EASLEY — The Baptist Easley Foundation awarded the first annual Roddey E. Gettys III Clinical scholarships June 30 to three individuals pursuing careers in healthcare.
The program was originally spearheaded by Foundation board member Tom O’Hanlan to honor Gettys’ 40 plus years in the healthcare field, many of those at the helm of Baptist Easley Hospital, as a way to pass along the legacy Gettys had created in the community through his chosen profession.
“There were a lot of applications for these scholarships, but I only got to read three of them,” Gettys said during the ceremony. “Those three were yours (the recipients), and from what I understand, it was hard to choose just three the competition was so tight.”
In all there were 15 applicants for the inaugural scholarships and each was assessed based on the application, essays, letters of recommendation, and transcripts. The qualifying requirements are the student must have completed one full year of college in a health related field, be a member of Pickens, Anderson, Greenville, or Oconee counties, and demonstrate a commitment to community service.
2014’s recipients are Sheila Miller, Erin Reid and Amy Phillips.
Miller, a student at Greenville Technical College in the Physical Therapy Assistant program, and a self-published author is a non-traditional student who came to the healthcare field with a feeling of purpose.
“Over the course of my life, I’ve come to realize that I survived for a reason and I have a purpose on this earth,” Miller said. “My purpose is to bless others with my own God-given talents and abilities.”
A student in the nursing program at Anderson University, Reid says that “as a nurse I will be able to meet the physical needs of patients as well as assist them on a more intimate level. I am thankful for the opportunity to pursue a career seemingly tailored for my strengths as an individual.”
A 4.0 first year med student, Phillips attends USC School of Medicine Greenville and has volunteered over 150 hours to Access Health, helping provide health care to low income, uninsured patients.
“I am becoming a doctor because I want to provide exceptional care to my patients,” she said. “My desire to help others motivates me to take the time needed to develop relationships that enable me to understand each patient’s individual needs.”
Baptist Easley CEO Michael Batchelor emphasized the winners’ dedication to community during his remarks but stressed that for at least one day it was about them.