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Faculty member and student talking in a hallwayThe de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging is dedicated to supporting nursing students interested in healthy aging research. We are proud to offer scholarships to support undergraduate and graduate students completing healthy aging research and travel scholarships for graduate students to present their work at conferences. We also recognize completed aging projects and research by graduate students with our Pathways to Healthy Aging awards. You can find our awards here.

Find the center’s 2022-2023 flyer for students, with information about our scholarship, events, and more, here.

The Healthy Aging Research Scholarship

The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students to pursue research or investigative projects related to healthy aging or gerontology. Scholarship proposals can include primary or secondary data analysis. Funds are unrestricted and are intended to support students while doing their research. Faculty mentors offer individual guidance and serve as valuable resources for beginning researchers.

Deadline: 2023 applications are now closed. Applications will open again in September 2024 for the 2024-2025 school year.


  • Undergraduate (BSN or ABSN) awards: $5,000
  • Master’s awards: $5,000
  • Graduate (DNP or PhD) awards: $10,000


To be eligible for a Healthy Aging Scholarship, students must:

  • Be enrolled at UW School of Nursing or one of the Nursing Programs at UW Bothell or UW Tacoma
  • Have a faculty mentor to guide the research or project
  • Focus of application is not required to be student’s thesis or capstone


Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • Project is relevant to gerontology, aging
  • Significance of the proposed project
  • Feasibility for project completion by end of the current academic year
  • Professional commitment to gerontology
  • Quality of the application, including answering application questions and proofreading

In addition, preference is given for:

  • Demonstrated need for financial aid
  • Those who have not received a previous Healthy Aging Scholarship
  • Plan to graduate in the next 12 months

Only applications submitted by the deadline will be considered.

If you have any questions or would like help in identifying or selecting a faculty mentor, please contact Heather Wicklein Sanchez, manager of the de Tornyay Center, at 206.616.4276 or by email

Conference Scholarships

The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging supports undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are presenting a project or research with a focus on aging at regional, national, and international conferences with travel scholarships up to $800. Applications must be submitted at least two months prior to the first day of the conference.

Fill out the scholarship application. Read the dTC Travel Scholarship Guidelines before applying.

Don’t qualify for a de Tornyay Center travel scholarship? Check out the Graduate and Professional Student Senate’s travel grants.