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Published on July 29, 2019

Tidelands Health presents scholarships to promising students with eyes on a health care career

Promising young students with an interest in a health care career have earned scholarships from Tidelands Health through the McRoy and Jo Skipper Initiative for Learning and Teaching.

Tidelands Health presents scholarshipsTaylor Mercer Parker received a $5,000 scholarship funded through the Tidelands Health Foundation’s annual Lights of Love campaign. Parker is pursuing a master’s degree in speech language pathology at the University of South Carolina and is on track to graduate in 2020.

In addition, six recent high school graduates in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties with an interest in a health care career each received a $1,000 scholarship from Tidelands Health.

The recipients are: Jasmine Bryant, Georgetown High School; Gabrielle Moree, Andrews High School; Latoya Tisdale, Kingstree High School; and Helen Martin, Elor Mayan and Matthew Simoncini, all of the Academy of Arts, Science and Technology.

“These talented students earned these scholarships by showing potential to excel in a health care career,” said Alyx Prather, student program coordinator for Tidelands Health. “Helping them gain the needed education and skills now can pay off down the road as they launch their careers in the in-demand health care field.”

The scholarships are part of a multi-faceted strategy at Tidelands Health to help meet demand and train the next generation of health care workers. Through the McRoy and Jo Skipper Initiative for Learning and Teaching, Tidelands Health offers job shadowing and programs such as Nurses are Extraordinary to give students a glimpse behind the scenes at the health system. The health system also reaches out to students via online platforms and career fairs such as the Pathways 2 Possibilities career expo in Myrtle Beach attended by 7,000 students from seven counties.

The Skipper Initiative, established in memory of the late H. McRoy Skipper Jr., CPA, a long-time chairman of the Tidelands Health board of trustees, and his wife, Jo, supports the education and development of current and future health care professionals to serve the region. The Skippers were victims of a fatal car accident last year.


Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 70 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.