The Abbie DeLoach Foundation has announced its 2020 scholarship recipients

Abbie DeLoach

The Abbie DeLoach Foundation (ADF) today announced its 2020 Scholarship Class.Five years ago, on April 22, Abbie DeLoach died as the result of a tragic accident that took the lives of four of her fellow Georgia Southern University students. The nursing students were in a seven-vehicle accident on I-16.

Abbie’s family and friends founded the Abbie DeLoach Foundation to give back to others with a focus on Abbie’s main interests: Education, Athletics, World Missions, and Nursing. “Abbie had a big heart and she loved God. With her foundation, our family and friends are honoring Abbie’s memory and the impact she was making on other people’s lives,” said Jimmy DeLoach, Abbie’s father.

“The ADF seeks young adults who have the desire and the ability to push themselves and achieve what others might consider impossible. That’s why one of our top priorities is to recognize students and athletes who strive to do better and make a positive impact.” DeLoach noted that the April 24 scholarship luncheon was postponed due to COVID-19.

“While we will celebrate our 2020 class at a special event in the fall, we wanted to announce these deserving recipients today. We are also announcing the kick-off of our new fundraising campaign, LIVE INSPIRED.,” DeLoach explained, “Abbie lived her life inspired and was devoted to good works. The donations that the Abbie DeLoach Foundation receives from individuals, businesses and other organizations help us to continue the good works that Abbie cherished.”

This year’s class includes future medical professionals and a nationally ranked athlete. From Africa to Missouri and Georgia, the recipients are truly a diverse group. Eleven of the 2020 scholarship class come from Georgia, Abbie’s home state.

The 2020 winners are:

Compassion Christian

India - Home for Women

Compassion Go Medical Ecuador

Caroline Gilbert

Compassion Go Medical Ecuador

Courtney Schilling 

Compassion Go Medical Zimbabwe

Maria Kayondo 

Compassion Go Medical Zimbabwe

Becky Battle 

Georgia Southern Athletics Male 

Trevon Locke, BC

Georgia Southern Athletics Female 

Lacy Robins, Statesboro High School

Georgia Southern Nursing

Jerral Mayes, Calvary Baptist

Georgia Southern Nursing

Monica Dutson, Savannah Arts Academy

Georgia Southern Nursing

Allison Miller, KD, from Dallas, GA

Abigail Miller, KD, from Dallas, GA

Savannah Christian Female

Gracelyn Cobb

Savannah Christian Male

Justin McInnis 

Savannah State Female 

Sadrea Mabry, Sprints Track and Field 

Savannah State Male

Dylan McCloud, Offensive Lineman, Football 

SCCPS Athletics

Tybee Maritime Academy

SCCPS Medical 

Johnson High School

SCCPS Outreach 

University of Georgia

Faith Henry

Alumni Highlight

Reed Ely

In the weeks leading up to today’s announcement, the ADF honored local nurses who are working harder than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. ADF partnered with St. Joseph’s/Candler and delivered 24 flower arrangements to each Nurses Station at the two hospital campuses in Savannah. “We are also working with Memorial Health to build morale and meet any need that their nurses may have,” DeLoach added.

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