Throughout the country, 50 Jo Anne J. Trow scholarships were awarded by Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) to students from across the country. Three of these students included Lainy McCoy, Ana Danner, and Katlyn Elliot-Rodriguez of IUPUI.
Lainy McCoy, a nursing major, was one of five students throughout the nation to receive a $6,000 award.
Through being vice president of IUPUI's ALD chapter, a research intern in the biology department, and an active volunteer with Indianapolis EMS and Riley Hospital for Children, she has been able to commit many hours to improving the community and its members by contributing to various service projects.
“ALD has allowed me to network outside the collegiate community by providing volunteer opportunities and service project involvement,” McCoy said.
Along with the support of ALD in her volunteer opportunities, she said that the academic encouragement and motivation from ALD was a part of what contributed to her receiving this scholarship.
“I am confident that the encouragement, support, and motivation of my fellow ALD members, our ALD advisor, Lisa Ruch, my family, and the community have been the main contributors to my successes thus far and ultimately the achievement of this milestone,” McCoy said.
Since receiving this award, not only has she felt honored to have had the privilege to be selected as a recipient of such a prestigious award, but she has already seen its positive influence on her collegiate career.
Outside of the award allowing her to focus on her curriculum and field of study without the financial stress that comes with college, it also gives her the opportunity to serve as a mentor for the upcoming generation of aspiring young collegiate students.
“Acquiring this scholarship has undoubtedly opened many new doors for me, but I am most excited about having the chance to become a better leader and mentor for others at IUPUI through Alpha Lambda Delta,” McCoy said.