Eastern Michigan University

Scholarships

Certificate in Dementia Scholarships

The following scholarships are available to anyone who is enrolled in the graduate Certificate in Dementia program. The amounts vary from $500 to $1,000 or more. Applications are accepted during the month of April of each year for the following academic year. For more information please contact Jayne Yatczak, Director, at jyatczak@emich.edu.

The Mr. Robert and Mrs. Edna Gates Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was created in memory of Mr. Robert and Mrs. Edna Gates.  Mrs. Gates was a spirited and dynamic woman who for many years had a challenging professional career in Washington government.  She fought a courageous battle against the ravages of Alzheimer's disease and was one of the original residents of Huron Woods. Mrs. Gates' determination to succeed in leading a normal life for as long as possible taught us about the importance of maintaining and enhancing the personhood of individuals with dementia.  Students from any graduate program can apply for this award; they must be able to demonstrate a commitment to caring for individuals with dementia.

The Mary M. Schroder, R.N., Endowed Scholarship

This memorial scholarship was established by Ruth Husung in honor of Ms. Mary Schroder.  Ms. Schroder was a career member of the nursing faculty of the University of Michigan.  She was one of the original residents of Huron Woods.  Ms. Schroder believed all individuals deserved quality care and should be treated with dignity.  As a professional nurse, she modeled compassion, caring and sensitivity toward others and dedication to quality patient care.  She also believed that music and spiritualism were essential components of life regardless of health status.  The Certificate in Dementia reflects these values.  The recipient of the scholarship will be selected based on the individual's commitment to these values as an integral part of their professional practice.

The Sarah Weiner Graf Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was created in loving memory of Mrs. Sarah Graf, one of the original residents at Huron Woods (a dementia residential program on the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor). Mrs. Graf, a child prodigy pianist, had a passion for the cultural arts, particularly dance, theater and opera.  She was also a very dedicated piano teacher who was loved by her students.  This scholarship is awarded annually in the fall to a student interested in developing and/or refining skills in designing meaningful experiences for people with dementia through music, movement, reminiscence, art, or sensory stimulation.  In order to be eligible for this award, the student must demonstrate a commitment to working with older people with dementia and be enrolled in, or a graduate of, a clinical program such as Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Therapeutic Recreation, Social Work, or Psychology.

The Helen A. Grzadzinski Endowed Scholarship

The Helen A. Grzadzinski Endowed Scholarship was established by Catherine Cart, Patricia Jorgensen and Paulette Trombley, daughters of Helen Grazdzinski, as a way of expressing their appreciation for their mother's care, Helen's daughters established a scholarship in her memory to provide specialized education for students, particularly nurses, to become qualified professionals in dementia care, Helen's daughters hope that by providing this exceptional assistance, other families will enjoy the benefits of the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their loved ones are in the care of specially trained nurses and other professionals.

Helen Ann (Bochenek) Grzadinski was born August 29, 1916 in Hamtramck, Michigan.  She was a hard-working woman who held positions as a shampoo girl in a local hair salon and who also cleaned houses in the neighborhood. Several years after graduation from Hamtramck High School, Helen met her husband, Peter Grzadzinski, and was married in 1941.  They raised four children. Helen returned to the workforce and was hired by Ford Motor Company as one of Ford's first female Quality Control Inspectors.  She retired from Ford after twenty-five years of service. For recreation, Helen enjoyed reading, bowling, playing cards, bingo and watching and listening to Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions games.  It was during Helen's time at a nursing home that her daughters grew to appreciate the ways the nurses cared for their mother. They believe it takes a special person to care for people with dementia.

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