The TCMH Healthcare Foundation has awarded two 00 scholarships for the fall semester to Amy Tucker and Brenda Brawley. Pictured are, from left: Joleen Durham and Mary Hunninghake, foundation board members; Tucker and Brawley; and Jay Gentry, foundation director.

The Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation awarded two $500 scholarships to area students to assist with their educational costs for the 2007 fall school semester.

Brenda Brawley of Summersville and Amy Tucker of Cabool were the recipients chosen by the foundation board of directors after reviewing several applications.

Brawley, a 2007 graduate of Summersville High School, is in the registered nursing program at Missouri State University-West Plains. Tucker is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing through the University of Phoenix, and she is currently a registered nurse in the medical surgical department at TCMH.

Brawley will graduate from her program in 2009, and Tucker will complete her program in 2008.

“Educational scholarships are one of the focus areas of the TCMH Healthcare Foundation,” said Jay Gentry, healthcare foundation director.

In 2006 and 2007, the foundation held a golf tournament with educational scholarships as the specific focus of the tournament.

“As the foundation’s funds grow the board of directors of the foundation plan to award larger scholarships,” Gentry said, noting that the foundation is also actively pursing an endowment for scholarships.

According to Gentry, the foundation intends to award two $500 scholarships before the spring school semester in 2008. Applications for the scholarships will be accepted beginning Nov. 1, and the scholarships will be awarded in January 2008. The foundation scholarship application is available online at

The foundation scholarships are designated toward students pursuing education in the field of healthcare and residing in the TCMH service area, which encompasses all of Texas County and parts of surrounding counties.

“The foundation board of directors recognizes the growing need for healthcare providers in rural America,” Gentry stated. “It is the hope of the foundation that these scholarships will help attract and retain qualified residents to work in the local healthcare fields.”

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