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Four LU students awarded nursing scholarships

Four LU students awarded nursing scholarships


Four LU students awarded nursing scholarships

Lakeland University has named the recipients of several nursing scholarships for students enrolled in Lakeland’s registered nurse (RN) to bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program.

Jenna Endries and Michelle Urbanek are recipients of the Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation Nursing Scholarship and the Dennis L. Dhein Endowed Scholarship.

Katie Teaff and Sara Gordon are recipients of the Dennis L. Dhein New Nursing Student Scholarship.

The Dennis L. Dhein Endowed Scholarship was established in 2012 by the late Dennis L. Dhein, a 1964 Lakeland graduate, as a fund for students seeking a nursing career.

The Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation Nursing Scholarship was established in 2020 by the Brotz Family Foundation to provide scholarship support to nursing students attending Lakeland, including students who had attended Holy Family College in Manitowoc.

The Dennis L. Dhein New Nursing Student Scholarship is for new students admitted to Lakeland’s RN to BSN completion program.

Urbanek works as the health and wellness coordinator for Advocate Aurora Health in Sheboygan, Wis. During COVID-19, she was re-deployed to employee health, where she provided health and wellness services to fellow team members. She is now vaccinating team members and the community.

Early in 2021, Urbanek was asked to lead a health and wellness charter and create a two-year wellness plan for team members. This strategic plan identifies key wellness components and strategies to support and enhance the health and well-being of team members.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to help during such a critical time,” Urbanek said. “During the pandemic, we’ve learned the vital, versatile role of nurses. I am honored to be a Registered Nurse, helping others is a passion of mine and I know this is exactly the right career for me. I will make it my life-long commitment to promote the nursing profession in all that I do and support life-long learning.”

Endries is currently manager of operations at Holy Family Memorial Hospital in Manitowoc, Wis., where she manages day-to-day clinic operations. She has experience as a nurse in surgery, hospice, long-term care, rehabilitation and case management.

“Being in my current leadership position has inspired me towards completion of my BSN,” said Endries, who plans to pursue a master’s degree after completing her BSN. “I feel that completion of my BSN will only help me to enhance my leadership and managerial skills.”

Teaff is a behavioral health nurse at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center. “Although I had offers from other schools, I knew I wanted to go to Lakeland due to their reputation of being a great educational institution,” Teaff said.

Gordon is manager of operations of Holy Family Memorial Medical Center Chiropractic, Lakeshore Orthopedics, HFM Sports Medicine and HFM Pain Clinic. “This will assist with growth in my nursing career and open up opportunities to assist in my current role,” Gordon said. “The further education will provide insight and background in areas that I am not as comfortable with.”

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