2002-2003 AARP Andrus Foundation scholarship-fellowship program awardees announced
For the tenth straight year, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is administering the AARP Andrus Foundation graduate scholarship and fellowship program in gerontology and aging studies. Seventy-three students competed for the three fellowships and five scholarships available in the 2002 - 2003 cycle. Selection was based on academic excellence, strong faculty recommendations, and the students' commitment to the field of aging.
Three fellowships for $15,000 each have been awarded for one year to doctoral-level students in gerontology or aging studies. This year, the fellowship awards go to Elizabeth Hill-Westmoreland at the University of Maryland at Baltimore (nominated by Dr. Ann Marie Spellbring), Kristine Hanna at Boston University (nominated by Dr. Alice Cronin-Golomb) and Jeffrey Buchanan at the University of Nevada, Reno (nominated by Dr. Jane E. Fisher).
Five full-year scholarships for $7,000 were awarded to master's-level students. This year, the scholarship awards go to Tyson Brown at the University of Florida (nominated by Dr. Amy M. Pienta), Olivio Clay at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (nominated by Dr. David L. Roth), Marla Stasik at Oregon Health and Science University (nominated by Dr. Patricia Archbold), Martha Baker at Luther Seminary (nominated by Dr. Melvin A. Kimble) and Christina Neill at Virginia Commonwealth University (nominated by Dr. Frank R. Baskind).
The program, funded by a bequest to the AARP Andrus Foundation, is designed to address the lack of financial assistance available for students in gerontology and aging studies and the increasing need for more people trained in providing services and programs for older persons. AGHE, an educational unit of The Gerontological Society of America, was established in 1974 to advance gerontology as a field of study within institutions of higher learning and now has a membership of over 280 institutions of higher education and other organizations committed to gerontological and geriatric education.