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Lakeland student awarded nursing scholarship

Darrian Combs was awarded the 2017 Karen Denney Nursing Scholarship at the annual Health Occupations Education (HOE) breakfast at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.

Combs, of Lakeland High School, was chosen for her academic achievement, her leadership in school and extracurricular activities, and her community involvement. During the 2016-2017 school year, she participated in the HOE program at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. Managed by the Impact Institute, this year-long program helps prepare high school students in LaGrange and Noble Counties for careers in healthcare.

Combs’ most memorable HOE experience was observing a birth by C-section. “I was overwhelmed with joy to experience the amount of happiness the parents had. Watching the C-section made me tear up because of how amazing it was.”

The Karen Denney Nursing scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding HOE student in Noble or LaGrange County. Combs, who plans to attend Ball State University this fall, is the eleventh HOE student to have been awarded the Karen Denney Nursing Scholarship.

The scholarship was started in 2007 in memory of Karen Denney, a nurse at Parkview Noble Hospital and Parkview LaGrange Hospital for over 35 years. Over the course of her career, she served as an inspiration to many for her love of nursing and was widely recognized by her patients and peers for her dedication, caring and compassion. Denney played an instrumental role in establishing the Health Occupations Education program. 

The Karen Denney Nursing Scholarship fund assists aspiring nursing students with their first-year tuition costs and is made possible by the generosity of people in the LaGrange and Noble County communities. For more information about the Karen Denney Nursing Scholarship fund, contact either Sherri Johnston of the Parkview LaGrange Foundation, 260-463-9004, or Cathy Linsenmayer at the Parkview Noble Foundation, 260-347-8809 or by visiting www.Parkview. com/Donate.