L to R- Jasmin Taylor, Rachel Medlin, Owen Dillard, Anna Hall, Rebecca Greenslade, Jonathan Cannon, Christina Beall, Kinsey Powell, William Ellerbee, Betty Pope, Melissa Waters, Brandi Mixon, Leisa Easom. Not pictured: Miriam Rodriguez and Brittney Bragg.
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -
With information from Georgia Southwestern State-
The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University honored its 2013-14 Pope Fellowship awardees at a reception recently.
The Pope Fellowship/Scholarship Program was established in 1996 through an endowment from John and Betty Pope of Americus to promote a better understanding of the importance of professional and family caregiving.
The RCI screens applicants, then grants and administers these fellowships and scholarships. Since 1996, 215 students have been awarded over $871,000 in support.
Betty Pope, Pope Fellowship benefactor, addressed the group at the reception, along with Vice President for Academic Affairs Brian Adler, Ph.D., and RCI Executive Director Leisa Easom, Ph.D.
The 2013-14 recipients are Aryn Beall, a nursing major from Midland, Ga.; Brittney Bragg, a sociology major from Americus, Ga.; Jonathan Cannon, a nursing major from Statham, Ga; Owen Dillard, an education major from Andersonville, Ga.; William Ellerbee, a biology/pre-med major from Thomaston, Ga.; Rebecca Greenslade, a psychology major from Albany, Ga.; Anna Hall, a psychology major from Buena Vista, Ga.; Rachel Medlin, an exercise science and wellness major from Cordele, Ga.; Brandi Mixon, a nursing major from Cordele, Ga.; Kinsey Powell, a chemistry major from Buena Vista, Ga.; Miriam Rodriquez, a nursing major from Perry, Ga.; Sally Anne Russell, a nursing major from Americus, Ga.; Jasmin Taylor, an education major from Oglethorpe, Ga.; and Melissa Waters, an education major from Ellaville, Ga.
The Pope Fellowships provide financial support for outstanding individuals enrolled in the Caregiver Specialist Certificate Program at GSW. The certificate program is the only one of its kind in the state and represents a unique commitment of Georgia Southwestern to prepare leaders in the field of caregiving.
The Caregiving Specialist Program includes 18 credits taken while pursuing a bachelor's degree.
The goal of the Pope Fellowship program is to cultivate leaders in the caregiving field. For more information about this program, please call (229) 928-1234.