities and the success of students, which prompted him to create an emergency fund to support students who might face an emergency financial need that would jeopardize their education.

Dan retired in 2006, after a 35-year career at Boise State. He died five years laterafter a courageous fight with cancer. After his death, The Dan Huff Memorial Scholarship in Social Work was established to continue his legacy and dedication to Social Work students. The Huff Scholarship provides financial support for full-time undergraduate and graduate students with financial need.

At this ten-year mark of his death, we seek to expand this scholarship fund by $30,000 to double the amount of scholarship aid awarded each year.

To accomplish this goal, Dave Johnson, Social Work BA ’73, MSW, ACSW and current member of the Boise State School of Social Work Advisory Board is challenging alumni, colleagues, and friends to make a donation of $50 or more – at least $5 for each year since Dan’s passing – to help grow the Huff Scholarships.

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