Hospital Auxiliary recognizes students with scholarships

Published 4:51 pm Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recognized six area students on April 25 by presenting them each a $1,500 scholarship to aid them in pursuing healthcare careers.

“We look at this as a chance to help not only deserving students receive an education, but also to help promote healthcare as a career choice,” said Rebecca Culpepper, president of the organization.

The Auxiliary initiated the scholarship program in 2005 with the establishment of the Emmett and Carolyn Clinkscales Scholarship and the Carolyn S. (Betty) McCormick Scholarship. While both of the scholarships are available to residents of Marengo, Sumter, Hale, Choctaw, Perry, Greene and Clarke counties, the McCormick scholarship is granted only to children and/or grandchildren of THA employees.

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Receiving McCormick Scholarships this year were Madison Davidson of Demopolis, Octavia Stockton of Gallion, and Hollie Pritchett of Magnolia. Clinkscales Scholarships were presented DeAndre Fuller of Grove Hill, Rebecca England of Demopolis and Logan Holley of Demopolis.

Davidson, who also received the scholarship in 2012, is completing her first year at the University of West Alabama where she is studying to become a registered nurse. She is the Academic Excellence Chairman for Phi Mu Fraternity and was the 2012 Distinguished Young Woman of Marengo County. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Davidson of Demopolis.

A senior at Linden High School, Stockton plans to attend Alabama State University in the fall as she begins to pursue a degree in physical therapy. She has served as a member of the Linden High School marching band, a teacher’s aide and she is a former Girl Scout. She attends St. Luke Baptist Church where she is a member of the choir. Her mother is Torey Stockton Johnson of Gallion.

Pritchett, a senior at Marengo Academy, plans to become a registered nurse. She will attend the University of West Alabama in the fall. While still in high school, she has already begun her collegiate career as she has participated in the UWA Dual Enrollment Program. Her parents are Pam Pritchett of Magnolia and Chuck Pritchett of Sweet Water.

Fuller, who is a senior at Clarke County High School, will use the scholarship to attend Tuskegee University where he plans to begin his pursuit of a medical degree. The CCHS senior not only maintains a 4.0 GPA, but is also very active in student and community organizations. Among others, he is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club, Student Government Association, and Future Business Leaders of America. He is also listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students and has served as his class president for the past three years. He is the son of Jocelyn Fuller-Lewis of Grove Hill and Anthony Dotson of Huntsville.

A student at the University of Alabama, England has received the scholarship for the second year in a row. While pursuing a medical degree, she is a member of the UA Best Buddies Program, and has served as a summer counselor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and well as the Rural Health Scholars Program, among other activities. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan England of Demopolis.

Holley, who also received the scholarship last year, plans to become an orthopaedic surgeon. He attends the University of Alabama where he is a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and Kappa Alpha Order. He has also been named to the President’s List. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Holley of Demopolis.