Baptist Easley Foundation awards Gettys scholarships

Pictured, from left, are Brian Ethan Brown, Roddey E. Gettys III and and Kathryn Taylor Garren.

Pictured, from left, are Brian Ethan Brown, Roddey E. Gettys III and and Kathryn Taylor Garren.

EASLEY — Today two recipients were awarded the annual Roddey E. Gettys III Clinical Scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Brian Ethan Brown of Easley and Kathryn Taylor Garren of Anderson received the awards.

[cointent_lockedcontent]Brian Ethan Brown is currently enrolled at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, Class of 2018. His focus is Emergency Medicine. A lifelong resident of Pickens County, Brown has childhood memories of Baptist Easley Hospital, including physicians and events such as the Festival of Trees. He has served in the U.S. Army (2009-2015) and has volunteered both locally (Pickens County YMCAs) and internationally (El Salvador).

Kathryn Taylor Garren is a student in the Nursing program at Anderson University. Her goal is to be a Critical Care Registered Nurse and a Family Nurse Practitioner and to serve underprivileged communities both in the U.S. and abroad. She has contributed over 600 hours of community service to various local organizations and was named the 2012 G. Frank Russell Career Center Distinguished Student of the Year.

The applicants were evaluated on their applications, essays, letters of recommendations, and transcripts. Eligible applicants had to:

1. Demonstrate a commitment to pursue a career in healthcare by completing at least one full academic year (30 semester credits) in a healthcare-related discipline.

2. Be in good academic standing at the time of application and on track to graduate in a healthcare related discipline.

3. Be enrolled in an accredited associate degree program, four-year degree program, or a postgraduate

program in a healthcare-related discipline.

4. Demonstrate a commitment to community service.

5. Be a full-time permanent resident of Pickens, Anderson, Greenville, or Oconee Counties in South Carolina.

“We’re grateful to those who gave to the scholarship fund, to support students that they may never know, because of the thousands of lives these students will touch over their careers,” said Zach Price, manager of the Baptist Easley Foundation.

The Roddey E. Gettys III Clinical Scholarship Endowment Fund offers individuals interested in pursuing a career in healthcare the opportunity to perpetuate Gettys’ legacy of clinical excellence and patient-focused service. It is administered through the Baptist Easley Hospital Foundation. Interested students are welcome to apply for next year’s awards. Call the Foundation office at (864) 442-7617 for more information.