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Carson College of Business GCISL Corporate Scholars Program

GCISL Corporate Scholars Program

Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living

In its inaugural year, the GCISL Corporate Scholars Program will select up to 12 students from across the university system. The students will work on interdisciplinary teams to address problems relevant to the Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living (GCISL).

In their junior year, spring semester, the GCISL Scholars will participate in a 1-credit immersive internship with pre- and post-field visit workshops. In their senior year, GCISL Scholars will participate in a special multidisciplinary project course (3 credits each fall and spring semesters)


  • Junior status with expected graduation date in 2023
  • Full time student at any of the WSU physical campuses
  • Open to all majors
  • Must be available to participate in the Immersive Internship during Spring Break 2022 , and in either MGMT 496 (Fa 22 & Sp 23) or ENGR 420/421 (Fa22/Sp23)

Award Amount

  • $500 Junior year, spring semester
  • $3000 Senior year (split between fall and spring semesters)


  • Applications for the 2023 Cohort are now closed.
    Applications for the 2024 Cohort will open in August 2022.
  • Preview the required information here

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Jeff Perry

Dr. Nancy Swanger
Founding Director, GCISL

Mark Hansen
Senior Director, Corporate Engagement

Michelle Chapman
Scholarship Coordinator, Carson Center for Student Success

Corporate Scholars Pilot Program

For More Information on the larger Corporate Scholars Pilot Program
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Quick Facts on Senior Living

Independence, Community, and Dignity determine Quality of Life

Independent Living*

Assisted Living*

Memory Care*

Skilled Nursing Care

*Focus is on these areas


  • Loneliness/Isolation

  • Injury risk from falls

  • Detection of Medical Events (strokes, falls, heart attack, UTIs and other infections)

  • Sensory loss (especially hearing, vision)

  • Short-term memory degradation

  • Projected shortage of care givers

  • Targets of scams

  • Fitness & Nutrition

Potential Project Components

  • Robotics
    • Mobility aids
    • Daily life help (getting dressed, meals, transportation, toileting)
    • Robotic companions (animal, humanoid)
  • Sensors
    • Health checks/Health monitoring
    • Infection detection
    • Gait monitoring
    • Location Monitoring
  • Artificial Intelligence
    • Virtual companions
    • Medication reminders
    • Memory assistant
  • Augmented/Virtual Reality/Wearable Technology
    • Closed captioning for hearing impaired
    • Navigation
    • Computer help
  • Therapies
    • Music
    • Exercise
    • Cognitive
    • Non-pharmaceutical Bone Density Therapies
  • Implants/Invasive procedures
    • Ethical issues

Relevant Majors

The GCISL Corporate Scholars Program is open to all majors. The following is a list of majors that are relevant to the types of projects under consideration. It is not an exhaustive list and other majors will be considered if the candidates are enthusiastic about the subject and can see a way for their skills to contribute.

Relevant Majors

(Not an exhaustive list)

Engineering & Computer Science (EE, CS, ME, BioEngr), Design, Construction Management
Ethics, Psychology, Philosophy, Human Development, Gerontology, Communications, Music, Social Work
Nursing, Pharmacy, Kinesiology, Pre-Med, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Vet Science, Sociology
Management, HR, HBM, Senior Living, MIS, Finance, Accounting, Economics

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional information available in the GCISL Scholars FAQs.

GCISL Corporate Scholars – Class of 2023

Diego Bante

Diego Bante is from Walla Walla, WA and transferred to WSU from Walla Walla Community College where he earned his AA-Transfer Degree. He is currently in his senior year at Washington State University where he is double majoring in Accounting and Finance. Diego is scheduled to graduate by December 2023, equipped with every skill necessary to become a great asset to any team and employer. A proud first-generation college student, Diego is also an active member of Carson EDGE. Additionally, he has the role of student ambassador for the Carson College of Business where he serves in the area of recruitment, working with prospective high school students and being a leader for the next generation of Cougs!

Mackenzie Brinton

Mackenzie is from a small town called Graham, which is located near Mt. Rainier in Western Washington. She is completing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a double minor in Human Resource Management and Human Development. Mackenzie is a Student Relationship Officer at the student-run Gesa Credit Union branches on campus and is a member of the Executive Board for the WSU Society for Human Resource Management chapter. She would like to pursue a career in Human Resources after graduation. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys swimming, going on hikes, and painting with watercolors.

Anh (Tracy) Dao

Anh Dao (Tracy) is a student from Vietnam. She is pursuing International Business and Finance undergraduate degrees at WSU. Besides being a GCISL scholar, Tracy also works as a Program Assistant at the WSU International Center. She has traveled to 6 countries, and gained a broad understanding of cultural diversity, especially cultural cuisines, as she believes that food represents a culture the best. In her leisure time, she loves cooking, playing piano, and hanging out with her close friends.

Carl (CJ) Hilgaertner

CJ Hilgaertner is a senior from Tigard, Oregon, a mid-sized town just 15 minutes south of Portland. Majoring in Human Resource Management and minoring in Criminal Justice & Criminology, CJ plans on pursuing a career in law enforcement as a police officer after graduation. CJ spent a year as a Resident Advisor and has worked for WSU Dining Services for 4 years. He currently helps manage one of the dining halls on campus. In his free time, CJ enjoys watching sports and playing guitar. He is also an experienced martial artist.

Alex Stuart

Alex Stuart grew up in Seattle WA and went to high school in Bellevue at Bellevue High school. Currently a senior, Alex majors in Management of Information systems and Accounting with a minor in Japanese language and culture. He is actively involved in the Carson College of Business, serving as a Carson College Ambassador as well as leading Beta Alpha Psi of the Delta Epsilon Chapter as president. Alex also works for ‘Cougs for Recovery’ which is a substance use hard reduction group on campus as a Recovery Coach. In his free time, Alex enjoys spending time with his friends, reading books, and spending time outside hiking.

Uma Vangapaty

Uma is a senior at WSU majoring in Bioengineering. During her free time, she usually plays badminton or dances. After her undergrad, she will be doing a master’s in human-computer Interaction (HCI) to become a UI/UX designer.

Josilyn Watson

Josilyn is an Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences major, with minors in plant biology and philosophy. She was born and raised in the Pullman area. If she is not studying for her classes, she is working in the School of Biological Sciences botanical collection or the Environmental Archaeology Research Lab (EARL). Josilyn became interested in the GCISL Corporate Scholars due to the interdisciplinary aspect of the program. She, also, currently serves as the President of the College of Arts and Sciences Student Ambassadors. Outside of school, Josilyn enjoys music, martial arts, and fashion history.