First Recipient of the Service League of Greenville Scholarship
The Daily Reflector
Sunday, September 29, 2019
The Service League of Greenville recently awarded a new scholarship it created with the East Carolina University Medical and Health Sciences Foundation and held the first in series of book signings at the fundraising gift shops it operates at Vidant Medical Center.
The league endowed the scholarship fund with the Health Sciences Foundation in May 2018 to support students enrolled in the colleges and schools within the Division of Health Sciences at East Carolina University.
The first scholarship was awarded to second-year Brody School of Medicine student Simone Boney. Boney is studying medicine to work with underserved populations, according to a news release from the league. She has a passion for the life-long learning process of discovering effective new ways to help the young and old. She wants to understand how her patients’ external factors contribute to adhering to primary prevention through research.
While at Brody School of Medicine, Boney has been involved with the Student National Medical Association. She helped coordinate 70 medical volunteers for an annual pre-medical conference that exposed 120 high school and college students to medical school courses and the admissions process.
Boney also helped fulfill the service mission of SNMA and Brody through the following weekly service opportunities: Project Alpha at the juvenile detention center, Little Willie Center reading buddies, and Operation Sunshine anatomy camp. She said she is deeply appreciative and honored to be the recipient of the Service League of Greenville’s Scholarship.
The amount and terms of each scholarship and the recipient shall be determined in accordance with college, university and foundation guidelines. The applicants are screened and include students who are residents of Pitt County (preferably for three years), then students from the 28-county catchment area for Vidant, then students with financial need.
In addition, recipients must be a second-year student in their respective program, must maintain good academic standing (3.2 GPA or B average or better), and demonstrate a strong commitment to community service.
League members on Sept. 20 hosted author Joey Jones for a book signing at the Main Gift Shop of Vidant and at the Hope & Caring Boutique in the Eddie & Jo Smith Cancer Tower. Jones lives in New Bern and recently published his fourth book, “The Date Night Jar.” It is the first of several events the league is planning to offer at the shops.
Jones grew up in New Bern and is raising his two sons there. He has a degree in business communications from the University of Maryland. His writing style has been described as a mixture of Nicholas Sparks, Richard Paul Evans and James Patterson.
Jones first book, “A Bridge Apart“ was published in 2015, followed by “Losing London” and “A Field of Fireflies.” He likes to base his stories around eastern North Carolina cities such as New Bern, Oriental, Emerald Isle and Washington. He said his latest was “inspired by my 11-year old niece, Allee. She also loves to write, and when I release a new novel, she always buys the first copy with her own money.”
All of Jones’ books can be purchased at the three Service League Gift Shops at Vidant and on Amazon. He left several signed copies with the Service League. His website is www.Joey-Jones.com.
Money raised from operation of the bookshops helps the league fund a variety of programs to assist with patients needs and other efforts. Donations/memorials can be made to the new scholarship prorgram by addressing them to Scholarship Chair, c/o The Service League of Greenville, PO Box 30452, Greenville, NC 27833. Visit www.serviceleaguegreenvillenc.org for more information.