Mary Ellen Quinn won a GGS Scholarship in grad school and went on to win the Marietta Suhart Award as a teacher at theMedical College of Georgia.

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Past Scholarship Winners (back to 2004)(PDF)

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Donations to the Scholarship Program are greatly appreciated. To learn more about the Scholarship Program, contact the Executive Director at

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The Georgia Gerontology Society provides scholarship opportunities to outstanding graduate and undergraduate students who are committed to pursuing a career in the field of aging.

Two scholarships are awarded each year. The Robert P. Wray Scholarship of $2,000 is awarded to one undergraduate student, and the Virginia M. Smyth Scholarship of $3,000 is awarded to one graduate student to promote students’ interest in age-related issues and to promote professional development in gerontology.

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2017 Scholarship Winners


Nicole Hammett

College/University: University of Georgia

Nicole Hammett is working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She hopes to use her major, her past experiences, and her future career to enhance the lives of elderly adults by treating them with the dignity and respect they deserve, by empowering them to make their own decisions, and by helping them to live an independent, high quality of life for as long as possible through the practice of elder law.


Taylor Kennedy

College/University: University of Georgia

Taylor Kennedy is a first-year graduate student at the University of Georgia pursuing an MSW with a clinical concentration and an MPH with a concentration in gerontology. She is interested in researching and learning more about oncology social work, hospice, and grief counseling as she hopes to have a career in one or more of these specific areas of interest. No matter what area of interest she chooses to pursue within the field of gerontology, she wants to support individuals and families during the moments of grief, shock, anger, denial, and every other emotion and challenge they will face.


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