The purpose of this annual award is to:
- Recognize a University of Lynchburg student who has done outstanding work in the field of gerontology.
- Promote research, classroom activities, community service, service learning, and fieldwork involving the aging population.
Any undergraduate/graduate University of Lynchburg student currently enrolled is eligible if they meet all three of the following requirements:
- They have participated in at least three volunteer/service learning activities with older adults (memory walk, food drive, Bonner Leader Program, off-campus activity, etc.), has at least eight community service/volunteer hours working with older adults, or has conducted a research project directly with older adults.
- They have completed these eligibility requirements during the Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and/or Spring 2019 semesters.
- They have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Any faculty, staff, or a student can initiate the nomination process. If a student initiates the process, they must also have a recommendation from a faculty, staff, advisor, or program site supervisor — preferably, a person who is most knowledgeable of the student’s work.
Every nomination must include the following and be returned to the Beard Center on Aging for consideration by March 7, 2019:
- Student’s Information Form “A” and Recommendation Form “B” completed by a University of Lynchburg faculty member, staff member, or advisor if the project was an essay, paper, or project.
- Recommendation Form “C” completed by the site supervisor if the project included service learning, field work, or volunteering.
A committee comprised of University of Lynchburg faculty, representatives from Heritage Green, and the Beard Center on Aging will then select a winner from the nominations. The winner will be notified via email and invited to attend the Academic Awards Banquet to receive the award.
- 2018: Lauren Bray ’19 DPT
- 2017: Shane Duncan ’18 DPT
- 2016: Leonette Gardiner ’16, ’17 MPH
- 2015: Haley Crouch ’16
- 2013: Lana Hall ’13 DPT
- 2012: Jessica Crews ’13
- 2011: Samantha Swanson ’11
- 2010: Charlotte Arbogast ’10
- 2009: Robert McGrath ’09
- 2008: Randi Lawson
- 2007: Katelyn Cole and Courtney Lightfoot ’07
- 2006: Ashleigh Cambareri ’05 and Adrienne Leadon ’05