The Dr. Dena Shenk Graduate Research Award!

This new award was created to honor Dr. Dena Shenk and her 24 years of service to the Gerontology Program. This award will provide annual research funding for a second year Master’s level Gerontology student with a 3.5 GPA or better.


The NMR Scholarship 2016-2017 Recipient: Amanda Thomas

The NMR Gerontology Graduate Scholarship is named in honor of Nora Belle Crum Nelms (1881 - 1958); Willie Minerva Davis Wimberly (1884 - 1969); and Ruth Katherine Drummond Dorminey (1901 - 1991);  three extraordinary women who lived in a time when the idea of graduate education for women did not exist.

Past NMR Recipients

  • 1997-1998 Joan Miller
  • 1998-1999 Jenny Ludlow
  • 1999-2000 Lisa Jones
  • 2000-2001 Kristle Griffith
  • 2002-2003 Kina Jackson
  • 2003-2004 Jennie Leeder
  • 2004-2005 Karen Hackler
  • 2005-2006 Gina Hofert
  • 2007-2008 Karel Joyce Kalaw
  • 2008-2009 Jeena George
  • 2009-2010 Jeena George


Scholarship Criteria

The Scholarship Committees will take all of the following into consideration: applicants' academic and professional achievement and goals that reflect dedication to the field of Gerontology; and financial need.  To be eligible, the student must be admitted to the Graduate Program in Gerontology (either the M.A. or Graduate Certificate Program) at the time of application, and must complete a minimum of 6 credits during the academic year of the award and remain active in the program.


Instructions To Applicants:

The deadline for submission of the completed application and all related materials is June 1.  Please submit materials to Dr. Julian Montoro-Rodriguez.  A completed application consists of the following materials:

  • Cover sheet with full name, address, telephone number (fax number and email address optional), student ID number and the names, titles, addresses and telephone numbers of the people from whom you have requested letters of reference.
  • Personal essay of 300-500 words describing your academic and professional achievements and goals that reflect dedication to the field of Gerontology; (both paid and unpaid activities are relevant), your plans for the scholarship year if you are awarded the scholarship, what the scholarship would enable you to accomplish and why are you the best candidate.
  • Three letters of reference. At least one should be from a faculty member at UNC Charlotte (who is not on the Scholarship Committee). These letters should evaluate your academic achievement, interest and involvement in Gerontology, and other strengths.
  • A completed financial aid form. The applicant should apply for Financial Assistance by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) and mail the form in the envelope included with the application. The forms can be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid (King 110).

For further information, contact Dr. Montoro-Rodriguez at 704-687-6166 or by email at: