Scholarship Recipients


Keborah Andren, Scholarship Recipient for 2017-2018


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Congratulations to Keborah Andren, the 2017-18 recipient of the RAPS Scholarship!

She writes:

Dear members of the Retirement Association of Portland State:

I am honored and so grateful to receive the RAPS Scholarship to help me complete my Master of Social Work degree, specializing in end-of-life and palliative care. I am a graduate student in PSU's Advanced Standing Master’s program with the School of Social Work and was just accepted by Providence Hospice to do my MSW Internship starting fall term, 2017. I am currently a hospice volunteer, and my vocational interests center on hospice and bereavement. As a student facing financial barriers, this scholarship makes a huge difference in being able to access and pursue my degree. I am dedicated to preserving human rights, dignity, and quality of life at end of life, and I believe health care is a social justice issue. Thank you to the RAPS organization and the collective work you do. And thank you to each of you for your consideration in choosing me as one of your recipients.

Gratefully, Keborah


Melissa Cannon Scholarship Recipient 2011-2012 Update


I graduated in 2015 with my Urban Studies Ph.D. and the field areas of Community Development and Gerontology after years of working with PSU's Institute on Aging. I also received my Gerontology graduate certificate. I taught a few classes at PSU focusing on communities and health from 2015-2016, and I was offered a tenure-track position at Western Oregon University (WOU) as Assistant Professor of Gerontology beginning September 2016. I am thrilled to be working there among a fantastic group in the Behavioral Sciences Division. WOU is the oldest public university in Oregon and offers the only Bachelors of Gerontology in the state. We have a growing program with around 35 majors, as well as some minors and post-Bac students. Our Gerontology Student Group and their Kappa Eta Omega host some fantastic campus events such as film screenings and Careers in Aging Week which, just last month, included a presentation by the Honorable Barbara Roberts! Additionally, I am continuing my research on senior centers, which was the focus of my dissertation research. 


I am continually thankful for the many opportunities I had at PSU and for the generous and supportive faculty that helped me along the way. I hope to pay forward their kindness and influence now that I am beginning my journey as an educator in higher education.