Scholarships Help First-Generation College Student Follow Her Own Path
Alexxus Lindsey’s final year of nursing school looked very different than she expected, but she’s used to taking a non-traditional path to reaching her goals.
A first-generation college student, Alexxus took a year off to consider career options after graduating from Blue Springs High School in 2016. She spent time volunteering at Children’s Mercy Hospital and The Rescue Project, a local animal welfare nonprofit.
“I have always liked helping others feel safe and cared for,” said Alexxus. “It took a lot of self-reflection and conversation with others for me to decide which niche I wanted to settle into, but once I began to look into nursing, I knew there was no turning back.”
Alexxus began her college career at Metropolitan Community College, earning an associate’s degree in 2019. In December 2020, even amidst challenges brought on by COVID, Alexxus graduated from Graceland University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
“With COVID, clinicals were no longer an option. I really missed being in the hospital, but I had a lot of online classes during my pre-requisite courses at MCC, so the change to video lectures and online coursework weren’t too bad for me.”
Now completing requirements to become licensed as a registered nurse, Alexxus is eager to begin working as an obstetric nurse and honest about the financial burden of higher education.
“A higher level of education is important to me, but it is expensive. I believe it is hard to be completely focused on school if you’re also worried about money.”
In 2019, Alexxus received the Council of Clubs of Greater Kansas City Scholarship through Truman Heartland Community Foundation. A renewable scholarship for area students who have demonstrated leadership potential, the Council of Clubs Scholarship provided support Alexxus could count on throughout her nursing program.
“The scholarships helped take away some of the financial burden and helped me reach my career goals!”