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Dr. Scholl Foundation Awards Five Scholarships to Nursing Students

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Dr. Scholl Scholars 2020-21

The Dr. Scholl Foundation recently awarded a grant to Lee University, providing funding for five scholarships for nursing students to be awarded scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year.

The scholarships were awarded to enable the students to complete their Bachelor of Science in nursing at Lee. They were recommended upon application by Dr. Sara Campbell, dean of Lee’s School of Nursing, and confirmed by Dr. Marian Dill, director of financial aid at Lee.

“It is wonderful to have funds available for students to assist with costs of attending nursing school,” said Campbell. “These times make it even more difficult for many students to meet financial obligations, and we are grateful that these students will be able to continue their education due to the generosity of others.”

The recipients of the Dr. Scholl scholarships include Brianna Granger, a junior from Lewisville, North Carolina; Amber Lowe, a junior from Englewood, Tennessee; Jalyn Poynter, a junior from Beaver Dam, Kentucky; Madalyn Vincent, a senior from Riceville, Tennessee; and Kanara Williams, a freshman from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“The Dr. Scholl Foundation scholarship has lightened my financial burden, allowing me to focus on my academics,” said Granger. “This generosity is inspiring, and I hope to be able to give back to my community through my career in nursing.”

Upon graduation, Granger plans to return to North Carolina and pursue a career in pediatrics. During her time at Lee, Granger has played on the women’s lacrosse team, been involved in Lee’s Best Buddies, and been a member of the boxing club.

Lowe is a current peer leader in Lee’s Learn Engage Achieve Program (LEAP) and has been involved in many of its projects. After graduation she plans to become a registered nurse in East Tennessee in pediatrics or in a labor and delivery unit.

“My goal is to help take care of others while spreading the love of Christ,” said Lowe. “This scholarship helps me continue my program and achieve my dream of becoming a nurse.”

Poynter is also a part of LEAP, in addition to working as a student dispatcher for Lee’s Campus Security. She is a member of the Lee University Evangelistic Singers, the Worthy Now Student Representative Committee, and the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. After graduation, Poynter plans to pair her nursing degree with her Spanish minor and work in the medical mission field.

Vincent is involved in Nurse's Christian Fellowship at Lee. After graduation, Vincent plans to apply to a nurse residency program with a pediatric or women's health track and, after gaining experience, to become a nurse practitioner with a specialty in one of the two areas.

“Not only was I unsure of how I was going to pay for school, but also how to balance my schedule of nursing school and employment as a patient care tech,” said Vincent. “I am thankful that the faculty within the School of Nursing thought of me for the scholarship, and I am even more thankful for the Dr. Scholl Foundation for its provision.”

Williams plans to continue her education after completing her undergraduate degree to become a certified nursing anesthetist or nurse practitioner.

The Dr. Scholl Foundation was established by Dr. William M. Scholl in 1947 and is a private, independent grant-making foundation for charitable purposes. The Dr. Scholl Foundation provides financial assistance to organizations they feel are committed to improving our world. Following Scholl’s passing, the foundation continued and has contributed over $285 million since 1980 to various organizations. To learn more about the Dr. Scholl Foundation, visit Scholl.

To learn more about Lee University’s School of Nursing, email schoolofnursing@leeuniversity.edu.
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