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Scholarship Closer to Endowment Status

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According to Ken Osterkamp, AARP Alaska State Director, the AARP scholarship in gerontology at the University of Alaska is more than one-half way toward the goal of endowed status. The goal is to provide scholarships for students who are working on a minor in gerontology at the University of Alaska.

Asked why it is important student study gerontology issues, Osterkamp responded, “Because Alaska’s senior population is exploding. No other state in the nation has a senior population that is growing as rapidly as Alaska’s. We need a workforce that is prepared to take care of the needs of Alaska’s seniors and elders.”

He added the University of Alaska is well suited to train people who will routinely work with Alaska’s aging population.

The University of Alaska’s minor in gerontology crosses multiple disciplines.

Alaska Native Studies
Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders

Cross Cultural Perspectives on Aging

Biology of Aging
Dietetics & Nutrition
Geriatric Nutrition

Human Services
Substance Abuse & the Older Adult
Geriatric Lifestyle Assessment

Nursing Science
Health Care for the Elderly

Physical Education
Exercise and Aging

Adult Development & Aging
Death & Dying
Women & Aging

Social Work
Prevention of Abuse & Neglect of Vulnerable Adults
Working with Gerontology Populations

Introduction to Gerontology
Sociology of Aging

“Once the endowed amount reaches $25,000, the fund will be able to sustain itself in perpetuity,” said Osterkamp.

Donations are made to the University of Alaska Foundation, and thus, they are tax deductible as charitable contributions.

If you are interested in contributing to the AARP Alaska Gerontology Scholarship (Fund #20405) for 2010, contact the University of Alaska Foundation, PO Box 755080, Fairbanks, AK 99775 or email the Foundation at

AARP will note gifts to the scholarship fund of $250, $500, and $1,000 or more on a permanent plaque in the AARP Alaska State Office. Once the endowed amount is reached, AARP will acknowledge all donors in several major Alaskan newspapers, according to Osterkamp.

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