Background:

The HOWARD & BETTY LAMBERTSON MEDICAL STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP FUND is being established by Betty Lambertson in memory of her husband of 54 years, Howard Lambertson. Howard was a prominent and active citizen in the community of Three Rivers, in addition to having served as President of Armstrong Machine Works (Armstrong International, Inc.) from 1975 until his retirement in June of 1978. He graduated from the Indianapolis College of Mortuary Science in 1936, then in 1941 was drafted in the Army during WWII, achieving the rank of major by discharge in 1945. Then Howard and Betty owned and operated a resort at Houghton Lake where he pursued his interest in hunting and fishing. Howard was involved in many community organizations to include: Three Rivers Area Hospital Board, Three Rivers Rotary Club, Carnegie Center for the Arts, and the First Presbyterian Church.

Betty was a graduate of the University of Michigan. She was a very active member of the Three Rivers Area Hospital Auxiliary for many years, she volunteered in the snack bar for nearly forty years. Betty also participated on the Hospital Nursing Scholarship Committee. In 1995 Betty was awarded “Honorary Membership of the Presbyterian Church” presented to women chosen by their local church organization for their commitment to Christ and years of dedicated service to their church. Betty was also a member of the Presbyterian Friendship Circle for fifty years and served as treasurer for twenty years. Betty’s church involvement included serving on the committee that purchased the German Klais organ in the mid-nineteen eighties. Betty was also an active supporter of the Carnegie Center for the Arts, and the St. Joseph County United Way.

Betty and Howard have been philanthropic toward the Three Rivers community though their contributions have been made in near anonymity. They have been very generous in their support of a broad range of organizations and projects that have made their community a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

The purpose of this Fund is to provide scholarship support to qualified individuals in medical studies at Glen Oaks Community College. The scholarship is to be awarded to talented students committed to medical studies who plan to complete a two-year degree or a certificate program at Glen Oaks Community College : i.e., Medical Assistant, Administrative Medical Office Assistant, Medical Transcription, Practical Nursing, Health Insurance Biller/Coder, Paramedic, Allied Health Degree, Nursing Degree, and any future medical programs that may be developed.

The effect of this scholarship, in addition to functioning as a strong incentive for and a prestigious acknowledgement of excellence in medical studies, would be to raise the rate of retention for talented medical studies students by providing a strong and appealing reason for remaining at Glen Oaks Community College.

The Scholarship will serve to honor and substantially reward each year’s recipients and to significantly enhance and embellish the Glen Oaks Community College medical studies program as a recruitment and retention tool.

Eligibility:

  • Must be accepted into a Medical Studies Program as described above
  • Maintain full time or part-time student status
  • Medical studies program pursuit
  • Maintain overall 2.75 g.p.a.
  • First year students will be eligible directly out of high school, if dual enrolled and they meet all program prerequisites

Preference:

  • To a student with financial need and/or higher academic performance

Selection Criteria:

  • Active participant in a Medical Studies Program
  • Talented and committed
  • Participation in activities and projects beyond standard class activities may include voluntary commitment
  • Intention to work in St. Joseph County upon completion of training

Selection Process:

  • Final selection of scholarship recipients will be made by the Director of Financial Aid/Scholarship and Assistant Dean of Nursing in consultation with the Dean of the College
  • Students may be identified out of high school by recommendation of their School Counselor
  • Final selection by the end of April

Use:

  • This is a Scholarship to be granted to the student for education related expenses.

Amount and Number of Awards:

  • Number and size determined by availability of funds and number of qualified applicants

Prior Recipients:

  • Must reapply

Disbursement:

The Office of Financial Aid will disburse the scholarship according to the standard school policy.

If, at any time, the College Foundation policies and procedures in effect for the administration of award and scholarship funds are changed, these provisions will be automatically modified to conform.

The donor initiated this award in November of 2004.

The fund is now endowed (as of November 2, 2004) and monies will be held in a restricted endowed account. Distribution shall begin in the 2005/06 school years.

Whenever it appears that changing conditions make this plan no longer applicable, practical, or suited to the general purposes stated above, the College Foundation would confer with the donor or their representative to secure a modification of the plan. If the Foundation is unable to locate the donor or their representative after reasonable efforts, then the Foundation is authorized to utilize the fund for any other suitable educational purpose, so that the fund will provide the maximum service to the community through the advancement of higher education.