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Community Invited to Expand Impact of 'Good Samaritan' Scholarship

Alex Yurewich and Ransom Tipton Memorial Scholarship Fund First Established to Help Extreme Makeover Family Already Benefiting Three Families


Good deeds are certainly contagious at Reinhardt College.  A scholarship established in January 2007 to benefit students whose families are impacted by tragedy has already been awarded to three families.  And Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood is inviting the community to support the scholarship so its impact can be even more widespread.

Support a New Giving Opportunity
"This scholarship represents a new giving opportunity at Reinhardt," Isherwood said.  "Many of us feel a sense of calling to help those around us, but we aren�t sure how.  Too many young people have their lives disrupted by family tragedy.  While we know we can never replace the loss of a loved one, we can promise that they will never be alone.  This new scholarship allows the community to give and know that a student who truly needs help will benefit from their generosity."

The new scholarship was established in January 2007; the first recipients announced were Missy Tipton and Faith Smith, the daughters of Faith Tipton-Smith whose family will be featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Sunday, March 14.  This family had suffered multiple tragedies, including losing a son in a car accident.  Another family, the Yurewiches of Waleska, Ga., also lost a son in the accident.  The mother of the family, Elaine Yurewich, has worked in the Reinhardt bookstore for many, many years.  President Isherwood decided to extend scholarship assistance to her family. 

Three Families Already Being Helped
Tipton-Smith found out about the scholarships on Friday, Jan. 19, after the Extreme Makeover cameras had stopped rolling so the announcement is not expected to be part of the ABC show.  She broke into tears and an ear-to-ear smile as Isherwood said her two daughters had been offered full tuition scholarships to Reinhardt.  As she wiped her eyes, she said, "Thank you so very much for these scholarships. Oh, I'll be able to keep my girls close to home. This is so wonderful!"

A current student from Marietta, Ga., is also getting assistance from the new scholarship.  JoEllen Wilson, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs, spoke of the difference this assistance has meant.

Glad 'Good Samaritans' Have Come Forward
"This help has gone to a most deserving young lady: she works hard on her classes and activities, and in addition to working on campus, she picks up odd jobs like babysitting to help pay her way at Reinhardt," Wilson said.  "When her mother began having heart problems, it looked like she might have to leave Reinhardt, but this new fund has given her the extra help she needs.  I'm so glad 'Good Samaritans' in the community have come forward and I hope to work with many more."

Wilson, in charge of bringing in gifts for the new scholarship, kicked off a campaign among the Reinhardt faculty and staff this week.  "These people are the ones closest to our students, and they can see first hand how their gifts can make a difference.  Waleska United Methodist Church has taken an offering for the scholarship, and Dr. Isherwood has talked with several local churches about getting their support."

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