April 22, 2020 – The Abbie DeLoach Foundation (ADF) recently announced its 2020 Scholarship Class. Five years ago, on April 22, Abbie DeLoach died as the result of a tragic crash that took the lives of four of her fellow Georgia Southern University Nursing classmates. The nursing students were in a seven-vehicle collision on I-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. “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.
“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. Eleven of the 2020 scholarship class come from Georgia, Abbie’s home state.
Scholarships are for nursing students, student athletes, international Nurses for the Nations outreach, and local school service programs. 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.
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 the Nations / Compassion GO Medical / Missions to Zimbabwe and Ecuador
Caroline Gilbert – Ecuador
Courtney Schilling – Ecuador
World Missions/ Compassion Christian Church
The India Project Home for Women
Georgia Southern University School of Nursing
Jerral Mayes – Calvary Baptist
Monica Dutson – Savannah Arts Academy
Allison Miller. – Dallas, GA
In the weeks leading up to today’s announcement, the ADF honored local nurses who are working harder than ever 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.