Sanford Center for Aging Student Scholarships

Sanford Center for Aging

Scholarships funded by the Sanford Center for Aging encourage University of Nevada, Reno students to specialize in gerontology and all aging-related fields of study. All scholarships are awarded for one year (Fall and Spring semesters). The level of support for individual scholarships varies based on available funds. Applications open October 1.

Sanford Endowment Undergraduate Scholarship

Purpose:  With support from the Graham and Jean Sanford Endowment at the Sanford Center for Aging, this scholarship is designed to support exceptional undergraduate students with a demonstrated interest in gerontology as a field of study and future career.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Degree-seeking undergraduate, enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Completion of, or enrolled in at least one course from the Gerontology Academic Program curriculum
  • Minimum enrollment of six credits per semester
  • Minimum cumulative UNR GPA of 3.25
  • Not a previous recipient of a Sanford Center for Aging (SCA) Undergraduate Scholarship
  • One-year scholarship; non-renewable
  • Make satisfactory academic progress

Recipient Expectations:

  • Submit a letter of appreciation to the Director, UNR Sanford Center for Aging (SCA);
  • Visit the SCA at least once within 60 days of scholarship notification to meet the director, faculty and graduate students, and to learn about the Center's mission and activities;
  • Attend at least one SCA educational activity per year, and
  • Attend the SCA Celebration of Scholars in Aging recognition ceremony, honoring scholarship recipients.
Five Star Residents Scholarship

Purpose: With support from the Residents Council at Five Star Premier Residences of Reno, this scholarship is available to support undergraduate students who are pursuing a formal gerontology credential, preferably enrolled in the UNR Gerontology Certificate Program.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Degree-seeking student at the University of Nevada, Reno, with at least junior standing
  • Preference for student formally enrolled in the Gerontology Certificate Program, who has successfully completed at least two Certificate core courses, with a grade of "C" or better
  • Minimum enrollment of six credits per semester, with preference for student taking more than nine credits per semester at the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Minimum cumulative UNR GPA of 2.50
  • Not a previous recipient of a Five Star Residents Scholarship
  • One-year scholarship; non-renewable
  • Make satisfactory academic progress

Recipient Expectations:

  • Submit a letter of appreciation to the President of the Residents Council, Five Star Premier Residences; and upon invitation present at the Residents Council meeting on one's background, interests and goals;
  • Submit a letter of appreciation to the Director, UNR Sanford Center for Aging (SCA);
  • Visit the SCA at least once within 60 days of scholarship notification to meet the director, faculty and graduate students, and to learn about the Center's mission and activities;
  • Attend at least one SCA educational activity per year, and
  • Attend the SCA Celebration of Scholars in Aging recognition ceremony, honoring scholarship recipients.
Dianne Winne M.D. Memorial Scholarship

Purpose: With support from the Dianne Winne M.D. Memorial Scholarship Endowment at the Sanford Center for Aging, this scholarship is designed to support undergraduate students who are pursuing a formal gerontology credential, preferably enrolled in the UNR Gerontology Minor Program.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Degree-seeking student at the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Full-time or part-time student with a minimum cumulative UNR GPA of 3.0
  • Student must be minoring in Gerontology; if no eligible Gerontology Minors, preference is given to degree-seeking students formally enrolled in the Gerontology Certificate program who have completed at least two of the Certificate core courses with a grade of C or higher
  • Not a previous recipient of a Dianne Winne M.D. Memorial Scholarship
  • One-year scholarship; non-renewable
  • Make satisfactory academic progress

Recipient Expectations:

  • Submit a letter of appreciation to the Dianne Winne M.D. Memorial's designated representative;
  • Submit a letter of appreciation to the Director, UNR Sanford Center for Aging (SCA);
  • Visit the SCA at least once within 60 days of scholarship notification to meet the director, faculty and graduate students, and to learn about the Center's mission and activities;
  • Attend at least one SCA educational activity per year, and
  • Attend the SCA Celebration of Scholars in Aging recognition ceremony, honoring scholarship recipients.
Questions? Contact the Gerontology Academic Program at gap@unr.edu or call 775-784-6824.

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