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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (May 23, 2017) – The Morning Pointe Foundation is proud to recognize the newest scholarship recipients at Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga and Tusculum College in Greeneville. Jessica Jones, Chattanooga State graduate, and Jared Ramsey, Tusculum College graduate, were each recognized at the assisted living and memory care campuses in Hixson and Greeneville, to be acknowledged by college officials and Morning Pointe executive leadership.

Morning Pointe Senior Living began endowing the nursing scholarship funds at Chattanooga State in 2008. The scholarship has since been awarded to nursing students in Athens, Columbia, 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.

Jones gave remarks during the reception, stating that the scholarship has helped her achieve her goal to become a nurse while caring for her family. Ramsey says he was inspired to enter the field of geriatrics after his positive experiences and friendships made in the senior living community, and that the scholarship has been “extremely helpful” in his educational pursuits.

“These scholarships give us an opportunity to invest in the communities we serve by building bench strength and offering opportunities to worthy individuals that are not employed at Morning Pointe,” says Greg A. Vital, president and CEO of Independent Healthcare Properties and Morning Pointe Senior Living. “We hire nursing staff that have graduated from local educational institutions, and so we appreciate this partnership with the college in helping nursing students who want to work in a senior healthcare setting.”

The annual Morning Pointe Scholarship has been awarded to 14 scholars in six communities across Tennessee and Kentucky since the Foundation was established in 2014. Each college’s scholarship committee selects recipients based on key academic criteria and satisfactory standing. Preference is given to qualifying students who have a desire to serve the geriatric population.