After completing a hands-on internship that helped affirm her chosen field of study, senior Josie Woosley recently received a big surprise in the form of a $5,000 scholarship.
Woosley, a long-term health care administration major in Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions, was named the Foundations Healthcare Administrator In Training of the Year courtesy of Foundations Healthcare. The organization stated, “Josie did a wonderful job during her internship at MeadowGrove Transitional Care this summer and this is our way of saying thank you.”
“I was so surprised. I wasn’t expecting this,” said Woosley. “I was just astonished.”
“More than anything, MeadowGrove gave me all the tools I needed and I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity,” she added. “More than just knowledge, I came away from MeadowGrove with a passion for the work. I have a drive for this and I have confidence that I’m in the correct major and on the correct path. I genuinely love what I’m going into.”
Lura Sandy, of MeadowGrove Transitional Care, commented, “I can’t say enough good things about Josie Woosley. She has a deep personal passion to work with the elderly and she was a delight to work with.”
Sandy said Woosley would take it upon herself to visit residents between her regular assignment shifts and that she “had a pleasant willingness to work with others and further build her knowledge.”
“Josie is motivated, bright and has a sincere desire to work with residents,” said Sandy. “It was refreshing to see such a high caliber young woman joining our profession and I’m confident she will have a successful career in long-term care.”
“Like all our long-term health care administration students, Josie is a disciplined, industrious student with a pleasant personality,” said Jeff Trace, program director for long-term health care administration in the Department of Social and Public Health. “She has an outstanding intellectual ability and utilizes it to her fullest potential. Josie possesses a unique leadership trait that encourages her peers to work with her. She seems to have a great work ethic and the results are evident in her work.”
Woosley said she hopes to put the scholarship money toward finishing her degree and taking her board test to become a nursing home administrator.