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Foundation awards $120K in health scholarships

Scholarship recipients include (front row, from left) Megan Truex, Evan Frye, Shelly Sasser, Brandy Lee Simpler, Lisa Colvin, (back row) Will Jackson, Cassie Cooper, Ashley Gunter, and Evyn Patterson. Not shown is Victoria Rabren.

Scholarship recipients include (front row, from left) Megan Truex, Evan Frye, Shelly Sasser, Brandy Lee Simpler, Lisa Colvin, (back row) Will Jackson, Cassie Cooper, Ashley Gunter, and Evyn Patterson. Not shown is Victoria Rabren.

Andalusia Health Services, Inc., Thursday awarded $120,000 in scholarships to 11 recipients planning careers in medicine.

They included William Christopher Jackson, who plans to enter med school; Aaron O’Connell and Brandy Lee Simpler, both of whom plan to become nurse practitioners; and Lisa Colvin Cassie Cooper, Evan Frye, Ashley Gunter, Evyn Patterson, Victoria Rabren, Shelly Sasser and Megan Truex, all studying to become RNs.

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The total scholarships awarded include $66,700 in scholarship renewals from previous years.

The foundation fund was started decades ago, when the original citizen owners of the Andalusia hospital sold it to a private company. The sellers then invested the more than $2 million profit into the Andalusia Health Services foundation, which funds a variety of projects, including scholarships for students entering professions in the medical field.

In order to receive a scholarship, the student must contractually agree to return to Covington County to practice his or her craft, following graduation.

In addition to scholarships, Andalusia Health Services donates between $40,000 and $60,000 a year to local health-related charities.

Board members of Andalusia Health Services include Ivan Bishop, president; Jim Krudop, vice president; Cathy Alexander; Wayne Bennett; Diaon Cook; Chrissie Duffy; Carolyn Graham; Phillip Jones; John S. Merrill; Harmon Proctor; Charles Roland; and Elizabeth Starr.

Shirley Smith chairs the group’s scholarship committee. Other members are Ziba Anderson, Regina Bass, Bob Harry and Ted Watson.