LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 14, 2021) — Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society recently announced that University of Kentucky agricultural and medical biotechnology and Lewis Honors College junior Jessica Lamb will receive a Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. Lamb is one of only five students nationally to receive a $6,000 award, the highest amount dispersed through the Trow Scholarship.
An honor society celebrating academic excellence among first-year students, Alpha Lambda Delta has more than 280 chapters. Lamb served as UK’s chapter president for the 2020-2021 academic year.
“Alpha Lambda Delta has gifted me with the opportunity to truly get involved on UK's campus, connect with like-minded peers, and build my leadership and advocacy skills,” she said. “Being the student president of ALD has by far been one of the best of my college experiences.”
This is the second year in a row that a UK student has received the organization’s largest undergraduate scholarship amount from its annual awards totaling $105,000.
Lamb, the daughter of Connie and Mitchell Lamb of Paint Lick, Kentucky, plans to enroll in medical school at UK. At 3 years old, she was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and will specialize in pediatric neurology with a focus on neuromuscular diseases like SMA.
“Throughout my journey with SMA, I realized that my calling is to become a doctor and use my passion for health care to help others in need,” she said. “Growing up in a rural region of Kentucky has also allowed me to witness the various health disparities in the Appalachian region, which has further inspired me to be an advocate and provider of health care.”
Alpha Lambda Delta awarded 50 Trow scholarships to outstanding students from across the country. Selection is based on maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average, academic records, participation in Alpha Lambda Delta activities, campus and community service activities, and the applicant’s essay answers.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.