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Nursing student, Leesburg native offered scholarship from Elizabeth Wilmot Bull Memorial Scholarship Fund

Casey Schoenberger awarded $1,000 to continue nursing education

Casey Schoenberger is pictured with Dr. Doug Patten, left, interim CEO of Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, and Linda Holloway, president of the Phoebe Sumter Auxiliary, at the auxiliary board meeting in April. Schoenberger was recently awarded a scholarship from the Elizabeth Wilmot Bull Memorial Scholarship Fund after being nominated by Phoebe Sumter’s auxiliary. (Submitted photo)

Casey Schoenberger is pictured with Dr. Doug Patten, left, interim CEO of Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, and Linda Holloway, president of the Phoebe Sumter Auxiliary, at the auxiliary board meeting in April. Schoenberger was recently awarded a scholarship from the Elizabeth Wilmot Bull Memorial Scholarship Fund after being nominated by Phoebe Sumter’s auxiliary. (Submitted photo)

AMERICUS — A Phoebe Sumter Medical Center nominee and Leesburg native was recently awarded a statewide, auxiliary sponsored scholarship to continue her nursing education.

The Council on Auxiliaries/Volunteers of the Georgia Hospital Association has selected Casey Schoenberger as one of the scholarship recipients from the Elizabeth Wilmot Bull Scholarship fund, officials with Phoebe Putney Health System say.

Schoenberger was nominated by the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center Auxiliary. She will receive $1,000 to be sent to the school of her choice in July. A nursing student, Schoenberger plans to continue her education and earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Darton State College.

Upon graduating from nursing school, Schoenberger’s goal is to pursue a degree as a certified registered nurse anesthetist. She is the daughter of Howard and Heidi Davis of Leesburg.

The Elizabeth Wilmot Bull Memorial Scholarship is awarded on a merit basis to people accepted in a medically-related program in a Georgia college or university and recommended by a member organization. It was established by the Georgia Council on Auxiliaries during 1962-63 as a memorial to Bull, considered the pioneer leader in developing the Council on Auxiliaries into a viable state organization from 1959-1961.

Bull and her entire family were lost in the air tragedy that occurred at Orly Field in France on June 3, 1962 in which more than 100 prominent Atlantans died.

During her first year as president of the Georgia Council on Auxiliaries, Bull organized the first training conference for auxiliary leaders. The annual conference has grown each year since it was founded by Bull. After completing a two-year term as president of the auxiliaries in Georgia, Bull was serving as chair of the Southeastern Hospital Conference of Hospital Auxiliaries, a six-state region, at the time of her death.

The Georgia Council on Auxiliaries began its fundraising in the fall of 1962 to establish a permanent memorial to Bull through a scholarship fund for nursing students. Hospital auxiliaries throughout the state made contributions throughout 1963. Officials say the Elizabeth Wilmot Bull Memorial Scholarship Fund continues to grow, and contributions have been received each year.