Davlin Family Scholarship in Aging

The Davlin Family Scholarship in Aging, endowed by a generous gift from Irene Frye in the name of the Davlin Family to honor Sr. Mary Clemente Davlin, O.P. who has helped the Dominican community pursue truth, give service, and create justice in sustained, visible, and transformational ways.  Sr. Clemente’s role as professor at Dominican University is well recognized.  However, it is her role as mentor and spiritual guide to the Dominican University family of students, staff and faculty that has inspired countless generations.  Sr. Clemente’s life is representative of the contribution individuals can make throughout their lives.

The Davlin Family Scholarship is in the amount of $2500.  In honor of the gift from Irene Frye, the School of Social Work is providing a second scholarship in the amount of $2500.  Students will be selected for these scholarships through a competitive application process administered by the Gerontology faculty, Office of Field Education in collaboration with partners from the consortium of agencies that serve older adults.

Eligibility: Any part-time or full-time graduate student who is in a field placement between Fall 2016-Spring 2017 who have an interest in working with older adults. No prior experience with older adults is required. Students must have:

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher. 
  • An internship serving primarily older adults.
  • Completed or will complete SWK 678: Successful Aging in Communities of Care  Course includes a weekend at the Sinsinawa Mound the current residence of Sr. Clemente.
  • Personal Statement:  Please briefly address the following questions on a separate page (approximately 500 words)
    1.    Describe examples of your commitment to providing social work services to our aging population and their families. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
    2.    What would you like to gain from an internship with older adults?  
    3.    Discuss how intergenerational programs or activities impact your current internship placement. How might you propose increased intergenerational interaction at your placement?




    Applications must be received in by Friday, August 18, 2017 no later than 5:00 p.m.
  • Submit your completed online application by clicking on the Apply button
  • Selected Candidates will be announced by September 15, 2017.
  • Successful applicant(s) may be interviewed by the selection committee and featured in Dominican University and School of Social Work publications.

For further information contact:

Adrian Kok, Associate Professor              
Email: ajkok@dom.edu  


Julie Bach, Assistant Professor
Email: jbach@dom.edu