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 three 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.
The 2023 scholarship application announcement will be publicized in early 2023.
ATTENTION STUDENTS: who are studying in a field related to
gerontology or geriatric health in Minnesota
THE MINNESOTA GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY IS SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR ITS HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS FOR THE 2023-24 ACADEMIC YEAR
FIVE $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE AWARDED
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 17, 2023
MGS plans to award five scholarships for the 2023-24 academic year, two $1K Gerald Bloedow Scholarships, one $1K Elva Walker Spillane Scholarships, and two $1K Robert L. and Rosalie A. Kane Scholarships. It is anticipated that two scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing each of the three levels study: bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. All applications must be received by February 17, 2023, with scholarship decisions to be made no later than March 3, 2023. Scholarship recipients will be acknowledged during the MGS Virtual Pre-Conference on March 17, 2023.
Interested applicants should complete the following steps:
- Fill out the Application Form. (Download Here)
- Have a faculty member at your college or university complete the recommendation form.
- Provide a copy of your most recent transcript (official copy not required) from your college or university.
- Submit an essay of no more than two pages responding to the following questions:
- What has sparked or inspired you to pursue a career in gerontology/geriatrics?
- Describe a memorable experience in your studies relating to gerontology/geriatrics. What was your “aha’ moment?
- What have you done to academically and professionally prepare yourself for a career in gerontology/geriatrics?
- What are you hoping to do with your academic preparation in future work with older adults
- Email the above items by February 17, 2023 to email@example.com.
Scholarship recipients will be chosen based upon the following criteria:
- Demonstrated interest in and preparation for a career in gerontology/geriatrics
- Creativity, initiative, organizational and writing skills
APPLICATION FORM FOR THE 2023-24 ACADEMIC YEAR
(Scroll down for Scholarship Recipients)
Robert L. and Rosalie A. Kane Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund was established to honor the lives and tireless advocacy work of Robert L. and Rosalie A. Kane. The Kane Scholarship fund was jump-started by a contribution from an anonymous donor less than a month before Robert Kane’s sudden death on March 6, 2017. Rosalie passed on May 5, 2020. Upon their arrival in Minnesota in 1985, both were active members of MGS. In 2003, they were co-awardees as Gerontologist of the Year because of their leadership in long term care and dedication to improving and transforming care systems for older adults. 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, author, and dedicated advocate for better management of chronic illnesses and improved delivery of long term care. Rosalie A. Kane, Ph.D., was a professor of social work and public health for more than 45 years and spent more than three decades at the University of Minnesota where she worked up until the time of her death. A pioneer in her field, Rosalie’s academic work focused on case management, community-based care, and transforming long term care systems to be more person-centered. She was a relentless champion for the rights of seniors and adults with disabilities to self-advocate. Rosalie was a prolific author, unafraid to challenge established norms in her work.
Donate to the Robert L. and Rosalie A. Kane Scholarship Fund
Elva Walker Spillane Scholarship Fund
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.
Donate to the Elva Walker Scholarship Fund
Gerald Bloedow Scholarship Fund
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.
Donate to the Gerald Bloedow Scholarship Fund
Robert & Rosalie Kane Scholarship Recipients (began in 2018)
- 2022: Meena Murugappan, PhD Candidate in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Hawking Yam, PhD Candidate in Health Service Policy & Administration, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- 2021: Emma Hintz, Doctor of Physical Therapy Student, University of Minnesota
Ellie Krienke, Medical Student, University of Minnesota
- 2020: Odichinma Akosionu UMN PhD
Michelle Berning UMN MD
- 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)
- 2022: Maria Kroeber, Bachelor of Science Student Communication Sciences and Disorders; Gerontology Minor, St. Cloud State University and Hannah Schulz, Bachelor of Science Student Psychology, Minnesota State University-Mankato
- 2021: Azziza Ali, Bachelor of Social Work Student, Winona State University
Jessica VanderWerf, Bachelor of Psychology, Gerontology Minor, St. Cloud State University
- 2020: Hannah Weegman WSU Nursing
Kelsey Hermanson WSU Social Work
- 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)
- 2022: Claudia Burgos Zuniga, Master of Gerontology Candidate, St. Cloud State University and Amy Dircks, Master of Social Work Candidate, St. Mary’s of Minnesota
- 2021: Abiodun Olufemi Jegede, Master of Gerontology Student, St. Cloud State University
Abby Teply, Master of Clinical Psychology Student, Minnesota State University – Mankato
- 2020: Tarynn Johnson SCSU Gerontology
Annie Myers UST Social Work
- 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