Go Back to School with USC’s Scholarship for CALA Members

Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Of course, he wasn’t talking about CALA’s partnership with the University of Southern California (USC), but he could have been.

widget-uscdavisFor two years, USC has made a commitment to support CALA members in their ongoing pursuit of providing excellent care and service to California’s Assisted Living residents by awarding a CALA member a scholarship to the Davis School of Gerontology.

CALA is pleased to announce that this partnership—an investment in knowledge that gives great benefits to Assisted Living team members, communities, and residents—will continue for a third year. CALA members are now eligible to apply for this exclusive scholarship which covers tuition costs for one of five graduate degree programs. These programs, which can be completed in person or online, complement our members’ current work experience and give them the opportunity to advance in their long-term care careers.

In 2014, the first scholarship was awarded to Merryn Oliveira, who served as Executive Director for Waters Edge Lodge. When asked why she applied for the scholarship, Oliveira said, “Even though I have wanted to pursue an advanced degree in Gerontology, the whims of fate and the poor economy have always stood in the way. However, that ended with the opportunity this scholarship afforded me and I did not let the chance slip through my grasp!”

The 2015 recipient of the scholarship was Jordenne Ferenczi, Assistant Activities Coordinator with Vintage Coventry in San Francisco. As she prepared to complete her first semester, Ferenczi said, “My experience is already extremely rewarding. There is a lot I am able to learn working in the field, but I am learning even more in classes. This scholarship and master’s program are priceless to me. I have the opportunity to better myself and to improve the field.”

Are you imagining now how an advanced degree in Gerontology could enhance your work as an Assisted Living provider? Then make 2016 the year to invest in your career and expand your knowledge of long-term care. Click here to learn more about the scholarship and download an application today!

This post was excerpted from an article first published in CALA News & Views Fall 2015: The 20th Issue.


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