The Abbie DeLoach Foundation (ADF) announced its 2020 Scholarship Class. Five years ago, on April 22, Abbie DeLoach died as the result of a tragic accident that took the lives of four of her fellow Georgia Southern University students. The nursing students were in a seven-vehicle accident on Interstate-16.
Abbie’s family and friends founded the Abbie DeLoach Foundation to give back to others with a focus on Abbie’s main interests: education, athletics, world missions, and nursing, according to the a press release from the foundation. “Abbie had a big heard and she loved God. With her foundation, our family and friends are honoring Abbie’s memory and the impact she was making on other people’s lives,” said Jimmy DeLoach, Abbie’s father, in the release.
“The ADF seeks young adults who have the desire and the ability to push themselves and achieve what others might consider impossible. That’s why one of our top priorities is to recognize students and athletes who strive to do better and make a positive impact.” DeLoach noted that the April 24 scholarship luncheon was postponed due to COVID-19.
“While we will celebrate our 2020 class at a special event in the fall, we wanted to announce these deserving recipients today. We are also announcing the kick-off of our new fundraising campaign, LIVE INSPIRED,” DeLoach explained. “Abbie lived her life inspired and was devoted to good works. The donations that the Abbie DeLoach Foundation receives from individuals, businesses and other organizations help us to continue the good works that Abbie cherished.”
This year’s class includes future medical professionals and a nationally ranked athlete. From Africa to Missouri and Georgia, the recipients are a diverse group. Eleven of the 2020 scholarship class come from Georgia, Abbie’s home state.
The 2020 Abbie DeLoach Foundation Scholarship recipients
Female Student Athlete Scholarships: Lacy Robins, Statesboro High School, for Georgia Southern University Athletics; Sadrea Mabry, Savannah State University; Gracelyn Cobb, Savannah Christian Preparatory School
Male Student Athlete Scholarships: Trevon Locke, Benedictine Military, for Georgia Southern University Athletics; Dylan McCloud, Savannah State University; Justin McInnis, Savannah Christian Preparatory School
Nurses for Nations / Compassion GO Medical: Maria Kayondo, Zimbabwe; Becky Battle, Zimbabwe; Caroline Gilbert, Ecuador; Courtney Schilling, Ecuador
World Missions/ Compassion Christian Church: The India Project Home for Women
Georgia Southern University Nursing: Jerral Mayes, Calvary Baptist; Monica Dutson, Savannah Arts Academy; Allison Miller, Dallas, Georgia
University of Georgia: Faith Henry
Alumni Spotlight: Reed Ely
SCCPS Athletics: Tybee Maritime Academy
SCCPS Medical: Johnson High School
Scholarships are for student athletes going to college, nursing students qualifying for international Nurses for Nations outreach, local school service programs, and The India Project, according to the release. The student athletes received scholarships to attend Georgia Southern University, Savannah State University and the University of Georgia. Nurses for Nationals honorees received scholarships to serve and promote healing in Ecuador and Zimbabwe. The Foundation also awarded funding to Compassion Christian Church for The India Project to help combat poverty through education and opportunity for women in India.
In the weeks leading up to the scholarship announcement, the ADF honored local nurses who are working during the COVID-19 pandemic. ADF partnered with St. Joseph’s/Candler and delivered 24 flower arrangements to each Nurses Station at the two hospital campuses in Savannah.
“We are also working with Memorial Health to build morale and meet any need that their nurses may have,” DeLoach added.
For more about the foundation, go online to abbiedeloachfoundation.com.
All of savannahnow’s coverage of coronavirus is being provided for free to our readers. Please consider supporting local journalism by subscribing to the Savannah Morning News/savannahnow.com at savannahnow.com/subscribenow.