Samford University nursing student John Derrick of Birmingham has received an Alabama League for Nursing's Lamplighter Award.
The annual award recognizes a person who has made outstanding contributions to the nursing profession and society.
Derrick was cited for his commitment to leadership and service, including activities beyond the classroom. As a member of Samford's advisory board for Perry County, he has been involved in the area's healthcare ministry opportunities and is part of a long-range rural county poverty initiative.
He is employed as training coordinator for global missions with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. In 2006, he coordinated a program, "Breaking the Silence, Compassion for an HIV Positive World," for CBF's HIV/AIDS Summit.
Derrick holds a bachelor's degree in communication from Carson-Newman College and a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He will receive a bachelor's degree in nursing from Samford's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing in 2008.