blog postsCelebration for Two Outstanding UHP StudentsMay 14, 2020 11:30 am by firstname.lastname@example.orgImages The College of Nursing Urban Health Program salutes and celebrates two of its outstanding students: Jessica Lechuga and Jessica Leonard. Congratulations to Jessica Lechuga on completing her BSN program and for being awarded the 2020 UHP Student Leadership Award. Jessica has been greatly involved with the College of Nursing Urban Health Program since she began her undergraduate in the fall of 2018. While managing a heavy course load, Jessica has managed to maintain a 3.72-grade point average. In addition to excelling in her studies, Jessica has been an active member of several organizations including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, and the National Association for Hispanic Nurses. Jessica Lechuga and her daughter, Abby, study together in the lobby of UIC College of Nursing. Delete Edit embedded media in the Files Tab and re-insert as needed. Her professional goals include completing a one-year nurse residency program and advancing her education. She plans to earn her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, and will explore Gerontological, Pain Management, and Medical-Surgical Nursing. Ultimately, Jessica intends to work her way into a leadership role where she can make a greater impact in underserved communities. Read more about Jessica here: https://today.uic.edu/inspiring-grads-jessica-lechuga Jessica Leonard (left), with twin sister Jasmine, receiving Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Scholarhip. Delete Edit embedded media in the Files Tab and re-insert as needed. The College of Nursing Urban Health Program salutes and celebrates Jessica Leonard, RN, BSN for her many accomplishments, including being awarded the 2020 UHP Student Achievement Award. Jessica is a continuing DNP student focusing on Pediatric Acute Care Nursing. She earned her BSN from UIC in 2017 and returned soon after to advance her education. Jessica has earned several scholarships including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Scholarships. She has been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society Alpha Lambda Chapter and currently holds a 3.65-grade point average. In Summer 2019, Jessica and fellow classmates were recipients of the People’s Choice Award for their work in nursing informatics. Amazingly, Jessica still manages to give back to her community by serving as a mentor at the Dr. Howard Elementary School. Currently, she works for Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and she is an active member of the UIC Graduate Student Nurses Organization and the Graduate Nursing Student Academy.