Overview. The goal of the Reynolds Scholarship program is to increase academic geriatric nursing capacity in Oklahoma. Scholars, in collaboration with their mentor, will design and implement a tailored professional development plan, to be completed during the two year award, which supports development of new competencies and enhanced effectiveness as an academic leader. The Program focuses on the development of academic leadership in gerontological nursing through:
strong mentorship in the components of academic geriatric nursing (research, teaching and service),
a national network of scholars, fellows and academic geriatric nurses, and
exposure to a wide range of experts in gerontology and geriatrics.
Institution. The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation funds the OU Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (RCGNE) located at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing. The Center demonstrates the highest level of commitment to gerontological nursing, and has strong leadership and capacity in gerontological research, practice and education. The OU Reynolds Center is included, with nine Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, among the network of 10 Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence across the nation. The College of Nursing and the Reynolds Center promote interdisciplinary collaboration in research and scholarship and have exemplars in cancer care, diabetes self care, geriatric distance care technology, family caregiving, mental health, and symptom management in older adults. Additional resources are available within the OU system and through linkages with geriatric-focused organizations statewide and nationally.
Support. A total of $100,000 is awarded to each selected Scholar for the two-year award. Each year the Reynolds Predoctoral Scholarship Award offers each candidate up to a total of $50,000 to support tuition, academic fees, books and supplies necessary for doctoral study, membership in professional organizations and attendance at national conferences and institutes relevant to academic geriatric nursing, and a stipend (the stipend may not exceed $30,000 per year). Each grant year total may not exceed $50,000.