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The Scholarship

Established by family and friends, the Shelley Joseph-Kordell Memorial Scholarship will support graduate students enrolling in the School of Public Health or other graduate schools at the University of Minnesota, who have indicated a commitment to working directly to improve the lives of older people.

Contributions for the scholarship can be sent to:

University of Minnesota Foundation
CM 3854
PO Box 70870
Saint Paul, MN 55170-3854

Please make checks out to the Shelley Joseph-Kordell Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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The University has established the President’s Scholarship Match program, which will match dollar for dollar the payout of the scholarship. For more information about the Match program, please click here

2010 Recipient: Amanda Matzek
Amanda is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Family Social Science.  Matzek has strong research interests in elder care and family caregiving, kinship ties among grandparent caregivers, family decision-making processes in later life, and life course theory and methodology. She is also interested in teaching in the areas of family life course development, family gerontology, family policy, family ethics, and family research methods. 
2009 Recipient: Andrea Wysocki
Andrea came to the University of Minnesota with the intent to research health care issues affecting the elderly, and she chose the PhD program in health services research specifically because it would help her achieve this goal.  She  plans to have a career focused on aging health issues.
Charissa Eaton
2008 Recipient: Charissa Eaton
A Ph.D candidate with a research focus on quality of life issues for seniors, Eaton discovered her passion for working with older adults when she taught swimming lessons to seniors while in high school.   She has participated in research projects relating to nursing home regulations and social work best practices for the elderly.  Her future plans are to complete her doctorate, train social workers to provide high quality services to seniors, and conduct research that will ultimately improve social work and the lives of older adults.
  2007 Recipient: Mary Dierich
Mary Dierich has been caring for elders for her entire career starting as a nurse's aide in a local nursing home back in 1972. Along the way, she has worked in hospitals, nursing homes and clinics as a charge nurse, research coordinator, a director of nursing, program director, author, a nurse entrepreneur and geriatric nurse practitioner. Working in public institutions for most of her career, she saw first hand the effect of both poverty and the inability that lack of access to care had on her patients, particularly the elderly or disabled. In 2003, she completed a second Master's in Health Services, Research, Policy and Administration.  Last fall, while her GRE score was still good and her mind warmed up, she decided to pursue her PhD in nursing. Her research interest is the effect housing and access to care have on the ability of elders to age in place.  
  2006 Recipient: Kristine Talley
Kristine Talley received her Ph.D. in gerontological nursing from the University of Minnesota. During her doctoral studies, Kristine excelled in her courses, achieving a 3.97 GPA. Graduate faculty members rated her within the top 1% of all doctoral students. She was also one of the University’s first B.S.-Nursing-Ph.D. students; during the course of her studies she completed a masters degree in the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) track, and became certified as a GNP during the summer of 2005. As an undergraduate nursing student at the University of Minnesota, she was first in her graduating class of 135 students.
Rajean Moone
2005 Recipient: Rajean Moone
The 2005 Recipient of the Shelley Joseph-Kordell Memorial Scholarship was Rajean Moone. Rajean received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the College of Saint Scholastica (Duluth, Minn.) in 2000, minoring in gerontology with an emphasis on human services and older adults. After graduation, he was the coordinator of the Senior LinkAge Line® and Northern Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center for the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging in Duluth. In 2004, Rajean received his Master of Science degree in gerontology from Saint Cloud State University, while concurrently working on Minnesota's long-term care database, at the Minnesota Board on Aging. Today Rajean is pursuing his PhD in Social Work and recently completed his nursing home administrator licensure from the University of Minnesota. His dissertation topic concerns the Older Americans Act implementation.



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