To continue its commitment to the future of healthcare, the DeKalb Medical Foundation recently awarded $11,500 to four nursing students through the Dr. W. Mark Coppage Scholarship Fund.
The 2017 Coppage Scholar is Stepheno Zollos of Emory University. Runners up were Kaitlyn Ray of Georgia College and State University; Jacob Lynn of Georgia State University; and Alondra Gonzalez from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing.
As an anesthesiologist at DeKalb Medical, Dr. W. Mark Coppage knew the value of a talented nurse. Today his legacy helps to award the best and brightest future nurses. For more than two decades, the Dr. W. Mark Coppage Fund, named in memory of the beloved physician who died in a car accident in 1989, has supported the education of nursing students who demonstrate leadership, compassion and empathy for those they serve. Since 1993, the Coppage Scholarship program has given more than $402,000 to 159 nursing students who embody Dr. Coppage’s kind and gentle bedside manner and immeasurable respect for patients and families facing illness and injury.
“We are so proud to recognize these incredible nursing students,” said Dee Keeton, RN, Chair of the Scholarship Committee of the Foundation Board of Trustees. “We are honored to help them fulfill their dreams to make a difference in the lives of many patients and families—and we are excited to be a part of their journey.”
“These students are representative of everything Dr. Coppage embodied in his work,” said Elisabeth Nark, Executive Director of the DeKalb Medical Foundation. “We are so pleased to help continue his legacy in the healthcare industry.”
An anonymous donor established the Dr. Mark Coppage Nursing Scholarship Fund to sustain his memory and the remarkable principles for which he stood. Each year, the family of Dr. Coppage matches the donations, dollar-for-dollar, that are made to the scholarship fund in order to make an impact in the field of nursing.