3 Urban Leaders

3 Emerging Urban Leaders

Not everyone knows at age 18 what she wants to do for the rest of her life. As such, creators of the core curriculum (still in the works) in the College of Health and Human Sciences are hoping that first-year students will be allowed to do a bit of exploring in health-related fields.

For three freshmen, all from Chicago, that learning and growing experience could translate into leadership roles down the road. Daijon Marshall, Anna Lok and Larrina Patterson (shown left to right) entered Purdue as the college’s first recipients of the Emerging Urban Leaders (EUL) Scholarships in the 2010-11 academic year.

Lok and Patterson, both enrolled in the School of Nursing, are staying the course toward a nursing degree. Marshall, however, switched from the School of Health Sciences to the Department of Health and Kinesiology. A nurturing nature has each suited for a health care career, and the scholarship offers financial assistance in getting there. Lok, who became a U.S. citizen after the summer of her freshman year, says she is keeping her options open for now.

The EUL scholarships provide $5,000 to select Indiana students from public high schools in Indianapolis, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. Students from the Chicago Public Schools District qualify for a $15,000 scholarship to help meet nonresident tuition costs. All of the scholarships are renewable for four years.

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