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$75K grant helps healthcare student journeys

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jun 15, 2020

Thanks to a recurring $75,000 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County (HFNLC), more College of Lake County (CLC) students can complete their healthcare degree for free. Scholarships Promoting Lake County Affordable and Sustainable Healthcare (SPLASH) funds the journey of 24 students in the Biological and Health Sciences Division, making it possible for scholarship recipients to work less and study more while in school. 

“Unlike many other scholarships, in this program helps pay living expenses and makes a huge difference in the lives of these students,” said associate dean Jeet Saini.  

Healthcare students during a lab exercise“The scholarship came as an amazing aid and allowed me to complete my final semester in nursing school stress-free,” said student Jessica Diaz. “Having a home to maintain with bills to pay, the grant gave me extra time to focus on my studies rather than working.”

This is the fifth time HFNLC funded the SPLASH program at CLC in the last seven years. Because all the work to manage the program is done on a volunteer basis, there is zero administration cost. 100 percent of the funds are given to students from underrepresented backgrounds who have a strong academic record and a demonstrated financial need. The online application will open in early September for a limited time.

“Because of the generosity of the SPLASH Scholarship, I️ was able to reduce my hours at work and focus on my studies,” said Heather Evans, a student from Round Lake studying medical imaging at CLC. Evans plans to transfer to a university to pursue her bachelor’s degree in imaging technology.

“Words could not describe how grateful I was to receive this scholarship when I was struggling to pay for school without any aid,” said Lauren Olsen, a student in Lake Villa studying to become a pediatric dental hygienist. “A great deal of stress has been lifted off my shoulders thanks to the SPLASH scholarship. I am able to focus more on school and less about my finances.”

About College of Lake County:

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.