The mission of the Minnesota Gerontological Society (MGS) is to bridge research and practice in the field of aging, with emphasis on developing and supporting tomorrow’s leaders. To meet this mission, MGS has created scholarship funds and annually awards financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students studying in a field related to gerontology or geriatric health in Minnesota. 100% of donations to these funds support scholarships.
Robert L. and Rosalie A. Kane Scholarship Fund
This newest scholarship fund was established to honor the work of Robert L. and Rosalie A. Kane, both active members of MGS since their arrival in Minnesota in 1985. In 2003, they were co-awardees as Gerontologist of the Year because of their leadership in long-term care. The Kane Scholarship fund was jump-started by a large contribution from an anonymous donor less than a month before Robert Kane’s sudden death on March 6, 2017. There have been many generous contributions by MGS members as well as others in the United States and around the world who made donations to the fund in Robert Kane’s memory. The first Kane scholarship was awarded in 2018.
Robert L. Kane, MD, was the Minnesota Chair of Aging and Long-Term Care at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health where he was a professor for more than thirty years. He was a distinguished researcher, prolific author, and dedicated advocate for better management of chronic illnesses and improved delivery of long-term care. Rosalie A. Kane, Ph.D., is a professor in the Division of Health Services Research and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota, she is also a member of the graduate faculty of the School of Social Work, the graduate faculty of the Gerontology minor, and the affiliated faculty of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at UMN.
Elva Walker Spillane Scholarship
MGS created this scholarship fund in 2014 to memorialize the life and work of Elva Walker Spillane. Elva dedicated her life to service and advocacy in the field of aging services. She was a founding member and former President of MGS, founding member and served eight years on the Minnesota Board on Aging, volunteered her leadership on the Boards of the National Council on Aging and AARP, and tirelessly supported many more local, state and national organizations.
Gerald Bloedow Scholarship
In 1994, MGS established the Bloedow Scholarship fund to honor the lifelong contributions of Gerald Bloedow to the field of aging and to provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students to further their education in gerontology.
Gerald Bloedow was Director of the Minnesota Board on Aging from 1966 until 1994. Prior to this he directed many community organization projects for the Governor’s Citizen Council on Aging. Gerald was a founding member of MGS in 1976. The fund was established by Elva Walker Spillane and Ann Wood to honor the lifelong contributions of Gerald Bloedow to the field of aging and to provide assistance to students in this field.
Robert & Rosalie Kane Scholarship Recipients (began in 2018)
- 2019: Melinda Holmstadt, University of Minnesota, PhD Candidate, Physical Therapy
- Colleen Peterson, University of Minnesota, PhD Candidate, Epidemiology
- 2018: Kristi Oeding, PhD, Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences, University of Minnesota
Elva Walker Spillane Scholarship Recipients (began in 2014)
- 2019: Soore Ademuwagun, St. Cloud State, MS Candidate, Gerontology
- Stephanie Larson, University of St. Thomas, MSW Candidate, Social Work
- 2018: Lisa Moen, PsyD, St. Mary’s University
Alissa Pool, DNP, University of Minnesota
- 2017: Amanda Clemens, MS Gerontology student, St. Cloud State University
Ruth Rath-Nesvacil, PhD, University of Minnesota
- 2016: Beau Cummings, J.D. in law at MN State University Moorhead
Rachel Potter, BS in Social Work at Winona State University
- 2015: Mary Whipple, UMN Doctoral Candidate, School of Nursing
Gerald Bloedow Scholarship Recipients (began in 1994)
- 2019: Luke Gietzen, Minnesota State University Moorhead, BA Candidate, Gerontology
- Ansel Schmidt, University of Minnesota, DPT Candidate, Physical Therapy
- 2018: Kassara Kneeland, MSW, St. Catherine/St. Thomas University
Samantha Peterson, BSW, Winona State University
- 2017: Leah Oien, BA Gerontology student, MN State University Moorhead
Brianna Lauer, PhD Physical Therapy student, Univeristy of Minnesota
- 2016: Jessica Finlay, PhD in geography with minor in gerontology at U of M
Ana Westervelt, M.A. in Public Health at U of M
- 2015: Wendy Hazuki Martin, UMN Bachelor’s nursing student;
Reenu Bajracharya, St. Cloud State Master’s gerontology student;
Elizabeth Dembski, Winona State Master’s social work student
- 2014: Katherine Johanson, Marissa Parkman, and Rebecca Davis
- 2013: Emily Matthews and Supriya Sarkar
- 2012: Erin Morcomb and Joseph Halvorson
- 2011: Azizah Jordan and Moira Olson
- 2010: Tracy Kiebler and Meaghan Mohr Gesino
- 2009: Rusudan Kilaberia, Sonia Pond and Gretchen Van der Linden
- 2008: Carolyn Bothwell, Charissa Eaton and Julie Torelli
- 2007: Kathleen Beddo, Katie Griep and Sara Lassig
- 2006: Kristina Patel and Pam Zimmerman
- 2005: Rajean Moone and Elizabeth Palo
- 2004: Corjena Cheung and Harriet Mednick
- 2003: Kathy Siegling