Each semester, a nursing student is awarded the Sam H. Odom Scholarship from the Sam H. Odom Foundation Trust and Tennessee Board of Regents. Cleveland State Community College nursing students Alyssa Fox and Cassie Webb both received $1,000 for the Spring 2022 semester.
Vickie Still, assistant professor of Nursing at Cleveland State, said, “We are very pleased to have these students representing Cleveland State Nursing by winning this prestigious scholarship.”
Bradley County is home for Ms. Fox and her children. She has a love for children which she hopes to one day become a nurse in a mother/baby unit. Her plan is to graduate with her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, also known as a Registered Nursing degree, this spring. Ms. Fox continues to receive scholarships and participates as a member of the Honors College.
“I was actually the recipient of this scholarship in the fall of 2020,” said Ms. Fox. “Mrs. (Nancy) Thomas (director of Nursing) encouraged me to apply. I love being able to be in a nursing college with people who are truly compassionate and want to see you succeed…it feels amazing to have the privilege to receive a scholarship that will help me pursue my dreams of becoming a certified RN.”
Ms. Webb is a Hamilton County resident who is already on the front lines as a firefighter and EMT-B with the Chattanooga Fire Department. Ms. Webb received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Pre Med at UTC, but since the pandemic she decided to return to school to pursue nursing.
Ms. Webb said, “I’ve always enjoyed helping people and serving others within the community. The pandemic proved that we’ll never know what life throws in our path or for how long, and nursing seemed like a great career choice when it comes to serving others in a time of need.”
While fighting fires and studying nursing, Ms. Webb is also a mother to two children. Her goal is to graduate from Cleveland State at the end of this year.
The Sam H. Odom scholarship was established in 2015 to provide scholarship funds to students who are enrolled in a Tennessee community college, pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree.