2022 KCAF Scholarship Recipients
Nine outstanding students pursuing healthcare careers in Rockdale and Newton County schools are recipients of the 2022 Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation (KCAF) Healthcare Scholarship.
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 has sought to honor her love for students and her healthcare team by awarding scholarships to deserving seniors each year.
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?”
Scholarship recipients from Rockdale County Public Schools are: Taylor Culver (Heritage High School), Andria Thomas (Rockdale County High School), Jaidyn Sawyer (Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology), Angelina Mandzyuk (Salem High School) and Ebony Fleming (Rockdale Career Academy).
Scholarship recipients from Newton County Public Schools are: Gabriela Sanchez (Alcovy High School), Emelia Jenkins (Eastside High School), E’lissa Batiste (Newton High School) and Jenifer Gaspar-Escandon (Newton College and Career Academy).
This is the final year the scholarships will be awarded as the Atkins family, with support from the KCAF Executive Committee, made the decision in December 2021 to dissolve the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation. Over the years, KCAF has successfully raised funds to support the foundation’s mission and the KCAF legacy will continue as funds donors entrusted to the organization are reallocated. The funds have been disbursed to organizations/entities to be used in a manner consistent with the KCAF mission to provide education, early detection, and support for those facing breast cancer in our community.
“We are grateful to those who have supported the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation over the years. Congratulate to these scholarship recipients and we wish them much success in pursuing their healthcare careers,” said KCAF President Benny Atkins.
Donations - Piedmont Healthcare Foundation
Your gift in support of the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation through the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation will be used to provide screening and diagnostic breast health services for uninsured or underinsured women in Rockdale and Newton counties, as well as linking patients and their families/caregivers with internal and external cancer support services. Thank you for your support!