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Kelechi "Kay" Blanton, RN $2,500
Kay has always valued education and had a passion for nursing since a young age. She decided to start her nursing career as a CNA and with motivations from family and friends moved on to become an LVN and subsequently an RN. That wasn't enough, she was sick of seeing her patients with "a bucket of pills pushed by providers that caused one system failure to another." She has decided to take things into her own hands and enroll at Walden to become an Acute Care Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. As one of her patients described her "She was so on point with making sure I received everything I needed medically. She made sure I was in no pain from the time she introduced herself to the time her shift ended. Kay is a hardworking, loving, caring, and terrific nurse." This led to Kay winning the Daisy Award from The Daisy Foundation.
Victoria Alvarado, $4,000
Victoria has been in remission for the past 6 years after a full parotidectomy, and as it relates to her experience she states,"! will never forget the feeling of being a patient full of questions and fears regarding my plan of care. That experience solidified "my wanting to be in the medical field and it was after a year working as a scribe in the emergency department at Parkland Hospital and seeing the hard work of the RNs and how they are, in my opinion, the heart and soul of the hospital, I realized my calling to be a nurse." Victoria graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2014, had her third child in 2016 and decided to enroll in the Louise Herrington School of Nursing Fastbacc Accelerated Program at Baylor University. She has volunteered with U.N.'s The World Food Programme, Conversation Partners at Brookhaven College, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.
Rosie Vega, BSW $1,000
Rosie is setting the bar by becoming the first in her family to have earned a Bachelor's degree and will be the first to earn her Master's. Rosie is raising three boys while working as an assisted living ombudsman for 60 facilities in Dallas County for the Senior Source and in her "spare time" pursuing her Masters in Social Work at the University of North Texas. Her long-term goal is to be in a leadership position in a health care setting and serving older adults. In her words, "being an ombudsman has been very rewarding on so many different levels. I get to be the hope of tomorrow, the voice of those that cannot speak and the light at the end of the tunnel.".
Named Academic Scholarships
Collin College Foundation $1,250 • Bintou Dibba - pursuing a degree in Nursing
Dallas County Community College $1,250
University of North Texas at Dallas $1,250
Adrian Felder, MSN, RN $2,500
Adrian, a former college basketball star at Midwestern and mother of 1 recalls her middle school field trip to the advanced math and science campus for preview day where she thought to herself "I'll never be a nurse." 20 years later she finds herself with an MSN, RN and pursuing her post-master's certification as an Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. Currently she is the coordinator of a Pulmonary Hypertension clinic. As the clinic grew and another provider was needed she decided she wanted to be that provider and returned to school. Scheduled to graduate in 2018 she hopes to further the objective of the clinic and keep patients out of the hospital.
Vivian Miller, LMSW $1,500
Vivian is currently enrolled at University of Texas at Arlington as a social work doctoral student.
Her long-term goals following graduation are to obtain experience in a postdoctoral research fellowship and work as a university professor, focusing on teaching students and continuing research on quality of life issues and mental health outcomes among cultural and ethnic minority elders residing in long-term care settings and the role of social workers in nursing homes. She has served as Vice President and President of the Gerontology Organization at UTA, served as Media Chair in the Doctoral Student Association, she raised over $1000 for the Alzheimer's Association as a team member running the Cowtown Half Marathon, volunteered at Community Hospice of Texas, Vitas Hospice, the Tarrant Area Foodbank and Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.
Dorothea Ivey, MSW MPA - $3,000
Dorothea is a PhD student in the final year of her doctoral program at the University of Texas at Arlington. While working on her PhD she has also managed to raise two children, 17 and 19, volunteer for Grandparents Raising Grandkids, Lancaster Outreach, City Square, and Generation United. Her research focuses on three main areas, the first concerns intergenerational reciprocity, the extent to which generations can strengthen one another. The second consists of an investigation of family behaviors and belief systems of the elderly and how it impacts the next generation, also known as intergenerational mobility. The third seeks to expand access and increase effectiveness of nonprofit programs that serve grandparents and older adults raising children. She describes the purpose of her research as "intended to enhance social support and policies considering intergenerational families."
Christian Alch, BS, UTMB School of Medicine Class of 2018 - $1,000
Christian graduated from LSU with degree in Biology. From there he moved on to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where he will finish in 2018. He plans to apply to residency for the 2018 entering class in Internal Medicine and desires to leverage his training to gain specific skills needed to care for the geriatric population, particularly those patients suffering from end-stage heart failure. He was recently elected president for the Gold Humanism Honor Society UTMB chapter. He is also the winner of the Student Award in Oslerian Medicine, UTMB. One of his proudest accomplishments is founding "No One Dies Alone at UTMB", an initiative dedicated to ensuring the presence of a compassionate companion at the bedside as patients pass away.
Dallas Area Gerontological Society, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, offers a scholarship to an individual preparing for a career in gerontology or to an individual currently working in the aging field, but wishing to increase his or her current skills through a degree or certificate program.
The Dallas Area Gerontological Society was founded with the expressed intent to educate the community at large about Gerontology, advocate for elderly persons, and promote improved services for elderly persons. DAGS will be offering Scholarships for full-time or part-time students for the 2017-18 academic year. The Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to those preparing for a career in Gerontology or those currently working in an aging field who wish to increase their skills through either a degree or certificate program.
Eligibility for Scholarship:
APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 15, 2018