The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA), in conjunction with the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE), is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Ohio Scholars in Aging program.
For the past decade, ODA and OAGE have teamed up to offer the Ohio Scholars in Aging program for undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in an accredited educational institution in Ohio. Participants benefit from the opportunity to learn about aging-related policymaking, establish professional contacts, and gain career knowledge and skills in the field of aging by completing an internship or a community project, attending ODA and OAGE events, making a presentation for state leaders on aging, and more.
The program stipend has been doubled this year. Participating students who complete all program requirements will each receive $2,000.
“Seniors are the fastest-growing age group in Ohio. Now is the time to increase our engagement with our state’s best and brightest minds and allow them to use their skills and innovative ideas to help older Ohioans,” said ODA Director Ursel J. McElroy. “Ohio Scholars in Aging provides a unique opportunity for us to help shape tomorrow’s policymakers and leaders, while using their insights to help others.”
The program is free and open to emerging professionals in a variety of careers. These can include students of nutrition and allied health sciences, city and regional planning, gerontology, social work, or other relevant focus areas.
Ten students will be selected from the pool of applicants to participate in the program.
Applications are due by Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.
“In Ohio, we are fortunate to have so many wonderful college students who are passionate about aging issues and who want to do their part to help improve the well-being of older Ohioans everywhere,” said OAGE President Kate de Medeiros. “I am confident that our newest class in the Scholars in Aging program will continue this important work and, perhaps for some, even spark a lifelong journey serving others in the field of gerontology.”
A survey of the students who participated in the Scholars in Aging program last year showed that 40% have already been hired to work in the aging network, while 80% said their involvement in the program influenced their career decision in some way. Additionally, 90% reported they were “highly satisfied” with their experience.
Each participant must work on their internship or project for a total of at least 45 hours. In addition, participants must attend three ODA meetings, attend an all-day experience at their local Area Agency on Aging (AAA), and prepare a presentation for a Project Poster Session at the annual OAGE Conference.
For more information, visit www.aging.ohio.gov/scholarsinaging.