Georgia Gerontology Society


Recognizing our commitment toward the promotion of leadership in gerontology, GGS sponsors an annual gerontology scholarship award program. Applicants must be members of the Georgia Gerontology Society. The student membership rate is $25/year. If the membership fee creates a financial hardship for you, please email to discuss your options.

The Robert P. Wray Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000           Level: Undergraduate Student

Robert P. Wray was an active GGS member, a founder of numerous service programs in Pennsylvania and Georgia, and was the first Director of the University of Georgia Gerontology Center. He was first posthumously honored in 1989 by designation of the Wray Legislative Award. However, Society members quickly realized that this educator’s memory would be best honored through naming of the annual gerontology scholarship award

The Virginia Smyth Scholarship

Award Amount: $3,000           Level: Graduate Student

The Virginia Smyth Scholarship is presented annually to offer financial support to persons seeking to advance their careers in aging. The fund, established in 1998, provides scholarships for graduate study in gerontology and promotes leadership development in the field of aging to include a broad knowledge base, strong organizational skills and a vision for the future. The Scholarship was first awarded in 2004 and named for Virginia Smyth, a founding member of GGS and the spirit behind the establishment and endowment of the GGS Scholarship Fund. Click the links below for more information.

As a network that educates, serves and advocates for older adults and their families, GGS sponsors an annual gerontology scholarship award program for older adults. This program provides a scholarship opportunity to attend the GGS Annual Conference for older adults in Georgia. It was first awarded in 2018 and was renamed in 2023 to honor the memory of Lois Ricci, a past president and lifelong advocate for older adults. By sponsoring this award, we aim to promote continued interest and involvement in aging-related issues across the lifespan. Click the links below for more information.



All applications and supporting documents due by April 8, 2024.

Applicants notified of committee’s decision by May 13, 2024.