St. Davis Foundation grant
St. David’s Foundation CEO Earl Maxwell with Sarah Swords, the coordinator of the GRACE program

The St. David’s Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Gerontology Resources and the Aging Community in Education (GRACE) Program at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. The grant for academic year 2013-2014 will fund fellowships for MSSW students doing field internships at agencies that serve older adults and their families in the central Texas area.

Clinical Assistant Professor Sarah Swords, GRACE Program Coordinator, is thrilled that the Foundation has renewed its commitment to the program, funding it at twice the level of last year’s grant.

“This will allow us to provide fellowships to more students at a higher level of funding and achieve our goal of increasing the number of professional social workers in practice with older adults,” said Swords. “By helping us support our students, the St. David’s Foundation demonstrates its commitment to strengthening the healthcare workforce in the area of aging.”