Lowell Eugene Jenkins, ACSW, LCSW, spent his career at Colorado State University as director of field education and associate professor of social work from 1975-2000. Lowell wore his social work profession as a cloak of honor. He was the kind of teacher that one would wish for every social work student who aspires to clinical practice. After retiring to Toronto, Lowell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2007. Lowell continued to offer himself to others throughout this often painful journey. Together with a social worker from the Alzheimer's Society, he led a group for men who were in the early stages of living with dementia. Lowell passed away in December 2016.
In an effort to honor Lowell's years of passion and dedication to CSU and the field of social work, his dear friends, Carl and Karen Spina, set up the Lowell Eugene Jenkins Scholarship in Social Work. Carl joined the CSU School of Social Work faculty in 1973, where he spent five years as an assistant professor before leaving to pursue practitioner and entrepreneurial opportunities.
In Carl and Karen's own words, "We have created the Lowell Eugene Jenkins Scholarship in Social Work to honor our dear friend, Lowell, and the many ways in which he enriched the lives of his family, friends, students, and colleagues."