MMC Volunteers Partner with Roane State Community College on Scholarship Donation

Methodist Medical Center’s Volunteer Organization awards $15,000 scholarship donation to Roane State

Developing and mentoring healthcare students is part of the mission of Methodist Medical Center, and now with a donation to Roane State Community College, that mission is further strengthened thanks to the efforts and generosity of the hospital’s Volunteer Organization.  Earlier this week, Methodist’s Volunteer Board awarded Roane State Foundation with a $15,000 scholarship for nursing and health science students to pursue their careers. 

“The MMC volunteers are honored to be able to provide financial assistance to deserving young women and men in our community working toward their degree in the medical field,” said Jay Shepherd, MMC vice president and chief support officer.  “We understand how important these positions are, as they are core to the services we provide. Our commitment to the development of strong clinical professionals from our community is what drives us to provide this scholarship opportunity.”

            This latest donation follows a rich tradition of support started by Methodist’s Volunteer Organization more than 19 years ago, when it launched a six-year scholarship program for graduating high school seniors in the hospital’s five county service area – Anderson, Roane, Morgan, Campbell and Scott counties. The scholarships were for $1,000 each and were renewable for an additional year if the students remain in good academic standing and continued to pursue a career in healthcare.  A similar donation was made in 2019, and now, in 2023, the Volunteers have picked up the torch again.

“We are so incredibly fortunate to be in partnership with our own Volunteer Organization and Roane State on this important endeavor,” said Jeremy Biggs, MMC president and chief administrative officer. “Encouraging and nurturing students who are the future of healthcare is vital so that we can continue to provide excellent healthcare for our communities for many years to come.”

Roane State President Dr. Chris Whaley noted that scholarship contributions such as the Volunteer Services donation help students with needs that are not covered by state or federal grants.

“Every student should have the opportunity to pursue their goals,” Dr. Whaley said. “While eligible students can receive grants to assist with tuition, some are unable to cover additional costs. This is especially true for health science students, who may need specialty shoes, scrubs, and related items for their courses. These scholarships help bridge the gap and remove financial barriers so students can complete their education.”

And, as the healthcare sector continues to expand, the opportunities for inspiring and fulfilling professions are in high demand.  As a member of Covenant Health, employees enjoy an excellent benefits package, including medical/dental/vision insurance, disability, up to a six percent retirement match, an employee credit union, and tuition reimbursement. Covenant Health offers extensive clinical and professional development programs including nursing and clinical education, continuing medical education, computer training, individual assessment services and organizational development. 

“For those considering a career in healthcare, you’ll find no more rewarding or challenging calling,” said Jacque Alt, MMC vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer.  “We applaud your efforts, and through this partnership with Roane State, are thrilled we can help support your dream.”

Methodist Medical Center and Roane State Community College representatives were hand for the $15,000 scholarship donation presentation on December 11.  Shown from left to right:  Pat Rowe, Roane State Foundation board member and MMC volunteer; Taynia Thornton, MMC volunteer services coordinator; Dr. Chris Whaley, President, Roane State Community College and MMC Advisory Board chairman; Jeremy Biggs, MMC president and chief administrative officer; Rev. Derrick Hammond, Pastor, Oak Valley Baptist Church and incoming Chairman for MMC’s Advisory Board.

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