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Foundation taps fund recipients across globe
Abbie DeLoach
Anna DeLoach (Abbie’s sister), left, Jimmy DeLoach (father) and Abbie DeLoach.

The Abbie DeLoach Foundation (ADF) recently announced this year’s scholarships it will award to people across Georgia, the United States and even overseas. 

Abbie DeLoach of Savannah and four of her fellow Georgia Southern University nursing classmates died April 22, 2015, in a seven-vehicle crash on I-16.  

DeLoach’s family and friends founded the ADF to give back to others with a focus on DeLoach’s main interests: education, athletics, world missions and nursing. 

“Abbie had a big heard 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,” he added. “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 the April 24 scholarship luncheon is 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.”

Scholarships are for nursing students, student athletes, international Nurses for the Nations outreach, and local school service programs. The foundation also awarded funding to Compassion Christian Church for The India Project to help combat poverty through education and opportunity for women in India. 

The 2020 winners are: 

Female Student Athlete Scholarships:

• Lacy Robins – Statesboro High School, for Georgia Southern University Athletics

• Sadrea Mabry – Savannah State University

• Gracelyn Cobb – Savannah Christian Preparatory School

Male Student Athlete Scholarships

• Trevon Locke – Benedictine Military, for Georgia Southern University Athletics

• Dylan McCloud – Savannah State University

• Justin McInnis – Savannah Christian Preparatory School

Nurses for the Nations / Compassion GO Medical / Missions to Zimbabwe and Ecuador

• Maria Kayondo - Zimbabwe

• Becky Battle -Zimbabwe

• Caroline Gilbert – Ecuador

• Courtney Schilling – Ecuador

World Missions/ Compassion Christian Church

• The India Project Home for Women

Georgia Southern University School of Nursing

• Jerral Mayes – Calvary Baptist

• Monica Dutson – Savannah Arts Academy

• Allison Miller. -  Dallas, GA

University of Georgia

• Faith Henry

Alumni Spotlight

• Reed Ely

In the weeks leading up to the scholarship announcements, 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. 

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