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Dr. Shirley D. Miller Scholarship Recipients Named

Tammy Adams, Rhea Crews, Marla Griffis, and Marissa Hooks were recently selected as the 2010 recipients of the Dr. Shirley D. Miller Scholarship for Okefenokee Technical College. All four ladies are recent graduates of the OTC practical nursing program and will use the award money toward the cost of the nursing licensure exam.

Adams is employed at Satilla Regional Medical Center as a registration clerk in the outpatient surgery department. She has two children, Kevin and Alexis, and plans to continue her education and earn an RN degree. Although Adams currently resides in Alma, she spent a good part of her life in Florida graduating from Vero Beach Senior High. Miller Scholar

“I chose Okefenokee Technical College because I can get my nursing certificate then work while continuing my education in nursing,” writes Rhea Crews of Brantley County. “I plan to bridge over to earn an RN in the next couple of years and love the fact that OTC has given me the strength of character and skills I need to accomplish my life-long dream.” Crews has one child, George.

Griffis, of Homerville, is a member of the OTC National Technical Honor Society and also plans to earn an RN degree. “I really like working with the elderly,” writes Griffis, “so I plan to pursue a career in geriatrics.” She graduated from Clinch County High School and has one child, Blaze.

Hooks participated in the Emergency Preparedness Drill at OTC in December, playing the part of a hostage and victim of an armed robbery on campus. She is from Ware County and plans to continue her education, earning an RN and then a MSN. Her career plan includes work at a long-term care or mental health facility. In addition to her practical nursing diploma, Hooks has Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Certified Customer Service Specialist certificates of credit from OTC.

The Dr. Shirley D. Miller Scholarship was established to recognize deserving nursing students and Dr. Shirley Dowling Miller’s twenty-five year tenure at OTC.

The scholarship award is given to help students pay the fee required for the NCLEX, an examination required for licensure of practical nurses. The NCLEX is developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse.

OTC President Gail Thaxton and Brenda Basile, OTC nursing program director, would like to thank the Miller Family for their generosity and support of the nursing program. “Dr. Miller is a beloved retired educator who made a positive impact on the nursing field and who helped advance nursing careers in our community,” stated Thaxton. “Through this scholarship fund, Dr. Miller is able to continue doing what she loves.”

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OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton (right) and Foundation board members James Willis (back row, L to R), Larry Paulk, Judge Mike Boggs, and Judge Sam Edgar were on hand last week to congratulate OTC Dr. Shirley D. Miller Scholarship recipients Rhea Crews (front row, L to R), Marissa Hooks, Marla Griffis, and Tammy Adams. The four scholarship recipients joined trustees for lunch following the March 29 Foundation meeting and expressed their appreciation to those who made the scholarship possible.  

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