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Merit-based scholarships broaden health administration student’s horizons and motivate him to achieve more

Jeff Warner was well on his way to becoming a medical student when he discovered his real passion: health care leadership.

“I loved the science of medicine, but I realized that what I really wanted to do was support the clinicians doing the work on the ground,” he says. “Health care is all about working together to provide the best care for the patient, but physicians, nurses, administrators and others often operate in their own separate silos. I’m passionate about breaking down those silos and making sure that, from the top down, the future of health care is extremely collaborative. That should be the standard we’re pushing for.”

Warner’s exemplary commitment to these ideals has earned him several merit-based scholarships since he enrolled in the Master of Health Administration program in the VCU College of Health Professions in 2016. In addition to giving him the financial security to broaden his education with volunteer and internship experiences, the awards also motivate him to continue living up to their standards of excellence.

“Getting that kind of scholarship is an honor, and it makes me want to be worthy of that honor,” Warner says. “I want to be a good steward of the funds I was given.”

Now in his final year of the master’s program, Warner is participating in a 12-month administrative residency at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. The experience, he says, gives him the chance to visualize the career he hopes to have in the near future.
“I’m open to whatever this year reveals to me,” he says. “I want to learn as much as I can and add value to the projects I’m involved in while I’m there. I want to remain really open-minded and let what I learn inform each next step.”