The Ohio Scholars in Aging program provides scholars of all academic backgrounds with the opportunity to:

  • Learn about policy-making;
  • Establish career-long professional contacts; and
  • Gain valuable career knowledge and skills in the field of aging.


Ohio Scholars in Aging


About Ohio Scholars in Aging

The Ohio Scholars in Aging program is intended for students enrolled in an internship or practicum that involves improving quality of life for older adults or their caregivers. We seek a diverse group of emerging professionals in a variety of careers. These can include administrators in training; students of nutrition, environmental design, product development, or research; or students with experience in a com­munity-based organization that serves older adults.

A maximum of 10 scholars will be selected.

The Ohio Scholars in Aging program

Requirements and Selection Criteria

Applicants must be studying for a degree at an ac­cred­ited educational institution in Ohio. Applicants also must be enrolled in an internship or practicum that involves older adults or their caregivers by January 2020.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to serving older adults and their caregiv­ers, while developing person-centered resources and services that foster independence and autonomy throughout the lifespan.

Scholars will receive a $1,000 stipend to help cover expenses.

Selection criteria:

  1. Strength of academic record;
  2. Work/life experience;
  3. Proposed internship experience;
  4. Post-graduation plans; and
  5. Letter of recommendation

Questions about Ohio Scholars in Aging:

Questions about the Ohio Scholars in Aging Program can be directed to Jane Byrnes, Ohio Department of Aging, at (614) 728-5950.

Ohio Scholars in Aging Program

Program and Timeline (tentative)

December 20, 2019: Application Deadline
January 3, 2020: Notification of Acceptance

January 23, 2020: Columbus, OH

Program Overview

Policy and Advocacy Introduction

Statehouse Tour

February 27, 2020: Columbus, OH

Networking Event

March 20, 2020: Columbus, OH

Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

April 2-3, 2020: OAGE Conference, Ohio University

Scholars Recognition

Poster Presentations

May 14, 2020: Columbus, OH

Network with Public Officials

Poster Presentations

The Ohio Scholars in Aging Program is a partnership between the Ohio Department on Aging and the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education. 

The Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) is an organization of educators, researchers, practitioners and students that promotes gerontological education. It supports Ohio's aging network as a resource for research and practice and provides professional development for students, faculty and professionals. OAGE also serves as the official technical advisory body of ODA on issues of education, training and research in aging.