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Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks nursing students receive $80,000 in scholarships from Lake Regional Health System

(LAKE OZARK, MO) - Eight nursing students at Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks received $10,000 each from Lake Regional Health System to help further their nursing education. The hospital will donate an additional $80,000 to a new class of nursing students beginning in October and is expected to make the same level of contribution each year.

Scholarship recipients include Nichole Choat of Climax Springs, Mo., Angela Frisbie of Lake Ozark, Mo., Stacey Menke of Gravois Mills, Mo., Beth Givens of Lake Ozark, Mo., Shaun Tilly of Linn Creek, Mo., Lori Hinrichs of Max Creek, Mo., Nicole Kusgen of California, Mo., and Lindsey Steen of Lake Ozark, Mo.

"These scholarships are a tremendous benefit to our nursing students," said John Keeney, director of Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks. "We are so thankful to the hospital for their contribution and support of our new nursing program."

All applicants had to have at least a 2.5 grade point average, write a 500-word essay about their career plans and complete a panel interview. A committee composed of Lake Regional Health System staff determined the recipients.

"The new nursing degree at Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks is a welcomed addition to the health care community at the Lake," said Mike Henze, CEO of Lake Regional Health System. "Our financial support of

nursing students at Columbia College is an indication of our emphasis on supporting qualified nurses in our area."

Columbia College recently opened a new 17,400-square-foot building in Lake Ozark and launched a new Associate in Science in Nursing degree program in June. The dual-track nursing program is designed for students with no previous nursing education or experience, as well as for Licensed Practical Nurses seeking to become Registered Nurses. The college expects its first nursing graduates in May or August 2006.

Columbia College began serving the higher education needs of residents in the Lake area in 1990, and today continues to serve civilian and military adult learners in the area.

Nationwide, Columbia College serves more than 20,000 students each year at its Day Campus, Evening Campus, Online Campus, Graduate Studies Program and 30 extended campuses.