James McKenney Student Travel Award

James McKenney

James McKenney was a Mainer, born in Maine, resided there for most of his life and died in his home February 2015. With no formal advanced education, Jim was recognized for building the first super insulated home, a self-taught project in engineering. Jim highly valued education. When his friend, Marilyn R. Gugliucci, PhD, was serving as AGHE president 2008-2010, Jim established a planned giving gift for AGHE – 20% of his estate would be donated upon his death for advancing student education on aging.

Purpose of the Award

The James McKenney Student Travel Award provides travel funds for students to attend the AGHE Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference. Approximately 10 students will be selected to receive travel funds each year.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be a US or internationally matriculated student (undergraduate through post doctoral training) interested in gerontology/geriatrics – the field of aging (matriculation defined as being enrolled as of September for either a semester or the full academic year of the year of the Travel Award). AGHE membership status is not required although applications from students at AGHE member institutions are encouraged. If selected, an applicant must attend at least 2 days of the AGHE Annual Meeting with mandatory attendance at the AGHE Business Meeting, AGHE Student Meeting, and AGHE Student Symposium. Attending mentoring sessions is encouraged. Award Winners will be recognized at the Opening Session and AGHE Business Meeting.

At the close of the AGHE Annual Meeting, students who received the James McKenney Student Travel Award will be expected to complete a Post Annual Meeting Statement of Learning. Specifically, award winners will be asked to submit a 50-100 word paragraph stating what the most significant learning experience was from attending the Annual Meeting. This statement will be published in the AGHExchange newsletter.


Applicants will be reviewed by the AGHE Awards Committee.


An awardee receives funding which covers pre-paid registration ($150 value that includes a pre-conference session, networking lunch, and all conference educational sessions) and a check for $850.00 to be sent to cover Annual Meeting travel, lodging, and/or meals. Funding may be adjusted for students within driving distance (100 mi radius) of the Annual Meeting. Selected students will be sent a citation for their CV/Resume.

Application Process

The student is responsible for submitting:

1. Application Form

2. 250 word essay that addresses the question: “How will your participation in the AGHE Annual Meeting enhance your contribution to the field of aging?”

3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume

4. Headshot

Only electronic submissions will be reviewed. If at all possible, the application should be in the form of one, PDF file that includes all of the required material. Applications should be sent to AGHE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For questions about this award please contact the AGHE office at (202) 289-9806 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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