The Shelley Joseph-Kordell Memorial Scholarship

The Shelley Joseph-Kordell Memorial Scholarship provides up to a total of $20,000 during the academic year to be distributed to one or more University of Minnesota graduate students who are fully committed to pursuing a professional career in aging services following the completion of their degrees.

The Scholarship is open to any student currently enrolled in a Master’s, Ph.D., or professional doctorate degree-granting program at the University of Minnesota. Students who have previously received the Scholarship are not eligible.

Priority is given to students who demonstrate a past, current and future commitment to the field of aging. In addition, participation in the Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Group (ASIG) is strongly encouraged.

Questions regarding the Scholarship can be directed to Rajean Moone, Ph.D., CHAI’s Associate Director of Education, at

Complete the online application. Applications are due December 3, 2021

Past Recipients

  • 2017: Ana Wstervelt & Ruther Rath-Nesvacil & Kelse Pierce
  • 2016: Mary Whipple, Ph.D & Katie Woken Louwagie & Eric Jutkkowitz, Ph.D.
  • 2015: Tai Gilbert
  • 2014: Heather Davila, Ph.D. & Melanie Jackson & Breanna Wheeler
  • 2013: Jessica Finlay, Ph.D. & Tina Kilaberia, Ph.D.
  • 2012: Carrie Henning-Smith, Ph.D. & Carina Noecker
  • 2011: Ellen McCreedy
  • 2010: Amanda Barnett, Ph.D.
  • 2009: Andrea Wysocki, Ph.D.
  • 2008: Charissa Eaton, Ph.D.
  • 2007: Mary Dierich, Ph.D.
  • 2006: Kristine Talley, Ph.D.
  • 2005: Rajean Moone, Ph.D.

About Shelley Joseph-Kordell

“I can only echo countless others in saying what a kind, caring, compassionate human being Shelley was. She helped me and my family in so many ways with her guidance and expertise, and touched us with her love.”  ~Family member of a client

Shelley Joseph-Kordell was a pioneer in geriatric care management, a field that provides older adults and their families an array of support including medical advocacy, care coordination, long-term care advice, and research and arrangement of community services. More than 20 years earlier, she had anticipated the need for advocacy and service to seniors, founding the company “Estates in Transition/Rent a Daughter (now Pathfinder Care Management/Rent a Daughter) to serve seniors and their families. Setting the benchmark for care management for the elderly in the Twin Cities, Shelley made professional advocacy and service for seniors her life’s passion.

Shortly before Shelley’s untimely death in 2003, she expressed optimism that the needs of older adults were gaining increased community attention. Shelley’s family, friends, and colleagues created the Scholarship to honor Shelley’s life and contributions to the community and recognize future leaders in geriatrics and aging services.

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