de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging


The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging provides 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.

Interested students can attend our 2020 de Tornyay Center for Healthy Open House on Monday, October 5th, from 2:30 – 3:30 pm to learn more. Find details for the event 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. 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: 2020 scholarship applications are due by Tuesday, October 20th, 5:00 p.m. 


  • Undergraduate (BSN or ABSN) awards: $3,000
    • Find the application here.
  • Master’s awards: $5,000
    • Find the application here.
  • Graduate (DNP or PhD) awards: $10,000
    • Find the application here.


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:

  • Relevance to gerontology and 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 proofread

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 Travel Scholarships

The de Tornyay Center supports graduate students presenting their aging research at regional, national and international conferences with travel scholarships up to $600.  Travel scholarship applications are due at least two months before scheduled conference/travel.

Email your scholarship application to  Read the Graduate Student Travel Scholarship Guidelines before applying.