COLUMBIA, Tenn. (February 21, 2017) – The Morning Pointe Foundation announced the recipient of the first annual nursing scholarship at Columbia State Community College in Columbia – the first in Middle Tennessee – marking the beginning of a new partnership with the college’s nursing program.

The Foundation, founded in 2014 by Morning Pointe Senior Living healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow, connects philanthropic, educational and wellness initiatives, creates community partnerships and supports caregivers in its mission to advance the care of seniors.

The scholarship was established by the Foundation to engage exceptional nursing students and encourage a growing workforce in the senior healthcare field. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization awards $2,000 annually to a student (or students) who has been accepted into the nursing program at Columbia State and demonstrates academic achievement. Funds are divided between the fall and spring semesters.

“We couldn’t be more proud to have this new relationship to assist nursing students preparing to work in healthcare fields that meet the needs of seniors,” says Lori Hoeger, director of the Morning Pointe Foundation.

Adam Moritz, from Spring Hill, and student at Columbia State, was named the first scholar at the college. Moritz attended an honorary reception at Columbia State’s Franklin Campus to be recognized by college officials and executives from Morning Pointe assisted living and memory care communities in Columbia, Brentwood and Franklin.

“As a student, husband and father pursuing a new career in critical care nursing, this is a huge blessing and tremendous honor,” Moritz wrote in a letter to addressed to the Foundation.

In addition to the new partnership with Columbia State, the scholarship is awarded to practical nursing students in Chattanooga, Athens, Jacksboro and Greeneville. The Foundation is also expanding scholarship opportunities through its new nursing program partnerships in Kentucky aimed at developing a workforce that is equipped to address a growing aging population with changing healthcare needs.

Photo: (left to right) Steve Stewart, Executive Director, Morning Pointe of Franklin, Debbie Fields, Morning Pointe Regional Director of Healthcare Operations, Lori Hoeger, Executive Director, Morning Pointe Foundation, Adam Moritz, Columbia State Nursing Student and Morning Pointe Foundation Scholar, Tyner Brooks, Executive Director, Morning Pointe of Brentwood, Bridget Barger, Life Enrichment Director, Morning Pointe of Columbia, Tyler Sneed, Executive Director, Morning Pointe of Columbia, Barbara Blum, Nursing Director, Columbia State Community College, Brittany Wilkinson, Resident Services Director, Morning Pointe of Columbia, and Bethany Lay, Executive Director, Columbia State Foundation.