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April 30 - 2019 Scholarship Class of the Abbie DeLoach Foundation Announced

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 30, 2019 - The Abbie DeLoach Foundation (ALD) held its 3rd Annual Scholarship Luncheon on April 26 at Compassion Christian Church to announce the Scholarship Class of 2019. Local television personality Frank Sulkowski served as the master of ceremonies for the event which highlighted the achievements of several local high school students and collegiate students from throughout the state. Scholarships were distributed in the categories of athletics, missions, and academics.

In 2015, Abbie DeLoach was one of five Georgia Southern University nursing students killed in a 7-vehicle crash on I-16.

Her 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. 2018 was a busy year for ALD as Jimmy DeLoach, Abbie’s father and ALD Founder, was present for the bill signing with Governor Deal for “Hands-Free Driving.” ALD also started a 5k in affiliation with Georgia Southern University that had over 600 runners and the ALD team visited India to unveil the future site of “Abbie’s Home for Women” which is expected to be complete in 2019.

“The ALD Foundation continues to look for young adults who have the capability to push themselves way beyond what is considered normal,” said Jimmy DeLoach. “We are committed to recognizing students and athletes who do not accept the word impossible but make it possible. The ones who set the example instead of being an example.”

This year’s Scholarship Luncheon also introduced a new program for ALD, Nurses for Nations. Nurses for Nations will coordinate trips abroad each year to, “promote healing and invites anyone who has the heart to serve and make a difference in the world.” In 2019, Nurses for Nations will send groups to Ecuador and Africa. 

The 2019 ALD Scholarship Class includes the following recipients:

  • Beverly Spinks – Savannah Christian Preparatory School

  • Will Hancock – Savannah Christian Preparatory School

  • Konner Smith – Connection Church

  • Andrew Okorodudu – Savannah State University

  • Valeria Aldarondo – Savannah State University

  • Parker Pounds – University of Georgia

  • Brian Tromp – University of Georgia

  • David Spaulding – Georgia Southern University Athletics

  • Bailee Wilson – Georgia Southern University Athletics

  • Morgan Bowen – Georgia Southern University Nursing

  • Emmaline Adams – Georgia Southern University Nursing

  • Moriah Harris – Georgia Southern University Nursing

  • Casey Peoples Dilbert – Georgia Southern University Nursing

  • Taylor Wallace – Georgia Southern University Nursing

  • Maria Kayondo – Nurses for Nations

  • Reed Ely – Nurses for Nations

  • Wren Fowler – Nurses for Nations

  • George Seddon – Nurses for Nations

  • Dustin Pickren – Nurses for Nations

  • Love Turner – Nurses for Nations

Several other community projects received scholarship funds at the event including the India Mission Project, the Groves High School Beta Club, the Beach High School Medical Program, and the Rice Creek K-8 Baseball Team.

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