Donovan Scholars Award Four Scholarships

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The four graduate students who will each receive $2,000 this year toward their doctoral studies are Shannon L. Bowles, Tamara Cranfill, Travonia Brown-Hughes, and LaVona Traywick.








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Shannon L. Bowles

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Tamara Cranfill


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LaVona Traywick

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 21, 2004) -- The Donovan Scholars Program in the University of Kentucky’s Council on Aging awarded four scholarships for 2004 to UK graduate students working toward their doctorates in gerontology.

The Donovan Scholars, a program in which persons over the age of 65 can take classes at UK free of charge, has awarded gerontology graduate student scholarships since 1989. More than 40 students from 18 areas of study at UK have received a total of $72,448 in the scholarships.

The Donovan Scholarships in Gerontology were established on the 25th anniversary of the Donovan Scholars Program, said Arleen Johnson, director of the program. “Each year, deserving graduate and undergraduate scholars are identified to receive scholarships to enable them to continue their studies and to pursue a career in the area of aging,” Johnson added.

The four graduate students who will each receive $2,000 this year toward their doctoral studies are:

  • Shannon L. Bowles, a Kentucky native who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music therapy from the University of Kansas. She is a board-certified music therapist, a neurologic music therapist. She is co-director of the Donovan Scholars’ group piano class study and has extensive experience as a music therapist and activity director with groups of all ages, ranging from preschool-age children with special needs to older adults, including those with developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Tamara Cranfill, who has a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from UK and began working on a doctorate in rehabilitation sciences at UK in 2001. She works at a private rehabilitation center in Somerset, Ky., that serves children and adults who have communication disorders. Her studies are associated with adult neurological communication disorders and psychosocial issues of aging.
  • Travonia Brown-Hughes, a native of Chesapeake, Va., who received her Bachelor of Science from Hampton University in Hampton, Va., and a Master of Science in community health from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Her current research interests include African-American caregivers and Alzheimer’s disease. She works in the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging’s African-American Dementia Outreach Partnership.
  • LaVona Traywick, a gerontology coordinator and instructor at the University of Arkansas before she entered the doctoral program in gerontology at UK. She is a certified activity director and a trainer for programs in the Arthritis Foundation. Traywick’s research interests include exercise behaviors of cardiac patients and increasing health and well-being through exercise and nutrition.

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