Area Foundation Gives $6,000 in Scholarship Funds to Northwest MS Community College

Northwest MS CollegeTheresa Erickson, Development Director Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi "Connecting People Who Care With Causes That Matter" established in 2002 with a generous grant from the Maddow Foundation.

The Northwest Mississippi Community College Division of Nursing received a check for $6,000 from the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi thanks to the 19th Annual Shoot for the Heart fundraiser held in April in Tunica, Miss.

This contribution brings the total amount given to Northwest Mississippi Community College Division of nursing to $286,500.

This year 400 shooters from around the U.S. participated in the event. Proceeds from sponsors and participants assist Northwest Mississippi Community College School of Nursing as it prepares healthcare leaders.  Scholarship recipients this year were Annabelle Hawkins, Nolan Shackleford, Amanda Lindsey, Allison Hutchins, Krista Kramer, Shasta Mullins, Carla Dudas, Hays Hudson, Samantha Raburn, Vasity Acklin, Brandi Hammons, Tammy Asbell.

Shoot for the Heart was started by Keith Wilson who was diagnosed with a heart condition and needed surgery in 1999.  “Having to undergo major cardiac surgery was an extremely difficult experience, but it also was a defining one,” stated Keith Wilson.  “I wanted to express my gratitude to Saint Thomas Hospital’s staff in a way that would allow other heart patients to receive the same expert care that I did.”

“I am an avid sporting clay enthusiast, so I decided to organize a sporting clay tournament in April 2000,” added Wilson.  “I am grateful that the event has grown to over 400 attendees from across the country and countless cardiac patients have been served through because of the excellent nursing program at Northwest Community College.”

“The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi is proud to help with the “Shoot for the Heartevent,” said Community Foundation President Tom Pittman. “We especially enjoy the opportunity to help raise the money that will make such a difference in the health and well-being of our community, thanks to the nursing program at Northwest Community College.”

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