In April 1967, in response to an acute local and national need for nursing professionals, a bold new program of nursing scholarships was established for the LaGrange hospital, now known as WellStar West Georgia Medical Center. Under the program, scholarship funds were exchanged for commitments for desperately needed local nursing services.
The George E. Sims Nursing Scholarship is awarded each year to nursing students. The purpose of the scholarship, funded by the Fuller E. Callaway Foundation and managed through the LaGrange-Troup County Hospital Authority, is two-fold. First, it enables WellStar West Georgia Medical Center to maintain the highest quality of care by having well-educated, professional nurses on staff. Second, it is intended to assist individuals in attaining careers as registered nurses.
Awarding of the scholarships is based on the applicant’s scholastic record, character, leadership qualities, participation in student and community activities, and personal interviews. The scholarships include all costs associated with fulfilling the requirements of a nursing degree. In return, the recipients agree to work at West Georgia Medical Center for up to three years after they graduate, depending upon the duration of the scholarship.
The 2018 application process opens Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, and closes on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at 5 p.m. The 2018 application process will open in January 2018. Completed applications should be sent to Brandy Heppel at the address below. Emailed applications will not be accepted.
For a letter regarding the 2018 application process, click here.
To access the 2018 Sims Scholarship application, click here.
For more information on nursing scholarships, contact:
WellStar West Georgia Medical Center
1514 Vernon Road
LaGrange, GA 30240