Samantha Heyer of the University of Northern Iowa has been awarded the 2023 LCS Foundation University Scholarship. The UNI School of Applied Human Services award committee chose Heyer to receive the scholarship. The scholarship assists students who are enthusiastic about the elder living profession.
Beginning her education at UNI as a biology major, Heyer found a desire for meaningful connections and serving individuals within her community.
“I was immediately drawn to the aging population and to those living with dementia,” says Heyer. “It can be a scary season of life, but with an educated community and support system it is possible to have a high quality of life after a diagnosis of dementia.”
Heyer’s experience has been enhanced through Professor Elaine Eshbaugh and other in the UNI gerontology program. “I have had a great opportunity to work at the Dementia Simulation House where we simulate what it might be like to live with dementia. We take pride in educating the community, building empathy, and empowering those living with dementia.”
Heyer is triple majoring in biology, public health, and gerontology with a minor in chemistry.
The LCS Foundation has formed a solid connection with UNI to help students pursuing degrees in the senior living profession complete their study. Annual university scholarships are offered under the program. Scholarships are also available at Northwood University and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.