AMERICUS (Sept. 26, 2013)--The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University honored its 2013-14 Pope Fellowship awardees at a reception recently.  

Rosalynn Carter Institute recognizes 2013-14 Pope Fellows

AMERICUS (Sept. 26, 2013)--The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University honored its 2013-14 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, 215 students have been awarded over $871,000 in support. Pope addressed the group at the reception, along with Vice President for Academic Affairs Brian Adler, Ph.D., and RCI Executive Director Leisa Easom, Ph.D.

The 2013-14 recipients are Aryn Beall, a nursing major from Midland, Ga.; Brittney Bragg, a sociology major from Americus, Ga.; Jonathan Cannon, a nursing major from Statham, Ga; Owen Dillard, an education major from Andersonville, Ga.; William Ellerbee, a biology/pre-med major from Thomaston, Ga.; Rebecca Greenslade, a psychology major from Albany, Ga.; Anna Hall, a psychology major from Buena Vista, Ga.; Rachel Medlin, an exercise science and wellness major from Cordele, Ga.; Brandi Mixon, a nursing major from Cordele, Ga.; Kinsey Powell, a chemistry major from Buena Vista, Ga.; Miriam Rodriquez, a nursing major from Perry, Ga.; Sally Anne Russell, a nursing major from Americus, Ga.; Jasmin Taylor, an education major from Oglethorpe, Ga.; and Melissa Waters, an education major from Ellaville, Ga.

"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 for Caregiving 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 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.

The goal of the Pope Fellowship program is to cultivate leaders in the caregiving field. For more information about this program, please call (229) 928-1234.

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Pope Fellows—(l to r) Jasmin Taylor, Rachel Medlin, Owen Dillard, Anna Hall, Rebecca Greenslade, Jonathan Cannon, Christina Beall, Kinsey Powell, William Ellerbee, Betty Pope, Melissa Waters, Brandi Mixon, Leisa Easom. Not pictured: Miriam Rodriguez and Brittney Bragg.

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