Aging Matters Scholarship
Apply NOW to Win Our $1,500 Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 15th, 2017 is dedicated to helping seniors and their families in their quest for a better life. Aging impacts everyone and as the aging population explodes over the next 30 years, wants to bring more awareness to the key issues we face. We will be awarding an annual college scholarship to an individual that best demonstrates to us why "Aging Matters" to them.

We are excited to announce the Aging Matters Scholarship. A $1500 scholarship will be given annually to a selected college student that currently cares for an aging loved one, works within the senior community, or intends to pursue a career that will have an impact on the elder population. Any existing student (or incoming freshman), in good academic standing, at a 2 or 4 year accredited college can apply for this scholarship. And the recipient will demonstrate a unique and admirable understanding and desire to show us that "Aging Matters" to them.

The Aging Matters Scholarship awards $1500 to be applied towards tuition, books, board and other expenses.

Scholarship Details:

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Duration: One-Time Payment
  • Number of Recipients: 1 per year
  • Applications accepted beginning October 15th for awards the following year
  • Deadline Date: May 15th, 2017
  • Selection Date: June 15th, 2017
  • Announcement Date: As soon as the recipient is contacted and eligibility confirmed

Application Requirements:

  • An existing college student or incoming freshman (to be enrolled in the Fall of 2017 in good academic standing)
  • Attending any 2 year or 4 year accredited college or university as a full-time student
  • Complete and submit the application form.
  • Judging will be based on the submission quality of the application, which will include a short, 1000 word or less essay on why Aging Matters to the applicant.

Congratulations to Our Past Winners

Gregory Troutman
Gregory Troutman (2016)
Hempfield High School in Landisville, Pennsylvania
Attending University of Pennsylvania


Gregory's Submission:

I am currently completing a Master in Bioethics degree and will be starting medical school next year. Since graduating from Lafayette College in May 2013, I have worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in cardiology to gauge whether or not my passions truly lie in healthcare. Working in a clinical setting has solidified my interest both in cardiology, and working with an aging population. I have been amazed to witness firsthand the incredible technological advancements that allow us to redefine the way we can heal senior citizens. I have been amazed to see how resilient elderly patients can be when faced with something that initially seems like a horrifying illness. I have enjoyed shadowing physicians here who are experts not only in taking patients' histories and developing treatment plans, but making this a two-way conversation where elderly patients can express their own values and interests and have an active role in their own decision making.

My grandfather, Thomas Casey, was born in Charlestown, Mayo, Ireland and immigrated to the US with his parents at a young age. The son of a railroad worker, his parents were appalled when he expressed interest in attending college. "Do you think you're better than where you came from, that you would work with your brain instead of your back?" was my great-grandfather's response. It is difficult for me to come to terms with what this sort of family pressure must have been like, let along the financial burden of pursuing an education.

My grandfather has never once complained about this interaction- rather, he used this to encourage my mother to pursue higher education, along with myself. Hearing of his hardships growing up has helped me to feel thankful for the opportunities I have been blessed with. In many ways, I feel that I would not currently be pursuing higher education if my family had not been so adamant that the best way to improve my life was to increase my knowledge. When school gets tough, and the hours in the library seem endless, I always think of Tom Casey and how much tougher it must have been for him. I am blessed with a supportive family who is always eager to hear about what I am learning. I can't imagine putting myself through college without the emotional support, let alone disapproval, from family.

This above all has taught me not to view senior citizens merely in the present, but to attempt to dig deeper into their past to learn about and learn from the many challenges they have faced and overcame. I feel that by hearing my grandfather's, and other senior citizens', stories I not only gain a deeper understanding of their values, but a better appreciation for the things I have been afforded in life.

I am currently pursuing a Master in Bioethics degree and beginning medical school next year, with a particular interest in gerontology. As America's aging population is ever increasing, it is important to not only focus on the necessary medical specializations needed to cater healthcare towards the elderly, but also the ethical and health policy implications of this. The elderly are full of diverse life experiences and knowledge. We have much to learn from them, especially as clinicians. Andy Rooney words it perfectly when he says, "the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person." I felt that Tom Casey, my grandfather, was a teacher not only of the history he lived through, but of the culture and values of his generation. Hearing his unique experiences has made me more curious about other's upbringing, and how family dynamics and time periods have shifted the way we think of work, children, and life in general.

As a budding physician, I hope to take these lessons to heart not only to be thankful for the education I am pursuing, but also to remind myself to always dig deeper into an elderly patient's story. By elucidating their past, values, and priorities, I will do the best job I can to ensure that we can create a health plan together for them to best live their life the way the please. Additionally, I aim to apply my studies to generate meaningful health policy changes to help heal the aging population in general in a more meaningful manner.

Although my grandfather is no longer with us physically today, I can feel his presence watching over me and supporting me throughout my studies. I know I will think of him as I am treating elderly patients one day, and will be thankful for the mentoring and encouragement he provided that has caused me to prioritize education the way I do.

I feel that I would be a good candidate for this scholarship, as I hope to combine my current training in bioethics and eventual medical training to gain both strong clinical ethics and mediation skills to assist in difficult end of life decisions, but also to work towards generating health policies that work the improve treatment for the elderly on a population level. Unfortunately this educational path comes with a hard financial burden, and I am eager and appreciative to be considered for awards to offset the financial barriers to pursuing what I love. Thank you for considering my application!

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