Up to this point, she’s taken most of her classes at LLCC-Litchfield, which is near her home. However, she is now attending nursing classes on the Springfield campus along with clinicals in Sherman and Springfield. “My daughter and my boyfriend are my biggest motivators. My daughter tells people, ‘My mom is going to be a nurse!’ I am fortunate to have support from my boyfriend and my mom with raising my daughter while I am both working and going to school.”
Recipient of the Brian McMillen Veterans Scholarship
In 2016, Laurie was selected as the recipient of the Brian McMillen Veterans Scholarship. “I was surprised and honored to receive the scholarship. As a scholarship recipient, I was invited to attend the annual scholarship reception. After hearing from several donors that they established a scholarship to help someone go to school, I decided I would like to do the same when I am done with my nurse practitioner studies. It is a noble thing to do.”
The Brian McMillen Veterans Scholarship was established to continue Brian’s legacy of helping others and to assist veterans like Laurie in paying for college. She was asked to speak at last year’s annual Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk. “I wish I could have met him (Brian),” says Laurie. “I’ve heard so many good things about him. I was honored to meet his parents and other family members at the run; they are wonderful people.”
Final McMillen Run/Walk this May
She plans to volunteer again at this year’s run/walk, which will be the last. The scholarship endowment has now reached self-sustainment, and the scholarship will continue to be awarded to deserving veterans attending LLCC. The run/walk has been organized the past 10 years through a joint effort of the LLCC Veterans Club, LLCC staff, Illinois State Police and Illinois Air National Guard.