King’s College is pleased to partner with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) to support our mission to educate the next generation of health care professionals. We are pleased to announce a new King’s College scholarship program available to all Lehigh Valley Health Network colleagues and their dependents. This new scholarship program will include the following benefits:
- $500 per academic year will be awarded to current Lehigh Valley Health Network employees and their dependents upon acceptance to King’s College and enrollment into a full-time undergraduate program.
- In addition, application fees will be waived for current Lehigh Valley Health Network employees and their dependents when applying to King’s College for admission to any of their undergraduate or graduate degree programs.
These benefits will be offered in addition to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Tuition Reimbursement Program.
Deadline: In order to be eligible to receive additional benefits for spring 2021, all application materials must be received prior to the December 1st 2020 deadline.
For questions about undergraduate programs or financial aid, contact:
Jared M. Menghini, MHA
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Director of Financial Aid
For questions about graduate programs, contact:
Christine Stevens, MBA
Director of Graduate Admission
Testimonial from LVHN employee, Marty Burridge
Current position: Application Development Support Expert at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN)
Undergraduate ’86 – Bachelor of Science in Computers and Information Systems
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program - Graduate degree ‘02
Marty Burridge ’86, M.S. ’02 has a lifelong relationship with King’s that some would say began even before he was born. Marty’s mom relayed the story to him that sometime in 1945, the Scranton Diocese came to his church seeking donations to help start King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. Although they were not a wealthy family at the time, Marty’s mom gave what she could to help establish King’s, hoping that one day one of her children might be able to attend the College.
It was not until Marty was in high school that his mom shared that story with him, saying “It’s been my dream and hope that one of my children go to the college I helped get started.”
Marty was one of five children. When he graduated from high school, at 17, he was one of the youngest students in his class. He began his studies at King’s in the architecture program, but after his first semester, he paused his academic career, due to the fact that he was young and just wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. He said, “I knew I needed to mature and get some experience under my belt before going to college since I was so young.”
Marty began working full time at a publishing company, and then realized he needed a degree to get ahead in his career. He returned to King’s when he was 19 and enrolled in Information Systems (IS) program. During his academic career, he was responsible for his own bills and paying for college on his own. In December of his senior year, Marty took a job with Rural Health Corporation of Pennsylvania as an Information Systems Manager (IS Manager), a job he held for more than 30 years. In 1997, Marty returned to King’s once again, but this time he enrolled in the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program. Upon completing his graduate degree, he was able to use the skills he learned to navigate and negotiate with various stakeholders. He credits his success to the skills he learned in the King’s College Graduate program.
“The master’s program prepared me to deal with the complex interrelations between the different groups found with in a healthcare organization. From front desk personnel, to nurses, PA’s, physicians and senior- management, each discipline having its own requirements. The ability to understand the organizational interrelationships was key to successfully implement corporate wide information technology projects,” he said. “I firmly believe that the knowledge gained thru the MHA program at Kings enabled me to pursue a position at Lehigh Valley Health Network, the exact place that I needed to be to grow in my career field and enjoy going to work every day. I attribute much of my career success to the graduate degree I received from King’s College.”
Marty secured a job at Lehigh Valley Health Network as a Senior System Analyst in 2014 and was promoted to an Application Development Support Expert at LVHN in 2016. He is responsible for the implementation of various computer applications used throughout the Lehigh Valley Health Network.