Awards and Scholarships

2016 Scholarship Award Winners

Alecia Johnson
Scholarship Committee Chair

The Lois Layne Award was created to recognize student achievement in the field of gerontology. The award is presented in recognition of Dr. Lois E. Layne, one of the principle founders of KAG, and former coordinator of Gerontology at Western Kentucky University. We are thrilled to announce that this year we have three students that will receive this award.

 

Ms. Sam Cotton is currently a doctoral student at the Kent School of Social Work. Her personal experiences with family members suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease has directed her focus on the care and treatment of those with Alzheimer’s Disease. She is a Board Member at the

Sam Cotton Layne Award

Sam Cotton
University of Louisville

Park Duvalle Health Clinic, a team member and advocate working with those with intellectual disabilities at Day Spring, and works to help older adults access healthy food through Veggie RX at New Roots. Ms. Cotton also works with the KY Coalition for Healthy Communities. For her dedication to helping those with Alzheimer’s Disease as well as the geriatric population, we are proud to award Ms. Sam Cotton with the Lois Layne Award.

 

Our next recipient is a graduate student at the University of Kentucky in the Gerontology doctoral program. She has excelled in her academic achievements, and is very active in community services, including being a Big Sister volunteer, participating in the Alzheimer’s Association walk, and other various student organizations. She continues to focus her work towards bettering the lives of older adults through research and education.

Amy Schuster University of Kentucky

Amy Schuster
University of Kentucky

Ms. Amy Schuster has exemplified the qualities of unselfishness, integrity, and humane outlook throughout her professional and academic career. It is for these reasons that she has been selected as one of this year’s recipients of the Lois Layne Award.

 

Our final recipient for the Lois Layne Award is Alexandria Velez. Ms. Velez recently graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a minor in Gerontology.

Alexandria Velez Western Kentucky University

Alexandria Velez
Western Kentucky University

While pursuing her degree, Alex maintained a GPA of 3.26, completed a research project to assist with transportation needs for older adults, all while caring for her aging parents as well as her own family. Ms. Velez is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Social Work through WKU. She exemplifies professional integrity through her practice skills and work ethic, and truly has a passion for helping others. Alex goes above and beyond both in her professional and academic pursuits, and for these reasons we are awarding her with the Lois Layne Award for academic excellence.

 

 

The Thoroughbred Award is awarded to someone 60 and older who exemplifies the qualities of unselfishness, integrity, and humane outlook as an advocate to elderly individuals.

Robert "Bob" Young

Robert “Bob” Young, Northern Kentucky

We are honored this year to present the Thoroughbred Award to Mr. Robert (Bob) Young.  Mr. Young has devoted most of his retired years to advocating for older adults through his involvement with the Carroll County Senior Center and the Northern Kentucky Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living. Mr. Young does an excellent job of listening to the concerns of our older population, whether it be from individuals at the senior center, in the community, or in long term care facilities. He advocates for these individuals by serving on the NKADD Aging Advisory Council, speaking with local officials, and working with local pastors. Mr. Young’s service and dedications to the elderly community in Northern Kentucky exemplifies the true spirit of the Thoroughbred Award.

 

 

Awards Description and Criteria

The Kentucky Association of Gerontology created the Awards and Recognition program in order to recognize the excellence of the personal efforts of individuals working in the fields of gerontology and geriatrics, as well as to bring increased public and professional attention to and interest in gerontology across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

KAG offers the following awards and scholarships:

KAG Layne Award

KAG Thoroughbred Award

KAG Distinguished Educator Achievement Award

KAG Distinguished Practitioner Achievement Award

LAYNE AWARD

The KAG Layne Award has been created to recognize student achievement in the areas of gerontology and geriatrics. The award is presented in recognition of Dr. Lois E. Layne, one of the principle founders of KAG, and former coordinator of Gerontology at Western Kentucky University. The award will be given only if a nominee meets the award criteria. The award is a plaque, a check for $1000.00, and continued recognition as a KAG Layne Award winner. This honor will be presented at the Annual KAG Meeting.

Evaluation Criteria for the Layne Award

Please number and address each of the evaluation criteria:

  1. The nominee must be either an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a degree program at an institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Kentucky during the academic year in which the award nominations are solicited.
  2. The nominee must demonstrate an interest in the academic field of aging, i.e. major or minor studies in gerontology (geriatrics, or completion of a special project in gerontology/geriatrics, or completion of a special project in gerontology/geriatrics. This must be specified.
  3. The nominee must have attained high academic achievement. The student’s grade point average must be included in the application materials.
  4. The nominee must have evidence of scholarly activity. Application materials should include the titles, dates, locations, etc. of the student’s term papers, journal articles, abstracts, and/or formal presentation at professional meetings. A photocopy of one sample of the student’s academic work should be submitted with application materials.
  5. The nominee must have evidence of substantial voluntary community service, profession service, and/or university service. Specific evidence should be included.
  6. The nominee must have demonstrated leadership skills in student organizations, community groups, professional associations, etc. Describe the extent of involvement.
  7. The nominee exemplifies the qualities of unselfishness, integrity, and humane outlook.

THOROUGHBRED AWARD

The KAG Thoroughbred Award has been created to recognize extraordinary  efforts by persons age 60 and older on behalf of the older people of Kentucky and the nation.  It is the most prestigious award conferred by the Association and is given only when a truly deserving candidate is nominated.  The award is a plaque and continued recognition as a KAG Thoroughbred Award winner.  This honor will be presented at the Annual KAG Meeting.

Evaluation Criteria for the Thoroughbred Award

Please number and address each of the evaluation criteria:

  1. The nominee must be 60 years of age and live in the Commonwealth.
  2. The nominee exemplifies the qualities of unselfishness, integrity, and humane outlook.
  3. The nominee is an advocate for the elderly.  If gainfully employed, advocacy must not be the focus of the paid position.  Documentation of advocacy efforts with the workplace and the community should be provided.
  4. The nominee has taken a primary responsibility to create positive change regarding at least one older adult issue within recent years.
  5. The nominee has demonstrated knowledge of at least three older adult problems/issues.  He/she understands policy development (how it works, who controls it, what must be done to make it respond to the group’s needs).
  6. The nominee reaches out to the wider community to build allies for advocacy issues.  He/she participates and fosters networks and coalitions of like-minded people.
  7. The nominee must demonstrate an ability to motivate and to empower others to action through the development of older people, the ability to listen, a sense of humor, and a generous and honest style.
  8. The nominee has a history of active participation in hearings, meeting, etc.  (For example, the nominee gives verbal and written testimony on behalf of older adults in the Commonwealth).

DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The KAG Distinguished Achievement Award has been created to recognize exceptional effort as a teacher in the fields of gerontology and geriatrics.  The award will be given only if a nominee meets the award criteria.  The award is a plaque and continued recognition as a KAG Distinguished Educator Award winner.  This honor will be presented at the Annual KAG Meeting.

Evaluation Criteria for the Distinguished Educator Achievement Award

Please number and address each of the evaluation criteria:

  1. The nominee must be teaching or have taught within the past three (3) years in an institution of higher education within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  2. The nominee consistently demonstrates excellent win teaching evidenced by:
    1. Comprehensive knowledge of her/his academic field
    2. Organization and presentation of subject matter
    3. Stimulation of student thinking and de element of student understanding
    4. Arousal of student interest in the field of gerontology/geriatrics
    5. Demonstration of resourceful/creative teaching methodologies
  3. The nominee demonstrates an interest in fostering the intellectual growth of students.
  4. The nominee is actively involved in scholarly or creative work in gerontology/geriatrics.
  5. The nominee stimulates and/or promotes student scholarship.
  6. The nominee contributes to the professional advancement of her/his scholarly discipline.
  7. The nominee participates in professional gerontological associations and learned societies and subsequently disseminates current knowledge to students.
  8. The nominee exemplifies the qualities of unselfishness, integrity, and humane outlook.

DISTINGUISHED PRACTITIONER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The KAG Distinguished Practitioner Achievement Award has been created to recognize exceptional effort as a service provider for older people in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  The award will be given only if a nominee meets the award criteria.  The award is a plaque and continued recognition as a KAG Distinguished Practitioner Achievement Award winner.  This honor will be presented at the Annual KAG Meeting.

Evaluation Criteria for the Distinguished Practitioner Achievement Award

Please number and address each of the evaluation criteria:

  1. The nominee is an informed professional or volunteer providing service to older Americans.  He/she is actively working to improve the quality of life of the elderly in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  2. The nominee exemplifies the qualities of unselfishness, integrity and humane outlook.
  3. the nominee is capable of facilitating/providing comprehensive and coordinated community based services that support the independence and well being of older persons in their families and community.
  4. The nominee has demonstrated his/her ongoing competency and effectiveness as a practitioner as measured by her/his:
    1. Vocational professional training
    2. Tenure service
    3. Level of care provided (nursing home, hospice, adult day care, senior center, rehab, in-home, hospital, adult protective services, etc.)
    4. Quality of care provided
    5. Amount of time in direct contact with clients, patients, and family members
  5. The nominee is noted for her/his innovative programmatic accomplishments in providing care and services to the elderly and their families.
  6. The nominee makes public presentations regarding aging related issues to civic, church, and community organizations beyond the duties associated with her/his place of employment.
  7. The nominee actively participates in organizations and associations related to the needs of the elderly.  The nominee holds memberships in gerontological/geriatric organizations at either the local, state, or national level.
  8. The nominee pursues continued education relative to the field of gerontology and applies this knowledge accordingly.
  9. The nominee is an active advocate for the rights and concerns of the elderly.
  10. The nominee demonstrates an ability to provide technical assistance to agencies, organizations, associations or individuals representing the needs of the elderly.