Lakeview College of Nursing (LCN) has awarded a Transfer Merit Scholarship worth $20,000 to Elijah Lamb of Greenup.
He was chosen from among many qualified applicants based on his outstanding academic record, according to Amy McFadden, chair of the LCN scholarship committee.
Lamb is the son of Neal and Crystal Lamb of Greenup and is a 2020 graduate of Cumberland High School in Toledo.
He attended Lake Land College in Mattoon to complete the preliminary courses needed to transfer in the fall of 2022 to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from LCN.
Lamb appreciated the scholarship.
“I am extremely relieved to have received this scholarship. Anyone who has attended or is planning to attend college knows that education comes at a cost, and this scholarship removes much of that burden. In doing so, it allows me to place a stronger focus on my studies and more success in achieving my goals,” he said.
Lamb began considering nursing as a career option during her junior year of high school. He knew he cared about people and became a certified practical nurse (CNA). This confirmed her desire to take nursing to the next level.
“I know I have the ability to learn the science of the field, and I would like to use that knowledge to provide better, more advanced patient care,” Lamb explained.
In the future, Lamb hopes to start working directly with patients for a while before returning to school to earn her master’s or doctorate in nursing.
“I’ve noticed there’s increased pressure for nurses to get their DNP (doctorate nurse practitioner) before moving into an APRN (advanced practice registered nurse) role, so I would eventually like to bring that level of work towards a doctorate and then consider becoming either a nurse practitioner or a nurse educator (or maybe even both),” Lamb said.
McFadden said the college’s scholarship committee seeks to reward and encourage high-achieving transfer students. She is grateful that the college board is committed to providing financial assistance to her students.
“Funding for this scholarship, as well as funding for our financial need-based transfer scholarship, has been made available through a very shrewd long-term investment strategy led by former CEO Dick Shockey and the current College President Sheila Mingee,” McFadden added.
The scholarship will help Lamb cover tuition, books, and supplies needed for Lakeview’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.