Social Work With Older People Award

Older adults are the fastest growing population in our society. Schools of social work across the country are preparing students to meet this growing need by providing learning opportunities in gerontology for all students. This award was initiated by the Social Work Department as part of its participation in a national project to support Geriatric Enrichment in Social Work Education funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation through the Council on Social Work Education (2001-2004). (For more information, please refer to the national website at

The purpose of the project is to prepare Social Work students with cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills to enhance the health and well-being of older adults and their families. The purpose of this award is to encourage Social Work students at PSU to consider this growing field of practice, pursue the Aging Services Option, and complete their practicum in an agency serving older adults through planning and administration, research, or direct practice. The department will offer one $300 award to a student who is interested in focusing on services to older adults. The recipient will be given the award in May 2013 at the department’s student award reception and at the University’s Convocation.


To be eligible for the 2012-2013 $300 Social Work with Older People Award, applicants must:

  1. be full-time Social Work students and classified as juniors or seniors (more than 48 credits) and ready to enroll in the Social Work Practicum in the spring;
  2. be in good academic standing with the department (completed written application and interview, have a MINIMUM overall GPA of 2.0, and have a MINIMUM major GPA of 2.5);
  3. complete the requirements for the Aging Services Option, if possible, by intended graduation date;
  4. plan a social work practicum experience in an agency serving older adults, AND
  5. attend Convocation in order to receive the award.


To apply for the award, students must consider the Aging Option, an aging-based practicum with Dr. Meyer, Field Education Director, and submit a written proposal (1-2 pages) for an aging-based practicum-related research paper. (See application for more details.) Dr. Gorin will interview students selected as finalists. To explore or clarify your ideas for this project, please contact Dr. Gorin and/or Dr. Meyer.