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Innovative student internships supported by new scholars program

OMA program and Josie Ridgeway

Miami senior Josie Ridgeway (right) enjoys a moment with an OMA participant.

Josie Ridgeway was nervous the first time she volunteered with Miami University’s Opening Minds through Art (OMA), an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. Then a sophomore, she had never interacted with people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia

Now a senior, Ridgeway and students Jessica Littrell and Eleni Balli, are this year’s first Charitable Words Scholars, a new program established by Tom and Maureen Callinan and The Callinan Family Fund.

The program will make scholarships available through Miami’s Scripps Gerontology Center to student interns providing support and services to older adults.

“I quickly realized that they may not remember your name, but they remember your presence,” said Ridgeway, who plans to pursue a master’s degree in gerontology and dreams of working for the Alzheimer’s Association one day.

The program connects students interested in humanitarian work with nonprofit organizations in Greater Cincinnati and around the world. The student scholars receive scholarship funds that help offset the financial burden of interning for nonprofits.

“These students are tomorrow’s leaders in aging, and we are delighted to have this opportunity to recognize their contributions and commitments,” said Suzanne Kunkel, director of Scripps Gerontology Center. “We are excited to partner with the Charitable Words organization on this award and with Tom and Maureen specifically, because they, like us, are passionate about making a positive difference.”

Tom Callinan, founder and editor of CharitableWords.com, is a former editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer and adjunct professor in the journalism department at the University of Cincinnati’s McMicken College of Arts & Sciences. Maureen Callinan is an elder law attorney and volunteer in the areas of gerontology, literacy and children and families at risk.

“We look at the bottom of resumes as much as the top,” Maureen Callinan noted. “Have you volunteered to help others? Have you done service projects? Your character, core values and DNA count as much as your GPA.”

Scholars will blog about their experiences on CharitableWords.com, which aims to showcase the good being done by nonprofits and common causes.

Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center is an Ohio Center of Excellence and supports older adults, families and aging societies through research, education and service.

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  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

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    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
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    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

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    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
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  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

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    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
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  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

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     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
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    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

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    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
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    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
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  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

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    Oxford, OH 45056

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