GMHF Scholars Fund
Scholars Program Application Information
Access to quality mental health care for our nation’s elderly is at serious risk. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) noted in its April 2008 report, “the current workforce is not large enough to meet older patients’ needs, and the scarcity of workers specializing in the care of older adults is even more pronounced.”
The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation’s Scholars Fund was developed to expose medical students and young physicians to the rewarding field of geriatric psychiatry in an effort to increase the number of medical professionals expertly trained to care for the growing older population.
The Scholars Fund will provide for the mentorship and educational development of medical students and psychiatry residents through multiple opportunities to participate in the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). It is the goal of this program to encourage residents and medical students to pursue specialized training in geriatrics. Through past efforts AAGP has demonstrated that facilitating interactions in a structured manner between trainees and seasoned members in the field of geriatric psychiatry results in almost 75 percent of those trainee participants pursuing specialized geriatric fellowships.
The GMHF Scholars program will be instrumental in ensuring that the nation’s elderly population has access to comprehensive mental health services in the next decade.
What Are The Components Of The Scholars Program?
The GMHF Scholars Fund is a multi-prong program that will provide access to the field of geriatric psychiatry to medical students and psychiatry residents. Funds will be used to pay for one- or two-year memberships in the Association thereby giving trainees full access to all AAGP member programs and activities; support Scholars’ activities during the AAGP Annual Meeting, including structured mentorship programs; provide scholarships to AAGP’s focused educational programs such as the Maintenance of Certification Conferences; and develop tools for medical students and residents to make informed choices about their medical careers.
Components of the GMHF Scholars Program are directed by the GMHF Scholars Planning Group, comprised of leading geriatric educators and training directors. Medical students and psychiatry residents will participate in a competitive process for selection in one or more of the components of the program that include at this time:
- Membership within the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP)
- Structured Scholars Program for medical students and psychiatry residents in conjunction with the AAGP Annual Meeting
- Individual mentorship opportunities for trainees
- Travel support for trainees to attend the AAGP Scholars Programs
How Are The Scholars Chosen?
Psychiatry clerkship directors from accredited medical schools and psychiatry residency training directors will be invited to nominate medical students or residents for participation in this prestigious program. Final selections will be made by a group of leading educators in the field of geriatric psychiatry.
To Apply for a Scholarship
Applications for the Scholars Program are due October 1. Click here for more information and an application.
How Can You Contribute?
Scholars General Fund
Minimum contribution: $50
The Scholars General Fund is supported by individual contributions and grant support. The reach of the program each year is dependent upon donations. Individuals may contribute to the Scholars General Fund by donating to the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation and designating the contribution to the GMHF Scholars General Fund. Donations to this program require a $50 minimum contribution. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Contributors to the Scholars General Fund will be recognized on the GMHF website and at the AAGP Annual Meeting.
Minimum contribution: $2,500 (Amount may be contributed in installments.)
For a donation of $2,500, an individual or organization may support one trainee as an Honors Scholar for full participation in the GMHF Scholars Program. These prestigious scholarships will be named for the contributor (or his or her designee) and will be granted to the most highly qualified applicants as determined by the selection committee. Each named scholarship will include:
- A one-year membership in the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
- Airfare and hotel accommodations to participate in the Scholars Program held in conjunction with the AAGP Annual Meeting
- Full registration to the AAGP Annual Meeting
- Ongoing mentorship throughout the year
To contribute in installments, please give to the Scholars General Fund. When your total reaches $2,500, the amount will be moved to the Named Scholars Fund. The entire $2,500 must be contributed by September 30 in order to support a Named Scholar in the following year. Please indicate your intention to donate in installments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Honors Scholars will be invited to participate in ongoing AAGP activities, such as AAGP committee initiatives, an academic project related to geriatric psychiatry working with an assigned mentor, and other unique opportunities.
Contributors to the Named Scholarship fund will be recognized on the GMHF website and at the AAGP Annual Meeting. For each $2,500 contribution, one scholarship will be named for the contributor (for example, the GMHF John Smith Honors Scholar) or designee. Contributors to this fund will be invited to meet with the Honors Scholars at a special reception during the AAGP Annual Meeting.
Donors to the Scholars Fund may not designate the individual to whom the funds are directed. All donations will be used to support GMHF Scholars Program activities through the GMHF Scholars General Fund and the GMHF Scholars Honors Program as designated by the donor.
The Foundation and the Association thank the volunteer faculty and mentors for their participation in this program; they do not receive any compensation or travel support for their involvement and dedication to the project.