Professional Development Scholarships

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Each year, LeadingAge PA awards scholarships that enhance opportunities for staff of member communities who are pursuing further education, training and certification — both within and outside of the field of nursing. 

In 2021, we proudly awarded $36,000 in professional development scholarships to:

Nursing students 

Awards of up to $1,200 were given to applicants of varying career levels pursuing a certification, associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in nursing.

Non-Nursing students 

Awards of up to $1,000 each were given to applicants of varying career levels pursing a certification, associate, bachelor's, or master's degree in fields other than nursing.

We are hopeful the committed team members receiving these LeadingAge PA education scholarships will continue their careers in the field of aging services for many years to come! 
2021 Professional Development Scholarship Awardees
Nursing Scholarship Awardees


Fadekemi Adediran - Southampton Estates, Acts Retirement-Life Communities

Daniella Andrews - Little Flower Manor Nursing Home

Jennifer bond - Tel Hai Retirement Community

Erica Gettle - Luther Acres, Luthercare

Angola Moore Hawkins - Phoebe Wyncote, Phoebe Ministries

Dawn M. Herold-Maher - Living Branches

Brandi James - Granite Farms Estates, Acts Retirement-Life Communities

Yolanda Jefferson - Saint Mary's at Asbury Ridge, Saint Mary's Home of Erie

Karla Juste - The Philadelphia Protestant Home

Kathryn McCloskey - Jameson Care Center, UPMC Senior Communities

Amanda Raso - Moravian Hall Square, Morningstar Living

Ashley Steich - Souderton Mennonite Homes, Living Branches

Jocelyn Shaffer - Cornwall Manor

Lauren Thompson - Frederick Living

Hilary Williams - Lutheran SeniorLife VNA, Lutheran SeniorLife

Kristin Varilla - The Willows of Living Branches, Living Branches

Non-Nursing Scholarship Awardees

Kristen Ashton - Foxdale Village

Megan Davis - Oakwood Heights, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network

Victoria Gilchrist - Brevillier Village

Jena Gouger - The Hill at Whitemarsh; Crystal Jones - The Hickman

Amy Learn - Brevillier Village

Phoenix Marr-Jones - Phoebe Richland, Phoebe Ministries

Jared Martz - The Highlands as Wyomissing

Dawn Orzehowski - Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community

Marnie Pascuzzi - Gwynedd Estates, Acts Retirement-Life Communities

Alyssa Schwab - Frederick Living

Deb Trombetta - Granite Farms Estates, Acts Retirement-Life Communities

Julie Wenslow - Manchester Commons, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network

Autumn Weller - The Highlands at Wyomissing