American Leprosy Missions Announces Local College Scholarship Recipients

Four local students have been selected as 2011 recipients of American Leprosy Missions’ Dorothy Marron Memorial Scholarship.

ALM established the Dorothy Marron Memorial Scholarship fund in 2008 to provide an average of two, new scholarships annually to graduating seniors from Greenville County public, private and home schools. Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing a degree that will lead to a vocation in international service focusing on poor, disenfranchised population groups in the developing world. This year, given an outstanding applicant pool, four students were selected to receive the $2,000 scholarship. Recipients may apply for renewal for up to three years. Each of this year’s winners has shown exemplary academic skills and a passion to minister to people living in poverty.

Rhys Gratz, a member of the National Honor Society and the varsity basketball team at Wade Hampton High School, has been on mission trips to both Alabama and Honduras. Gratz worships at Edwards Road Baptist Church. He hopes to attend Clemson University to study either agriculture or environmental engineering.

Kaylin Hamill has participated in local and international missions in both South Carolina and Peru with her church, Mauldin United Methodist. Hamill is a member of the National Honor Society and the varsity softball team at J.L. Mann High School. She will attend Anderson University in the fall.

Ashton McGee, senior class vice president at Riverside High School, experienced the devastation of leprosy first-hand during a mission trip to Ethiopia. This summer, she will go on another international mission trip with her church, Brushy Creek Baptist. McGee plans to study nursing at Tri-County Technical College in the fall.

Darby Woodard, editor and writer for Eastside High School’s student newspaper, is also captain of the cross country team. She has gone on several mission trips with her church, Mitchell Road Presbyterian. Woodard will attend Furman University in the fall where she plans to study medicine.

“We were thrilled with the quality of this year’s scholarship applicants,” says Bill Simmons, ALM President and CEO. “These students’ passion for serving poor and marginalized people in the developing world mirrors our dedication at ALM to restoring the lives of people affected by leprosy and Buruli ulcer.”

About American Leprosy Missions

American Leprosy Missions, based in Greenville, South Carolina, is the oldest and largest Christian organization in the United States dedicated to restoring the lives of people affected by leprosy and Buruli ulcer. ALM currently operates in 15 countries in Africa, Asia and South America. During its more than 100-year history, ALM has provided holistic care to 4 million people around the world including medical treatment and training, Christian outreach, prevention of disability, community development, education assistance, micro-credit loans and vaccine research.

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Sarah Hesshaus
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