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Area Agency on Aging awards $2,000 merit scholarships to Ohio State Mansfield and Bowling Green University students


  Posted on July 20, 2018

Ontario OH – Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Board of Trustees’ $2,000.00 Merit Scholarship, Chloe Montgomery and Desiree Peterson.

 A resident of Mansfield, Montgomery attends The Ohio State University at Mansfield and is pursuing a degree in social work and a minor in substance misuse and addiction.

“I have a love for understanding others and helping them through their hard times,” said Montgomery. “I think that mental health is very important, and so we should treat it just as any other illness, whether it be a physical illness or a mental illness.”

Montgomery will be a senior this fall. After graduation, she hopes to complete her master’s degree in social work, become independently licensed, and open her own practice serving people of all ages in the community.

Also a resident of Mansfield, Peterson attends Bowling Green State University and is pursuing a degree in gerontology with a minor in psychology.

Peterson will be a senior this fall. After graduation she hopes to get her master’s degree in social work and work with grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship caregivers.

“I am very passionate about working with older adults and currently right now, I’m having a passion towards children as well,” Peterson said. “This scholarship just means a lot to me to be able to come home and work with the people and generations that I love.”

Each year the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Board of Trustees provides merit scholarships to individuals who intend to enroll in an institution of higher education or in local classes to reach their education goals in a field promoting the aging network.

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers, and resource networks that support individual choice, independence and dignity.