Audra Hopkins, executive director of the Morning Pointe Foundation, congratulates Chattanooga State Community College student Michael-Patrick Exum on earning the 2019 Morning Pointe Foundation scholarship. She is joined by Dr. Martina Harris, associate dean and RN program director at Chattanooga State, along with Greg Vital, co-founder of the Morning Pointe Foundation.
Each year, the Morning Pointe Foundation awards nine scholarships to geriatric nursing students attending educational partner institutions in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. Plans are in the works for additional scholarships in Knoxville and Tullahoma, Tennessee in 2019.
Exum recently graduated from Chattanooga State with an associate’s degree in applied science, focusing on registered nursing. After graduation, he plans to work as a registered nurse in the operating room before applying to medical school to pursue his dream of becoming a surgeon. “To me, this scholarship meant everything. It allowed me to focus on my studies and helped reduce my stress,” Exum says. “I am extremely grateful.”
The Morning Pointe Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public service organization that provides caregiver support programs, sponsors educational awareness events, and funds clinical scholarships to advance the care of seniors. It is the nonprofit arm of Morning Pointe Senior Living, the Ooltewah-based senior healthcare services company.