On Monday, I had the pleasure of attending the Baptist College of Health Sciences’ annual scholarship luncheon. I look forward to this event because it gives the students who received scholarships the opportunity to thank the generous donors who funded them.
Hearing the stories of recipients determined to finish school and begin their health care careers is so inspiring because they will stop at nothing to pursue their dreams. They have worked hard to succeed at the College, and their scholarships give them the extra support they need to graduate and join the next generation of health care professionals. They are so grateful for the assistance, and it is uniquely rewarding to hear them express their gratitude.
I’m equally touched by all the people who have donated money to make these students’ dreams come true. Among them are current and former senior leaders, including former Baptist Presidents and CEOs Joseph Powell and Stephen Reynolds; longtime Baptist team members and Baptist School of Nursing alums Beverly Jordan and Anita Vaughn; and team members like Sherita Martin and Cynthia Allen, who established scholarships in memory of lost loved ones. These generous team members and many others thought enough of the College and our students to make a significant investment in their future. Because of our donors’ generosity, the College was able to award $813,000 in scholarship and grant money to 275 deserving students.
I would like to thank all our scholarship donors, the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation for helping to establish and maintain these funds, and the Baptist College of Health Sciences for doing such a fine job of educating more than 1,000 students every year. Together, we are nurturing the people who will be caring for us one day, and we’re giving them a chance to excel in a profession we all love.
If you’re interested in contributing to a Baptist College of Health Sciences scholarship fund, please call Sherita Martin, director of development for the College, at 901-572-2773 or email her at Sherita.firstname.lastname@example.org.