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2012 Scholarship Fact Sheet

About the Scholarship: The Nursing Home Abuse.net – Awareness and Prevention Scholarship is the first of its kind and awarded exclusively to an applicant who is pursuing a career that will help combat nursing home abuse.
Scholarship Amount: $5,000 toward non-tuition related expenses such as:

  • Rent
  • Childcare
  • Books/Supplies
  • Travel/gas expenses
  • Utilities
  • Groceries

Applications Due: February 15, 2012
Winner Announced: May 31, 2012
Award Date: Scholarship will take effect for the 2012-2013 Academic year (Fall 2012 – Spring 2013)
Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be working towards a degree in Nursing (a background in Geriatrics is preferred), Social Work, Psychology, or Healthcare Administration with which he/she is planning to work with the senior citizen population
  • Applicant must be attending an accredited post-secondary institution
  • Applicant must be a US citizen
  • Applicant must currently be receiving some type of financial aid

Application Instructions: Download and complete the Scholarship Application Form. Applications may be filled in typed or hand-written (please print clearly if hand-written). All applications must be printed out and signed. Once completed, scan and submit the application to the following email address.
Email Address: applications@educationaid.org

Discussion and Article Topics

Thank you for your interest in the “Nursing Home Abuse.net – Awareness and Prevention Scholarship.”

Executives from both Nursing Home Abuse.net and Education Aid, Inc. are available for interviews, should you wish to write an article about the scholarship. To arrange an interview, please email Shannon Shoemaker, Community Outreach Coordinator, at: shannon@nursinghomeabuse.net.

In addition to providing more information about the scholarship, we have experts available to discuss the following possible article topics:

  • Ways to raise awareness about nursing home abuse
  • How to prevent nursing home abuse
  • The best ways to repair the damages caused by nursing home abuse
  • Getting involved in the community
  • Facts and statistics you may not know about nursing home abuse
  • How to choose the right nursing home/senior center for you or your loved one
  • The rights you have as a nursing home resident

Organization and Partnership Information

About the Partnership:
The Nursing Home Abuse.net – Awareness and Prevention Scholarship was created by Education Aid, Inc. and funded by Nursing Home Abuse.net. Its purpose is to give the selected applicant the financial resources to pursue a career that will aid in raising awareness and/or preventing nursing home abuse.

Many students currently enrolled in a degree program do not have the finances to complete their education. In fact, a lack of financial support is one of the top reasons that students drop out of college. This scholarship not only enables the selected student to finish their degree, but it also helps him or her to achieve their goal of aiding in the implementation of better care for the elderly in their community. The scholarship will therefore be awarded to someone who has either been personally affected by nursing home abuse and is determined to make a difference or who feels strongly enough about it to want to work in a nursing home, senior citizen center, etc.

About Nursing Home Abuse.net:
Nursing Home Abuse.net is dedicated to educating the public about the abuse that can and does take place in nursing homes all over the country. The organization works to prevent the causes and repair the consequences of such abuse by ensuring that potential residents are informed on this issue, helping families and residents who have been affected by nursing home abuse, and raising awareness of this epidemic in the community. By partnering with Education Aid, Inc., Nursing Home Abuse.net is able to further their work by choosing a student who is working toward the same goals.

About Education Aid, Inc.
The goal of the organization is to support students who do not receive sufficient financial aid to cover the full cost of their education. Education Aid assists economically disadvantaged students with paying for non-tuition related expenses associated with their academic endeavors. It is the mission of the organization to change the lives of students around the country by enabling them to complete their education. To learn more about Education Aid, visit their website at: http://www.educationaid.org.

Scholarship Administrator:
Karyn Balfour is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Education Aid, Inc. As CEO, she is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization, as well as the management of all day-to-day operations. Karyn has always been passionate about helping others and aspired to launch her own non-profit. Prior to founding Education Aid, Karyn was the Director of Finance for CUnet, an online marketing and professional services firm serving the post-secondary education industry. She started at CUnet as the Senior Business Analyst and was promoted to Director of Finance after 12 months with the firm. As Director of Finance, she provided strategic financial support for CUnet executive leadership. Karyn was responsible for budget preparation, financial reporting, and the overall management of the company’s receivables and payables processes. Prior to CUnet, Karyn was a Data Analyst at Sparq Holdings, and before that a Research Analyst at The Institute for Children and Poverty.

Karyn received both her Bachelor of Science degree and Masters in Public Administration, with concentrations in Policy Analysis and Finance, from Indiana University at Bloomington.