Gerontology

Gerontology is the study of the social, cultural, psychological, cognitive, and biological aspects of ageing. The word was coined by Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov in 1903, from the Greek γέρων, geron, "old man" and -λογία, -logia, "study of". The field is distinguished from geriatrics, which is the branch of medicine that specializes in the treatment of existing disease in older adults. Gerontologists include researchers and practitioners in the fields of biology, nursing, medicine, criminology, dentistry, social work, physical and occupational therapy, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, economics, political science, architecture, geography, pharmacy, public health, housing, and anthropology.

The multidisciplinary nature of gerontology means that there are a number of sub-fields which overlap with gerontology. There are policy issues, for example, involved in government planning and the operation of nursing homes, investigating the effects of an ageing population on society, and the design of residential spaces for older people that facilitate the development of a sense of place or home. Dr. Lawton, a behavioral psychologist at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center, was among the first to recognize the need for living spaces designed to accommodate the elderly, especially those with Alzheimer's disease. As an academic discipline the field is relatively new. The USC Leonard Davis School created the first PhD, master's and bachelor's degree programs in gerontology in 1975.

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Scholarships for Gerontology Majors

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Renaissance Society Scholarship

California State University, Sacramento

$2,500 Varies See Details
 

Renaissance Society Scholarship

California State University, Sacramento

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$2,500

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William and Effa McMeans Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

William and Effa McMeans Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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$2,000

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Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship - UCSD

University of California, San Diego

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship - UCSD

University of California, San Diego

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$2,000

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Leonard Gernant and Frances A. Gernant Gerontology Scholarship

Western Michigan University

$500 Varies See Details
 

Leonard Gernant and Frances A. Gernant Gerontology Scholarship

Western Michigan University

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$500

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Dorothy Fruit Gerontology Student Scholarship

Kent State University, College of Fine and Professional Arts

$500 Varies See Details
 

Dorothy Fruit Gerontology Student Scholarship

Kent State University, College of Fine and Professional Arts

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$500

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AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Up to $5,000 February 15, 2021 See Details
 

AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

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Up to $5,000

deadline

February 15, 2021
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Nancy Chaffin Cyphers Memorial Scholarship

Southwest Virginia Community College

$500 March 31, 2021 See Details
 

Nancy Chaffin Cyphers Memorial Scholarship

Southwest Virginia Community College

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$500

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March 31, 2021
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Melonye Shurtz Memorial Scholarship

Community Foundation of North Central Washington

$400 March 01, 2021 See Details
 

Melonye Shurtz Memorial Scholarship

Community Foundation of North Central Washington

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$400

deadline

March 01, 2021
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Charles Borowiak Gerontology Scholarship

American River College

$400 March 05, 2021 See Details
 

Charles Borowiak Gerontology Scholarship

American River College

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$400

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March 05, 2021
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Cornelia S. Hodges ZONTA Scholarship

University of Illinois at Springfield

$250 Varies See Details
 

Cornelia S. Hodges ZONTA Scholarship

University of Illinois at Springfield

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$250

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