Beatrice Goldberg was a woman with vision, dignity, creativity and intellect. Her commitment to the improvement of her west side community and provision of services to all its people became her life’s work. In the decade of the 60s, a period marked by turbulence and social unrest, Beatrice (affectionately known as Bea) continued to be in the forefront. She, along with many others, sought to make significant changes in the lives of older people on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The result of her efforts was the establishment of the West Side Interagency Council for the Aging, Inc. (WSIACA). She served as its first chairperson and continued her leadership until 1988.
In 2014 WSIACA began a scholarship drive to encourage MSW candidates to work in the field of aging. In 2015 it was determined that WSIACA would name the scholarship award after Beatrice Golderg to honor her memory and service to older adults on the west side of New York. In partnership with Fordham University, candidates are invited to submit essays about their commitment to working with the aging and one person is selected by the WSIACA Scholarship Committee to receive the honor.
Recipients of the Beatrice M. Goldberg Scholarship
2014 – Thomas Duffy
2015 – America Ortega
2016 – Lingyue Lu
2017 – Kirandeep Kaur
2018 – Irene Droney
2019 – Emily Sterns