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2017 Senior Care Scholarship


A Place for Mom is proud to offer our annual $1,000 scholarship to university students interested in the fields of aging and gerontology.  As the North America's largest senior living referral service, we know the importance of supporting the training and education of our future senior care leaders.

This scholarship will be awarded to a citizen or a Permanent Resident of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec) who is enrolled and currently taking classes at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec), and will grant selected applicants a $1,000 financial donation for their compelling essays on life lessons learned from a senior.

Selection and Eligibility Criteria

  1. The annual scholarship award is for (5) students enrolled in an associate's degree, bachelor's degree or graduate level program in a medical, nursing or social sciences related major. The student must be planning on pursuing a career that involves working with senior citizens.The applicant must be attending classes at an accredited college or university at the time of the spring deadline.
  2. Employees of A Place for Mom and members of their immediate family (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, of such employees, are not eligible to apply.
  3. Applicants must complete the student information form, a 400 to 700 word essay on the selected topic and sign the Scholarship Award Agreement
  4. Scholarship will be awarded to five students who write the most compelling essay as judged by an outside panel of senior living professionals.

Award Amount

  • $1,000 awarded to five individuals.

Instructions for Applicants

  1. Please fill out the short online student information form.
  2. Send a signed copy of the Scholarship Award Agreement to, the easiest way to do this is to print the PDF file, fill it out and scan it back into your computer so that you can email it as an attachment. Alternately, you can print it, fill it out and then take a clear picture of it and email that file to us.
  3. Send your essay to, essays should be between 400 and 700 words long.
  4. Essays and signed agreements may be sent in the same email, please make sure your name is in the subject line.
  5. You must be planning on a career working with senior citizens in order to be eligible for this scholarship.
  6. All application materials must reach us by 11:59pm April 15, 2017.

Essay Topic

Author Andy Rooney once said "The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person." What is the one most important life lesson that you have learned from a grandparent or other senior in your life? Who was or is the senior in your life who inspires you? How will you use the lesson learned from them in your future career working with seniors?

A Place for Mom may choose to not award or to withdraw the Scholarship Award for any reason. Award recipients will be notified individually and announced by June 1, 2017.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the dedicated students who applied in 2016, the five 2016 winners were announced on May 31, 2016. You can read the ten 2016 finalist essays here.

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