The scholarship was established to honor the work of the late Jack M. Gould, former director of the New Bedford Council on Aging, who was active for many years in service to the elderly of southeastern Massachusetts. The purpose of the award is to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue professional careers in service to the elderly. The award is funded by the Jack M. Gould Memorial Fund and is applied toward tuition and fees related to gerontology courses at UMass Dartmouth.
McLaughlin, a junior Multidisciplinary Studies major with a concentration in Gerontology, is a volunteer at the Acushnet Council on Aging. McLaughlin, a member of the Gerontology Association of America and Recording Secretary on the Board of the Gerontology Society of Southeastern New England at UMass Dartmouth said, Studying the rapidly growing elderly population has never been more important. Mr. Gould’s legacy recognizes the urgency of the study of gerontology. I am very honored to be receiving this award. McLaughlin is looking forward to attending a graduate program and working with elders.
Napier, a junior Psychology major with a minor in Gerontology, is currently a private consultant working with the elderly in the Eastham area. When notified of the award, Napier said, I was very excited, and honored to be awarded the Gould Scholarship. Like Mr. Gould, I feel passionately about improving the quality of care that elders receive. Issues facing the elderly have been an interest of mine for a long time.Napier has worked with the elderly in many capacities and is looking forward to graduate school and furthering her career working with the elderly.
McAfee is participating in the Gerontology Certificate Program. A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for 12 years, McAfee has focused on working with the elderly population. She is the Staff Nurse at Alden Place Independent and Assisted Living in Fairhaven.It is my heart's desire to gain more knowledge about the field of geriatrics and help those with whom I work. I am grateful to the Gould Scholarship for giving me that opportunity.
Professors Sonia Walgreen and Donald J Mulcare, members of the Selection Committee for the Gould Scholarship, were gratified at the quality of those who applied for this recognition. Mulcare said, We are currently blessed with a cohort of highly enthusiastic and capable gerontology students who will make a difference for the elders of southeastern Massachusetts. They will honor Jack Gould with their careers.
The Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center strives to build bridges between research and teaching by conducting university and community-based educational programs. These programs emphasize positive attitudes about aging and the aged. For information about the Gerontology program or the Gould Scholarship, contact Professor Sonia Walgreen at 508-999-9267.