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Jeremy Ellis, School of Nursing Student

Jeremy Ellis, School of Nursing Student

For junior nursing student Jeremy Ellis, there's no denying that his path towards a college education has been tough. As a child, Jeremy experienced a challenging home environment that saw him bouncing between parents and states until age 11 when he ran away to live with aunt. At a young age, Jeremy also endured open-heart surgery, and during his senior year of high school, he had to return to the hospital because of recurring heart complications.


“Giving really does make a difference in the life of a student. I will never forget who gave me this opportunity. ”


"The care I experienced with my nurses was key; I just saw nurses as superheros," he says. His experience in the hospital sparked an interest in nursing, but he knew a college education was out of his reach financially. No one in his family had ever been to college, and no one thought he could handle the rigorous curriculum of nursing school.

But they didn't count on Jeremy's determination. He gained acceptance to Auburn's School of Nursing and also became the recipient of the Bertha L. Watkins Endowed Scholarship – a scholarship created by Bertha's sons, Larry '57 and the late William C. "Wick" '56, to honor their hard-working mother. Wick also included additional funds through his estate plans to enhance funding for the scholarship.

"I am grateful every day for the opportunity to be here, "Jeremy says. "Giving really does make a difference in the life of a student. This has helped me, and I want to help someone else. I will never forget who gave me this opportunity. As soon as I get my first nurse anesthetist check, I'm going to start giving back to Auburn."


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When including Auburn in your estate or charitable plans, please use our legal name and mailing address:
Auburn University Foundation
317 South College Street, Auburn, AL 36849
Federal Tax ID number: 63-6022422

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