Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation Awards $16,000 in Healthcare Scholarships

Eight outstanding students pursuing healthcare careers in Rockdale and Newton County schools are recipients of the 2018 Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation (KCAF) Healthcare Scholarship.

Mission

The Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation Healthcare Scholarship was established in 2016 to recognize students who plan to pursue a career in healthcare. A scholarship is awarded to a student from each traditional high school and career academy in Rockdale and Newton Counties. Kim Atkins was a beloved and respected teacher in Rockdale County for many years and was recognized as a Teacher of the Year. During her battle with breast cancer she and her family depended on the care and compassion of many healthcare professionals and the Foundation seeks to honor her love for students and her healthcare team by awarding a $2,000 scholarship to eight deserving seniors each year.

2018 Awards

Students were asked to submit an application and answer the following answer question: “How have your education, classes, and personal experiences influenced you to pursue a career in the healthcare field?” 2018 Scholarship Left to Right: McKaila Faison (Heritage High School), Tawanna Brown (Rockdale Career Academy), Alexis Berry (Salem High School), Faith Buchanan (Rockdale County High School/Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology), Benny Atkins, Stevauney Samuels (Newton College and Career Academy), Diana Ha (Newton High School), Rachel De Las Casa (Alcovy High School) and Molly Carter (Eastside High School)

Scholarship recipients from Rockdale County Public Schools are: Alexis Berry (Salem High School), Tawanna Brown (Rockdale Career Academy), Faith Buchanan (Rockdale County High School/Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology), and McKaila Faison (Heritage High School).

Scholarship recipients from Newton County Public Schools are: Molly Carter (Eastside High School), Rachel De Las Casa (Alcovy High School), Diana Ha (Newton High School), and Stevauney Samuels (Newton College and Career Academy).

The scholarship winners were recognized at a reception hosted by the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation at Piedmont Rockdale Hospital on Tuesday, April 24. The Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation was chartered in 2008 in memory of teacher, wife, mother and friend, Kim Atkins, who passed away at the age of 32 after two battles with breast cancer. The KCAF’s mission is to promote breast health in Rockdale and Newton counties through partnerships with organizations like Piedmont Rockdale Hospital, Piedmont Newton Hospital, Diagnostic Imaging, the Rockdale and Newton Health Departments and more. Events sponsored by KCAF throughout the community to raise funds to fight breast cancer include the Kimberley Chance Atkins Tennis Tournament, Breast Party in Town, Turkey Breast Trot 5K, the Courtesy Ford Test Drive to Fight Breast Cancer, and more.