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Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
(931) 393-1500

Rhonda and Max Jarrell Nursing Scholarship Recipients Chosen

October 11, 2011
Jarrell Scholarship Recipients
Recent scholarship recipients are pictured with donors Roni and Max Jarrell standing, Jan Rogers, director of advancement for Motlow College seated center, and recipient Breanna Taylor of Centertown seated left and Sarah Toombs of Shelbyville seated right.

Sarah Toombs of Shelbyville and Breanna Taylor of the Centertown Community of Warren County were recently chosen as recipients of the Rhonda and Max Jarrell Nursing scholarship through the Motlow College Foundation. Both are Level I nursing students at Motlow College.

Taylor is a 2007 graduate of Warren County High School and on the dean's list at Motlow. Following high school graduation she earned her medical assistant's certificate at a technical school. After working a short time in the medical field she went back to school and applied for the nursing program at Motlow. She said, "I've known since I was a little girl that I wanted to be a nurse. I had some surgeries when I was younger and had some of the best nurses care for me."

Toombs, originally from Indiana, did a great deal of babysitting as a teen and dreamed of one day working with babies and small children. Lacking the self confidence to go to nursing school after high school she went to work in a factory for ten years. Wanting to change her life in 2005 she moved south to begin anew. She said, "After caring for an elderly lady, I felt incredibly fulfilled. The experience helped me realize that nursing is the perfect career for me and it gave me the confidence to go back to school."

Scholarship donors Roni and Max Jarrell recently met with the recipients. Roni said, "I've been in the nursing field for over 26 years and was fortunate enough to have parents who put me through college. I realize it's harder for others and Max and I want to help educate the people who are possibly going to be taking care of us one day in a hospital."

Actually, that has already happened according to the Jarrells. They said Max was hospitalized for a short time and his nurse was the recipient of the first scholarship they funded. Another coincidence the Jarrells pointed out was that the first names of this semester's recipients are the same names of their granddaughters.

Max Jarrell is a retired fingerprint specialist from the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and currently offers his expert services through his business in Winchester. He and wife Roni offer their support beyond scholarship dollars to the new nursing students. Roni said they are available as mentors or for general emotional support through nursing school as well. She also asked that one day Breanna and Sarah consider paying it forward. She said, "A lot of people are short-sighted about education and these are the people that will be running our country one day."

Visit the College website <> for additional information about Motlow, the nursing program and to learn about scholarships available or how to be a scholarship donor, contact Jan Rogers, director of advancement by calling 931.393.1692 or 800.654.4877 ext. 1692.