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Bailey Makes Endowment Donation for Gadsden State Nursing Scholarship

Gadsden, Ala.–Gadsden State Cherokee will hold a signing ceremony June 2 at 2 p.m. to commemorate the forthcoming endowment of the new Clemis L. Bailey Nursing Scholarship, which will be awarded to incoming nursing students. Gadsden State President W. Darryl Harrison, Representative Richard Lindsey and Chairman Melvyn Salter of the Cherokee County Commission will be present to witness the authorization of an endowment donation to Gadsden State Community College by retired businessman Ed Bailey.

The future scholarship may be used toward the cost of tuition, books, fees, supplies, uniforms or any other expenses charged to a nursing student by the College or program. The endowment was made by Mr. Bailey in memoriam of his late wife Clemis L. Bailey. Mrs. Bailey was a beloved volunteer at the local hospital in Cherokee County where she served as a “Pink Lady.” She continued her volunteer work at Cherokee County Medical Center until her health began to decline. When her sickness left her unable to walk, Mr. Bailey took her on several occasions in her wheelchair to the hospital to visit the staff and patients. Her volunteering activities were recognized on many occasions as she received several awards and pins for attaining more than 10,000 hours of service.

“Mrs. Bailey is remembered for her dedication as a volunteer. Her kindness, compassion and desire to serve the public were attributes that were well known to the hospital staff, patients and the community,” said Martha Lavender, assistant to the president for Gadsden State Cherokee.

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must be a resident of Cherokee County, Ala., accepted to the nursing program, plan to attend classes at Gadsden State Cherokee and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship may be renewed annually throughout the duration of the student’s nursing training at Gadsden State as long as the student maintains a cumulative 3.0 GPA and funds are available. The scholarship will be awarded after sufficient interest has been accrued by the endowment and the application process will be finalized at a later date.

For more information about the Clemis L. Bailey Nursing Scholarship, contact Martha Lavender, at (256) 927-1801 or

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