SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Caring.com, a leading senior care resource for family caregivers, is pleased to announce the winners of its Fall 2016 Student-Caregiver Scholarships. These scholarships provide financial aid for students attending an accredited U.S. university or college while also caring for an aging or ailing loved one.
Caregiving is a challenging responsibility that can fall to people of all ages. In fact, a surprising number of caregivers are young students, who have to shoulder extra responsibilities like medical management, finances, and meal planning for their loved ones while pursuing their degree. The Caring.com Student-Caregiver Scholarships were created to recognize and support those hardworking student-caregivers who go above and beyond to care for their families.
For Fall 2016, our panel of caregiving experts selected three winners based on their essays that explain how caregiving has influenced their academic journeys. Winners will receive a $1,500 grant for tuition and/or books. The following winners were chosen from among more than 950 applications and 25 finalists:
- DreAnna Perry -- an exercise physiology major at Brigham Young University caring for her mother.
- Jessica Jacob -- a nursing major at Adelphi University caring for her mother.
- Tommy Tran -- a biotechnology major at the University of Houston caring for his father.
"Caring.com's mission, since its founding, has been to support family caregivers while they do the hard work of caring for a loved one. We are so pleased to be able to recognize these remarkably giving individuals and provide them with some assistance in achieving their educational goals," said Caring.com's CEO Karen Cassel.
The judges who helped us choose this round's winners are:
- Sherri Snelling -- Sherri is the CEO and founder of The Caregiving Club. She is also the executive director of Thought Leadership for Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California and a caregiving author.
- Brooks Kenny -- Brooks is a senior consultant at High Lantern Group providing strategic communications and thought leadership support to industry clients and healthcare advocacy organizations in the areas of women's health, Alzheimer's, and aging. She's a nationally recognized expert and speaker about caregiving.
- Ladislav Volicer -- Dr. Volicer is a professor at University of South Florida. 30 years ago, he established one of the first dementia special care units and introduced the concept of structured palliative care for patients with advanced dementia. He's published more than 200 articles and chapters on clinical management of dementia.
- Juli Vizza -- Juli Vizza is an award-winning producer and editor. She won an Emmy Award for editing the 2002 Winter Olympics at NBC and has since been working as a producer for nonfiction and fiction film, television, commercials, and music videos. Juli has produced films that premiered at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca film festivals, and aired on Showtime and PBS. At Sony Pictures Entertainment, she worked on publicity campaigns for The Da Vinci Code for the US and international markets, as well as the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, and other films including Stranger Than Fiction, Quantum of Solace, and Angels & Demons. Juli co-produced and edited the feature-length documentary for PBS, Xmas Without China. She produced Nine to Ninety, a documentary short for PBS, about an intergenerational family confronted with the issues of aging with dignity in America today. She is currently co-producing and editing an untitled feature documentary about the Syrian refugee crisis and editing a project about Restorative Justice.
We are now accepting applications for our Spring 2017 Student-Caregiver Scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.caring.com/scholarship.
With three million monthly visitors to its website, Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other aging loved ones. A Bankrate company headquartered in San Mateo, CA, Caring.com provides helpful caregiving content, online support groups, and a comprehensive Senior Care Directory for the United States, with nearly 150,000 consumer ratings and reviews and a toll-free senior living referral line at (800) 325-8591. Connect with Caring.com on Facebook and Twitter.
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