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MORNING POINTE SCHOLARS and INTERNS
Ashland Community and Technical College – Practical Nursing
Bluegrass Community and Technical College – Practical Nursing
Columbia State Community College – Registered Nursing
Chattanooga State Community College – Registered Nursing
TN College of Applied Technology at Athens – Practical Nursing
TN College of Applied Technology at Jacksboro – Practical Nursing
Tusculum College – Registered Nursing
Kaitlyn Eldridge, Nursing Student
Kaitlyn Eldridge, 2015-2016 Morning Pointe scholar, graduated May 6 with her registered nursing degree. Eldridge, who received Summa Cum Laude honors at the pinning ceremony, said she wants to become a nurse practitioner in the aging care field. Her love for geriatrics began when choosing volunteer opportunities with the Beta Club in high school. “I would always choose The Lantern at Morning Pointe for my clinicals,” she said. “During my time there, I would play games, read books and paint nails. I absolutely fell in love with the Alzheimer’s residents at The Lantern. I plan to remain working with geriatric patients.”
Natasha Phillips, Nursing Scholar
“We are excited about the new partnership with the Morning Pointe Foundation and Morning Pointe Senior Living,” said Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of the Tusculum school of nursing, health sciences and human services. “We are excited for the scholarship support to nursing students and for the student exposure to career serviced internships and civic advancement opportunities.” The first annual nursing scholarship at Tusculum College was awarded to Natasha Phillips in Spring 2016 to aid in her preparation for a career in the field of senior healthcare. “I am thankful and honored to be chosen. This scholarship will help decrease my worries about being able to pay for my college expenses. What an incredible blessing,” says Phillips.
Richmond, Fannin & Parks, Practical Nursing Scholars
“Education costs can sometimes interfere with goals being reached, so it goes without saying that this scholarship will lead to student success,” said Rita Broyles, coordinator of student services and financial aid at TCAT-Jacksboro. “Morning Pointe has shown a commitment to TCAT-Jacksboro in education and employment opportunities for nursing professionals. Caring for seniors is nothing new to the three scholars. Practical nursing students Kimberly Richmond, Brittany Parks and Stefanie Fannin demonstrate community volunteerism and academic achievement and were each awarded a Morning Pointe Foundation scholarship in 2016. In each essay, students showed gratitude for financial assistance opportunities to help pay for their nursing licenses. Parks, a certified nursing assistant, started working in the long-term care industry the day after she turned 18. “That was a life-altering decision,” she shares in her scholarship essay. “I quickly learned how much I love being around and helping the senior population.”
Anna Grace Lowry, Nursing Student
Anna Grace Lowry is the recipient of the tuition-based full-year scholarship for fall 2014. Lowry is a second-year nursing student from Pulaski, Tennessee, and she received the honor at a special ceremony at Chattanooga State “I’ve always had a keen interest in the senior healthcare field, but it wasn’t until I helped take care of my grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s, that I realized I truly belong in a nursing career,” Lowry said. “I am so grateful to receive this scholarship. It allows me to focus solely on nursing.” In August of 2013, Lowry was accepted into the Chattanooga State School of Nursing, and is currently working toward her registered nursing license. While in school, Lowry works as a nurse technician for Siskin Hospital for Rehabilitation, providing care to the senior patients. Lowry plans to continue in the medical field and hopes to receive her nurse practitioner license in the future.
Sierra Hall, Social Work Practicum Student
Morning Pointe of Lexington works closely with the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky to provide a practicum site for students. Amanda Patrick, Morning Pointe Life Enrichment Director, was the original practicum student under Liz Chappell, Executive Director and was hired full time in December 2012. After earning her Master’s Degree in Social Work, Amanda has lead 5 other students in UK practicum studies and hired one, Jessica Green, as the Life Enrichment Coordinator. Students in need of completing volunteer hours for the University of Kentucky can schedule special activities at Morning Pointe of Lexington. Recently resident’s Carol Fitzpatrick, Ruby Montgomery, Sierra Hall, UK Practicum Student, Jean Wallace, and Nadie Steele made homemade dogs treats for the local animal shelter.
Rose Saturday, Nursing Student
Chattanooga State student, Rose Saturday, a second year nursing student from Hamilton County is the recipient of the tuition based full year scholarship for fall 2013. Saturday was selected from a dozen applicants and volunteered at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Hixson as she began to acquaint herself with the care of seniors. “I still can hardly believe that I am the recipient of a full scholarship for my second year of the nursing program,” said Saturday. “I am so grateful for this amazing gift and the financial weight that has been lifted from my shoulders.” Saturday completed her RN coursework and continued on to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner. “My passion is centered on nutrition and mental disorders, anything from Autism to Alzheimer’s and possibly bridging the two areas together,” said Saturday.