RUSSELL, KY (October 9, 2017) – The Morning Pointe Foundation announces the newest recipient of the Morning Pointe Foundation Scholarship. Erica Hays, practical nursing student at Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC), received the $1,000 scholarship which is awarded to practical nursing students who demonstrate academic achievement and exhibit community leadership in geriatrics.

Hays will attend an honorary reception to be acknowledged by college officials and Morning Pointe Senior Living executive leadership during the grand opening of the new Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Russell on Nov. 9.

The Morning Pointe Foundation is the first organization to sponsor the practical nursing scholarship at ACTC, and funds for the award were raised by the Morning Pointe of Russell personal care and Alzheimer’s memory care campus.

Eligible students must be currently enrolled in the practical nursing program and must meet the following criteria: must have successfully completed one trimester, write a scholarship essay and live in Boyd, Carter or Greenup counties. Wanda Parker, senior executive director of Morning Pointe, says the scholarship helps address the nursing shortage in the area.

“Our associates couldn’t be more proud to help put the goals of our future nurses within reach,” Parker says. “Knowing that Morning Pointe is helping to make a difference has boosted our morale as we are optimistic about the next generation of nursing professionals.”

The Morning Pointe Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Morning Pointe Senior Living. Founded in 2014 by senior healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and J. Franklin Farrow, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization connects educational and wellness initiatives, forms community partnerships and supports caregivers in its mission to advance the care of seniors. The scholarship was created to encourage a growing workforce in the senior healthcare field.

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

“The college is extremely grateful for the generosity of Morning Pointe in awarding a scholarship to one of our practical nursing students,” says Willie McCullough, Dean of Resource Development and External Affairs at ACTC. “We are committed to providing qualified nurses to meet the growing needs of the healthcare providers in our community.”

Morning Pointe Senior Living began contributing nursing scholarship funds in 2008 to Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga. The Morning Pointe Foundation is expanding its partnership with area colleges to raise awareness of growing career opportunities in geriatrics. To learn more about the Morning Pointe Foundation Scholarship, visit