GHS Foundation Selects Peyton Roberson as Recipient of the 2010 Sam Perry Scholarship

The Granville Health System Foundation recently announced Peyton Elizabeth Roberson, a baccalaureate program nursing student at East Carolina University, was awarded the first annual Sam Perry Scholarship at a luncheon held Monday, May 24 at Granville Health System’s education classroom.

The Foundation established the scholarship fund in memory of Sam Perry, a physician’s assistant (PA) whose specialized medical care had earned him deep respect from both patients and peers throughout his career.

“Sam would be proud to see this talented young woman rewarded for her dedication and achievement in pursuit of a nursing career,” said Gary Bowman, President of the Granville Health System Foundation. “We will continue to honor Sam’s vision by seeking out exceptional students in the field of allied health for this scholarship.”

The Sam Perry Scholarship is awarded to a Granville County resident who has been accepted into a two-year or four-year Allied Health Program at an accredited school and who intends to pursue a career in the allied health care field. Programs eligible for this scholarship include clinical laboratory sciences, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiological science, pharmacy, RN, BSN, AND, LPN, dentistry and related careers, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner.

The evaluation of scholarship applicants is based on academic performance, leadership, and community involvement.

At East Carolina University, Miss Roberson is a member of the National Student Nurses Association, and serves as Parliamentarian for the Tau Chapter Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. A recipient of the NC General Federation of Women’s Clubs Scholarship, and the Todd Scholarship, she was on the ECU Chancellor’s List in 2007, the Dean’s List in spring and fall 2009, a Nurse Scholars Recipient, and inducted into the National Honor Fraternity in spring 2008. Her college experience mirrors that at J. F. Webb School of Health and Life Sciences, where she was a Student of Merit for 2000 through 2007, as well as a member of the National Junior Honor Society, the National Honor Society, and the National Technical Honor Society.

While a member of HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America), Miss Roberson received a second and third place in regional first aid/CPR competitions, and a second place in the state first aid/CPR competition. She was also a Top 10 finalist in the Federal Reserve Bank’s Student Essay Contest, President and two-time Volunteer of the Year in Crossroads Youth Group, and co-editor of the J. F. Webb High School Year Book.

An active volunteer, Miss Roberson has worked with Soles4Souls; the Greenville Krispy Kreme Challenge; Ronald McDonald House; ACIM Toy Ministry; the American Red Cross Blood Drive; Meals on Wheels; Relay for Life in Granville, Vance and Pitt Counties; the State Highway Patrol’s stuffed animal drive; and a book drive.

The J. F. Webb High School and Tabbs Creek Baptist Church softball teams both benefitted from Miss Roberson’s athletic ability. A martial arts aficionado, Miss Roberson received a second degree black belt from North Carolina Martial Arts College.

Miss Roberson is the daughter of Dale and Linda Roberson of Oxford.