The Ohio Chapter of ACHCA (ACHCA-OH) believes that the quality of care and life in a nursing center begins with the Administrator’s quality of education. Therefore, ACHCA-OH established the W. Philip McConnell Scholarship Fund in memory of Phil McConnell, a past president of the Ohio Chapter who devoted his life to the advancement of long-term care administration and the efforts of ACHCA.

ACHCA-OH invites members in good standing to apply for the Phil McConnell Scholarship. The chapter will award two (2) scholarships.  Scholarship recipients will receive up to $2,000 towards one full conference registration, travel, and lodging to the ACHCA Annual Convocation & Expo, held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from May 6-9, 2024.  

Selection criteria

  • Enrolled in or recently graduated from a Nursing Home Administrator AIT program or enrolled in a recognized university/college training program for nursing home administrators;
  • One of the students receiving the McConnell Scholarship must live in Ohio. The other student receiving the McConnell Scholarship will be selected from the pool of applicants throughout the U.S.

How to apply

  1. Provide two letters of nomination/recommendation (if enrolled in an AIT program, one letter must be from your preceptor; if a student, one letter must be from your advisor/professor; and
  1. Prepare a one-page paper describing your intentions for your future in long-term care administration (i.e., your goals, what drives you to excel, what you believe your contributions will be to the profession, etc.)

Applicants must submit their current resume or curriculum vitae via e-mail to Bob BishopOhio Chapter President.
The deadline for the 2024 scholarship is January 12, 2024).

ACHCA-OH manages the McConnell Scholarship. Recipients must attend the ACHCA Annual Convocation & Expo to have their award announced. ACHCA-OH will notify recipients at least 45 days before Convocation to schedule travel and lodging.

2023 McConnell Scholarship Recipients

  • Matt Geraghty