Offering financial support to those who want to further their training in senior care is central to the mission of The Beacon Institute. For over 10 years now, Beacon has given out over $100,000 in scholarships to qualified senior caregivers, with the generous support of Morgan-Keller Construction, Inc. and others. These critical funds have allowed caregivers to increase their knowledge and advance in the field of senior care, moving up to become LPNs, RNs and in some cases, Nursing Home Administrators.

Caregiver Scholarship

The Beacon Institute is proud to offer the Caregiver Scholarship Program, with awards made semi-annually each year. Through the generous support of Morgan-Keller Construction, Inc., and other contributions, the scholarship provides cash awards to qualified senior caregivers who are employed in member senior care facilities and wish to continue their education and training. Depending on fund availability, 10-20 awards will be made annually.

Eligibility: Caregivers who are employees in LifeSpan member facilities are eligible to apply for the scholarship program, following the successful completion of temporary or provisional employment. Administrators, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Directors of Nursing and other similarly-titled individuals are encouraged to nominate Geriatric Nurse Assistant staff members for the scholarship program.

Scholarship Amounts: $750 will be awarded to each of the successful applicants, to be used to further their education in any health care field at any accredited community college or university in Maryland or Washington DC. Funds will be paid directly to the college or university of the successful applicant’s choice.

Application Process: All qualified senior caregivers are encouraged to apply. Complete the scholarship application and forward to: Donna Bonum (, Director of HR /Business Affairs, LifeSpan/Beacon, 10280 Old Columbia Rd., #220, Columbia, MD 21046.

Caregiver Scholarship Application

The Paul R. Willging Endowment Scholarship

Paul R. Willging Endowment Scholarship

The Paul R. Willging Endowment, managed by The Beacon Institute, has been established to provide student scholarship support to those Howard Community College students pursuing careers which will positively impact older adults by improving the management and delivery of care to the older adult population. Additionally, the Endowment provides learning opportunities to students, faculty, health care practitioners and policy makers in the area of aging related services through an annual lecture event. A Paul R. Willging Award of Excellence is presented annually to an individual or organization who best embodies the legacy of Paul Willging by helping to improve the quality of senior care through professional and volunteer opportunities.

Learn more about the opportunities offered by the Paul R. Willging Endowment by visiting

Willging Endowment Scholarship Application