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Ed and Sue Kenny Scholarship Award Winners Named

Students receive scholarships to continue education in senior lifestyle services


DES MOINES, IOWA. February 14, 2020 — The LCS Foundation awarded scholarships to two students pursuing careers in senior lifestyle services. The awards were presented to Catherine Lyman and Kendra O’Brien in November 2019.

“As a leading provider in senior living, we realize the importance of developing our next generation of leaders in the industry,” stated Ed Kenny, LCS Foundation president. “The mission of the Ed and Sue Kenny Scholarship is to help support senior living management as a mainstream, well-respected career choice. Sue and I are very grateful to LCS and other industry partners for establishing this fund.”

Kenny said the inaugural year of the scholarship program was met with great enthusiasm by students as well as educational institutions.

Catherine Lyman, a student at Northwood University, Midland, Mich., and intern at the Henry Ford Village in Dearborn, Mich., was a scholarship recipient.

Lyman’s long-term goal is to become an executive director in a health care organization. She said, “I am very passionate about health care management because of my heart for the senior population.” Lyman also noted that receiving the scholarship will allow her to finish strong in her studies and become a positive influential leader in the area of senior care management.

Kendra O’Brien, a student at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and intern at Trillium Woods, a senior living community managed by Life Care Services, also received a scholarship. In her application, O’Brien stated her desire to complete her education and become a licensed nursing home administrator.

In his letter of recommendation, Rajean Paul Moone, PhD, LNHA, FGSA, University of Minnesota, stated, “Kendra has used her passion to educate and recruit other health services management students.” He wrote O’Brien would be a great example of somebody going into the field for the right reasons, and [one] who really understands the impact an administrator can have on the field.

The LCS Foundation Ed & Sue Kenny Scholarship was designed to promote the education and professional development of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in the field of senior lifestyle services. The scholarship program is open to qualifying students across the country and the next application process will begin summer 2020.

About LCS Foundation™

The LCS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization was created to develop future leaders of the senior housing and care profession, support Alzheimer’s care and research initiatives, and provide financial relief for personnel during crisis situations. Established by leaders from the LCS Family of Companies, the LCS Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors who are connected to the field of senior living and have a deep passion for serving seniors. At LCS Foundation, Experience Is EverythingTM. Learn more on the LCS Foundation webpage.