GSW alumnus creates scholarship honoring Americus resident and former educator Rebecca McNeill

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The Georgia Southwestern Foundation Board of Trustees and alumnus Sam Adams, Ph.D. have established the Rebecca McNeill Scholarship Endowment to honor GSW retiree Rebecca McNeill.

Adams, who graduated from GSW in 1973 and “splits his time between homes in Buford, Ga. and Americus,” is a former assistant director for veterinary programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and “director of of the Division of Comparative Medicie for State University of New York Downstate Medical Center,” according to a release by GSW.

The scholarship endowment was created to honor McNeill “because of the influence she had on his life as well as her service to education at hte high school and collegiate levels.”

“The endowment is a permanent fund that will provide scholarships to enrolled students at GSW for years to come. Awarded annually, preference will be given to students majoring in nursing or science with at least a 2.8 grade point average (GPA) who are considered financially deserving,” says GSW.

The funding for the scholarship endowment was started by Adams, who gave an initial contribution of $5,000, with the scholarship to be funded at the full endowment level over five years.

McNeill was “fondly known to many as ‘Mrs. Rebecca'” and has been a resident of Americus for a long time. She also worked as a faculty administrator at GSW until she retired in 1992.

The scholarship named for the “highly respected” McNeill was established less than a year ago. Its first recipient, Jackie Larsen, is another resident of Americus.

“Larsen plans to take the boards in the coming weeks and start her career at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital,” reports GSW’s Chelsea Collins.

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