Reaves-Davenport Scholarship

Reaves-Davenport Excellence In Social Work Scholarship

Drs. Judith and Joe Davenport have established the Reaves-Davenport Excellence in Social Work Scholarship for outstanding social work students at Mississippi State University. The scholarship is competitive and available to full-time, second semester juniors or seniors enrolled in the social work program and with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. The scholarship is for one year only and students may receive it one time only. 

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Joseph Davenport, III, MSSW, PhD Biographical Sketch

Joseph and Judith Davenport

Joseph is a retired professor from the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also taught in the Department of Social Work at Mississippi State University, where he was Coordinator of the Meridian Branch, and at the University of Wyoming. He was the Director of Continuing Social Work Education at the University of Georgia. Joseph was the of Chief of Social Services, at the Flathead Indian Health Services in St. Ignatius, Montana, and was Planning Associate at the Council of Community Services, Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Davenport received his BA in sociology/social work at Mississippi State University, his MSSW from the College of Social Work, University of Tennessee, and his doctorate from the University of Wyoming, Department of Educational Administration. His practice areas focused on health and mental health programming and community organization and development. His specialty area is in all aspects of rural social work.

Joseph has authored or co-authored numerous papers at national and international conferences/symposia and has authored and co-authored numerous publications, primarily related to rural social work , including the co-editing of several books. He co-authored the rural social work section of the 19th and 20th editions of the Encyclopedia of Social Work.

Joseph has held office in many professional organizations including the National Association of Social Workers, Council on Social Work Education, and Rural Social Work Caucus.


Judith A. Davenport, PhD, MSSW Biographical Sketch

is a Professor Emerita in the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was the director of the School from 1989-1977 and was also the Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of Off-Campus programs. Prior to that Dr. Davenport was Director of the Undergraduate Program at the University of Georgia and Chair of the Department of Social Work at the University of Wyoming. Additional teaching experiences have included Mississippi State University, Department of Social Work and the University of Montana, Department of Social Work. She was a visiting professor at Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, Thailand, and a visiting scholar at National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Dr. Davenport received her BA in sociology/social work at Mississippi State University, her MSSW from the College of Social Work, University of Tennessee, and her PhD from the University of Wyoming, Department of Educational Administration. Her extensive practice experience includes the areas of physical and mental health, aging, child welfare, social development, sexual assault, and social services administration. Her practice, research, and teaching interests have focused on issues related primarily to rural communities and rural social work. Her most recent research has focused on the impacts of the influx of Latinos/Hispanics and other minority immigrants on rural communities in Missouri and other Midwestern states.

Judith has presented or co-presented numerous publications at national and international conferences/symposia and co-edited several books and numerous articles, primarily on rural social work. She co-authored the rural social work section of the 19th and 20th editions of the Encyclopedia of Social Work.

Judith has held office in many professional organizations including the National Association of Social Workers, Council on Social Work Education, Inter-University Consortium for International Social Development, National Association for Rural Mental Health, the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, and the Rural Social Work Caucus.