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Lepore Selected 2005-2006 AARP Scholar and Receives GGS Smythe Scholarship


Lepore Selected 2005-2006 AARP Scholar and Receives GGS Smythe Scholarship
August 8, 2005

AARP awarded Michael Lepore a $10,000 academic scholarship for 2005-2006. Scholarships are awarded to full-time graduate students studying aging or public policy and preparing to work in an aging-related career. Mr. Lepore is a graduate research assistant in the Gerontology Institute working on an NIA state-wide research project. (See related story, NIA State-wide Assisted Living Research Underway)

When asked what this award means for his career, Lepore responded: "I think receiving the award is an acknowledgment of the high quality of training available here at GSU's Gerontology Institute, and I think it represents the national-level of opportunity that I have achieved." He intends to use the scholarship for research expenses associated with his Master's thesis data collection and analysis as well as for travel expenses for research conferences, books, journals, professional association memberships, and academic fees.

This first year of the AARP Scholars Program, 170 applications were received from students at 100 colleges and universities. Mr. Lepore was one of 30 master's and doctoral-level students chosen.

A networking leadership development event for all AARP Scholars will be held in Washington DC, March 30-31, 2006. The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) , the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), and the American Society on Aging (ASA) all have student groups that help the recipients network in the field of aging.

Mr. Lepore was further honored as the recipient of the Georgia Gerontology Society's (GGS) Virginia M. Smythe Scholarship Award to provide financial support to persons seeking to advance their careers in aging. This $1,500 scholarship provides funds for graduate study in gerontology and promotes leadership development in the field of aging. Lepore was congratulated for possessing "commitment, leadership and dedication needed to serve and plan for the needs of the growing older adult population."

In 2005, Mr. Lepore co-authored, along with Kristen M. Keifer, Lauren Harris-Kojetin, Diane Brannon, Teta Barry, and Joseph Vasey, a report to the Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Measuring Long-Term Care Work: A Guide to Selected Instruments to Examine Direct Care Worker Experiences and Outcomes.