Morning Pointe Awards First Nursing Scholarship At Chattanooga State

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Carlene Vital, Rose Saturday, Morning Pointe Scholarship recipient and Morning Pointe CEO, Greg A. Vital
Carlene Vital, Rose Saturday, Morning Pointe Scholarship recipient and Morning Pointe CEO, Greg A. Vital

Independent Healthcare Properties (IHP) awarded the first Morning Pointe endowed nursing scholarship to Chattanooga State student. Rose Saturday, a second year nursing student from Hamilton County is the recipient of the tuition based full year scholarship for fall 2013. 

Ms. Saturday received the honor at a special ceremony at Chattanooga State during National Nurses Week. 

“There is such a high demand for quality nurses and a great shortage in the field, especially in senior healthcare,” said Greg. A. Vital, president and CEO of Morning Pointe and IHP, “that we wanted to try and do what we could to help nursing students complete their education and go on to have a successful career in the field.”

The scholarship endowment was started in 2008 by Morning Pointe owners Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow. Requirements for the scholarship include residency in Hamilton, Bradley or Meigs County, outstanding promise in character and academic performance and an interest in gerontology. 

Ms. Saturday was selected from a dozen applicants. She is set to volunteer this summer at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Hixson as she begins to acquaint herself with the care of seniors. 

“I still can hardly believe that I am the recipient of a full scholarship for my second year of the nursing program,” she said. “I am so grateful for this amazing gift and the financial weight that has been lifted from my shoulders.”

Ms. Saturday intends to not only complete her RN coursework, but plans to pursue a career as a nurse practioner.   

“My passion is centered on nutrition and mental disorders, anything from Autism to Alzheimer’s and possibly bridging the two areas together,” said Ms. Saturday.

Every year, IHP and Morning Pointe will select another Chattanooga State nursing student and grant a full tuition based scholarship for one school year. 

“We are thrilled to help Rose and future nursing students,” said Mr. Vital. “Nurses are a big part of our assisted living communities and for our seniors; they play a key role in delivery of care.”

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