The Nursing Student Service Award
The student nurse supports the ideals of the School of Nursing and the nursing profession by engaging in service activities that support individuals, families, and/or communities and that encourage and foster the nurse’s personal and professional development.
To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be a graduating senior (graduating May, August, or December of the calendar year in which the award is presented)
- Have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 or higher
Nominations may be made by peers, Penn State faculty, or Penn State Nursing alumni.
Nominations will be reviewed by each board member with each board member
scoring each individual nomination for evidence of the award criteria – the highest scoring nomination will receive the award; decisions regarding scoring ties will be made by the Board.
Nominations must be submitted in the month of April
Nursing Alumni Awards Chairs for 2011
2007 — Jennifer Leary
(First year of award)
As a student, Jen was a national spokeswoman with the American Cancer Society. In addition, she was involved with the Penn State student Relay for Life. She sat on the 2006 Homecoming Court and danced in THON in 2007. She also served as president of the University Park Student Nurses Association (SNAP).
2008 — Lauren Thumm
Lauren began service work as a freshman nursing student. She was involved in THON during all four years as a student and was active in other service activities such as the Second Mile Development Committee and Masonic Children’s Home. During her senior year she participated in health fairs, health trivia with seniors in State College, Relay for Life, and Breast Cancer Walk.
2009 — Sara Ross
As SNAP president during her senior year, Sara organized a Career Fair attended by fifty recruiters at the HUB, participated in the Freshmen Welcome Party, attended the State SNAP Convention in Harrisburg, organized stethoscope and School of Nursing clothing sales, and regularly participated in the Alumni Society monthly conference calls. She also helped to organize the School of Nursing Formal, the spring Nursing Convocation Ceremony, the Kaplan NCLEX Review, student attendance at the 45th School of Nursing Anniversary, and the National Student Nurse convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
2010 — Toni Cella
As SNAP president, Toni organized the Nursing Career Fair, served as a student representative on the B.S. Council, organized fundraisers for the South Africa Mission Project, and volunteered with THON, serving as lieutenant captain for the OPPerations committee in 2008.
2011 — Jillian Moulton
As SNAP president, Jillian led the organization in preparing care packages for the troops and completing a worldwide book drive, donating over 300 books to orphanages and churches around the world. She also was a THON dancer.