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LCC Nursing Scholarships To Increase Thanks To Donor Gift

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A recent gift to the Lane Community College Nursing Scholarship Endowment will help more students stay in school, graduate and become nurses in their communities.

Alan Yordy, former President and CEO of PeaceHealth, and his wife Joan Kropf are passionate about nursing education. They started the endowment 12 years ago and their recent donation has increased the fund to $600,000. It’s named in honor of long-time pediatric nurse, Margaret Larsen.

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Twelve years ago, Alan Yordy and Joan Kropf started an endowment to support students going through LCC nursing programs. The scholarship fund just increased to $600,000.

LCC Foundation director Wendy Jett said the additional funding will allow the college to award multiple nursing scholarships starting as soon as  2021.

“The pandemic has shined a spotlight on how important the work of our nurses is,” said Jett. “This gift will not only affect the students who receive the scholarships but the thousands of people throughout Lane County who they will eventually serve.”

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A recent gift to the endowment will enable the LCC Foundation to offer multiple Margaret Larsen scholarships to nursing students. (Photo taken pre-pandemic.)

106 students are admitted to LCC nursing programs each year. The two-year registered nursing program costs about $32,897, and the one-year licensed practical nurse program costs about $14,530.

Jett says graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on their licensure exams and the majority stay in the community as nurses in the local workforce.

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Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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