2024 Tillman Scholar

Benetta Dousuah

Syracuse University
Masters of Social Work

“I aim to be a dedicated advocate, working towards breaking down barriers and fostering a supportive environment within the military.”

Benetta Dousuah was born in a refugee camp in Ghana, West Africa. Benetta and her family won the lottery to relocate to the United States when she was ten years old. She grew up in Newark, New Jersey.    After high school, Benetta joined the U.S. Army where she served as a unit supply sergeant. She was later stationed at Camp Humphreys, South Korea where she attended the Army Basic Leader Course and graduated as the class Honor Graduate, ranked #2 in her class of 113.       

Currently pursuing a master’s in social work at Syracuse University, Benetta aspires to become a social worker with a specific focus on serving as a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) representative at a behavioral health clinic on a military installation. She aims to improve SHARP processes and investigations.    

Benetta currently interns at the Syracuse University Veterans Legal Law Clinic as the inaugural recipient of the Wendy Goidel scholarship. Her internship focuses on assisting veterans dealing with challenges such as homelessness, food insecurity, and disability claims. Benetta is a member of Social Workers United (SWU). She is currently hosting a drive to collect school supplies for children in Liberia, where seven out of ten children live in extreme poverty and lack learning materials and school supplies.  Benetta resides in Watertown, New York, with her five-year-old daughter.