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Loreen K. Odemu Memorial Nursing Scholarship

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Shawn Da Silva
1 winner$700
Application Deadline
Apr 10, 2024
Winners Announced
May 10, 2024
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Field of Study:
Education Level:
High school senior, Undergraduate or Trade school

This scholarship honors the life of Loreen K. Odemu by supporting the next generation of Registered Nurses. The goal is to encourage students to pursue their desire to help those in need.

Loreen did her O-level education at Loreto Convent Valley Road and then proceeded to her A-level at Makini school in Kenya. 

She then furthered her education at Western Illinois University and continued to Mac Murray College where she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.

Loreen was a Registered Nurse at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois. She moved to California where she worked as an Emergency Room Nurse at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

Loreen (Kavu) is survived by her children Andrew and Eli Coker, her parents Charles and Mary Odemu, her siblings Evaline, Emilly, Violet, Humphrey, David and Diana Odemu. Her niece Gina and nephews Martin and Benjamin. Her Sister-in-Law Rose and Brother-in-Law Sam. She is preceded in death by her grandfathers Gerishon Mage and Andrew Mwavali.

Kavu loved traveling and spending time at the beach with her boys. She also loved sharing her recipes, preparing meals and delivering to family and friends. 

She was a full member of Friends Church - Quakers and her catechism class in 2000 and conferred by Pastor Hudson Omenda.

Loreen passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 3rd, 2022.

Any high school senior, undergraduate or trade school student looking to pursue a career in nursing is eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students looking to become Registered Nurses will be given preference.

To apply, tell us what inspired you to pursue a career in nursing and what you hope to achieve through your career. Please also write about how you plan to help solve health issues as a way of preventing future pandemics.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published September 1, 2023
Essay Topic

To apply, tell us what inspired you to pursue nursing and what you hope to achieve through your career. Also, please write about how you plan to help solve health issues as a way of preventing future pandemics.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Nevaeh Green
Vallejo HighVALLEJO, CA
My inspiration to pursue nursing stems from a profound desire to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others. Growing up in a low-income family, I witnessed firsthand the barriers to healthcare faced by many in underserved communities. This ignited a passion within me to be a force for positive change, and nursing became the avenue through which I could channel that passion. The pivotal moment that solidified my calling was observing the compassionate care provided by nurses during a family member's illness. Their empathy, skill, and unwavering support left an indelible mark, and I knew then that nursing was not just a profession but a vocation rooted in human connection. The prospect of being a source of comfort and healing for individuals during their most vulnerable moments resonated deeply with me. Through my nursing career, I aspire to bridge healthcare gaps and address disparities in underserved areas. I envision creating a ripple effect of positive change, where every patient interaction contributes to a larger tapestry of community well-being. Whether through preventative care, health education initiatives, or advocating for policy changes, my goal is to be an agent of transformation, ensuring that quality healthcare is accessible to all, irrespective of their socio-economic background. As the world grapples with the aftermath of recent pandemics, I am compelled to contribute to the prevention of future health crises. My approach involves a multifaceted strategy that combines proactive healthcare measures, community engagement, and advocacy for systemic changes. Firstly, I plan to actively engage with communities to enhance health literacy. Educating individuals on basic health practices, the importance of vaccinations, and early detection of potential outbreaks can empower communities to be vigilant and take preventive measures. By fostering a culture of health awareness, we can collectively build resilience against emerging health threats. Secondly, I intend to advocate for policies that prioritize public health infrastructure and equitable access to healthcare resources. Strengthening healthcare systems, especially in underserved areas, is crucial for early detection, rapid response, and effective containment of potential outbreaks. This involves collaborating with policymakers, healthcare institutions, and community leaders to address the root causes of health disparities and implement sustainable solutions. Additionally, I envision playing an active role in international collaborations focused on global health security. By sharing knowledge, resources, and best practices, we can create a united front against infectious diseases that transcend borders. This collaborative approach extends beyond reactive responses to pandemics, emphasizing the importance of proactive measures and preparedness on a global scale. In essence, my pursuit of nursing is fueled by a commitment to serve, heal, and advocate for the well-being of individuals and communities. Through my career, I hope to contribute to a healthcare landscape where everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. By addressing health issues at their roots and actively participating in efforts to prevent future pandemics, I aspire to be a catalyst for positive change in the realm of public health.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 10, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 10, 2024.

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