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Gerontology organization recognizes grad student

Dec. 10, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- The Michigan Society of Gerontology has recognized a Western Michigan University graduate student for her work with senior citizens.

Melanie Bremer, a native of Roscommon, Mich., who is currently a second-year graduate student in speech pathology and audiology, has been awarded the organization's Everett J. Scoop Award. The award is named for a benefactor and friend of the society, who sought to encourage the pursuit of formal education across the age spectrum.

The award, which carries a $300 cash prize, is presented to a student in a Michigan college or university who has demonstrated outstanding performance in his or her program of study and an interest in the field of aging. Financial need is considered and support is intended for expenses related to higher education. In addition to outstanding academic work in her field, Bremer spent 20 hours a week in an assisted living facility as a communication enhancer for one semester. She plans to continue to work with older adults.

Founded in 1956, the Michigan Society of Gerontology is a voluntary organization of Michigan citizens concerned with education, research, action and service on behalf of older people. Its mission is to encourage and support the professional development of persons concerned with issues related to aging and the status of older people in the state through educational linkages and the multidisciplinary resources of its members.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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