Social Work in Aging

Internships in Aging Project Alumni Endowment

Purpose

The Internships in Aging Project (IAP) Alumni Endowment would provide an endowed scholarship for IAP students. The fund would ensure the continuation of quality field and classroom education in social work with older adults and their families.

Making a Difference

Your generous contribution to the Internships in Aging Project Alumni Endowment would attract future social work students to work with older adults and their families. The nation will require 70,000 social workers who specialize in aging by 2020, a 43% increase from 1987 (National Institute of Aging). Unfortunately, there is a shortage of social workers who are trained in working with older adults due in part to the number of social workers who will be retiring in the next few years but also due to a lack of information about aging and working with older adults.

Within the School of Social Welfare only about 10% of all social work students report an interest in aging. We have found that if students are exposed to working with older adults and their families, their assumptions about aging change and they are much more likely to seek out a career in aging. Therefore, the Internships in Aging Project Alumni Endowed Scholarship will: (1) meet the need of the rapidly growing aging population in the country for additional, quality social work and community services; and (2) help recruit social work students to participate in an innovative training program that will increase the number of qualified gerontological MSW social workers in the country.

How to Make a Donation

You may choose to make a contribution payable by either a check or charge; make a pledge to be paid over up to 5 years; make a gift of securities or real estate; or make a bequest or life income arrangement.

If you choose to make a contribution by check, please make your check payable to The University at Albany Foundation and note in the memo line "The Internships in Aging Project Alumni Endowment." You may use this form and send it with your contribution to The University at Albany Foundation, University Administration Building, Room 226, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222.

You may also make a contribution online at www.albany.edu/giving/. On the right, click the "Give Online" button which takes you to a new screen. At "Please designate my gift to" choose "College/School/Department" and indicate in the comments section that your gift is for "SSW, IAP Endowment #45371."