Scott Harpin, a 1993 graduate of Lancaster High School, recently received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing Alumni Society. Dr. Harpin is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
While at the University of Minnesota while obtaining his MS in Adolescent Nursing/Public Health Nursing and his PhD in nursing, Scott developed an effective middle school learning curriculum in youth violence prevention, intervention, and evaluation. During his years in Minneapolis at the UM he also worked at the St. Joseph’s Home for Children, inspiring nursing students to pursue related volunteer and employment opportunities with atrisk youth living in shelters.
As an assistant professor of nursing in Denver, Dr. Harpin continues his dedication to serving homeless youth by working with Urban Peak, a shelter for youth in Denver and Colorado Springs. He has been able to improve the shelter’s screening process and train lay volunteers to improve intake interview and interventions. He was also recently inducted as a Fellow into the Society of Adolescent Health & Medicine.
Scott lives in Denver with his wife Mary and two young daughters 6-year-old Lydia and 2-year-old Hannah. He is the son of Connie (Gary) Landon and the late John Harpin and the grandson of LaVon Schurman of Bagley.