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LCU Fund Announces 2018 President's Award Recipient

Established in 2012 to honor past LCU Fund for Women’s Education Board President Carol Farris, the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership recognizes a supported student who demonstrates extraordinary leadership in her school and / or home community. 

The Fund is pleased to announce that Ithamar Grace Turenne, a recent scholar at Columbia University School of Nursing, has been selected as this year's recipient.

Ithamar recently received her Master in Science in Nursing from Columbia University’s School of Nursing. While enrolled, she made an indelible mark on the school through her involvement in a variety of student organizations and volunteer opportunities.  Among Ithamar’s many accomplishments, she served uninsured New Yorkers through CoSMO (Columbia Student Medical Outreach), she coordinated events for the School’s Critical Care Club, and she volunteered as a Visiting Day Ambassador. Most notably, Ithamar co-founded the Columbia Student Nursing Association. Ithamar is a leader outside of the Columbia community as well. She coordinates sewing sessions for Girls2Women, making economical and reusable feminine products for school girls in Ethiopia, and she is a wish-granter for Make-a-Wish. Ithamar incorporated her passion for working with vulnerable populations into her nursing coursework, spending six weeks in the Dominican Republic at a Columbia Nursing Global Site, where she honed many skills, including religious and cultural competencies. Ithamar is particularly interested in vulnerable and low-income populations, women’s health and global health.  She will no doubt utilize her strong leadership qualities to continue caring for, and advocating on behalf of, people in need.