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Gerontology Scholarship

H. Asuman Kiyak Endowed Student Support Fund

Get the knowledge and skills you need to support the well-being of older adults with a scholarship toward the Certificate in Gerontology program.

University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education’s Certificate in Gerontology program is pleased to announce scholarship support for students through the H. Asuman Kiyak Endowed Student Support Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide merit-based financial assistance to students who have applied to the Certificate in Gerontology program.

The fund was established to honor the life and professional accomplishments of Asuman Kiyak, a professor in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Professor Kiyak directed the UW's Institute on Aging and the Certificate in Gerontology until her death in 2011. She cofounded the Certificate in Gerontology to provide quality educational experiences for all individuals interested in learning about and promoting older adults' well-being and to prepare the future geriatric workforce. Professor Kiyak was passionate about preparing students with the knowledge, skills and values to work effectively with older adults and their families.

The fund will award up to two, $1,000 scholarships per year. The award will be applied directly to the recipients' program costs for fall and winter quarters.


Scholarship applications are due by Thursday, September 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. After the deadline, all scholarship applications will be reviewed by a three-member selection committee.



Only applicants to the Certificate in Gerontology program are eligible for this scholarship. See the program page for information on how to apply.


Email the following two documents to

  • A letter (700 words maximum) that includes the following:
    • A summary of your previous personal or professional involvement with older adults and their families, particularly from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds; experience in multigenerational homes, work, community, etc.; and how that led you to pursue this certificate program.
    • How you hope to apply professionally the knowledge and skills gained by pursuing the Certificate in Gerontology.
  • A current resume that highlights your experiences (professional, volunteer, internship, personal, etc.) working with older adults, their families and/or caregivers. This can be the same resume submitted for your program application.


Award decisions will be announced by Monday, September 19, 2022. Admitted students are encouraged to enroll in the program prior to this date. Awardees that have already enrolled and paid for the autumn course will be reimbursed the designated scholarship amount.


If you have questions about the scholarship, email

scholarship details

award amount: $1,000

application status: Open

deadlinE: Sep 1, 2022

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