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The de Tornyay Center serves as a catalyst for promoting healthy aging through its support of research and education in the field of gerontology for the School of Nursing, the University of Washington, and the broader community.

Dr.Rheba de Tornyay, EdD, RN, FAANDr.Rheba de Tornyay, EdD, RN, FAAN

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Developing competent and compassionate health care providers is critically important. The Center is a resource for faculty involved in teaching gerontology, for students interested in older adults, and for practicing professionals desiring continuing education.  Information about our educational and curricular resources (books, videos, and journals) can be found on our Resources & Links page.

Healthy Aging Scholarships

The de Tornyay Center on Healthy Aging is pleased to provide scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students to pursue research in the field of gerontology.  Faculty mentors offer individual guidance and serve as valuable resources for beginning researchers.  To date, nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate scholarships have been awarded.  Information about current and past scholars' projects can be found on our Scholars pages. 

These scholarships are unrestricted funds available to support and nurture interest in older adults. Undergraduate awards are $2,000.  Master's awards are $5,000 and doctoral awards are $7,500.

We welcome applications for Healthy Aging Scholarships, and encourage you to contact us with your interests. 


Information about other aging-related scholarship and fellowship programs can be found on our Resources and Links page.

Aging-Related Education Initiatives



With funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation, the de Tornyay Center has been actively involved in a number of Geriatric Nursing Initiatives, including Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Pre-doctoral Scholarships and Claire M. Fagin Post-doctoral Fellowships and the UW Center for Interdisciplinary Geriatric Research (CIGR)


Nursing faculty have also received funding for other aging-related education and center initiatives.