AMERICUS (Aug. 27, 2012)--The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) honored its 2012-13 Pope Fellowship awardees at a reception recently. 

RCI’s Pope Fellowship/Scholarship program celebrates 16th year, recognizes 2012-13 recipients

AMERICUS (Aug. 27, 2012)--The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) honored its 2012-13 Pope Fellowship awardees at a reception recently.

“The reception honoring the Pope Fellows of RCI has become an annual event, and I personally look forward to seeing the returning fellows, as well as the new ones,” said Betty Pope, Pope Fellowship benefactor. “I congratulate them and hope they become the best they can be in their caregiving field, whether it be teaching, nursing, pre-med, counseling or ministry. The only action I request is that someday they, in turn, help and encourage another person to get his or her education. Dr. Easom and staff at RCI are superb instructors and a valuable resource.”

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, 201 students have been awarded over $822,000 in support. Pope addressed the group at the reception, along with GSW President Kendall Blanchard, Ph.D., and RCI Executive Director Leisa Easom, Ph.D.

The 2012-13 recipients are Miriam Rodriquez, a nursing major from Perry; Allyson Johnson, a psychology major from Hinesville; William Ellerbee, a biology/pre-med major from Thomaston; Sara Gillis, a nursing major from Bonaire; Brandi Mixon, a nursing major from Cordele; Kevin Amayo, a biology major from Covington; Kinsey Powell, a chemistry major from Buena Vista; Danielle Martin, a nursing major from Lawrenceville; Sally Anne Russell, a nursing major from Americus; Aryn Beall, a nursing major from Midland; Rebecca Greenslade, a nursing major from Albany; and Cynthia Barnes, a nursing major from Lawrenceville. Priscilla Oglevie from North Richland, Texas received the Pope Scholarship and is enrolled in the Caregiving Certificate Program.

"This will be an exciting year for these students as they learn about caregivers in general, the need to support and sustain the family caregiver in their valuable role, and about evidence-based support programs for caregivers,” said Easom. “Through the fellowships and scholarships so generously provided by the Pope family to the Rosalynn Carter Institute of Georgia Southwestern State University, we can inform and educate these students who will go forward in their chosen career paths to make change for the future."

The Pope Fellowships provide financial support for outstanding individuals enrolled in the Caregiver Specialist Certificate Program at GSW. The goal of the Pope Fellowship program is to cultivate leaders in the caregiving field.

GSW’s 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.

For more information about this program, please call (229) 928-1234.

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Caption--(L-R) Front row: Miriam Rodriquez, Allyson Johnson, Sally Anne Russell, Leisa Easom, Betty Pope, Kinsey Powell, and Danielle Martin. Back row: Sara Gillis, William Ellerbee, Kevin Amayo, Aryn Beall, and Cynthia Barnes. Not pictured: Rebecca Greenslade, Brandi Mixon, and Priscilla Oglevie.

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