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October 27, 2021

SIU’s Arianna Goss earns McGaw health administration scholarship

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Arianna Goss, a junior in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Health Care Management program, is the recipient of the 2021 Foster G. McGaw Scholarship from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

Goss, who also has minors in Long Term Care Administration and Health Information and Informatics and in communication studies, is on track to complete her bachelor’s degree in May 2023. She then plans to pursue a career in health law or public health.

“Ms. Goss is an exceptional student and shows great promise as a future health care leader,” said Sandra Collins, professor and program director of health care management.

Active Saluki

Goss, of Sainte Marie, Illinois, is involved in a variety of activities on campus and excels academically. The daughter of Larry and Christina Goss, Arianna is an Undergraduate Student Government senator at large and active in the University Honors program, the Chancellor’s Scholars program and the Researched Enriched Academic Challenge (REACH) program. She is also a member of the Student Health Advisory Board, the Student Legal Board of Directors and the Committee on Umbrella and Constituency Organizations.

Goss is a leader as well, serving as vice president of administration for the Delta Zeta sorority, director of communications for the honors assembly and as president of the Student Healthcare Management Association. She also works as a remote English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for Palfish, a company based in Beijing, China. Along with juggling all of these activities, interests and duties, Goss has  also managed to earn a spot on the dean’s list  every semester.

Evolutionary experience

Goss has been enjoying her college experience and said her “involvement has diversified my skillset and connections around campus.” 

Goss said she was drawn to SIU because of its beautiful campus, affordability, the quality accredited HCM program, her scholarship and other opportunities. She is “open to any opportunities to learn and evolve. My interests are heavily aligned with public health, community outreach and health education, but I love exploring the numerous paths available to my major.”

Program has supported hundreds

The McGaw Award includes a $500 prize. The scholarship is presented annually by AUPHA to support undergraduate and graduate students in the field of health administration. Since the award was established in 1975, more than 900 awards have been presented.

Foster G. McGaw, founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation, endowed the scholarship award because he recognized the importance of health administration education and AUPHA’s contributions to the field. University faculty recommend students for the award.