Honors and awards


The Walters-Wilkerson Memorial Gerontology Scholarship

William and Patricia Wilkerson generously funded this
scholarship to ensure that more recent undergraduates who
demonstrate exemplary academic skills have access to
Gerontological scholarship and its practical application in
Aging Services.

Marion Cotter King Memorial Scholarship

Dr. J. James Cotter endowed this scholarship for     
students studying elder leisure in honor of the memory of his mother and in recognition of her love of travel, recreation, leisure and overall personification of optimal

Theresa Thomas
The Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Foundation was established nearly 30 years ago by the late George Thomas to honor his wife, who was a nurse. Upon his death in 1975, Thomas left virtually his entire estate to the Foundation, with the hope that the money would make a difference in many aspects of health care. The Teresa Thomas Health Professional Scholarships were established as a means of carrying out Mr. George D. Thomas' desire to promote and develop medical specialists, and education for medical practitioners who plan to practice family medicine in rural Virginia. (No plaque presented)

A.D. Williams Award
An annual award is made to a student who demonstrates by virtue of high scholastic attainment and professional competence unusual promise and ability in the field of Gerontology.

Iris A. Parham Scholarship
The Iris A. Parham Scholarship was created by alumni in honor of Dr. Iris A. Parham and the Department of Gerontology 25th year anniversary. This award is given to a candidate who demonstrates outstanding achievements in the field of Gerontology.

Cathy Saunders Career Gerontologist Award
The Department of Gerontology has established the Cathy Saunders Career Gerontologist Award in order to honor her tremendous commitment to the field, and her generous donations to the Department and School of Allied Health Professions. Ms. Saunders also considers this donation as a challenge and leadership effort to encourage other alumni to provide support. This award was created as a scholarship fund to promote student enrollment among career gerontologists. As the only realtor in the Richmond area who is also a gerontologist, and her exemplary career as such, she has continued to promote gerontology related issues in the real estate community through assisting other realtors who are working with persons with Alzheimers, and referring realtors to gerontology related community resources.

Gerontology Student of the Year
Each year the faculty chooses a graduating student who has exhibited outstanding scholastic achievement and demonstrated service in Gerontology.


Alumni of the Year
In recognition of his/her outstanding contribution to the Professional Field of Gerontology


ACE Award
In recognition of excellence in Advocacy and Community
Engagement in the Professional Field of Gerontology

TIME Award
In recognition of excellence in Theoretical Innovation and
Maintaining Evidence-Based Practice of Gerontology

Commonwealth Award
In recognition of a citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia who is an inspiration for his or her optimal aging and generativity.