Emory donors fuel nursing leadership dreams

Pictured here, from left, are Mark Lee 18ABSN, Robert W. Woodruff Scholar; Lauren Verity 18AMSN, Hearst scholar; and Ann Craven 18BSN, Josephine Malone scholar.

Heartfelt thanks expressed at donor, scholarship recipient reception

By Andy Goodell, Communications Manager
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Scholarship recipients at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing expressed their thanks to donors who helped make their top-tier nursing education possible during a reception at the Druid Hills Golf Club. The event included more than 200 donors and student scholarship recipients.

After introductory words from Amy Dorrill, associate dean of development & alumni relations and Dean Linda McCauley, several scholarship recipients told their personal stories of achievement, thanks to their individual scholarships.

The Lehr family with the first Sally T. Lehr scholarship recipient, Hannah Spero 19AMSN. From left to right: David Ridenour, Elizabeth Lehr Ridenour, Carolyn Lehr Facteau, Hannah Spero 19AMSN, Ralph Lehr 65C 69DDS, Allison Lehr Weatherspoon, and Dustin Weatherspoon.

Among the students expressing their gratitude were Ann Craven 18BSN, a Josephine Malone Scholar; Lauren Verity 18AMSN, a Hearst Scholar; and Mark Lee 18ABSN, a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar. Additional scholarship recipients unable to attend the reception because they are stationed around the world, thanked donors via video presentation. These included Brittany Eddy 09MPH 17AMSN, who is helping with healthcare recovery in the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and Maria; Dria Abramson 17ABSN, who graduated in December and is working at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California; and Brandon Spratt 17BSN 19DNP, who is currently in northwest Ethiopia conducting a research project for his DNP degree.

Craven, of Monroe, GA, is a true legacy nursing student. Her mother and aunts are Emory Nursing alums, and all joined her grandmother in the nursing profession. The BSN student says she always loved hearing about their nursing experiences and that each are women who lead by example, teaching her what it means to have integrity, be compassionate, selfless, and hardworking. During her speech, Craven expressed appreciation to donors for giving her the opportunity to connect with her mentor, Linda Grabbe, PhD, who shares Craven’s passion for wellness interventions for nurses.

“I hope I can make as great of an impact on nursing students and nurses in the Emory Healthcare System just as they have impacted me,” said Craven.

Cheryl Murphy 77BSN with her Seavey Murphy Adopt-A-Scholar, Pele Solell 17Ox 19BSN.

Verity, of Marion, OH, said she pursued nursing because she has a true love and compassion for people, adding that she wants to make a difference in people’s lives by providing care and being an advocate for those in need. At a young age, Verity was led to the field of oncology. She would eventually enroll in the Emory Nursing MSN Program. Verity also thanked donors for supporting her passion for nursing.

“From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you all enough,” Verity said to the audience of donors. “Hopefully, someday we’ll be able to give back the way you have given to us.”

Scholarship recipients and Accelerated MSN students gather at the scholarship reception to thank donors for their scholarship support. From left to right: Hannah Vaughn 19AMSN, Nursing Associates Scholarship recipient; Madeline Steffensen 19AMSN, Harriet & Ellis Williams Scholarship recipient; Brittany Ott 19AMSN, Ellen Bowden Nursing Scholarship recipient; Madison Whitlock 19AMSN, Dean’s Scholarship recipient; Meagan Huff 19AMSN, Dean’s Scholarship recipient; Nicole Anderson 19AMSN, Dean’s Scholarship recipient; and Samantha Johnson 19AMSN, School of Nursing Endowed Scholarship recipient.

Lee, of Berkley, Calif., came to Emory Nursing’s ABSN program after having earned a Master of Science degree in Global Health from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. These courses of study comingle well with Lee’s overall philosophy on improving health worldwide because doing so requires collaboration at both the population and patient levels. He says training as a nurse affords him a great opportunity to work collaboratively across teams and settings to coordinate positive health outcomes. During the evening celebrating nursing donors and scholarship recipients, Lee said he wanted to have just as much of an impact on the future of health care as the donors sitting before him have had on him and his fellow scholarship recipients.

“Thank you for supporting our dreams and our passions,” said Lee.

Susan Greb 90BSN with Dean Linda McCauley 79MN. Greb is an alumna and donor who traveled from Vancouver, Washington to attend the event.

Our nursing donors are alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the school all with a shared mission with the School of Nursing to transform nursing, heath and systems of health care within the local and global community through education, research and clinical practice.

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