EHHS Student Selected for 2024 Scholar in Aging Program

Program provides university, college students across Ohio the opportunity to learn about the field of aging

The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) recently announced that Kent State University senior Kiley Kinsey has been selected as one of ten Scholars in Aging participants for 2024.

Kinsey, who resides in Canton, Ohio, is a Bachelor of Science student majoring in Long Term Care Administration in the School of Leadership, Development and Educational Studies. She plans to graduate in May.

“Scholars in Aging offers some of Ohio’s brightest young problem-solvers the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the field of aging and a valuable glimpse into a future career path that allows them to put their talents to use by helping others,” said ODA Director Ursel J.  McElroy. “This year’s cohort is made up of students with a diverse range of experiences and areas of study from universities across the state. I am excited to welcome them to the program and to tap into their energy, passion, and bold visions for the future of aging in Ohio.”

The Scholars in Aging program provides students of all academic backgrounds with the opportunity to learn about aging-related policymaking, to establish professional contacts, and gain career knowledge and skills in the field of aging. Since 2013, a total of 149 scholars, representing about 20 Ohio colleges and universities, have participated in the program.

This year’s first event for Scholars in Aging took place on January 23, at the Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus, where students heard from ODA leaders. The event also included a tour of the Ohio Statehouse, and provided an opportunity for students to meet members of the General Assembly.

Scholars will continue to participate in program activities throughout the spring, including a visit to their regional area agency on aging (AAA) for a full-day, in-person introductory experience.

Scholars will also complete an aging-related project through the program, which they will present at the Ohio Association of Gerontology Education Conference in North Canton in April.

Participants who complete all requirements of the four-month program will receive a $2,000 stipend.

Past participants in the Scholars in Aging program have gone on to successful careers in the field of aging. Program alumni currently hold staff positions at statewide AAAs and long-term care and nursing home administrators; as licensed social workers and staffers at regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman offices across Ohio; and as staff at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging.

For more information about the program, eligibility, requirements, and more, visit ODA’s Scholars in Aging web page.

Scholars in Aging is a partnership between ODA and the Ohio Association of Gerontology Education (OAGE) – an organization of educators, researchers, practitioners, and students that promotes gerontological education and supports Ohio's aging network as a resource for research and practice. It also provides professional development for students, faculty, and professionals.

The Ohio Department of Aging serves and advocates for the needs of Ohioans age 60 and older, as well as their families, caregivers and communities. Programs include home and community based long-term supports and services, as well as initiatives to promote health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Visit

POSTED: Thursday, February 15, 2024 09:45 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 15, 2024 01:18 PM