This annual award is given to a University of Lynchburg student whose achievements exemplify Heritage Green’s commitment toward a greater understanding of aging and the involvement of college students in gerontology.
- To recognize a University of Lynchburg student who has done outstanding work in the field of gerontology
- To promote research, classroom activities, community service, service learning and field work involving the aging population
The award is provided by an endowment from Heritage Green Assisted Living Communities located in Forest, Virginia. Previous winners include:
- Lauren Bray (2018)
- Shane Duncan (2017)
- Leonette Gardiner (2016)
- Haley Crouch (2015)
- Lana Hall (2013)
- Jessica Crews (2012)
- Samantha Swanson (2011)
- Charlotte Arbogast (2010)
- Robert McGrath (2009)
- Randi Lawson (2008)
- Katelyn Cole and Courtney Lightfoot (2007)
- Ashleigh Cambareri and Adrienne Leadon (2006)
Faculty, staff, or a student himself/herself can initiate the nomination process. If a student initiates the process, he/she must also have a recommendation from a faculty, staff, advisor, or program site supervisor—the person who is most knowledgeable of his/her work.
Every nomination must include the following and must be returned to the Beard Center on Aging for consideration by March 7, 2019:
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
or 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 and representatives from Heritage Green and the Beard Center on Aging will then select the winner from the nominations. The Committee shall meet together at a mutually agreeable time and location to review nominations and make their decision. The winner will be notified via email and be invited to attend the Academic Awards Banquet to receive the award.
Award: $250 and a certificate of recognition
Any undergraduate/graduate University of Lynchburg student currently enrolled is eligible if he/she meets all three (3) of the following requirements:
- He/she has participated in at least three volunteer/service learning activities with older adults (Memory Walk, Food Drive, Bonner Leader Program, off-campus activity, etc.) or has at least 8 community service/volunteer hours working with older adults or has conducted a research project directly with older adults
- He/she has completed these eligibility requirements during the summer 2018, fall 2018 and/or spring 2019 semesters
- He/she has at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
For more information, contact Denise Scruggs, Director of the Beard Center on Aging at 434.544.8456 or .