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Jennifer Barton - $4,000
University of Texas at Arlington - Masters in Social Work
Jennifer has become baffled and angered at the nutrition or lack thereof in our nursing facilities. She has developed a passion for making changes in the dietary requirements at local and state levels. Her dream is to see fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and other proteins, salad bars and vegetarian options, home cooked and non-processed foods at every meal.
Dallas County Community College $1,500
No qualified applicants for 2018
Diamond Lee - $2,000
Mclennan Community College -Long Term Care Administration
The aging population has always had a special place in Diamonds heart. As a high school student, she spent hundreds of hours volunteering at local assisted living and nursing homes. Diamond wants to use her education and skills to "decrease the effects of depression in the elderly, especially those in nursing home facilities by having staff utilize motivation intervention to encourage residents." She believes there is a need for administrators who have compassion for the residents and a progressive vision for the future.
Molly Ricchiuti - $4,000
Texas Christian University - Nursing
After living through multiple traumatic family events and being the eldest of three Molly was forced into the role of a caregiver at a very young age. If given the choice, she says she would do it all over again. It was in these times she found her calling to be a nurse and passion for taking care of others. She says, "It is essential to me that, in interacting with patients and families, I make a difference in their lives the way nurses have made a difference in the most vulnerable parts of my life."
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.
Lynn Pendergrass - $5,000
Amberton University - Masters in Counseling
Lynn has spent the last 25 years serving the aging population as an admissions director, case manager, and social worker. A year and a half ago she decided to turn her life upside down and while supporting two children in college she decided to follow her longtime dream and go back to school to get her masters degree in counseling. What will she do with a masters degree? Her answer, "most likely the same thing I have done for the last 25 years, continue to work with seniors supporting them physically, emotionally and spiritually."
Berkley Moore - $1,250
Collin College - Neuropsychology
Berkley was awarded a scholarship through our named scholarship partnership with Collin College. Berkley is a future medical school student with plans to pursue a career in neuropsychology. Her goal is to work in psychiatry with those who have Alzheimer's or other types of Dementia. Berkley has promised to continue to flourish in her studies so that one day she can bestow this blessing upon other hardworking students.
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 2019-2020 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, 2019