Awards & Scholarships

We are proud to recognize the dedicated individuals selected to receive LeadingAge PA awards and scholarships in 2018. Some have already made tremendous contributions to the field of aging services, and others will have the opportunity to begin their journey this year. We are proud of all of them, as well as of the many unsung heroes at our member organizations who work hard every day to enhance the lives of Pennsylvania seniors.

Distinguished Service Award Winners

We are excited to present the exemplary 2018 DSA winners who set a new standard for excellence in senior services throughout Pennsylvania.

Paul P. Haas Distinguished Achievement Award: Tama Carey

Leader of the Year: Sandra Fair

Manager of the Year: Tom Koch

Innovation of the Year: Camp Willow / Jen Rynier

Volunteer of the Year - Individual or Group: Midge Coker

Volunteer of the Year - Individual or Group: Friends of the Woods and Wetlands

Caregiver of the Year - Direct Care: Kimberly Daniels

Caregiver of the Year - Licensed: Dorcas Benner

Staff Member of the Year: Connie Sterner

2018 Education Scholarship Recipients

We are delighted to award $27,000 in LeadingAge PA scholarships to member staff pursuing further education, training and certification opportunities. Click here to see the 2018 LeadingAge PA scholarship recipients.

Administrator-in-Training Scholarship Recipient

LeadingAge PA is pleased to award a scholarship to one provider member that hosts an administrator-in-training candidate in a Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators-approved program. The $25,000 scholarship helps to support the member organization with developing leaders in senior living.

In 2018, Asbury Heights, a UPMC Senior Community, was awarded the AIT scholarship. Its candidate, Todd Heitz, is driven by his desire to make a difference in the lives of the community's residents. Heitz said, "in this role, I can be part of a bigger change that can inspire positive experiences for residents, for many years to come."

Paid College Internship Award Recipients

LeadingAge PA offers paid college internships at member organizations to help promote interest in pursuing a career in nonprofit senior services. We are happy to announce the four winners of the LeadingAge PA $6,000 internship awards for 2019.

  • Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc. - Finance/Accounting
  • Phoebe Ministries - Music
  • Presbyterian SeniorCare - Communications
  • Simpson Senior Services - Social Work

Since its inception, LeadingAge PA's Paid College Internship program has provided 12 college students with the opportunity to work at one of our member communities to gain exposure to, and an understanding of, the career possibilities in aging services. To date, 25% of the former interns are pursuing careers in long-term care. 

Want to nominate one of your team members for a LeadingAge PA award or apply for a LeadingAge PA scholarship to further your own career? Learn more here.

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