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Henry Welch Scholarship in Aging


The Henry W. Welch Scholarship in Aging honors one of the Colorado Gerontological Society founders, whose commitment and dedication to the field of aging and human services spanned more than forty years. Dr. Welch was a forerunner and pioneer in the field of aging. He served as the first treasurer of The Society, helped to write the articles of incorporation and the by-laws, and providing parliamentarian support. For most of his career, Dr. Welch served the Denver community and Colorado, at the Metropolitan Council for Community Services, which is now the planning division of Mile High United Way. He excelled at community organization. Dr. Welch helped to found the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Denver in 1977 with support from the Administration on Aging. The Scholarship Fund was established to continue his vision of educating professionals in the field of aging.

This scholarship is designed to encourage academic studies in the field of aging, including gerontology, social work, public policy or various medical fields with emphasis in aging such as geriatrics, pharmacy, physical therapy, psychology or nursing. Applicants from other fields are welcome to apply, but should have a focus or concentration on working with or for the elderly. Each award is for $1000 per academic year.

Applicants must be full-time matriculated students at an accredited Colorado college or university. Applications for 2015 are due no later than November 21, 2014. Winners will be required to attend the Society's Annual Meeting in the fall to be awarded the scholarship.

To apply, please download the application and return it to our office by November 21, 2014.


2013 Recipients of the Henry Welch Scholarship in Aging



In 2013, the Scholarship Committee of the Colorado Gerontological Society was pleased to award Alexandra Rae DiPaolo a Henry Welch Scholarship.

Starting college as a pre-med major, Alex found her real niche in nursing after working as a CHA in an assisted living community and as a companion/caregiver in her home tow n in Hastings , Nebraska. Having learned much about forging bonds with older individuals through her work, she received her BA in Biopsychology and Spanish from Creighton University in Omaha. She went on to earn a BSN in an accelerated nursing program through Creighton University as well. She was active in her community and school serving as the President of the Hastings Child Defenders, a program that provided backpacks full of non-perishable food items for impoverished students to take home over the weekend. Currently she works as a palliative care nurse for Littleton Adventist Hospital. She works with families during times of great emotional strife providing counseling to them as their loved one is at the end of life. She works as an advocate for elder giving them a voice in their care and providing them with quality of life during their final days. Alex is studying to be an adult geriatric nurse practitioner so she can return to a small, rural health care practice and provide primary care to the elderly. The Society is honored to provide Alex Rae DiPaolo with a $1000 scholarship as she pursues graduate in August, 2014 and work in a geriatric setting.




In 2013, the Scholarship Committee of the Colorado Gerontological Society was pleased to award Ashita Gurnani a Henry Welch Scholarship.

A native of India, Ashita has, since an early age, had a profound passion to study the aging brain and brain-behavior relationships. Because the degree was not offered at the undergraduate level in her country, she left Mumbai when she was accepted in the neuroscience program at the College of Wooster, Ohio. While in the neuroscience program, she designed studies, conducted research projects and volunteers as an assistant to interning psychiatrists using the knowledge she gained to receive an “honors” designation on her senior thesis. She graduate with a BA and a Masters majoring in neuroscience and minoring in psychology.
She has more than 1000 hours administering cognitive neuropsychometric testing to elders at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. Currently she is a student therapist at the CU Aging Center. She received the National Academy of Neuropsychology Women in Leadership Sponsor Program Award in 2013 and UCCS Graduate Student Association Travel Award from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is currently has a graduate student fellowship. She is pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology with a goal to become a neuropsychology with a geropsychology focus in May 2017.




In 2013, the Scholarship Committee of the Colorado Gerontological Society was pleased to award Jennifer Martin a Henry Welch Scholarship.

Jennifer has focused her education and spent her entire career working with the elderly. She has an undergraduate degree in human development and family studies with minors in gerontology and sociology. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver and is currently pursuing a doctorate in gerontological social work. She has worked in senior homes, home care and senior centers since 2003. In addition, she has taught also gerontology related courses at the University of Denver as well as the University of Michigan. Jennifer is the recipient of numerous awards including the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and the Network for Social Work Management—Research to Practice Institute Award from the University of Denver in 2013. She also received the Executive Director Award from the Boston Senior Home Care in 2010. She has been active in the Phi Kappa Phi and numerous other honor societies. She has written grants and obtained funding for outreach in the elder community, provided clinical supervision as well as developed policies to serve elders in our community. It is with great pleasure that The Society present a $1000 scholarship to Jennifer Martin as she completes her studies at the University of Denver with a planned graduation date of 2017.

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