A Place for Mom is proud to annually offer a $1,000 scholarship
to five university students who intend to use their education to
help the senior population through their fields of study. These may
include nursing, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy,
sociology, social work or gerontology. As North America's largest
senior living referral service, we know the importance of
supporting the training and education of our future senior care
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 how to improve the quality of life for seniors.
Selection and Eligibility Criteria
1. The annual scholarship award is
for (5) students enrolled in an associates's degree, bachelor's
degree or graduate level program in a medical, nursing or social
sciences related major. The student must intend 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 a letter
of introduction and an essay that is between 500 and 900 words on a
selected topic and sign the Scholarship Award Agreement
4. Scholarship will be awarded to
five students who write the most compelling essay in each of five
categories as judged by an outside panel of senior living
- $1,000 awarded to five individuals.
Instructions for Applicants
Please include the following in your email:
1. Letter of introduction describing
your history working or volunteering with seniors, why you're
seeking a degree in your field and why you feel you would be a good
candidate for this scholarship award.
2. A signed copy of the Scholarship Award Agreement. 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 include it in your
application packet. Alternately, you can print it, fill it out and
then take a clear picture of it and email that file along with your
3. Choose ONE of the subtopics of
the essay question listed below.
4. Essays must be between 500 and
900 words long.
5. You must be planning on a career
working with senior citizens in order to be eligible for this
6. Deadline: April 15, 2015
The Administration on Aging estimates that by 2050, nearly a
quarter of Americans will be age 65 or older, this includes the
remaining Baby Boomers, all of Generation X and the older members
of Generation Y. By 2025, the number of people 65 and older with
Alzheimer's disease is expected to reach 7.1 million. Care for the
influx of senior citizens is of critical importance. What advances
in senior care need to occur in order to care for our aging
population? What contributions will you make towards solving this
Please choose ONE of the following five subtopics:
1. Technological innovations such as
those that help monitor and track locations of people with
2. What innovations do you see
happening around the care and research into Alzheimer's and memory
care? (Please note that we are not looking for a description of
Alzheimer's or statistics about the disease).
3. Mental health, psychology or
sociological innovations to improve the quality of life for seniors
or ways in which our society can reduce the stigma around dementia,
aging and senior living.
4. Medical or medical research
innovations, which includes nursing.
5. Other care innovations, which
include advances in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech
pathology, pharmacy or recreational therapy.
How to Apply
Click here to submit your letter of
introduction, essay and Scholarship
Award Agreement. Please include your first and last name in the
Keep in mind that your application email must reach us by 11:59
p.m. on 4/15/15.
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 May 31, 2015.
We're happy to announce the winners of the A Place
for Mom 2014 Senior Care Innovation Scholarship:
Congratulations and thank you to all of the talented students
who applied. Read the
ten finalists' essays here.